X Factor's Kitty Brucknell reveals teen bullying hell
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 August 2011
'X Factor' hopeful Kitty Brucknell claims she was forced to dye her hair blonde after being bullied for her ginger locks during her teenage years
'X Factor' hopeful Kitty Brucknell claims she was forced to dye her hair blonde after being bullied for her ginger locks.
The 26-year-old wannabe - who sailed through to the Boot Camp stage of the ITV1 show after being given four yes votes by judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland - claims she was picked on throughout her teens for her red hair and it ruined any confidence she had.
She said: "People were awful just because I had ginger hair. They would laugh at me and call me ginger minger. It was a nightmare. I was bullied all the time and it made my self-esteem hit rock bottom. I tried to stand up to the bullies but there didn't seem to be anything I could do.
"In the end I decided the only way to do it was to dye it blonde as I could, which didn't exactly do wonders for my hair."
However, Kitty is now pleased with changing her locks because it enabled her to get work as a Britney Spears tribute act.
She added to The Sun newspaper: "It turned out all right in the end because if I hadn't dyed my hair I probably wouldn't have become such a successful Britney tribute."