SINCE her days as a Page 3 pin-up, Kelly Brook has been admired around the world for her stunning curves.
But recently, the glam 40-year-old admits suffering after receiving "hurtful" jibes from cruel trolls over her figure – despite looking as incredible as ever after losing two stone.
"People on the outside noticed my weight gain before I did," Kelly told The Sun Online.
"I've always been quite a positive happy person within my own skin, but when you see things online from trolls saying 'Kelly's putting on some timber' or 'she's put on weight', it's very hurtful.
"I've been in the business for more than 20 years, so people have watched me age.
"When they haven't seen you for a while and you turn up years older and a few stone heavier it's going to be a shock for them."
The radio host lost an incredible two stone – and dropped from a size 16 to 12 – since becoming a SlimFast ambassador in October 2018.
She says she's always embraced her "curves and cellulite" – no matter what the trolls say – but is "feeling fantastic" after embracing a healthier lifestyle.
"I do get online abuse and I see it, but I try not to take it personally," she said.
"You have to accept when you're in the public eye you're putting yourself out there to be judged and criticised.
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"For years I've accepted that's the way it is. There are a lot of positives about being in the public eye.
"You can't have people saying you look beautiful one minute and then the next they say you look rough… if you don't like the bad comments you can't listen to the good comments as well.
"It's a double-edge sword. You can't just have it your way."
Kelly started counting calories and hitting the gym to reach her goal weight.
But she won't deny herself some guilty pleasures – and is celebrating Shrove Tuesday today by tucking into some delicious pancakes.
"I am feeling fantastic," she gushed.
"When I first started the SlimFast plan it seemed like a huge thing to achieve, but when I got to my goal weight I was so delighted about how easy it was.
"I'm feeling confident in my body and happy with the weight I am at the minute. I like being curvy, I like having boobs and a bum.
"Like most women, I've got cellulite – I don't look in the mirror and think 'I've done SlimFast so now I'm a Victoria's Secret Model'.
"I just look like a normal 40-year-old woman. I look how I should look, it's not something unattainable.
"I'm never going to have the body I had as a 21-year-old swimwear model and neither would I want to be that girl.
"I just want to be the best version of myself at my age. That's my focus."
Kelly was left traumatised earlier this month when she caught a thief raiding her £3million home.
Despite calling police, the man managed to flee with electronics and jewellery and is still on the run.
Following the terrifying experience, Kelly – who is starring in the celebrity version of the Great British Bake Off this year – says she uses cooking, cleaning and gardening to help control her anxiety.
"It's all to do with making a lovely tranquil space for yourself and keeping your mind positive," she said.
"It's how people cope with stress and anxiety and these every day things we are battling.
"It's good to talk, but sometimes it's good not to talk. I just want to be on my own in the kitchen away from everyone, being in my own space and doing my own thing."
So it was a bit of a shock when she went from casual cooking to competing in the famous tent for GBBO.
"It was unbelievable," said Kelly.
"I was so star-struck when I saw that tent and when I met Paul Hollywood.. his eyes really are that sparkly!
"He's so scary and quite a dominating character. You're so terrified when he comes and asks you questions about what you're doing – I had NO idea what I was doing.
"It was so frightening because I was completely out of my comfort zone.
"I had moments of genius and moments of absolute disaster."
- ‘I Feel Flippin’ Amazing!’ – Kelly Brook celebrates her one year at goal with www.slimfast.co.uk
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