Lottie Ryan said she is careful about who she follows and how much time she spends on social media to protect her mental health.

The 2fm host, who is currently favourite to lift the Dancing with the Stars Glitterball trophy, said she prefers to live in “an ignorant bubble of bliss” than to get bogged down in any negativity by trolls online.

The Dubliner told The Irish Daily Mirror: “I try not to look at anything negative on social media ever.

“I like to live in a bubble of ignorance.

“It’s not the real world, it can be incredible for connecting people and I use it for keeping in touch with cousins who live abroad and obviously I use it at work.

“But I would definitely be very cautious of how much of it I allow into my headspace because unfortunately, it can be a toxic platform.

“And I just personally try not to look at that stuff.

“You just have to be strict about it, whether it’s the amount of time you spend on it or who you follow, you have to protect your mental health.”

The dancing hopeful, who is set to perform the paso doble to the theme from Mission Impossible in Sunday night’s quarter-final, said she was delighted with the hugely positive reaction to performing the first ever same sex female partnership on Dancing with the Stars with Emily Barker and said it was the highlight of her time on the show.

She said: “Performing with Emily in the first ever girl-girl partnerships was a big highlight, it was unreal.

“Honestly I am surprised we got there before the UK, surprised but also very happy obviously.

“When I found out I was dancing with Emily I was so happy, I said before I have been a major fan of this show from the beginning, but this is like the fourth series.

“So I have been watching Emily on telly for four years now and I think she is an incredible dancer.

“So yeah, it was such an honour and a privilege to get to do it, I was thrilled to be asked.”

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