SCARLETT Moffatt was left horrified after a cruel troll told her to "kill herself" in a row over a toothpaste advertisement.
The 30-year-old star admitted she was "dumbfounded" after being targeted for plugging the dental brand, adding that the cruel words had "hurt" her.
She took to her Instagram Story to share her reaction to the comments, revealing that other trolls had called her a "fat, ugly mess".
The TV favourite was also slammed for her teeth in the tirade of abuse, after she'd admitted to being insecure about them due to years of being bullied as a child.
Defending her decision to plug the toothpaste brand, Scarlett said: "That doesn't mean you can write horrific things.
"I'm not being funny but some of your comments saying I should go and die, that I'm a fat ugly mess, back to bullying me about my teeth again – which I have just said is a trigger from my childhood… that's not okay, guys.
"I don't want anyone to think that I'm trying to sell them something, I use everything that I sell – I'm not one of those people who does ads all the time because I’d only recommend stuff that I thought that you’d like and that I personally think is good.
"But those comments were not okay, that's not okay to say that someone should go and die… Sorry guys, I'm just dumbfounded by this. I don’t know what my weight or my looks has to do with dental hygiene."
Clearly emotional, the former Gogglebox favourite went on: "I don't know why people are being so hurtful. I don't know why you're saying I should go and kill myself because I’m fat. That’s really awful.
"If I didn’t have a good support network and people around me who love me, that would be detrimental to my mental health. This is not okay.
"We all need to stick together. We’ve all been stuck in the house for a year on our own; the Be Kind movement… Come on. You’re better than that, you really are. It’s really, really actually hurt me hard."
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She warned: "Be so mindful when you are putting hate out on the internet because you don’t know what that person’s going through. You don’t know how many hurtful comments they’ve had in that day.
"You don’t know how that can affect somebody, like I’m actually being serious now, it’s so upsetting. I don’t mean it’s upset me, because I’m now strong enough to not be hurt by those things.
"If this was two years ago, I’d have been crying, but I’m not. I just cant understand how someone could write, 'Go and kill yourself', there’s just a lot more work that needs to be done."
Scarlett was soon inundated with supportive messages from fans begging her not to pay attention to the online abuse, with Scarlett returning to her page to say that the kindness had "restored her faith in humanity".
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