It was 12 years ago when Shayne Ward first found himself in the spotlight when he won X Factor at just 21 years old, nowadays though you can find him on the cobbles playing Coronation Street's Aidan Connor.

The singer-turned-actor has also now got involved with Loose Women's Body Stories campaign, where he has opened up about how it feels when people comment on his weight gain.

"If someone's just going to comment on the fact that I'm a little bit bigger than I used to be, I'm 32," he said. "When I first joined the pop industry I was 21, so of course my body's going to change after that amount of time.

"Being in the public eye can make you more conscious, without a shadow of a doubt, and that's what's great about this campaign."

He continued: "Hopefully this campaign will give men the confidence to talk about body confidence issues, because a lot of it is thrown away as banter; 'Ah you've got a bit of a belly,' 'So have you mate.'

"And then it's done, but actually, once that conversation stops and someone starts to talk about something else, you're left with that, thinking, actually I do feel like I've put on a bit of weight.

"This campaign is going to be brilliant for that."

 

Joining Shayne in the campaign are Robbie Savage, David Ginola, Bruno Tonioli, This Morning's medical expert Dr Ranj, Judge Robert Rinder and boxing icon Frank Bruno.

Shayne also read out some of the nasty tweets he has received from online trolls and said how he handles them; "I love the power of block on social media," he said. "It's the most wonderful thing in the world. Someone says something, I just block them. It's great."

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