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Gail Porter is told she could 'possibly look pretty again' if she wears a wig

Gail Porter urged people to be “nice” after she revealed she “could be beautiful again” if she wore a wig.

The Scottish presenter, 51, who was diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, took to Twitter on Monday to tell her fans to think about their words before uttering them.

The former model, who lost her hair 15 years ago, then admitted that her TV work had dried up because she refused to wear a wig during the broadcast.

'Don't let anyone put you down': Gail Porter urged people on Monday to be nice after she revealed she was told she 'could be beautiful again' if she wore a wig (pictured in May)

‘Don’t let anyone put you down’: Gail Porter urged people on Monday to be nice after she revealed she was told she ‘could be beautiful again’ if she wore a wig (pictured in May)

She wrote on Twitter: ‘Sleep well everyone. I had someone who told me that if I wore a wig, I could potentially look beautiful again.

“Think about what you all say to each other. We all have feelings. Be nice. It’s not difficult. X’

Gail later shared a second post alongside a photo of herself beaming in large dark sunglasses.

She wrote: ‘Bald and proud. Don’t let anyone put you down x Being different is a beautiful thing x.’

'Be nice': Scottish presenter, 51, who was diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, took to Twitter to tell her fans to think about their words before uttering them (pictured in 1999)

'Be nice': Scottish presenter, 51, who was diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, took to Twitter to tell her fans to think about their words before uttering them (pictured in 1999)

‘Be nice’: Scottish presenter, 51, who was diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, took to Twitter to tell her fans to think about their words before uttering them (pictured in 1999)

Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, when the star saw her TV work dry up after refusing to wear wigs.

In February she shared a heartfelt post on Instagram stating that “nothing can break me” after she lost her eyebrows and eyelashes to alopecia again.

The presenter said she was “lucky” despite her problems and encouraged people who were going through the same.

She wrote, “Well… alopecia hit me hard again. Eyebrows and eyelashes are gone again… but absolutely nothing can break me and I know that I am a very happy person.

'Being different is a wonderful thing': The former model, who lost her hair 15 years ago, then admitted that her TV work had dried up because she refused to wear a wig during the broadcast

'Being different is a wonderful thing': The former model, who lost her hair 15 years ago, then admitted that her TV work had dried up because she refused to wear a wig during the broadcast

‘Being different is a wonderful thing’: The former model, who lost her hair 15 years ago, then admitted that her TV work had dried up because she refused to wear a wig during the broadcast

She wrote on Twitter: 'Sleep well everyone.  I had someone who told me that if I wore a wig I could possibly look beautiful again'

She wrote on Twitter: 'Sleep well everyone.  I had someone who told me that if I wore a wig I could possibly look beautiful again'

She wrote on Twitter: ‘Sleep well everyone. I had someone who told me that if I wore a wig I could possibly look beautiful again’

“Over a million more important things in this world, but anyone who gets scared of losing your hair… you’ve got this. Believe me.’

She described herself as looking like the moon on Twitter, posted a photo of Earth’s natural satellite and wrote, “Damn it. Eyelashes and eyebrows have all decided to leave me. hey hey.’

Gail lost her TV job after she was diagnosed with refusing to wear wigs and later became homeless.

She was at the peak of her career in the 90s, with shows like Top Of The Pops and The Big Breakfast.

'Bald and proud': Gail later shared a second post alongside a photo of herself beaming in large dark sunglasses

'Bald and proud': Gail later shared a second post alongside a photo of herself beaming in large dark sunglasses

‘Bald and proud’: Gail later shared a second post alongside a photo of herself beaming in large dark sunglasses

Gail has credited her daughter Honey, 19, who she shares with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave, with “saving her life.” Gail and Dan married in 2001, but separated in 2005.

She previously explained in the Sacrifice and Success podcast: “My personality has taken a turn.

“The jobs just stopped because you don’t look the same. “Would you like to wear a wig, would you like to wear a wig?” No, I don’t want to wear a wig. This is how it is.

She added: “I was going through a divorce, no money came in. So in the end I had nowhere to stay. It just went from bad to worse. Things like, what are you doing? Am I drinking? I have no idea, I don’t do drugs so…’

Gail continued: “I had a lot of good friends, but it got embarrassing because I’m in my 40s. My daughter is staying with her fathers.

‘I have no money, I have no job, I sleep on people’s benches. It was like the Young Ones. I didn’t think I’d be like this at my age.

Model: Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, with the star seeing her TV work dry up after refusing to wear wigs (pictured in 1999)

Model: Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, with the star seeing her TV work dry up after refusing to wear wigs (pictured in 1999)

Model: Gail was first diagnosed with alopecia in 2005, with the star seeing her TV work dry up after refusing to wear wigs (pictured in 1999)

WHAT IS ALOPECIA?

Alopecia, which causes baldness, is considered an autoimmune disease. The immune system – the body’s defense system – turns against itself.

What are the symptoms?

“Usually one or more small bald spots, about the size of a 50-cent piece, appear on the scalp. The hair may start to regrow in one place while another bald spot develops. Hair can also thin all over the head,” says Marilyn Sherlock, president of the Institute of Trichologists.

What causes it?

“For some reason, the body’s immune system starts attacking its own hair follicles. Special white blood cells in the body called T lymphocytes stop hair from growing,” she adds.

Can worry make it worse?

Stress has been shown to prolong the problem.

Is it a hereditary condition?

There is strong evidence that alopecia, like other autoimmune diseases, runs in families. About 25 percent of patients have a family history of the condition.

Who gets it?

Alopecia areata usually affects teenagers and young adults, but it can affect people of any age. It is just as common in men as it is in women.

Is there a cure?

There is no known cure, although there are several treatments that may be effective for some people.

‘That’s why you don’t take everything for granted. You should always remember how lucky you are and be extremely nice. ‘

Gail recalled that at one point she also didn’t have enough credit on her phone to get in touch with anyone.

“So there were a few times when I didn’t have enough money on my phone to call someone,” she added.

“If I found a pound on my mind, what am I going to do with a pound? I’ll see if I can find another one and get a mini bottle of wine from the local liquor store or those little ones. Everything for comfort. I was cold too, because I was outside.’

The TV star was segmented under the Mental Health Act in 2011, admitting that she was motivated by her daughter to “save her own life,” while later seeking treatment.

She said, ‘I went to rehab for my depression, self-harm, if I didn’t have Honey I wouldn’t be here. One hundred percent. I wouldn’t be here. But I thought, I can’t do that to my daughter at all.’

For assistance, call Samaritans toll-free at 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Old Flame: The presenter was at the peak of her career when she was diagnosed with alopecia, presenting shows such as Top Of The Pops, Children In Need, and The Big Breakfast (pictured with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave in 2001)

Old Flame: The presenter was at the peak of her career when she was diagnosed with alopecia, presenting shows such as Top Of The Pops, Children In Need, and The Big Breakfast (pictured with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave in 2001)

Old Flame: The presenter was at the peak of her career when she was diagnosed with alopecia, presenting shows such as Top Of The Pops, Children In Need, and The Big Breakfast (pictured with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave in 2001)