James 'Lockie' Lock opens up about bullying
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 May 2015
James 'Lockie' Lock has spoken out about Twitter trolls who bully him and his 'The Only Way Is Essex' co-stars on Twitter and then claim it's just banter
James 'Lockie' Lock claims people bully him on Twitter.
The 'Only Way Is Essex' star and his girlfriend Dani Armstrong have spoken out against trolls to insist that although they may hide behind their computers, they're still bullies.
Lockie told BANG Showbiz: "Trolling is a form of bullying, and they don't realise they're doing it. That's probably the worst part of being in any sort of limelight, because people feel like they own the right to have an opinion about your life and what you look like. They don't realise that it's a form of bullying."
Dani - who, along with Lockie, joined the ITVBe show in 2013 - also revealed her close friends are shocked she continues to star in TOWIE because the negative comments she receives make her so self-conscious.
She explained: "My friends ask why I go on the show because I'm self-conscious. Like I hate when people tweet me and things like that but that comes with it."
James also rubbished the idea that fans are simply having "banter" with them by posting hurtful messages.
He added: "People say, 'Oh, I was only having a laugh'. To have banter, the other person has to laugh with you, like, you can't just be laughing at that person."