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Peter Crouch has opened up about his experiences with trolling and begged online trolls to “be careful” about what they post after admitting that his wife Abbey Clancy “takes it to heart.”
The comments came during a conversation about Peter’s upcoming television show, Crouchy’s Year Late Euros, which he will host alongside Maya Jama – who also hit back at trolls recently. The show will serve as a companion entertainment show to the much-awaited and delayed Euro 2020 tournament.
When asked about his personal experience with online trolls, Peter said that “it’s heartbreaking that we have to keep talking about it.” His remark came after he admitted that both he and Abbey have experienced nasty comments online.
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The retired football player and podcast legend said: “I’ve had it my whole life because I look different.”
Peter, who turned 40 in January, is just shy of 6’7”. The former England striker added: “Growing up, I was always the tallest and i got the p**s taken out of me from a really early age.
“Football is a cut throat business and the terraces can be really harsh, so as a young player when you’re at your most vulnerable going into that football environment is tough especially when you’re different.”
Peter went on to open up about how he copes with online trolling on social media.
“Whenever people say stuff to me on social media I try not to take any notice of it – it’s like water off a duck’s back," he told us.
“I’m not saying that things don’t affect me because they do. I just bury them and try to pretend they’re not happening.”
However, Peter admitted that his wife doesn’t cope as well: “I see Abbey go through it – she takes things to heart a lot more than me – and it does affect her.” Peter and Abbey have been married for 10 years and have four children together.
When asked what he’d like to tell the people behind the hurtful comments, Peter said: “Would you say these things to someone’s face? If you wouldn’t then don’t say it at all.”
He continued: “With every word you write you might affect someone, so you’ve got to be careful. Always ask yourself whether you’re affecting them in a bad way or a positive way. The more positive we can be, the better. It’s a simple equation.”
You can watch the first episode of Crouchy’s Year Late Euros on BBC One on Friday 11 June at 10.55pm.
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