Jodie Weston, 28, also said some taxi drivers have even texted her afterwards because they’ve saved her number as she speaks about the harassment she faces as a DJ
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A former reality TV star turned DJ has spoken of being harassed by taxi drivers who try to come back to her place while giving her a lift home.
Jodie Weston – who supported Idris Elba at a gig last weekend – also said some drivers have even texted her afterwards because they’ve saved her number.
The 28-year-old told The Daily Star that she has become “numb” to men sexually harassing her when she’s working in nightclubs.
The Rich Kids Go Skint personality said: “It’s not right but it is the life of a woman. It is hard to be a woman and it’s not OK.
“It’s really bad and it’s bad that you become numb to it because it happens so often. I do think the world is changing but it’s not quite there yet.
“I’ve had taxi drivers ask me if they can come back to mine with me. They also try to text me afterwards because they have my number from the booking.”
Jodie – who also played at London’s Ministry of Sound last month – said she often brings male friends to avoid harassment.
She explained: “I get a lot of inappropriate comments for how I dress. I’m not wearing turtle necks, I like being a woman and I like being sexy.
“I enjoy embracing my figure. I like to DJ wearing glamorous clothes but I get a lot of hate from that.
“I often take a male friend with me DJing just so people think it’s a boyfriend even though it’s just a friend.
“I usually have at least one male friend with me to make sure nothing untoward happens.”
Jodie also told about how she was groped and bitten in a frightening attack two years ago in East London as she was on her way to one of her gigs.
Jodie, who hosts a radio show called The Dollhouse Show on Flex FM, says she is still targeted by trolls despite her success.
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She said: “I have had so many trolls saying I must dress down to cover a lack of talent.
“Usually they are people who have never been to a gig. They look at my Instagram and make assumptions about me, it’s mainly men but I do get it from girls too which is annoying.”
She admits that the cruel comments do upset her but they have also driven her to be successful.
She added: “I’ve always had a fighter mindset and I even had family members tell me I wouldn’t make it as a DJ but it gives me fuel to prove people wrong.
Being a reality show star won’t help you when you’re playing at high-end venues like Ministry of Sound, it will make you have to prove yourself ten times more if anything.
“I’ve had to prove I have the talent. When I was doing reality shows and first starting DJing I got trolls coming at me every single day.”
She added: “People would say ‘oh you think you’re a DJ ha ha ha what a joke’.
“Now there is less of that because the proof is in the pudding – although I do still get them.
“But I always keep on going, push past people, tell me no, and look at me now.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.