Elly Jackson bullied at school
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 August 2009
Elly Jackson was bullied for being a ''lesbian boy''
La Roux singer Elly Jackson was bullied for being a "lesbian boy".
The chart-topping pop star was almost taken out of school because of taunts she received about her appearance.
She explained: "There was an especially dark period where I nearly had to leave my primary school after this one girl relentlessly told everyone I was a lesbian and/or a boy.
"Which, when you're eight and a mixed-up tomboy, is really upsetting and confusing. I got asked out for a joke quite regularly. I just grew to hate everything about the way I looked."
Despite the torment she endured, the 'Bulletproof' star admits she understands why she was singled out by some of her peers.
She said: "I was big, fat, ginger, had size nine feet and looked like a boy. Nothing was really working in my favour was it?
"There was a vending machine in the swimming pool of our school which took 20p pieces and dispensed things like Skittles. I used to take, like, £35 worth of 20 pences to school with me every day for the machine. Then on the way back home I'd eat two packets of crisps and a chocolate bar and then come home and eat two bowls of pasta. And I used to wonder why I was fat."