Shirley Ballas dances in Strictly dressing room
Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas as revealed the abuse she gets online saying that trolls have left her scared to leave her home.
The 63-year-old star admitted that increasingly violent and sexual messages have left her constantly on guard.
She said trolls have launched increasingly vicious attacks on her, revealing: “I’ve had people draw coffins with me in it with somebody with a spade that said, ‘Die you b***’.”
The head judge has previously considered quitting the show over the abuse she’s received in the past six years.
This is not the first time she has talked about the messages she says have changed her life, and left her afraid to leave the house.
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Speaking on Olivia Attwood vs The Trolls she admitted that she can never relax for fear they are “lurking in dark corners or hiding behind walls”.
She says: “It’s when it is personal about myself and my family and it affects my mental health. I am not just talking about your phone.
“I am talking about being in public. You worry about those same strange people that write these kinds of messages.
“Are they lurking in dark corners? Are they hiding behind walls when you go somewhere?”
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She told the former Love Island and I’m A Celeb star: “Sometimes at night, I lie there and wonder, Are they suffering? Are they lonely? Is it funny to them? This whole experience has made me much more vigilant.
“I cannot say that I leave my front door unless I am on point. I never relax. It has changed my life completely I would say.”
Shirley revealed earlier this year how she considered not returning to the popular BBC show over the abuse she received, without revealing its full extent.
This year she has already been accused of favouring the male contestants.
The accusation came after she scored three female contestants lower than the other judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke.
But Shirley says she feels the greatest distress at messages which go way beyond criticism of her as a TV judge.
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