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Stacey Dooley: I’m hard… I won’t crack if you don’t like me

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Dooley’s ‘not for
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STACEY DOOLEY insists she is made of ‘hard stuff’ and won’t crack if TV viewers dislike her.

The 32-year-old, winner of last year’s Strictly Come Dancing, explained: ‘I’m made of hard stuff, I’m not going to crack every time someone says they don’t like me. I’m not for everyone.

‘I really mean this, it doesn’t hurt me. It doesn’t penetrate. People will judge all the time.

‘As long as you rate yourself and the people around you — you feel loved and they rate you — that’s what it’s all about.

‘You can drive yourself loopy trying to make sure everyone likes you and it’ll never happen.’

The documentary film-maker, who is dating her Strictly partner Kevin Clifton (above), 36, admitted the BBC show does elevate contestants’ celebrity status.

‘You can’t deny that Strictly puts you on a different stage,’ she told The Big Issue. ‘You come out the other end with lots of deals being thrown at you.

‘You can either take these gigs or get back to the day job, and you go to Nigeria and Syria and you work really bloody hard. I can’t make a documentary about sustainability within fashion then be the face of a fast fashion brand.’

Her upcoming BBC Panorama programme, Stacey Meets The IS Brides, sees her interview women in Syria who left their home countries to join Islamic State.

Stacey hasn’t changed her reporting style for Panorama, adding: ‘They’ve asked me to do it because they wanted it to have a bit of me in it I suppose.’

See The Big Issue, on sale today.

■ EMMA, Viscountess Weymouth (above) has become the eighth contestant to join Strictly. The chef and philanthropist told BBC Radio London yesterday: ‘I don’t know what to expect. It’s so, so exciting.’ The 33-year-old British Vogue contributor admitted she has never danced professionally, adding: ‘This is going to be very new and very challenging.’