Peter Andre admits he’s ‘scarred for life’ from childhood bullying as he emotionally shares impact cruel taunts had

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PETER Andre has admitted that he is “scarred for life” from childhood bullying as he emotionally shared the devastating long-term impact cruel taunts have had on him.

The 47-year-old star confessed that even decades later he won’t leave his hair in its natural curls because of the nasty remarks he received as a child.

The Mysterious Girl hitmaker appeared on Lorraine earlier today to discuss his new anti-bullying campaign, with Peter sadly knowing the heartache bullying causes all too well.

The father-of-four was targeted as a child when his Cypriot-Greek family moved from the UK to Australia – where they were the only “ethnic” family around.

Peter explained: “What happened was, moving to Australia – Australia is now so multi-cultural, and so beautiful, but when I first moved to the Gold Coast we were the only ethnic family on the coast.

“I don’t remember another ethnic family initially, we are talking 35 years ago, and I had the dark hair, the big nose and the English accent – I stood out.

“We were picked on a lot, initially it was racism – which is a form of bullying – and it wasn’t just calling names, we got beaten pretty bad.”

Discussing the long-term impact the bullies had, the star continued: “Years later, a lot of those people have apologised and they’re not like that now at all.

“But when you are bullied, even if you get through it like I did, certain things scar you for life.

“Bullying is a horrible thing and so many kids are going through it.

“It’s scarred me to the point that even now at 47, my hair is naturally curly but I won’t have it curly, I always straighten it.

“The reasons I do that is every time I look in the mirror and my hair’s curly… I see what those kids used to call me, so that’s the long-term effect of bullying and it’s really tough.”

He emphasised later in the interview: “It makes no sense to me that there are things I won’t do now because of bullying as a kid.

“That kind of makes me think come on, I’m nearly half a century older – I’ve got to get over it at some point.”

Peter then explained why he makes a point of being friends with his four children, 15-year-old Junior, 13-year-old Princess, six-year-old Amelia, and three-year-old Theo.

He told Lorraine Kelly: “My parents were my parents, they weren’t my friends they were my parents.

“And they were so strict I couldn’t talk to them about anything; very religious and very traditional in their culture.

“So the problem there was I became insular, I kept so many emotions inside and years later it manifested itself and came out in other ways.

“If they had that friendship side as well, where I felt safe and comfortable to talk to them and they would hear me out, I would have done so it’s really important.”

Last month, Peter admitted that he’d had “intense” therapy for a decade to cope with the depression that was sparked from being bullied.

He previously revealed that things had been so bad he contemplated suicide, and he was even targeted by a teacher in one shocking racist attack.

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