Peter Andre admits he's 'scarred for life' from childhood bullying as he emotionally shares impact cruel taunts had

PETER Andre has admitted that he is "scarred for life" from childhood bullying as he emotionally shared the devastating long-term impact cruel taunts have had on him.

The 47-year-old star confessed that even decades later he won't leave his hair in its natural curls because of the nasty remarks he received as a child.

The Mysterious Girl hitmaker appeared on Lorraine earlier today to discuss his new anti-bullying campaign, with Peter sadly knowing the heartache bullying causes all too well.

The father-of-four was targeted as a child when his Cypriot-Greek family moved from the UK to Australia – where they were the only "ethnic" family around.

Peter explained: "What happened was, moving to Australia – Australia is now so multi-cultural, and so beautiful, but when I first moved to the Gold Coast we were the only ethnic family on the coast.

"I don't remember another ethnic family initially, we are talking 35 years ago, and I had the dark hair, the big nose and the English accent – I stood out.

"We were picked on a lot, initially it was racism – which is a form of bullying – and it wasn't just calling names, we got beaten pretty bad."

Discussing the long-term impact the bullies had, the star continued: "Years later, a lot of those people have apologised and they're not like that now at all.

"But when you are bullied, even if you get through it like I did, certain things scar you for life.

"Bullying is a horrible thing and so many kids are going through it.

"It's scarred me to the point that even now at 47, my hair is naturally curly but I won't have it curly, I always straighten it.

"The reasons I do that is every time I look in the mirror and my hair's curly… I see what those kids used to call me, so that's the long term effect of bullying and it's really tough."

He emphasised later in the interview: "It makes no sense to me that there are things I won't do now because of bullying as a kid.

"That kind of makes me think come on, I'm nearly half a century older – I've got to get over it at some point."


Peter then explained why he makes a point of being friends with his four children, 15-year-old Junior, 13-year-old Princess, six-year-old Amelia, and three-year-old Theo.

He told Lorraine Kelly: "My parents were my parents, they weren't my friends they were my parents.

"And they were so strict I couldn't talk to them about anything; very religious and very traditional in their culture.

"So the problem there was I became insular, I kept so many emotions inside and years later it manifested itself and came out in other ways.

"If they had that friendship side as well, where I felt safe and comfortable to talk to them and they would hear me out, I would have done so it's really important."

Last month, Peter admitted that he'd had "intense" therapy for a decade to cope with the depression that was sparked from being bullied.

He previously revealed that things had been so bad he contemplated suicide, and he was even targeted by a teacher in one shocking racist attack.

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