Boyzone star Keith Duffy opens up about suffering from horrific ‘mental bullying’ at school


Former Boyzone singer Keith Duffy has spoken openly about being bullied and subjected to “mental torture” in secondary school.

The 47-year-old recalled spending three tough years at a Christian Brothers school in Dublin, where he was bullied so badly for being from a ‘poorer’ area that he eventually had to drop out of college.

“It would be fair to say I was bullied at school when I was 13-15-16,” he told The Irish Sun.

“I don’t mean physically because I was involved in contact sports and I was fine with that.

“But it was mental torture, it was mental bullying, it was always rejected by the mainstream of people.”

Keith went on to say that the experience had a lasting impact on him: “It’s a kind of mental torture, a mental bullying that’s been with me for years, it’s made me doubt myself for a long, long time.”

“For years after it had a negative impact on me, it made me feel insecure.”

The father-of-two said he confided in his late father Sean at the time: “I said to my father, ‘I’m not liked there, I’m being bullied.’

“Lies were spread against me in this school, which upset me.

“Just childish stuff, to be honest, but it affects you when you’re a kid and trying to figure out who you are as you go through puberty and grow up.”

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After three long years, the musician moved to another school, where he had the time of his life.

“I met a whole new bunch of people and they all came from different backgrounds and I had the best two years of my life at this school.

“But those three years at a Christian Brothers school in Dublin were possibly the worst three years of my school life,” he added. Boyzone star Keith Duffy opens up about suffering from horrific ‘mental bullying’ at school

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