Katie Piper reveals it took her a long time to regain her confidence

Katie Piper EXCLUSIVE: Star reveals it took her a long time to regain her confidence and her new book helped her with Strictly Come Dancing nerves… as she talks about show exit

She was recently voted off the hit BBC One dancing show with her dance partner Gorka Márquez. 

And Katie Piper has exclusively revealed to MailOnline that her new book, Confidence, The Journal, helped calm her Strictly Come Dancing nerves.

The philanthropist, 35, spoke about her confidence and the show as part of the launch of her new publication, which guides readers through daily affirmations and creative prompts to help them live the life they want.

Inspiration: Katie Piper has exclusively revealed to MailOnline that her new book, Confidence, The Journal, helped calm her Strictly Come Dancing nerves

Katie exclusively revealed to MailOnline that despite being voted off the show on Sunday’s results show, she’s still going to keep on dancing and she couldn’t have done it without her dance partner Gorka. 

Talking about applying Confidence, The Journal during her time on Strictly, she said: ‘I felt quite anxious particularly in the first two weeks of the show as it was completely alien to me! 


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‘Using the daily affirmations and writing my goals and feelings was a massive help in calming my nerves and allowing me to just let go and enjoy myself!

‘It’s a show I have always loved watching over the years so to be involved was an absolute honour! 

Strictly stardom: The philanthropist, 35, spoke about her time on the show as part of the launch of her new publication, which guides readers through daily affirmations and creative prompts to help them live the life they want (pictured with Gorka Márquez)

‘Although I’m not the best dancer and it did challenge me, it was great to get out of my comfort zone and throw myself in to something new. I want to continue dancing as a hobby now which is great!’

Talking about her show exit on Sunday, she added: ‘You can really see the difference in my confidence from the first week to my final week, I was actually having fun by the end instead of just being absolutely terrified! 

‘I am sad my Strictly journey is over but I’m thrilled to have had the experience and to have met such an amazing group of people. Gorka was so patient with me, I really couldn’t of done it without him.’

As well as her writing work, presenting and Strictly, Katie also founded her own charity in 2009 called the Katie Piper Foundation where it helps people with burns and traumatic scars with their recovery.

Dance fan: Katie exclusively revealed to MailOnline that despite being voted off the show on Sunday’s results show, she’s still going to keep on dancing and she couldn’t have done it without her dance partner Gorka

Katie created the special organisation after she was left with permanent scars on her face and blindness in one eye after her malicious ex-boyfriend and an accomplice attacked her with acid in 2008.

Meanwhile, at home, the presenter is mum to two daughters, Penelope, ten months, and Belle, four, with husband Richard James Sutton.

Talking about balancing her work and family life, she continued: ‘It’s so hard to get that perfect balance. Since having the girls, I’ve become extremely organised and always ensure I set time aside for quality family time. 

‘My day usually consists of doing the school run, followed by a workout, then it’s work and busy meetings throughout the day. I will always do my best to be home to bath the girls and have dinner together as a family – these are the most precious times and the highlight of my day!’

Sad times: Talking about her show exit on Sunday, she added: ‘You can really see the difference in my confidence from the first week to my final week, I was actually having fun by the end!’

Katie’s new book, Confidence, The Journal, guides readers through daily affirmations and creative prompts to help them live the life they want and has helped her live her life to the full. 

Talking about the reason behind her new publication, she revealed: ‘Confidence is found from within, so I thought creating a journal would be a great medium for people to write down their personal thoughts, goals and progress in their journey towards positive thinking and raising their self-esteem. 

‘The journal also includes daily affirmations, tips and advice on how to achieve a happier, and more balanced mindset. 

‘Everyone who knows me will know I use affirmations in everyday life – they’ve helped me get through some very tough times. 

‘Saying these powerful words out loud helps me to feel confident, empowered and ready for whatever the day ahead has in store! I even have a wall in my downstairs loo covered with my favourite ones! 

Positivity: Katie’s new book, Confidence, The Journal, guides readers through daily affirmations and creative prompts to help them live the life they want and has helped her live her life to the full

‘I think it’s the writing aspect of the journal which is really powerful – and I write a lot, daily, weekly. You can write down thoughts and goals and visualise what you need to do moving forward, we live in such a visual society so it’s a really powerful tool. 

‘At the end of September for example, one of my achieved goals was dancing in front of strangers – I did something I’d never think I’d be able to do and that makes me very proud.’ 

Katie went on to highlight how important having confidence is to her and also her fans, she added: ‘Having self-belief and confidence is so important and we all deserve to have it. 

‘You feel like the best version of yourself when you’re confident, and it will help you to reach personal goals as well as career goals. It’s easier said than done, but everyone has it within them. 

‘It took me a long time to regain my confidence, and of course sometimes I’m more confident than others, but it’s there for all to find. In a world of Instagram filters, it’s important to have real, true, authentic confidence from within.’

Family: Katie went on to highlight how important having confidence is to her and also her fans, she added: ‘Having self-belief and confidence is so important and we all deserve to have it.’

Busy bee: At home, the presenter is mum to two daughters, Penelope, ten months, and Belle, four, with husband Richard James Sutton 

Talking about the things that have helped her find confidence, she continued: ‘Self-acceptance – we can sometimes have unrealistic expectations especially if we are comparing ourselves to others. 

‘As soon as we can accept ourselves, we can move forward, be confident and show people the best version of who we can be, rather than trying to be like somebody else. 

‘In terms of my happiness, this is found within my amazing family and friends who lift me up every day and the incredible people that I meet through my charity.’

Speaking about her future goals, she added: ‘Although we have achieved so much already within The Katie Piper Foundation, I would love to raise further awareness and funds so we can help more people. 

‘I want to keep sharing our message and to live in a world where scars don’t limit a person’s inclusion, function and wellbeing.’

Candid: Katie also revealed that she wants her book to bring positivity as social media can be a ‘huge catalyst in lowering self-esteem’, posting make-up free selfies and candid takes on her life

Katie also revealed that she wants her book to bring positivity as social media can be a ‘huge catalyst in lowering self-esteem’.

She said: ‘We need to remember however, that Instagram just shows the highlights of people’s lives and we shouldn’t take this as face value. 

‘I think also that because celebrities lives are so accessible via social media, this can have a negative effect on people as it may give unrealistic aspirations which can knock their confidence which is why I try to upload posts with no makeup on, or baking cakes with my girls instead of being on a red carpet. 

‘I love dressing up and of course it’s great to put up what you think is the best picture, but balance is so important. I had a recent social media cull, and unfollowed those who didn’t make me feel confident, and followed more inspirational women who I admire and look up to.’

Katie Piper’s Confidence, The Journal by Quercus Books is available at www.amazon.com and all good book stores.

Read more: Katie Piper’s Confidence, The Journal by Quercus Books is available at www.amazon.com and all good book stores

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