TV personality Gail Porter has begun speaking out about her personal problems with consumer debt to raise awareness of the impact that personal debt can have on people.
The Scottish TV personality, infamous for having her image projected on to the houses of parliament, is acting as an ambassador alongside Creditfix, the UK?s largest personal insolvency practice.
A former model and actress, Gail Porter was declared bankrupt in January this year and wants to share her own story to try and help dispel the negative stigma of personal debt, and encourage others suffering a similar fate to seek help.
She launched her ambassadorship with Creditfix via a video where she spoke about her experiences.
‘Often the problem with debt is you can be too proud, scared or just don?t know where to turn. There is such a negative stigma associated with personal debt that those in that situation have been frivolous and just wasted money, this is not the case.
‘I had been married and gone through a divorce and just couldn?t keep up with payments, my reaction to this was a common one, fear, but my actions were the wrong ones – just stuffing the bills under the bed and burying my head in the sand.
‘You think that hiding the debt will make everything ok, it will turn all turn out ok the end and be fine. This isn?t the case and in the long run, just makes the situation worse. Having been through this, I would encourage anyone who feels scared to reach out for support, whether that is through friends and family or professional help.’
CEO of Creditfix, Pearse Flynn, commended the star speaking out. He said: ‘Gail is an extraordinary person and whilst she may be well known and popular with the public, her story, sadly, is a very common one.
‘My hope is that Gail having the bravery to share her personal experiences will give thousands of people the confidence to open up and talk to a close friend or family member about their own personal debt issues.’
The video featuring Gail can be viewed below.