Roz Purcell opens up about history with Donald Trump and describes the day she called him out to his face

The former Miss Universe Ireland said she met Trump 'lots of times' – adding that the former US president is 'full of lies'

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“But I think we all know he is full of lies right now.

“I met him lots of times. I presented Golf TV with him once up at his golf estate.

“I was shocked when he actually became president because everything that you do see on TV and you hear about him is exactly what he is like.

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“I remember being shocked at some of the things he said because it just was not how anyone should speak about other people.

“I remember calling him out once, I remember he said something extremely bad about a certain marginalised group.

“I just said ‘God’s people would never say that in Ireland’. I quickly shut up though because I remembered I was a 19-year-old who was presenting a TV show that he owned.”

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She also revealed to the former Irish president how she also encountered inappropriate touching from photographers during her time as a fashion model.

“I think it’s only now when I’m heading into my 30s, I realise a lot of things that I put up with weren’t okay.

“I definitely think as a model being so young and travelling all over the world, I became very desensitised to things like men grabbing you, photographers touching you in areas that wouldn’t be okay now.

“When you’re younger you don’t feel like you have a voice, when you are younger you are afraid to stand up, particularly in situations where everyone else on set is putting it up with it too.”

During her walk with the former president in the Tipperary hills of Sliabh na mBan near her family’s farm, she says she believes her serious disorder was triggered by her modelling career but had its beginnings at a much younger age.

Roz Purcell at Longitude Festival 2019

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“Part of me would have said that it was from starting modelling and being constantly told you needed to lose weight.

“But I do think I would have always developed an eating disorder. I remember noticing my weight in secondary school and being conscious that I wasn’t maybe as skinny as another girl.

“I do think society teaches young women that weight loss is a very good thing.

“Your worth was based on a number of the scales so I do think I grew up with that mentality and then obviously the modelling industry really reinforced it.”

She said she used to hide her eating disorder from people around her.

“I would eat in front of them and then not eat and then over-train.

“Food gave me a huge sense of control when I didn’t feel like I had any control.

Roz Purcell after a swim in Sandycove, Dublin
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“My inner monologue to myself was so destructive.

“It really negatively affected everyone who I was around and probably ruined a lot of friendships and relationships along the way.

“My biggest fear was that I had built up this lie that I was this in-shape person who eats whatever she wanted all the time naturally this way which just was not me.”

She said the people closest to her spoke to her and tried to broach the subject of an eating disorder.

“I was in the relationship at the time, he pointed it out to me.

“My older sister kinda confronted me which I didn’t take well at all and I do think it affected our relationship for a few months because I was very angry with her for doing it.

“I didn’t want to get help because my eating disorder was me, it was a part of me, it was why people liked me. It was why I was being successful and I didn’t want to give that up.

“I think a lot of people going through disordered eating struggle with (thinking) that people aren’t going to love them when they put on weight.”

She told Mary McAleese that the cancer diagnosis of her older sister, Rachel, was a wake-up call to reassess her own health.

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She said: “She said ‘the (doctor) thinks I’ve leukaemia and it was like somebody punched me in the stomach’.

“There was that three period where we got a diagnosis, we didn’t understand the diagnosis that it was manageable and she can live with it.

“It was about three or four months where I didn’t actually think about what I was eating or what shape my body was.

“I didn’t think about myself and my body. I was concentrating on her and we lived together at the time.”

In All Walks Of Life, she says her sister’s leukaemia is now in remission but the experience forced her to reevaluate her life.

She said: “Once I started being aware of other people around me and not just concentrating on me, I realised I was getting a lot more enjoyment out of life and what was important so it was actually Rachel’s cancer diagnosis that made me go and get help.

Rozanna Purcell
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“It I took a long time to recover. I think maybe the guts of two years.

“I definitely think Rachel’s diagnosis showed me what was important. I realised I probably wasn’t living life cause I was so trapped in what size I was and I think it made me just want to get better.”

Her decision meant the end of her career on the catwalk and the start of her career as a healthy living influencer.

“I had to, I really had to start modelling to get better. I really did.”

ALL WALKS OF LIFE will be shown on RTE One on Friday, January 22 at 8.30pm

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