Matt Lucas took to Instagram on Saturday to share an abusive message from a troll who shamed him for having alopecia.
Posting a screenshot to his 277k followers on the social media platform, the comedian, 47, who is set to return to the Great British Bake Off later this month, shared the shocking message with his followers.
‘I don’t know the person who sent me this but it arrived unsolicited in my inbox this evening,’ he began.
‘This is an insight into some of the insanity that comes with the job’: GBBO’s Matt Lucas shared a vile expletive-laden abusive message from a troll shaming his alopecia ahead of series launch on Saturday
‘It didn’t remotely bother me on a personal level because it’s just some bored, drunk kids trying to shock but I post it as an insight into some of the insanity that comes with the job. Happy Saturday!’
The shocking message he received read: ‘He says he wants to put your bald cancerous head up his a*** and call you his little hobbit b****.’
It came as a response to a post penned by PR guru Simon Jones. Simon was bidding Matt and the Great British Bake Off team good luck with their National Television Award nomination on Thursday night.
Shocking: ‘He says he wants to put your bald cancerous head up his a*** and call you his little hobbit b****,’ the horrid message read
The Little Britain creator lost his hair at the age of six following a traumatic accident when he was hit by a car while on holidays in Portugal, aged four.
Two years later, aged six, he started losing his hair in a delayed response to the shock of being knocked down by the car.
In a column for the Guardian in 2017, Matt penned that losing his hair ‘shaped his childhood’ and also his career later on.
‘I woke up one morning to find several hairs on my pillow,’ he wrote. ‘The next day the same thing happened, only this time there were a lot more. By the end of that summer all my hair had fallen out.’
Exciting: The Great British Bake Off is set to return to screens in less than two weeks
Although the actor said his childhood was ‘tough’ and he was ‘mocked and bullied’ because of his baldness, he said it has ultimately helped him in his career.
‘Would I have had my big break as a baby in Shooting Stars if I had had a full head of hair?’ he questioned.
‘My baldness has made me distinctive, yet also allowed me to transform myself. Stick a wig on and I’m someone else. Swap the wig and I’m now another person.’
It comes after the funnyman used the third national lockdown to grow his ‘first ever moustache’.
Smiling: It comes after the funnyman used the third national lockdown to grow his ‘first ever moustache’
The Bake Off host debuted his new look on Instagram admitting his facial fuzz looked ‘a bit weird’ due to his lack of eyebrows.
Matt’s lockdown look followed a battle with alopecia – a condition that causes your hair to fall out – which he has suffered from for the vast majority of his life.
In the caption, he joked: ‘In lockdown 3 I grew my first ever moustache. I don’t have eyebrows so it looks a bit weird.’
Joker: The Bake Off host debuted his new look on Instagram admitting his facial fuzz looked ‘a bit weird’ due to his lack of eyebrows
A stir was caused among fans when it was recently announced that The Great British Bake Off would return to the small screen in less than two weeks.
The super-popular cookery contest will air the first episode of its 12th series on September 21 on Channel 4 at 8PM.
While fans are still in the dark with regards to the contestants taking part, a poster featuring judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, as well as hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding materialised on Twitter on Wednesday.
It’s back! The super-popular cookery contest will air the first episode of its 12th series on September 21 on Channel 4 at 8PM [L-R: Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Matt Lucas]
Alopecia, which causes baldness, is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. The immune system – the body’s defense system – turns on itself.
What are the symptoms?
‘Typically, one or more small bald patches, about the size of a 50p piece, appear on the scalp. The hair can start to regrow at one site, while another bald patch develops. Hair may also begin to thin all over the head,’ says Marilyn Sherlock, chairman of the Institute of Trichologists.
What causes it?
‘For some reason, the body’s immune system begins to attack its own hair follicles. Special white blood cells in the body, known as T-lymphocytes, cause the hair to stop growing,’ she adds.
Can worry make it worse?
Stress has been shown to prolong the problem.
Is it an inherited condition?
There is strong evidence to suggest that alopecia, like other auto-immune diseases, runs in families. About 25 per cent of patients have a family history of the disorder.
Who gets it?
Alopecia areata usually affects teenagers and young adults, but it can affect people of any age. It is just as common among men as women.
Is there a cure?
There is no known cure, although there are various treatments which may be effective for some people.
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