GAY comic Alan Carr has a message for victims of bullying: "Keep calm, it will be all right."
KEEP CALM: Comedian Alan Carr said he was a victim of bullying as a schoolboy (Image: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
It was what the self-confessed "camp boy with big teeth" did when he was bullied as a teenager, vowing to carry on no matter what life threw at him.
In an interview on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs today the Chatty Man host suggested bullying wasn't as bad when he was a child as it is for children today.
"It was just psychological really," he says. "I'm not justifying bullying but I'm sure I must have been annoying. I probably was a bit loud.
"I never was a victim as I always thought they were losers. From one till nine I had loads of friends but then it was lonely. Anyone will tell you about being bullied, it's the breaks and the dinner time are the hardest bit.
Carr said he first became aware of his squeaky voice aged 12. "I did drama and we watched a play back and I was like 'what's that voice?'. Any time I relaxed my hand was on my hip like a teapot, my voice soared like a seagull with its wing trapped.