YouTuber Rosie McClelland has bravely spoken out about being bullied by online trolls after failing her GCSEs.
Rosie sat down with This Morning hosts Cat Deeley and Craig Doyle today to explain how she’d been on the receiving end of ‘hate’ after revealing that she’d failed her GCSEs.
She revealed that while the trolls made her ‘cry’, she has just completed retakes for the exams after extra tutoring, and is remaining optimistic.
Speaking alongside her mum, Danielle, she recalled: ‘I posted on my YouTube channel because I do loads of vlogs. I just wanted to show everybody because I’m not going to lie to any of my followers.
‘I could have just said: “I’ve passed everything. I got all A Stars and all nines”. But I decide to show them my vulnerable side. Like even if you do fail your GCSEs – it doesn’t define who you are.
‘I was only eight marks off of passing which was really annoying. But at the end of the day a number just does not define you’.
Rosie exclaimed that she had since put the episode behind her, and told trolls that she ‘didn’t care anymore’.
Still, at the time, she remembered being naive to the onslaught of online abuse that was to come.
‘It was two days before my birthday and this whole just wave of videos hating on me just came up,’ she said.
‘It was me crying and then me just failing and everyone was making fun of me failing all of my GCSEs. And to be honest nothing hurts me. Like nothing gets to me at all.
‘But this – I was crying for like two days straight. It was really hard. For my mum especially’.
Rosie’s mother, a content creator herself, said at that moment she had lost all control after being her daughter’s protector for over a decade.
‘In all the time we’d never seen anything like that,’ she said.
Things became so dire, that Danielle shared regret over allowing her daughter to post the video, subsequently exposing her to ‘haters’ – even though she admitted the video ‘helped so many people’.
Rosie said that she was now studying music production at college, so in the long run her grades didn’t matter.
The news comes amid Anti-Bullying Week, with this year’s theme being ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’.
The event sets out to raise awareness about the detrimental impacts of bullying, and to encourage people to stand up against oppression.
Rosie and her cousin Sophia Grace, now 20, first went viral more than a decade ago when their parents posted a video of them covering Nicki Minaj’s smash hit Super Bass.
The duo subsequently made numerous appearances on the Ellen DeGenerous Show, charming the powerful comedian with their adorable accents, precocious personalities and love of pink tutus.
The young girls instantly became a sensation and continued to be one of Ellen’s favourite acts.
Ellen repeatedly brought Sophia and Rosie back on her show, introducing the girls to their favourite celebrities – including Rihanna – and turning them into red carpet correspondents.
The adorable cousins were eventually given their own segment called Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie where they interviewed everyone from Miley Cyrus to Hugh Grant.
Two picture books for children were constructed around the girls and they even received their own movie – Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure.