Rylan Clark-Neal says he’s never felt the need to block mean-spirited trolls online because he genuinely enjoys reading negative comments about himself on social media.
During a special chat with Samsung KX’s Thread Talks, the Supermarket Sweep presenter explained that he’s likes to “live in the real world” and that he doesn’t believe in shutting out criticism because it’d give him a warped view on how he’s perceived by the general public.
“I get why people use the block button but I actually quite like seeing the tweets about me that are saying I’m talentless... I’ve got big teeth... that I’m orange, which is all true, to be perfectly honest,” he laughed.
“I don’t like a world where everyone loves me and I’m amazing and my head is like five times the size it should be – I actually quite like knowing that people don’t like me.”
Recalling his time on The X Factor eight years ago, the 31-year-old insisted that he “wasn’t not in on the joke” and that he “knew exactly what was going on” during his time on the ITV singing competition.
“I learnt very quickly on those type of shows you need to tick a box and you need to be potentially a stereotype of something and you need to fill a role that they’re looking for,” he added. “I’m happy being the butt of jokes, I really, really am because I get to see my bank manager on a weekly basis, and he reminds me that it’s all worth it in the end!
“It really, really is.”
Clark-Neal rounded off the interview by saying that he loves to clean his home as a way to unwind after a busy day in showbiz. So much so, that he’s had to swap out bleach and other chemical-heavy products for more eco-friendly ones because he was literally “knocking himself out” with the fumes.
“My life is not glamourous. I don’t have a cleaner, I don’t do anything like that. I love doing it,” he said.
“I live a very lucky life with my job and I get to come in places like this and people clap me and I lap it up and I wave like I’m Meghan and Harry. People think, ‘I bet he’s a right diva, I bet he goes home and drinks champagne’.
“‘No darling, it’s me, minky cloth and a bottle of cleaner.’ That is my life. But do you know what. I would not want it any other way.”