Former The Bachelor contestant Heather Maltman has revisited one of the darkest periods of her life, recalling how she was bullied so badly that she questioned “even just being alive”.
The 29-year-old told her emotional story to award-winning artists Marc and Gillie Schattnerin a new Facebook video for their “Lost Dogs of Hope” series to help others who’ve “felt lost” in life.
As you can see above, the TV host/actress spoke solemnly about how she “isolated herself” and had to change schools when classmates threatened to “literally beat the crap out of me” if she went to their high school.
After moving to a private school, Heather had a stint in the popular group – until others forced her to tease her older sister Jazz to stay in the group.
“I became so badly bullied that I actually stopped going to school for about eight months in year eight,” she revealed. “I had decided that it was better to stay home than actually go.”
But things got better for Heather. She moved to a public school and got a job in the local pizza shop to keep herself busy.
Years later, she still bears the scars of that “fear of not being enough”, but she’s used them now to “grow”. Go, Heather!
The Sydney-based star recently hosted Eleven’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here NOW!, and is currently dating actor Andrew Steele.