Charlotte Crosby has hit out at Channel 5 for airing an "immoral and insensitive" documentary about her history with plastic surgery.
The episode of Celebrities: What's Happened to Your Face? aired on Thursday 22 April and focused on the changing appearance of the TV personality as well as Hollywood's famed actor Sylvester Stallone, 74.
The 31 year old, who recently wowed fans with her impressive singing voice and was urged to sign a record deal, took to her Instagram feed to respond to the programme as she released a statement to her 7.1million followers.
"I cannot quite believe I am saying this but here goes. Last night, Channel 5 & Crackit Productions put out a one-hour documentary called 'Celebrities – What Happened To Your Face – Charlotte Crosby.'," she began.
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The TV personality explained that the company "believed it would be a good use of airtime, to dissect my physical appearance."
Acknowledging how many people turned the show off and complained over what was discussed on the programme, she said: "Thank you for that, and for your messages of love and support."
Charlotte said she's "grateful" for the life she has as a result of having been in the public eye through TV shows, but also confessed she's had very open struggles with how she perceives her physical appearance.
"I have had a public battle with my appearance, and have had to go through personal trauma & issues of self-confidence in the spot-light. I like to think I'm an honest, balanced person – I get it, I understand the interest," she wrote.
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The former Geordie Shore star, who recently reflected on the lowest point of her life after a heartbreaking ectopic pregnancy, said that over the last few years she's been the target of "intense trolling" and she's learned to develop a thick skin and "ignore the hate".
Hitting out at Channel 5 bosses, she continued: "At a time when the broadcast & media world were backing a policy of 'be kind', Channel 5 & Crackit decided to commission this 1 hour special on 'rubber lip Charlotte' (their words not mine.)
"Their 'experts' dissected my 'plastic face' with disgust, discussing my fluctuating weight (with images), and then decided to flash up the worst troll comments from the past 5-6 years."
Charlotte explained that she was made aware of the programme when it was commissioned in March 2020 and her agent responded by outlining "not just how immoral and insensitive it was but how detrimental this would be to mental health."
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She went on: "They ignored her, despite repeated correspondence, and ran with it regardless. We only found out this week when it was in the TV Listings that it was still going ahead – unbelievable."
"Dealing with trolls is one thing, you ignore, you block. BUT where are we as a society, when the trolls are mainstream TV channels?" she asked.
Charlotte then questioned whether "they will now take responsibility for my dip in mental health" and self-esteem.
She continued: "That hour could have been used to host a mental health documentary. That hour could have educated the public in the many issues & good causes which need publicity. That hour didn't need to go after a 31 year old woman for her appearance, choices and 'rubber lips'.
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"When is enough enough? Just because we're in the public eye, doesn't mean we aren't human. Fortunately I'm strong enough to deal with it but many aren't!!"
Fans were quick to share their support as one person commented: "Omg char, I’m so sorry you have been targeted and quite honestly taken advantage of like this…… channel 5 you ought to be ashamed of yourselves". [sic]
Another said: "You are gorgeous! Shame on them!" with a red heart emoji, while a third added: "Reported it to ofcom absolutely disgraceful programme". [sic]
OK! Online has approached Channel 5 for further comment.
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