A Place in the Sun's Scarlette Douglas reveals shocking moment she was branded 'too fat' for dream job

A PLACE in the Sun's Scarlette Douglas has revealed the shocking moment she was branded 'too fat' for her dream job.

The presenter is also a musical theatre star, having appeared in numerous West End productions.

But during a conversation with her co-stars Laura Hamilton and Jasmine Harman for The Sun's Fabulous magazine, Scarlette revealed that for years she struggled with insecurities and eating disorders.

They originated at performing arts college where her weight was scrutinised.

Scarlette said: “Every month for three years we got weighed and if you were overweight you had to see a nutritionist who put us on some crazy diet, eating seeds.

"When I did musical theatre, people told me I was too fat and if I didn’t lose weight, I’d lose my job.”

Those insecurities extended to filming A Place In The Sun and she said: “I’ve definitely had periods during my years on the show when I’ve really struggled, because TV adds pounds.

“I’ve always had an issue with my weight.”

For the past year Scarlette has been with Manchester-born musician and The Voice contestant Lyndrik Xela.

The couple met 12 years ago when they were starring in West End show Thriller Live.

But it wasn’t until last February, just before the first lockdown, that they started a relationship.

It would be enough to test any new love, but Scarlette describes being locked down with Lyndrik as a lot of fun, and says it made them realise they can never be apart.

She added: “We haven’t done the full proposal, but he’s said he wants to spend the rest of his life with me and I’ve told him I’ll marry him. We’re really strong.”

The couple plan to move to Los Angeles, where Scarlette intends to become an estate agent and to present US property programmes.

A Place in the Sun airs weekdays at 3pm on Channel 4

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