Gail Porter ‘baldy’ jibe reduces her to tears

Gail Porter was diagnosed with alopecia totalis in 2005. Picture: comp
Gail Porter was diagnosed with alopecia totalis in 2005. Picture: comp
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FORMER TV star Gail Porter was brought to tears after a “van man” shouted abuse at her on the street.

The Edinburgh-born presenter, who suffers from alopecia, said the man shouted “Oi baldy,” before asking if she was a man or a woman.

And while the 42-year-old, who lives in London, confronted the man in the van, she admitted the incident had still left her in tears.

She tweeted followers: “On the way to post office today, a man, who was not even the driver of a white van, decided it was appropriate to shout ‘Oi Baldy, are you a man or a woman?’ I would like to say that I didn’t cry, but I did.

“I did knock on the door of his van as the idiot was at a red light. He panicked and pretended I wasn’t there. Still crying though.”

She was first diagnosed with alopecia totalis in 2005. Although her hair has partly regrown at times, it has fallen out again.

The former model and Top of the Pops host has refused to wear a hat or wig and regularly campaigns for awareness of her condition.

In April, supermarket Waitrose apologised to Gail after it e-mailed her special offers on hair products.

Followers were quick to show their support after hearing about her latest trouble.

Radio host Grant Stott tweeted: “What a horrible, horrible experience. Hope you’re ok.”