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Corrie's Shayne Ward hits back at body shamers after taking part in our Body Stories campaign: 'I'm happy in myself'


As one of our fantastic seven, Shayne stripped off to encourage men to talk about body confidence. And he talked to us live from the Coronation Street set about being nervous on the shoot and dealing with negative body shaming comments online.

Shayne read out tweets from trolls that have been sent to him recently and hit back at the critics.

Reading the negative tweets, he said: ‘"Shayne Ward has the XXL Factor"... good one,’Shayne said wryly before adding another, “‘Shanye Ward is getting fat" –that’s just called being content, happy and very much in love,' he hit back.

Finally, Shayne read a third negative tweet, ‘And the best one is, "I watched Corrie tonight and how the hell did the fat one pull the two hotties?" I’d say with ease.’

Shayne explained: ‘I’ve never been one for the six pack. I enjoy my food and I like my cuddly figure for my little girl. You are pressured in this day and age, especially being on Corrie. You still get these trolls online giving abuse,which is why this campaign is just so important.

‘My body is always going to be changing, as long as I’m happy in myself, that’s all that matters, if I want to sit in the Rovers and have a hotpot, I will!’

Speaking about our Body Stories campaign, Shayne has said: 'If someone’s just going to comment on the fact that I’m a little bit bigger than I used to be, I’m 32, when I first joined the pop industry I was 21, so of course my body’s going to change after that amount of time. Being in the public eye can make you more conscious, without a shadow of a doubt, and that’s what’s great about this campaign.'

'Hopefully this campaign will give men the confidence to talk about body confidence issues, because a lot of it is thrown away as banter; "Ah you’ve got a bit of a belly," "So have you mate." And then it’s done, but actually, once that conversation stops and someone starts to talk about something else, you’re left with that, thinking, actually I do feel like I’ve put on a bit of weight. This campaign is going to be brilliant for that.'

Shayne added: 'I found the women’s version very sexy, because you look at all the different shapes and sizes and you could see how confident they all felt around each other, and that’s what it’s about. And that’s what it’s going to be like when you see the guys’ campaign.'

Watch the video to see Shayne's interview in full.

The men stripped off to support our Body Stories campaign
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