Rylan Clark says he “knew he was a joke” when he appeared on the X Factor in 2012, but has since learned to accept and dim his on-screen and off-screen life.
The TV personality said he was a “retired rookie” and now enjoys the popularity he has long wanted.
Speaking to i newspaper, Clark discussed his childhood, struggles with mental health and many confrontations with negative press throughout his career.
As well as being the current host of the Serious spin-off, Clark has won Celebrity Big Brother and presented various shows including This Morning, Eurovision, The One Show, Radio 2.
But it was in Simon Cowell’s famous singing competition that he found the limelight in the first place.
“I am a joke, but I know I am a joke,” he told me.
“I can sing. But I’m not allowed to sing on The X Factor. There’s a box for each person on it, and I ticked the ‘gay stereotypical joke’ box.”
“I could stand there and sing and hope to pass, along with millions of other auditioners, or I could play games…and argue with Gary Barlow.”
Clark recently published a book, titled Ten: The Decade That Changed My Future, in which he discusses having suffered from impostor syndrome throughout his career.
“I think I always consider myself a newbie,” he said.
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“But I’m not a newbie anymore. So I don’t need to be polite to someone who is being rude to me.
“I’m nice to everyone in this industry – I always have been, I always will be. But actually, if you outsmart me, I’ll f**king ruin you. “
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/rylan-clark-i-was-the-joke-but-i-knew-i-was-the-joke-at-the-start-of-my-career-42047291.html Rylan Clark: I’m a joke, but I knew I was a joke at the start of my career