This Morning Star Alison Hammond Haunted By Bullies Who Called Her “Elephant”



Much loved TV presenter Alison Hammond says she has panic attacks and is traumatized by the word “elephant” years later

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TV presenter Alison Hammond has been so traumatized to be called an elephant in school that she still has a panic attack every time she hears the word.

She also said she had “heart palpitations” after seeing one of the animals on safari because she feared people would equate her to her.

Alison, 46, said: “It might sound crazy, but every time I hear the word ‘elephant’ it brings me back to school and the nasty comments boys used to make about me. .

“When I hear someone say ‘elephant,’ I instantly think they must be talking about me.

“Everything about elephants triggers it. I remember this happened once when I was on safari.

“Some elephants showed up and I had heart palpitations because I was afraid someone would say, ‘Alison, look! An elephant, like you.

She now has panic attacks from the trauma


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Revealing that she suffers from PTSD, the star recounted how she was at an awards ceremony where Brian May said there was an “elephant in the room” and she thought he was referring to her.

Opening in her new book You’ve Got to Laugh, Alison added that she was at the ceremony with fellow Big Brother star Kate Lawler.

Alison Hammond says she has a panic attack every time she hears the word “elephant”


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She said: “We didn’t notice that a band was coming on stage to perform – we were too busy chatting.

Suddenly Brian May said, ‘We’re trying to listen and I can’t hear a word of the singing. Could you reduce your noise? “

“We stopped talking. But do you know when you get scolded and you laugh a little? “Oh, my God, we just got scolded by Queen’s Brian May!” “

“Things got worse when the band left the stage. Brian May stood up to give a speech and started by saying, “Now there’s an elephant in the room, isn’t there? “”

Alison said she mistakenly thought he was talking about her.

Cruel children laughed at her when she was young


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The star is now a television icon

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She added, “I had a total panic, he was going to start embarrassing me in front of everyone.” In fact, the rocker was referring to something completely different.

She continued, “’Of course I wasn’t talking about you!’ he said. “I just really wanted to hear the singers and you were too loud.”

“I don’t know what lesson I learned from that day, but I’m sure I’m not the only person living with PTSD dating back to school. “

Alison had the final say on class bullies by becoming one of TV’s top presenters.

After finding fame on Big Brother, the Birmingham star propelled This Morning to record Friday odds with Dermot O’Leary.

Her interviews with movie stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford are now causing a stir on YouTube and she was recently nominated for a National Television Award for Best Presenter.

* Alison Hammond: You’ve Got to Laugh is out now.

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