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Schapelle Corby insists ‘I like myself’ after viewers slammed Channel Seven for making her a star

Schapelle Corby has come out swinging against trolls who have slammed her upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars. 

The convicted drug smugger revealed on Friday how she has learned to ‘like herself’ and ‘not care’ about outside criticism.

The 43-year-old told The Daily Telegraph that she has spent ‘many years’ training herself to be resistant and self-assured. 

Brave: Schapelle Corby (pictured) has come out swinging against trolls who have slammed her upcoming appearance on Dancing With The Stars. The convicted drug smugger revealed on Friday how she has learned to ‘like herself’ and ‘not care’ about outside criticism

‘I know everyone has an opinion on me, I get that completely, but it doesn’t mean I have to buy into it, and I can’t let what anyone feels about me affect how I feel about myself,’ she said.

‘I have made myself learn not to care. I have had many years to come to the point where I am strong enough to not let nasty comments get to me.’ 

Schapelle added that she leans on her ‘support system’ and those she trusts.

Proud of herself: 'I know everyone has an opinion on me, I get that completely, but it doesn't mean I have to buy into it, and I can't let what anyone feels about me affect how I feel about myself,' she said. 'I have made myself learn not to care'

Proud of herself: ‘I know everyone has an opinion on me, I get that completely, but it doesn’t mean I have to buy into it, and I can’t let what anyone feels about me affect how I feel about myself,’ she said. ‘I have made myself learn not to care’ 

‘I know who I am now. I am strong. I have people I can trust. I have an incredible family, a back-up system which gives me courage. I have people who love me, I have people who like me. I like myself,’ she said. 

The response comes after Channel Seven was slammed by viewers for turning Schapelle into a reality star.

Schapelle, who spent nine years in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison for smuggling marijuana, announced in March that she was joining the cast of Seven’s Dancing with the Stars reboot, alongside genuine celebrities such as Ada Nicodemou and Tom Williams.

Star power: The response comes after Channel Seven was slammed by viewers for turning Schapelle into a reality star. She announced in March that she was joining the cast of Seven's Dancing with the Stars (pictured)

 Star power: The response comes after Channel Seven was slammed by viewers for turning Schapelle into a reality star. She announced in March that she was joining the cast of Seven’s Dancing with the Stars (pictured) 

The announcement sparked widespread criticism at the time, with many outraged Aussies saying it was unethical to glamorise a convicted drug trafficker.

However, the backlash became even more heated this week after Schapelle told  Monday’s New Idea magazine she was open to taking on more gigs at Seven – including a guest-starring role on Home and Away.

‘I will never watch Home and Away ever again if Schapelle joins the cast. The same also applies to Dancing with the Stars… Why does Australia promote criminals and place them on a pedestal?’ one Facebook user wrote on Tuesday.  

Anger: The backlash became even more heated this week after Schapelle told Monday's New Idea magazine she was open to taking on more gigs at Seven - including a guest-starring role on Home and Away

Anger: The backlash became even more heated this week after Schapelle told Monday’s New Idea magazine she was open to taking on more gigs at Seven – including a guest-starring role on Home and Away 

‘What will the series be, a reenactment of the past? Just so wrong… glorifying crime,’ another raged. 

Another user wrote: ‘Oh please, one more reason not to watch. What is Channel Seven thinking?’ 

Schapelle appeared to respond to the backlash on Tuesday night by uploading a cryptic post on Instagram Stories about ignoring her critics. 

'Conserve your energy for what matters': Schapelle appeared to respond to the backlash on Tuesday night by uploading a cryptic post on Instagram Stories about ignoring her critics

‘Conserve your energy for what matters’: Schapelle appeared to respond to the backlash on Tuesday night by uploading a cryptic post on Instagram Stories about ignoring her critics

The post read: ‘Observe and learn instead of react and respond. Everything doesn’t need your reaction. Conserve your energy for what matters.’ 

In her interview with New Idea, Schapelle revealed she was ‘keeping her options open’ regarding other TV roles following her appearance on Dancing with the Stars. 

‘You never really know what the future holds… I try to focus on the present, but you never really know what the future holds,’ she said. 

