Love Island UK Liberty Poole breaks down in tears after being labelled a ‘catfish’ at the airport over appearance
A reality TV star has detailed the moment she broke down in tears after a group of strangers accused her of being a “catfish” when they saw her at an airport without any makeup.
Liberty Poole, who rose to fame on dating show Love Island UK in 2021, stepped out bare-faced at Birmingham Airport on Friday when she was “verbally abused” – leaving her “feeling like s***”.
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The 23-year-old was going away on holiday with a friend when she was confronted by a “group of lads”.
“I literally went no lashes, no foundation, like really stripped back, and like just me,” she said on her Instagram Stories.
“I was verbally abused in public, (they were) shouting at me, ‘You’ve gone downhill since Love Island, oh my god, you’re such a catfish’,” she recalled.
She said the humiliating ordeal didn’t end there.
“(They were) going onto the plane and telling members of staff, ‘Oh my god have you seen Liberty?”, blah blah blah – just because I’ve gone to the airport stripped back,” Liberty recalled.
‘Not always glammed’
The traveller said she wanted to speak out about the encounter to remind fans about the unrealistic world of social media.
“I feel like it’s so important to let people know that with social media, you’re going to post your best pictures but you’re not always going to be glam,” she explained.
“You’re not always going to be on top form, you do have your down days, look, I’ve got a spot that I’ve not covered up – I’m unfiltered. I haven’t fake tanned yet and this is me.
“This is the stripped-back version of me and I’m not ashamed and I’m not going to be made to feel ashamed by people.”
However, she admitted she cried after the confrontation.
“Thank you for the people that made me feel like s*** and I cried,” she said.
“But I’m allowed to feel emotions, I’m allowed to be sad.”
‘Put a filter on you’
It isn’t the first time she’s been humiliated in public.
“I had these women come up to me and be like, ‘Liberty, please may I take a photo with you?’” she recalled.
“And I was like, “Yeah sure’, and they went, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll follow you on Instagram, I’ll put a filter on you’.
“They literally said that to me, so here I am making a stand and saying I’m not ashamed to be here wearing no lashes, no tan, no makeup, hair scraped up looking how I am.
“I’m not ashamed because if I don’t make a stand and tell young girls it is normal to be like this, and you don’t have to be dolled up every night…
“Don’t get me wrong. I’m going out tonight, I’m going to get dolled up and go out with my best mate of 10 years.”
Instead of dwelling on what happened, Liberty said she ended up picking herself “back up”.
“I think, ‘You know what, I’m going to go out and have a good time because I’m a boss b***h’,” she said.
“And I always just say to people, you get 10 seconds of being sad and then you go back to being happy again.”
‘Live my best life’
“Honestly you just gotta pick yourself up and move on. So yeah I’m going to go out and have the best time ever, I’m going to live my best life.”
She added: “I just wanted to send that message out because you are beautiful no matter what people say to you.
‘Thank you to the people that treated me so negatively because I’m turning that into a positive.”