Union J’s George Shelley is considered a dreamboat by girls everywhere, but there’s someone who doesn’t agree with that – George Shelley himself. He says that his confidence was severely shaken by bullying when he was younger, and the just the thought of going topless for a performance is enough to make him feel self conscious.
George told Heat [via Sugarscape], "I was obese, I'm massively insecure. I won't even take my top off in the pool. It's programmed into my head that I'm fat because I got bullied at school and I can't get it out. If I got changed for PE and took my top off, people would laugh.”
George says that he and his fellow Union J bandmate Jaymi, who also describes himself as self conscious, wouldn’t even go to the pool or beach in just drunks - "If we went sunbathing, we'd probably wear wetsuits.”
It’s incredibly sad that people should feel so self-conscious about their bodies, but it makes sense if you consider that these people are some of the most famous people in the music industry. It’s not like it is with ‘regular’ people, who don’t have to worry about getting followed or photographed at the beach or the pool. If George was to go without a top during a performance on the X Factor, not only would it be broadcast to millions of people worldwide, but it would attract a lot of attention online.