Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

Lottie Ryan reveals dad Gerry had to bring her to hospital …

Lottie Ryan reveals dad Gerry had to bring her to hospital …

Lottie Ryan revealed her dad Gerry had to bring her to the hospital after a bullying incident in school where girls ‘giving her a hard time’ pulled a chair from beneath her.

The star has previously opened up about her painful experience with bullies as a child, admitting that being the daughter of a celebrity made her an easier target.

And recalling once such incident, where she ended up seriously injured, she revealed how a group of girls left her in physio for weeks.

She said: “When I was in second year I think it was, so I was what maybe 14 years old, there were a group of girls giving me a little bit of a hard time.

“And they pulled a chair out from underneath me one day in class and I landed straight down on my coccyx.

“And the pain was horrific! And I remember my Da coming to the school to collect me to bring me into the hospital.”

“And I had to have it xrayed and I had chipped a bit of my coccyx. So for a good for weeks I was getting physio and I was in a considerable amount of pain.

“Now thankfully, it healed itself up quite quickly and it was only a couple of weeks but I still, I was 14-years-old and I’m in my 30s now.”

The Dubliner recalled the childhood experience whilst chatting to guest Clodagh Meaney, who was diagnosed with an uncommon condition called Coccydynia, an extremely painful problem associated with the tailbone aged 14.

Speaking to her on the Jennifer Zamparelli show on 2fm, filling in while the host is on holidays, she said: “I still remember what that pain felt like for those couple of weeks.

“So I cannot imagine as a 14-year-old, for you, how difficult and stressful it was to be in school with that kind of pain.”

It comes after the Dancing with the Stars champion revealed how the bullying got so bad in her first year of secondary school she would eat her lunch in the toilet, before she eventually moved school.

She said: “If I was being honest it really shaped me as an adult. I definitely live with the effects of it. I haven’t spoken about it outside of my family.

“I still get upset. I ended up moving schools. The school I was in at the time was amazing and tried the very best they could but it really had nothing to do with the school and the teachers, it was the pupils.”

And while she felt being ‘different’ and having radio icon Gerry Ryan as a dad made her an easier target for other bullies she credited how her parents did everything they could, with her dad even turning up to work late many mornings to drive her to the school door.

“I think he got in trouble over it. Nobody knew why he was late, but I’ll be forever grateful for that because I needed it,” she said.

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Published at Sat, 08 Aug 2020 23:35:00 +0000

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