Despite having moved on, his brother Mat reveals Tim still suffers scars from his experience.
“It’s going on 20 years since that happened to Tim and even now, he still puts on clothing and he won’t wear something if he thinks it makes him look big. He always says, ‘I hate this’ and I’m like, ‘you look fine’,” says Mat.
“He has a bit of body dysmorphia. He sees what isn’t there. And this is someone who goes to the gym and keeps fit, but he still has this element of damaged self-confidence and that’s the damage of bullying.”
Tim is now a father to Isabella, 1, and he worries about what she might face in school.
“[Bullying] is so rife these days – the chances of it happening are so high,” he says.
“What I am worried about is how I will handle it and how I would support her through that if it happens.”
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