Rylan Clark-Neal has shown off his lockdown hairstyle – and hilariously compared himself to Ben Adams from boyband A1.
Taking to Instagram Stories, Rylan, 32, shared a snap of his longer locks and wrote alongside, “Ben from A1 eat ur heart out,” before tagging Ben in the post.
Singer Ben, 39, who famously rocked his signature curtains hairstyle in the noughties, then re-posted the snap on his own Story, and wrote, “Looking good @rylan,” alongside a fire emoji
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It comes after Rylan candidly admitted he’s “always struggled” with the way he looks and is “still not happy” now.
The X Factor star was relentlessly bullied about his appearance as a teen, which has since left him with insecurities.
Speaking to The Sun, Rylan explained he was targeted by cruel bullies who labelled him “gay, fat and ginger”.
He said: “I always struggled with how I looked growing up.
“At school I was the little fat ginger kid and used to get picked on. I was quite camp, so the gay thing played its part. I used to start dying my hair at 14.
“I’m still not happy now, but I’m OK with that.”
He added: “I’ve had botox and fillers, and went through a stage where I took these too far sometimes.
“Do I sit here and have any regrets? Yes we all have regrets. i would love nothing more than to grow my hair out, stop colouring it, not have to trim my beard…but I created a look that people recognise.
“I’d like to have pecks, a six-pack, arms bigger than my legs and f***ing love my life.
“It’s alright I don’t love the way I look. It’s OK I’m not body confident – I’m the opposite of body confident, but I’m alright with it.
“I’ve always had hang ups about the way I look. Then I got into a career where it gives people free for all to judge how I look.
“I’m quite an insecure person. Everyone thinks I’m confident because I present live telly, but do I feel confident looking in the mirror when I wake up? No.
“Do I feel a bit more confident when I’ve got makeup on and done my skincare? Yeah I feel confident, but not as confident as I would like to feel.”