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Michelle Dewberry from tragedy to her love of caravan holidays

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She is a well-known name in Hull but now former Apprentice star Michelle Dewberry is set to become a more familiar face on the national stage when the current affairs and news channel GB News launches this weekend.

She is one of the faces of the soon-to-be-launched channel, and has been tweeting about the launch, this Sunday, for several weeks, setting out her intentions to cover the stories that ‘matter’ to viewers.

Michelle may seem to have it all, with a new baby and wealthy partner, former Crystal Palace Football Club owner Simon Jordan, however, she has not sought to hide an extraordinarily difficult childhood, which means that her ‘privileged’ label couldn’t be more wrong.

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Born in Hull on a council estate on Boothferry Road, she shared a three-bed terraced house with her five brothers and sisters, and says money was tight.

She spent her entire childhood on the ‘at risk’ register and admitted she had a violent father.

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Michelle Dewberry won The Apprentice in 2006, pictured with Sir Alan Sugar
Michelle Dewberry won The Apprentice in 2006, pictured with Sir Alan Sugar

After leaving school at 16 with two GCSEs, she claimed she spent lot of time hanging around estates with her then-boyfriend who was “in and out of prison”.

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But the defining moment of her young life came when her sister tragically died at the age of 19, after falling from a tower block. Michelle was just 16 at the time.

It was a turning point in her life.

In a previous interview she said: “I was devastated.

“I felt that she’d been robbed of having a life, so I decided I was going to make mine extraordinary.

“I wanted a life that was good enough for her and me.”

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It led to an apprenticeship with St John Ambulance, which in turn took her to employment with KCOM where she excelled in IT, and she was head-hunted by Tiscali, an internet service provider, where she was promoted to project manager.

Michelle Dewberry has had a turbulent life but this weekend sees the start of a new aspect to her career
Michelle Dewberry has had a turbulent life but this weekend sees the start of a new aspect to her career

She started her own business at 24 – which she gave up to join the BBC hit show The Apprentice, which she won and landed herself a job with Sir Alan Sugar.

But it was not to last long. She quit after four months and has never really explained the reasons behind it.

However, since then she’s written a book, stood in local elections, as well as presented on TV.

Her inspirational yet troubled background it sure to help her when tackling a range of issues for GB News.

Feisty and opinionated, she’s not afraid to put people right when they question her sincerity or motives, often through her Twitter account, where she has over 100,000 followers.

She said in the past: “I worked my backside off, to try and become successful.

“I spent most of my adult years with depression and serious suicide ideation. After years of therapy and medication, I am now finally happy. That to me has become my definition of success – my hard-won true internal happiness.”

“Other than that, I’ve been through more challenges, adversity and upset that I hope most of you will ever come close to. And to those who call me privileged – you’re right. I am privileged to be alive, and given how many times I almost chose not to be, I will never take that for granted.”

Michelle Dewberry with her baby born who was born last year, nine weeks early
Michelle Dewberry with her baby born who was born last year, nine weeks early

Her Twitter profile lists her firstly as ‘mum’ and secondly as ‘Hull girl’ with everything else listed afterwards, including business coach, author, speaker, election candidate 2017-2019, politics debater and finally, presenter.

She has described in the past how people wrote her off because of her Northern accent, dismissing her as a “Northern numpty”.

“I just used to laugh and think: ‘More fool you, you’re underestimating me and you’re going to get bitten by it because you can’t see me coming’.”

Indeed, she is unafraid to defend herself against trolls.

When a group calling themselves Stop Funding Hate, who are against the introduction of GB News tweeted recently, she immediately hit back with: “Attempting to dictate what other folk can watch, while bullying brands/advertisers and attempting to cancel any views which differ from your own, is kinda hateful.

“Maybe you need to reconsider what you guys call yourselves. Bully boys is a more accurate name.”

For the past few days she’s been posting polls on Twitter, canvassing public opinion on everything from whether parents will allow their children to have the Covid vaccine, to whether people care about Boris Johnson’s nuptials.

In her personal life, she has recently continued to face the same adversity that she endured as a child.

In July last year, her son was born nine weeks early and she went spent weeks by his incubator at Hull Royal Infirmary’s Neo-Natal ward.

Then in May this year she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which she said is linked to the traumatic end to her pregnancy and the early labour she went through with her son.

Despite her ‘starry’ status she remains as down to earth as ever, and recently tweeted how she’d had a family weekend away caravanning in Cleethorpes.

In 2007 she penned her autobiography ‘Anything is Possible’ which charts her extraordinary rags to riches tale.

Now, with the start of a new career this weekend, it seems the headline of Michelle’s book has never been more accurate, or more poignant.

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Author: [email protected] (Lisa Baxter)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

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