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James Corden reveals he developed ‘fake confidence’ after being bullied at school over his weight

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James Corden has spoken candidly about how he developed ‘fake confidence’ after being bullied at school because of his weight.

The Late Late Show host, 42, revealed that he used humour as a ‘defence mechanism’, describing confidence as being like ‘kryptonite’ to bullies.

Speaking to CBS News, he went on to admit that he does not like to look back on his time at school because of the bullying he experienced.

Bullying: James Corden has spoken candidly to CBS news about how he developed 'fake confidence' after being bullied at school over his weight

Bullying: James Corden has spoken candidly to CBS news about how he developed ‘fake confidence’ after being bullied at school over his weight 

The comedian, who grew up in Hillingdon, north London, explained: ‘I don’t look back at my time at school.

‘I was bullied because of my size, in truth that’s probably where all that faux confidence comes from. 

‘It was all a defence mechanism of like, well, I’ll be the biggest target in the room. Bullies don’t like that. Confidence is like kryptonite to bullies.’

James has since built a successful career with his comedic talents, writing and starring in hit Welsh comedy Gavin and Stacey and The Wrong Mans. 

The actor will next appear on screens in Ryan Murphy musical The Prom, which features a star-studded cast including Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington. 

Fake confidence: The Late Late Show host, 42, revealed that he used humour and comedy as 'defence mechanism', as he said that confidence is like 'kryptonite' to bullies

Fake confidence: The Late Late Show host, 42, revealed that he used humour and comedy as ‘defence mechanism’, as he said that confidence is like ‘kryptonite’ to bullies 

The American comedy film is set to premiere on Netflix on December 11 and is not James’ first musical venture, as he has also featured in Into The Woods and Cats.

There have also been rumours circulating that one of James’s most successful UK series, Gavin and Stacey, could return to screen after the 2019 Christmas special.

Joanna Page fuelled even more speculation after revealing that she believes there will be ‘one more special’ of the popular comedy, but not another series.

The actress, 43, who plays Stacey on the hit show, thinks creators Ruth, 54, and James wouldn’t be able to get the cast together for long enough to do another series.

Speaking to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine, she said: ‘As a fan, surely they’ve got to do another one.  

Returning? James has since built a career with his comedic talents, writing and starring in hit Welsh show Gavin and Stacey, which has been rumoured to return to screens recently

Returning? James has since built a career with his comedic talents, writing and starring in hit Welsh show Gavin and Stacey, which has been rumoured to return to screens recently

Hinting: Joanna Page, who plays Stacey in the show, fuelled more guesswork after revealing that she thinks there will be 'one more special' of the popular comedy, but not another series

Hinting: Joanna Page, who plays Stacey in the show, fuelled more guesswork after revealing that she thinks there will be ‘one more special’ of the popular comedy, but not another series 

‘I don’t think we’d ever do another series because I don’t think we could get everyone together for long enough, but I can’t imagine they could leave it the way they did. One more special, then done.’

The BBC had fans rejoicing when its Christmas line-up was announced and said that Gavin and Stacey would return ‘one day’ following the 2019 Christmas special.

Ruth and James, who play Nessa and Smithy, have not given any indication when the next special could air as of yet.

Asked whether she worried how the 2019 episode would be received, Joanna said: ‘I didn’t ever feel the pressure of whether people would enjoy it or not, it was all about the experience of being with all of these people again.

‘I hadn’t seen Matt Horne in years and I phoned him and said: “Do you fancy meeting up for a drink before we go to this read-through?” and honest to God it was like we’d just seen each other the day before.’

The actress added that as soon as the cast met up for their first read-through, it felt like the first series all over again.  

Last year’s Christmas special, which ended on a cliffhanger of Nessa proposing to Smithy, was watched by more than 17million people. 

Joanna reigniting fans hopes comes after Ruth admitted during an appearance on This Morning on Friday that the show ‘may never return to Barry’. 

The Welsh actress and writer admitted she has no plans to start writing a new script for the programme, especially as her co-writer James now lives in the U.S.

The final scene in the episode ended on a huge cliffhanger as Nessa got down on one knee and proposed to unlikely love interest Smithy, who she shares son Neil with following a night of passion in series one. 

Care to chine in? James and Ruth, who play Nessa and Smithy and co-created the hit series, have not given any indication when, or if, the next special could air as of yet

Care to chine in? James and Ruth, who play Nessa and Smithy and co-created the hit series, have not given any indication when, or if, the next special could air as of yet

Speaking to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford about likelihood of giving fans an answer to the question, Ruth said: ‘There aren’t any plans to write anything.

‘Obviously James is in America and I’m in Wales. The joy of our last special is that if we never go back to Barry, we’ll always wonder what happened next.’

She added: ‘I quite like leaving it hanging. I’m sorry I don’t have any better news.’  

It comes in contrast to what was reported last week, when BBC bosses confirmed that the much-loved show will be revived again in the future.

While outlining the upcoming Christmas television schedule, the channel’s Chief Content Officer, Charlotte Moore, discussed the future of the BBC1 sitcom.

She explained: ‘That wasn’t something that was going to happen this year,’ and followed that up with: ‘One day.’ 



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