Classic Hits 4FM DJ Niall Boylan has opened up about an incident of bullying at last Friday night’s PPI Radio Awards. He claimed to have been teased about his hair at the glamorous event by a fellow well-known DJ.
Taking to social media Niall explained that as a child he was bullied when he developed alopecia. The disease caused his hair to fall out, so much so he opted to get replacement therapy.
Although he states that his results aren’t perfect, the disc jockey was shocked when he was targeted at last weekend’s event.
On Facebook Niall wrote, “I spoke to very prominent DJ who over the las few years I considered a nice enough guy and an acquaintance. He was with two other very familiar acquaintances who are also very prominent DJs.
“I turned my back and was speaking to good friends and the mood was really great. Suddenly without warning I feel this first guy behind me tugging at the back of my hair and heard them laughing.
“I ignored it briefly and it continued. The person I was talking to knew exactly what they were doing and the reason and said, ‘give it up’. I turned and I said, ‘it doesn’t come off lads’.
“They were laughing and thought the fact they upset me was hilarious. I put my arm around the ring leader and whispered in his ear, ‘I spent years of my life dealing with people like you,'” he wrote.
The 52-year-old went on to say that the actions of his colleagues brought back feelings of when he was a child, and left him hurt and confused.
“I walked away from the situation immediately and for some reason all the memories of how I felt as a child being called names came back to me. I spoke briefly to another friend but I was physically there but mentally miles away and completely distracted by what had just happened.
“To those reading this, you might think this is nothing and I should ignore it but when you have been through this in your life, these silly moments become monumental.
“I decided it was time to leave and made my exit early, in case I had to deal with looking at these guys again. Underneath it all I am human and there are those moments in your life where you expect a little more from people you consider intelligent adults.
“I don’t hate or despise the individuals for their really childish fun but I just wanted them to know why it makes me feel the way it does.
“As maybe they think their moment of entertainment was acceptable or had zero effect. Sadly the succeeded in making me feel really sh*t about myself and how I might have looked,” he wrote.