Woman speaks out af­ter on­line com­ments on brother ‘over the line’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

The sis­ter of a re­al­ity TV star yes­ter­day slammed so­cial me­dia users for crit­i­cis­ing her older brother amid con­cerns over his men­tal health.

Aberdeen bar su­per­vi­sor Frances Rougvie has de­fended her sib­ling Iain Lee, the co­me­dian and broad­caster cur­rently camp­ing out in the Australian jun­gle as a con­tes­tant in this year’s edi­tion of I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here.

Mr Lee, a former pre­sen­ter of Chan­nel 4’s the 11 O’Clock Show and cur­rent talk-RA­DIO host, has at­tracted crit­i­cism from colum­nists and on­line com­men­ta­tors for wear­ing his emo­tions on his sleeve, and hav­ing dif­fi­culty with Bush­tucker tri­als – spe­cial chal­lenges which task celebri­ties with tasks such as dig­ging through fish guts and drink­ing an­i­mal of­fal for prizes.

Show in­sid­ers have re­vealed that pro­duc­ers have spe­cial­ist staff such as psy­chol­o­gists on standby due to fears he could be strug­gling to cope with life in the jun­gle.

Ms Rougvie, 24, took to Face­book to urge oth­ers to re­spect his per­sonal is­sues.

In her post, she ex­plained that as a celebrity tak­ing part in a re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show, she feels her brother has been un­der too much scru­tiny, and ap­pealed for view­ers of I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here to be more sup­port­ive.

She ex­plained many com­ments on the in­ter­net had been “over the line”.

She said: “Any­one close to me will know my fam­ily sit­u­a­tion and they will also know that Iain Lee, cur­rently in I’m a Celebrity on tele­vi­sion, is my old­est brother.

“Ir­re­spec­tive of whether he is my rel­a­tive or not, some of the com­ments made have been pretty over the line.

“No­body knows the bat­tles any­body faces, and be­ing cruel about any­one,

“A di­a­logue about men­tal health can­not be a bad thing”

men­tal health is­sues or not, is not a way to live.

“In the dif­fi­cult world we live in, we should all be sup­port­ing each other and work­ing hard to spread love.

“That said, there have been many peo­ple that have com­mented upon the pos­i­tive re­ac­tion Iain has had since go­ing into the jun­gle.

“Bring­ing a di­a­logue about men­tal health into the pub­lic eye can­not pos­si­bly be a bad thing.

“So many of us have our own de­mons.

“Bat­tling them in the pub­lic eye is ad­mirable.

“No­body knows Iain’s back­story, nor does any­body need to.

“All we should do is fo­cus on be­ing kind.”

STRUG­GLES: There have been con­cerns for the men­tal well-be­ing of Iain Lee dur­ing his time in the jun­gle

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