Olympian Rebecca Adlington ‘stopped going to events’ due to online abuse

Adlington was subject to abuse on social media (PA)
19:58pm, Fri 30 Oct 2020
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Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington stopped attending events after suffering online abuse.

A breaking point for the swimmer came when she was presented her OBE from the Queen and trolls said she looked like a ‘whale’.

She told Fair Play: The Women in Sport Show: "I don't have any photos up of that day in my house. 

"I kind of feel bad that I wore that dress. It has changed my perception of memories that should've been special. I actually stopped going to events for a long time."

She added she believes people care less about how other people look since lockdown.

“I haven't worn make-up since about February and have probably forgotten how to apply it. I hope that, if anything positive can come from this year, it is those things of relaxing on the way we look.”

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