Category Archives: Celebrity Features

Charlie King for Ditch the Label: Bullying, Growing Up, Sexuality and Mental Health

We have the absolute pleasure of announcing that Charlie King, from the ITV2 hit series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ is the latest Ditch the Label celebrity patron. Charlie will now be working closely with us, helping us to spread our message and cause across the UK. We thought there’d be no better way of starting our relationship than with an official Ditch the Label interview. We spoke with Charlie about our charity, being bullied as a child, growing up, homophobia, mental health and life under the media spotlight. Charlie also gives his top tips to anybody who is currently being bullied or going through a difficult time. Ditch the Label: Hi Charlie, thanks for coming today, it’s great to...
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Rugby Player Ben Cohen on Ditch the Label

Last week, we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing ex-rugby worldwide champion, turned bullying activist – Ben Cohen, who now runs the StandUp Foundation. We spoke with Ben about bullying, gender in sport, homophobia and gay issues and life with a disability. Here goes…     Ditch the Label: Hi Ben, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. Ben Cohen: Not at all, I think it’s great what you guys are doing so it’s my pleasure. Ditch the Label: Thank you. So what made you decide to go from playing rugby to setting up the StandUp Foundation, which helps fund anti-bullying projects and campaigns? Ben Cohen: A few years ago, my dad sadly died...
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Jodie Harsh for Ditch the Label: “One half feels untouchable and the other half is like “oh my god, I’m in a wig!”

  We had the pleasure of speaking with Jodie Harsh, one of the UK’s biggest and most successful DJs, socialites and all round entertainers. We spoke to Jodie about her thoughts on bullying, growing up and she gives her advice on finding and accepting yourself for who you are.   Ditch the Label: Hi Jodie, thank you for taking the time out to talk to us! Jodie Harsh: Not a problem, I think what you guys are doing is great and it’s an honour to be able to contribute my story towards the campaign. Ditch the Label: It’s great to have you involved! So could you tell us a little more about yourself and what you do? Jodie Harsh: Ultimately...
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Gok Wan for Ditch the Label: “Try to Understand the Bullies as Best You Can.”

Excitement doesn’t even describe how we felt when we were given the opportunity to interview one of the most inspirational and loveable public figures on British television: Gok Wan. We spoke with Gok about Ditch the Label, his experiences with bullying and the advice that has for young people being targeted by bullies. Here goes.. Ditch the Label: Hi Gok! Thank you so much for speaking with us today. It’s great to finally get you on board with our anti-bullying organisation. Gok Wan: Not at all, I think it’s great what you are doing. I like that you are concentrating on topical issues such as online bullying. When I was younger there was no real services available and so I...
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Hannah Stodel on Being a Disabled Paralympian and Ditch the Label

Hannah Stodel was born without a lower right arm but she hasn’t let that prevent her from becoming one of the UK’s most ambitious and renowned Paralympian Sailers. We had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Hannah in an emotional interview about her experiences of prejudice and bullying, about her career and the coping mechanisms that she employed when trying to overcome bullying throughout childhood. Ditch the Label: Hi Hannah, thank you so much for agreeing to speak with us! We love your story and are really excited to have you on board. Hannah Stodel: No worries, thank you for asking me. The more I read, the more impressed I have been by Ditch the Label. I love the concept...
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Doctor Christian Jessen on Ditch the Label

We had the pleasure of interviewing one of our favourite faces of the UK medial industry and one of the stars of the Channel 4 hit series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’. Yep, you guessed it – Doctor Christian Jessen! We spoke to Christian about Ditch the Label, his sexuality, being in the public eye, Twitter and prejudice towards patients in our first of many celebrity interviews. Ditch the Label: Hi Christian, thanks so much for your time. Are you familiar with Ditch the Label? Dr Christian Jessen: Hi guys, not a problem. Yes I am and I think that it’s great. It is important for teens to have somewhere to go when they need advice and support. Ditch the Label: Thank you!...
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Thelma Madine on Ditch the Label

Today we have had the absolute pleasure of interviewing TV’s most recognised Liverpudlian dressmaker, Thelma Madine. Best known for her star-role in Channel Four’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding as well as her own series Thelma’s Gypsy Girls, Thelma is a successful mumtrepreneur who is so driven and passionate for her job that she even has her own bed in her factory! Here Thelma talks to us about the trials and tribulations of the travelling way of life, as well as an insight to her personal battles and her views on bullying and discrimination. Ditch the Label: Hi Thelma, thank you so much for taking the time for an interview with us! What do you think about Ditch the Label? Thelma...
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Drew Ashlyn Cunningham on Ditch the Label

We are really excited to interview the fabulous Drew Ashlyn who featured on the inspirational Documentary ‘My Transsexual Summer‘ which was aired earlier this year on Channel Four. As you may already know, the show has opened a door of opportunities for Drew, who has attended various events, educates young people on the transgender community, and has gone on to work for make-up company Illamasqua. But it has not all been plain sailing for Drew, here she talks to us about her background, the aftermath of the show, and why she thinks Ditch the Label is such a great cause. Ditch the Label: Hi Drew, we are so excited to interview you here at Ditch the Label! Were you already...
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Latrice Royale on Ditch the Label

You can only imagine how excited we were about interviewing one of the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4 – Latrice ‘mother f*cking’ Royale! We spoke to Latrice about Ditch the Label, her childhood, RuPaul’s Drag Race and ways in which she has been discriminated against for in the past. Along with how she has grown and developed enough self-confidence and self-acceptance to make the haters ‘eat it’. Ditch the Label: Hey Latrice, great to finally chat with you! So you have already been on our new website… what do you think of it? Latrice Royale:  Kudos! I think the site is fantastic. What you are doing is amazing. I wish I had something like Ditch the Label when...
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