I'm not a bimbo I'm just damaged by fame, says Helen Flanagan
Helen Flanagan, who has been called many things = mostly stupid, brainless, dumb and the most hated celeb in the jungle = since undertaking bikini duties as last year's eye candy on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!', has said that she's wept buckets over these 'misconceptions' and that, actually, she's very deep.
The common perception of the former 'Coronation Street' star is that she is a woman of hidden shallows - a pretty, fake-tanned airhead with a 32E bust and tumble-weed for brains.
"People want to make me out as this brainless airhead with big boobs. It really grates and hurts so much. I absolutely hate it," the Daily mail quoted her as saying.
"I can be a bit ditzy and dizzy, but I feel very misunderstood. How dare people say I'm stupid?" she said.
The 22-year-old girlfriend of footballer Scott Sinclair first drew ire by posting a picture of herself wearing a lacy black bra and holding a gun to her head days after the Sandy Hook school shootings in the U.S. - which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
The tasteless pictures appeared the very day of the first funerals of gunman Adam Lanza's victims and Helen's gaffe reportedly put in jeopardy a 1-million-pound modelling deal with Ultimo lingerie.
The WAG then enraged animal lovers by posting a photo of a cat, whose ears and nose had been removed to save it from cancer, to illustrate how she felt when her Manchester City soccer star boyfriend went out without her.
Additionally, she also offended the Welsh when she tweeted that she was 'bored' living there when Scott was playing for Swansea.
She then tweeted that she had almost reversed over her boyfriend in her Land Rover after dropping him at Manchester Airport, not realising he was still unloading luggage from the boot. It was an attempt, she says, at self- deprecating humour but again it misfired.
Helen admitted that she knew she should be more careful and that she brings the troubles onto herself without meaning to, but this perception that she's some kind of blonde bimbo really annoys her.
At the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, while being treated for an eating disorder. She has since been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
She takes medication and regularly sees a psychologist, but says these conditions have had a devastating effect on her life - leading to the breakdown which forced her to quit 'Coronation Street' in February last year after 11 years of playing Rosie, Sally and Kevin Webster's troubled daughter.
Helen was so ill and depressed by the time she quit, she fantasised about crashing her car on the way to work to end it all.