Jodie Weston says she’s developed a thick skin after becoming the target of trolls (Image: Jodie Weston)

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A self-dubbed ‘ex influencer’ who was trolled relentlessly after appearing on a reality TV show is using the vile messages as motivation in her new career.

Jodie Weston was bombarded with cruel messages in 2018 when she appeared on Channel 5 show ‘Rich Kids Go Skint’.

“I didn’t know what the show would be like when it aired. In the episode I appeared on, there was a lot of stuff going on off-screen that impacted how I behaved.

“I ended up looking like a bit of a diva,” Jodie told The Mirror.

After the episode aired, Jodie’s Instagram account blew up with cruel jibes from people calling her a “b***h” and other vile names.

Jodie Weston claims she suffered "exhausting" trolling after appearing on Channel 5 Show 'Rich Kids go Skint'
(Image: Jodie Weston)

One troll said: “Must be f***ing amazing being stuck up there on your high horse.”

Another wrote: “You are actually the biggest b***h on the planet and you ain’t even all that either you’re ugly inside and outside. Vile tacky b***h”

Previously, Jodie said she’d even received messages from people saying she deserved to be sexually assaulted.

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“When it first started, I’d wake up every day and spend a good few minutes deleting messages. I don’t like to reply but sometimes it can get very personal and I send something back. I can’t help myself,” she said.

“It became so tiring. I remember I was in the lift one day in my old building and someone recognised me and said: ‘You didn’t come across very nice.’ It was just draining and really affected me.”

“I had to develop a thick skin and become very strong. People would tear me apart for anything.”

Jodie decided to harness the attention trolls gave her to promote her new career
(Image: Jodie Weston)

Three years after the show aired, Jodie says the trolling has died down a bit – but if her episode is ever repeated, the ugly side of being in the public eye rears its head again.

“It literally happened to me again this morning. I woke up to another one,” she said.

The message read: “Such a stuck up b***h, fake starts and ends with you!”

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But after years of ignoring the trolls and trying to rise above the abuse, Jodie has decided to start using it to her advantage.

“I have a personality where I try to find the silver lining in any situation, so I decided to spin it around for my benefit,” she said.

“I saw it as an opportunity and used the spotlight they were giving me to market myself.”

Throwing herself into a new career as a DJ, Jodie says “the proof is in the pudding” as the trolling has subsided and her follower count has grown.

Jodie says she received vicious messages calling her a b**** every single day
(Image: Jodie Weston)

She now has 106,000 followers on her Instagram account, @MissJodieWeston, which she uses to promote her radio show.

Despite her enormous following, Jodie doesn’t want to be seen as an influencer, and instead dubs herself an ‘ex-influencer’.

“I’ve been labelled an influencer for a couple of years but there’s so much more to me than that. I want to show people that.

“I see my Instagram account as a marketing tool, like you’d use for any other business. You have to show yourself in the best light.

“I think the market is so saturated, and it’s a dying market. There are so many people known as influencers and I don’t want to be one of them.”