Strictly’s Layton Williams asks BBC for more cash to pay for therapy after abuse

Layton Williams has revealed that cruel trolling online has resulted in him asking bosses for more money in order to fund therapy sessions.

The West End star, who is currently competing on Strictly Come Dancing, has admitted he faces constant “sickening” abuse on social media.

In a recent interview, Layton, 29, revealed he regularly books himself in for therapy sessions in order to cope with the backlog of derogatory comments he receives.

“I ask for more money [on projects] so I can pay for a therapist, I know I am going to have to get to Harley Street,” he told OK! Magazine.

“I will have to have three sessions of therapy so I will book it myself.”

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Due to the abuse that he receives, Layton also claimed he no longer feels safe enough to use public transport as he’s not “well protected”.

“On one episode or something like Strictly you would have millions of people watching,” he said.

“You are out there and seen and then you walk down the street, people say, ‘Hi’ and it is constant. I don’t want to sound like Victoria Beckham, but you can’t go too far without being pestered and it can have a mental [effect].”

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His decision to seek therapy came after he was subjected to cruel racial and homophobic abuse across his social media channels, as well as in person.

The Bad Education star added: “Sometimes when I do campaigns and things for social media I will look at my comments and I see things like ‘Gay, sickening, disgusting’ – where are the manly men any more?

“I’d say 80 per cent of the comments are dragging everything you are proud of being [down]. And I am like, ‘Are you all OK?’ As I think I am stunning.”

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His therapy admission comes just days after he revealed BBC bosses continually urge him to cover up after rocking up to rehearsals in a jockstrap.

“I keep getting told by the camera crew to wear more clothes,” he told The Mirror.

“In the training room, they’re like, ‘We’re seeing a lot of things,’ but this is how I feel comfortable. I’ve got my jock strap on, it’s the BBC. But everything is nice and tight and together.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One from 6.30pm.

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