Bright future? In her interview with New Idea, Schapelle revealed she was 'keeping her options open' regarding other TV roles following her appearance on Dancing with the Stars

Bright future? In her interview with New Idea, Schapelle revealed she was ‘keeping her options open’ regarding other TV roles following her appearance on Dancing with the Stars

‘I’m definitely keeping my options open,’ she added, noting that she wouldn’t say no to Home and Away if an offer was made.  

Dancing with the Stars will be Schapelle’s second reality TV show with Seven, after taking part in SAS: Australia last year.  

During her appearance on the show, she detailed how spending time in a Indonesian jail turned her vegetarian.

TV debut: Schapelle made a brief appearance on the first season of SAS Australia last year (pictured)

TV debut: Schapelle made a brief appearance on the first season of SAS Australia last year (pictured) 

‘I don’t eat meat anymore because my hallucinations were so vivid that I thought I was eating my dad’s human flesh,’ she explained during one interrogation scene.

Schapelle continued: ‘I would see visions, I would hallucinate and I wasn’t able to read. Reading really was my saviour before my illness because I would just block everything out and just read.  

‘The only way my body could handle it was to hallucinate.’

Horror: During her appearance on the show, she detailed how spending time in a Indonesian jail turned her vegetarian

 Horror: During her appearance on the show, she detailed how spending time in a Indonesian jail turned her vegetarian

She explained her father Michael’s death in January 2008 triggered years of psychosis.

She added: ‘I am not fully recovered from it. He (my dad) used to come to visit me a lot. I didn’t think that he would die and I didn’t understand that would be the last time that I would see him.

‘We had been appealing and appealing and then the final appeal came back denied so it was those things that I couldn’t get my head around. So mid 2008 I started losing my mind… hallucinating, I couldn’t eat.’ 

Tragic: The convicted drug smuggler explained her father Michael's death in January 2008 triggered years of psychosis. Pain: 'I don't eat meat anymore because my hallucinations were so vivid that I thought I was eating my dad's human flesh,' she said. Michael is pictured in 2005

Tragic: The convicted drug smuggler explained her father Michael’s death in January 2008 triggered years of psychosis. Pain: ‘I don’t eat meat anymore because my hallucinations were so vivid that I thought I was eating my dad’s human flesh,’ she said. Michael is pictured in 2005

She voluntarily withdrew from the military-style show in episode two when the selection course proved too demanding for her.

Speaking about her mental health battle with The Daily Telegraph on Friday, admitted she still has ‘good days and bad days’.   

‘But I consider myself very lucky to be living in a time when it is okay not to be okay,’ she said. We are all human. We all suffer. 

Up and down: Speaking about her mental health battle with The Daily Telegraph on Friday, admitted she still has 'good days and bad days'. 'If I have a bad day, I ask for help. I'm not shy about talking about mental health, I am very proud that I have survived it' she said

 Up and down: Speaking about her mental health battle with The Daily Telegraph on Friday, admitted she still has ‘good days and bad days’. ‘If I have a bad day, I ask for help. I’m not shy about talking about mental health, I am very proud that I have survived it’ she said 

‘If I have a bad day, I ask for help. I’m not shy about talking about mental health, I am very proud that I have survived it. 

‘I climbed out and I want to tell others not to be ashamed.’

In October 2004, Schapelle became a household name when she was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of cannabis wrapped in plastic inside her boogie board bag.

Conviction: In October 2004, Schapelle became a household name when she was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of cannabis wrapped in plastic inside her boogie board bag.

Conviction: In October 2004, Schapelle became a household name when she was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of cannabis wrapped in plastic inside her boogie board bag. She was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in May 2005

The world watched in May 2005 as she broke down in the Denpasar courtroom after being sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in Kerobokan Prison.

Following a series of sentence reductions, Schapelle was released on parole in February 2014, having served nine years behind bars.

She lived in Bali with family until she was deported back to Australia in May 2017.

The former beautician has always denied knowingly importing drugs and maintains the marijuana was planted in her luggage by corrupt baggage handlers.

Dancing with the Stars will premiere on Seven at 7pm on Sunday, April 11 

Convicted: Following a series of sentence reductions, Schapelle was released on parole in February 2014, having served nine years behind bars. Pictured before her trial in April 2005

Convicted: Following a series of sentence reductions, Schapelle was released on parole in February 2014, having served nine years behind bars. Pictured before her trial in April 2005

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