Rebecca Adlington shot to fame after taking home two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The swimmer has now opened up on her mental health, detailing the trolling she has suffered behind the scenes.
I don’t want to have a load of comments where people say, ‘You look fat in that'
The 30-year-old describes the experience of being harassed online as “overwhelming” and has clouded some of her best days including collecting her OBE over a decade ago.
The mother-of-one has now said it is the comments that leave her not wanting to attend red carpet events.
Rebecca said she only goes to two a year as she doesn’t want to be made to feel uncomfortable.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, the Olympian detailed the impact social media has had on her following her sporting success.
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Rebecca Adlington: The swimming legend rarely attends red carpet events (Image: WENN)
Rebecca Adlington at the Pride Of Manchester Awards last year (Image: GETTY)
She commented: “It started to become a thing where every day, I was going into my wardrobe, trying to pick an outfit and thinking, ‘Is this going to make me look fat?’
“It made me question everything.”
Rebecca recalls feeling “on edge” when making public appearances, including the Pride of Britain Awards, where she was “paranoid about what was going to be said the next day”.