'Very scary': Jenny McCarthy recalls her hair being set on fire by bullies at all-girls Catholic school

'Very scary': Jenny McCarthy recalls her hair being set on fire by bullies at all-girls Catholic school
Jenny McCarthy talked about how her hair was once set on fire by school bullies (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jenny McCarthy spoke candidly on the first episode of Kit Hoover's podcast, 'The Coop with Kit' about the horrifying bullying she experienced at an "all-girls Catholic school."

The 51-year-old model and actress disclosed that the trauma she endured at the hands of her peers made her teenage years "very scary."

Jenny McCarthy recounts bullies in school would light her hair on fire

Jenny McCarthy was not one of the popular or cool kids growing up, despite her seemingly self-assured appearance these days. In the most recent episode of 'The Coop With Kit' podcast, the celebrity talked about how she was teased at school because of her appearance.

In this Wednesday, April 3, episode, McCarthy talked about how, as a teenager, she was very interested in "hair and makeup," which she thinks attracted bullies.

The 51-year-old mother of one recalled, "I went to an all-girls Catholic school and I really liked hair and makeup. I had my giant '80s hair, my blonde hair down to my butt, it was permed and lots of makeup."

"When you go to an all-girls school, that’s not appreciated."

The 'Dirty Love' actress revealed that when she was in the seventh grade, a "vicious" group of females would especially wait after school to torture her.

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"It was very scary because they would wait for me after school. And they did light my hair on fire at one point," McCarthy revealed, per OK! Magazine.

The former 'Playboy' model acknowledged that she never informed her parents or professors about the horrific event, despite it having happened.

"I just bottled it all up because I was too embarrassed. I thought my mom would think I’m a loser," McCarthy revealed.

"Plus, I’m a person who doesn’t like empathy. I didn’t like people feeling sorry for me because I felt like I could handle anything."

The actress explained that her family "didn’t have much money" and that she didn't want to burden her mother further since she was already "stressed about how we were going to put food on the table."

Jenny McCarthy gained 'resilience' from school bullies

The 'The Masked Singer' judge noted that although her school days were difficult, they also provided her with "resilience." McCarthy claimed that in the end, the "armor [she] built to get through those years" was beneficial to her.

"Looking back on that now it was almost like a training school for Hollywood," she remarked. "Because it taught me resilience, it taught me how to not take things so personally."

McCarthy added, "I figured out very early in my career that people that throw insults are really projecting their own level of consciousness on you and how I react to them will show mine," per Page Six.

The former Playmate – who is married to Donnie Wahlberg and has a 22-year-old son named Evan with her ex-husband John Mallory Asher – has previously discussed her encounters with school bullies in a 2010 interview on 'The Ellen Show'.

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Jenny McCarthy was once bullied in school due to her looks (Jenny McCarthy/Facebook)

The 'John Tucker Must Die' actress revealed at the time that the girls would "beat [her] up" with "pipes."

"By the time I got to high school, the girls — even in the first week — were throwing pies in my face, ripping out my hair [and] spitting on me," McCarthy said.

McCarthy experienced so much bullying that she began to skip classes and nearly dropped out of school as a result.

"I literally got a call from my high school saying, ‘If Jenny misses one more day of school she’s not going to get her diploma,'" she remembered.

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McCarthy married Donnie Wahlberg in 2014 (Jenny McCarthy/Facebook)

The TV star acknowledged that her "whole life changed" when she married Donnie Wahlberg, 54, in 2013 because she felt comfortable and secure with him.

McCarthy explained, "Maybe that’s why I’m peaceful now because I was able to comfort that little girl by taking off the armor and telling her, ‘You’re in a safe place now.'"

Wahlberg said in a recent interview, "Hollywood has nothing to do with our relationship. We have very little to do with Hollywood."

"We live in Illinois. She's from Chicago, I'm from Boston. Our relationship is not about Hollywood. It's about home, family and love."

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