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Material Boy reveals how he overcame bullying

Wednesday, 30th August, 2017 5:19pm

With a large readership and an Instagram post liked by Marc Jacobs, people may be surprised to know that Material Boy wasn’t always the confident man he is today. 

The Madonna fan is blogger and writer David Babington and he will speak about his childhood experiences during the ‘In Bed with Material Boy’ event being held on Sunday 3 September at 6pm in the Clayton Hotel Cork City.

From age 12 onwards, David was severely bullied in secondary school for being gay. 

“The others saw a young, vulnerable boy. It went on for years and made me feel insecure and alone,” said David, who has been married to his husband PJ for the last 16 years.

When he was 17, he decided to end his life. 

“I took an overdose concocted of various tablets. It didn’t work, thank God,” David said.

He said he didn’t tell anyone what he was going through and that he is hoping to use his story to help convince people going through a similar struggle to not make the same mistake.

“I think it’s drilled into men’s heads about keeping it in and not telling anyone. Tell someone,” David said and then added, “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

“I have the voice now. I constantly get messages from people that I inspire them,” David said.

His fashion blog, Material Boy, has over 10,000 likes on Facebook and it all started with Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ in 2014 on holiday in Gran Canaria.

Boasting 13 Madonna tattoos, he has been a self-professed “psychotic Madonna fan” since he was five and saw ‘Like a Virgin’ on MTV. “She mesmerised me. She’s been a huge, huge influence in my life. I based ‘In Bed with a Material Boy’ on her documentary, ‘In Bed with Madonna.’ It was my first time seeing gay guys on TV and knowing I wasn’t alone,” David said. For more, visit, @materialboy1 on Facebook, @material_boy on Instagram and @materialboy5 on Snapchat.

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