The former Make Or Break star opened up about his struggles with online trolls and body shaming after pictures of him surfaced from the TV show and turned into a meme.
Having appeared on TV two years prior to his Make Or Break stint on BBC1’s The Apprentice, David had experienced two very different worlds of reality TV.
The 27-year-old suffers from a disorder called Gynecomastia which is a hormone imbalance in men that increases breast tissue, resulting in what is known as ‘man boobs’.
Having felt compelled to spend £3000 on the Gynecomastia surgery and Vaster Liposuction after being made to cover up in the press photos for the reality show, the TV personality spoke exclusively to Daily Star Online about his insecurities.
“I didn’t want to be the only guy wearing a t-shirt when everyone else had their shirts off.”
On the day of shooting the promo pictures for the show, David was surrounded by fellow cast members who all had similar muscular physiques, he said: “It was a bit embarrassing when all of those guys with sexy bodies were around me, especially because I got on the show because of my personality, it would’ve been nice to have the body, too.
“When we were doing the press shots for Channel 5, [the press team] were trying to make me cover up. Initially they asked me to wear a t-shirt for the official poster, but I kicked off.
However, reps from Channel 5 rebuffed claims that David was pressured into anything.
“The priority on the photoshoot was for all contributors to be comfortable and nobody was pressured into wearing, or not wearing, anything they didn’t feel confident in,” a spokesperson said.
Nonetheless, David continued: “I didn’t want to be the only guy wearing a t-shirt when everyone else had their shirts off. That’s even more embarrassing for me.”
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He continued: “I managed to get my shirt off but they were like ‘the photo will only work if you’ve covered up,’ so that’s why I’m covering my man boobs.
“I remember sitting outside and talking to some of the other cast members. I was sat thinking I’m p****d off. Just because I’m not the poster pin up boy you want, you’re kind of isolating me.”
David continued to talk about how the press day had affected him, as well as the split of his girlfriend on the show, after she had decided to get with somebody else who had ‘a better body’.
The star admitted: “It affected me in a way where I thought I looked like s**t. What was worse is that I’d actually lost two stone since filming the show for that photoshoot. So I actually thought I was in good shape.
“When I was thinking that I look great, but I still wasn’t good enough, it wasn’t nice.”
Since having the surgery, David has seen an immediate difference despite still needing to wait for the swelling and bruising to go down.
Despite his rocky love life after the show, he admitted he still hasn’t given up on his hunt to find romance.
When discussing what’s next for the reality star, he said: “I’d love to go on Love Island. I’ve been watching it and Adam is such a snake, I don’t really like the girls too much. Hayley just seems sneaky.
“Dani seems down to earth and like a girl I could get on with, so I would choose Dani, but it’s definitely something I’d like to do next.”
Daily Star Online have reached out to Channel 5 for a comment.