Kieran Hayler has hit out at online bullies, saying ex Katie Price is deeply affected by harsh comments about her appearance despite her “solid” exterior.
Kieran, who has son Jett and daughter Bunny with the mother-of-five, spoke out as he campaigned against bullying, saying he endured “three years of hell” which made him wet the bed at the age of 13.
Speaking exclusively to new! magazine, the 32-year-old revealed that he and Katie are on the same page when it comes to parenting their two children, despite the couple no longer being together.
Kieran explained: “She’s protecting Harvey massively with Harvey’s Law, so I like to think she’ll do the same for Jett and Bunny. We do our best to co-parent as well as we can in that respect.
“Everyone thinks Kate’s solid inside because she puts on this hard front, but when she gets mean comments and she’s bullied online it still hurts her deep down.
Kieran added that Katie fears everyone is “out to get her” and that she’s regularly shouted at in the streets.
When asked if she ever confided in him when it came to discussing being bullied, the father-of-two replied: “We touched briefly on it, but Kate doesn’t talk freely about it.
“You have to really probe her to get her to open up about stuff like that. She thinks everyone’s out to get her and I think that makes her feel bullied. Be it by the press or online trolls – seriously, people say horrible stuff to her all the time. She gets shouted at in the street, sworn at…”
Kieran went on to discuss his own trauma around bullying, revealing why he thinks he was a target.
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He explained: “I really struggled with fitting in. I floated between groups and couldn’t figure out where I belonged, and because of that people took advantage of me. I got bullied purely over my looks.
He added: “I had glasses and longish hair and I used to change my hairstyle all the time to try and fit in. I once dyed it blonde and wore it in curtains to look like David Beckham because I thought people might like me more.”
Kieran’s experiences caused him to wet the bed when he was younger, something which he says “really affected him”.
He said: “Even though the teachers were great, the experience really affected me. It made me nervous and anxious and that manifested itself in bed wetting. That was horrible and embarrassing.
“I didn’t want to be doing that as a teenager. It was awful. But I couldn’t help it. When you’re being picked on, your body reacts to that stress.”
Last week Kieran was praised on social media for sharing an old photo of himself as he opened up on being badly bullied at the age of 16.
The historic snap shows a then teenage Kieran at Reading Festival in 2003, with long curly hair pulled back with a white hairband.
Kieran later explained that he had a very important reason for sharing the throwback image of himself.
He took to Instagram to explain that he was badly bullied at school when he was younger and urged any children who are going through the same terrible situation to speak to someone about it.
In a video, Kieran explained his own experiences with bullies and said how it is good to talk and so important to not suffer in silence.
Captioning the five-minute long video video, he wrote: “Ok so there was a reason behind the throwback picture of me when I was 16.
“Ok so for those that know me and for those that don’t I was bullied at school between the age of 12 and 16.
“There are people back then that helped me when things got bad and that only happened because eventually I spoke out rather than suffering in silence. For all those starting school who are dreading going back to bullies and those scared of being bullied it’s good to talk and whether it is family friends or teachers please do speak out it could really change things for you. X.”
Read the full interview in this week's new! magazine, out nationwide on Tuesday.
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