Great British Bake Off star Laura Adlington has said that the hate she received online during her time in the competition made her feel as though she’d ‘murdered someone’.
Laura was targeted by online trolls, with viewers hitting out after contestant Hermine was sent home by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in the semi-finals as Laura stayed in the competition.
The controversial exit prompted cruel viewers to target Laura on social media, and even sparked Ofcom complaints. Laura later said she felt ‘very guilty’ over Hermine’s exit.
Laura spoke about her experiences with the Huffington Post, saying: ‘While the show was airing, I was very anxious. I struggle with anxiety anyway, and it was like a big rollercoaster.
‘Gearing up for every Tuesday night – it was exciting and it was fun, and I don’t want to sound negative about Bake Off, because I really did love it, but dealing with being in the public eye, and Twitter in particular, was challenging, to say the least.’
Speaking about the trolling she received online, she said: ‘I just wanted to be like, “Jesus, it’s a show about cake, give me a break”. I felt like I’d murdered someone at some points, the hate that I was receiving. That was really tough.’
Laura made it through to the final of this year’s show, alongside Dave Friday and winner Peter Sawkins.
The baker also spoke about what she learned from her time in the competition, saying that ’always being yourself’ is the most important thing.
‘When you’re growing up as a teenager and you’re bigger, you always kind of want to be someone else, and you feel like you’re never good enough. And I’ve got to a point where I feel like I am good enough. I’m a nice person, I’m just going to focus on that,’ she said.
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