Candice Brown today hit back at online comments as she admitted social media users had knocked her body confidence in the run up to her wedding day.

 “That’s the only time. I put my wedding dress on and I burst into tears because I was terrified I wasn’t going to fit into it. It’s fine, but also what precedent are we setting for young girls and young boys, and I get married in two and a half weeks, I’m fine the way I am.” – Candice Brown on Lorraine

Brown won the seventh series of The Great British Bake Off noting in her victory speech she attributed her success to starting baking at four years old. In November 2016, it was reported that she had left her job as a PE teacher at Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted in order to pursue a professional career in the world of catering.

Social media is a place of much debate however Brown found herself at the end of negative comments, unlike recently Coleen Nolan, through no fault of her own. Discussing the backlash she had received after being snapped in a bikini on a girls’ holiday Candice told ITV’s Lorraine show:

“I didn’t ask for those pictures to be taken of me on holiday, neither did my girls, one of which has just had a baby. But the onslaught from that was just horrendous and as a teacher teaching secondary schools, I spent nearly ten years trying to teach students ‘you’re OK as you are. Everyone’s different, everyone’s a different shape, size, everything.’ And then to be having to justify myself.”

Candice became a viewer-favourite on the BBC’s Great British Bake Off.

Candice also revealed on the ITV morning show she had been accused of being pregnant after posting another picture of her with a good friend:

“I’m having to justify myself not being pregnant. Because I didn’t breathe in? They don’t know what has happened in my private life, our private life, I don’t know when it ever became OK for someone or anybody to say publicly ‘are you pregnant, you should be ashamed of yourself, you’re drinking when you’re pregnant.’ No, I’d just had a milkshake and quite a big burger.”

Hitting back at the judgemental social media users she told Lorraine Kelly, 

“Everybody’s fine the way they are. You look at Tess Holliday on the front of Cosmopolitan, she looks incredible. Who are these people to say ‘that’s not right. You should be this, you should be that?’ No, because Instagram isn’t real life. Real life is that. Real life is wobbly bits and stretch marks. I love cake, I love baking, it’s going to happen, I have an incredible fiancée, I have incredible friends and family, but I am also human. I’m annoyed at myself that it got to me. But it did. On the other side of that, I’m OK now. We need to be setting a better precedent for the younger generation.”

Candice is to wed Liam Macaulay later this month in what she described to OK magazine as a ‘vintage inspired wedding’. ITV’s Lorraine with Lorraine Kelly airs weekdays from 8.30am

Candice was one of the celeb skaters on the revived Dancing On Ice earlier this year.
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