Vick Hope is done checking Twitter and trying to correct false headlines
Vick Hope was once determined to set the record straight when rumours started flying about her personal life – but now, she no longer cares.
The BBC Radio 1 DJ – who hosts the Going Home show with Jordan North – has made headlines on several occasions since she burst onto the broadcasting scene.
Whether it’s her romantic relationship with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, 39, accusations regarding her time on Strictly Come Dancing, or gossip about her career, the TV presenter has lived under the microscope.
And while she was once eager to tell her version of events, she’s now learned to just ‘not care’ what people write or think about her.
Chatting exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Vick, 33, explains what the ‘biggest misconception’ is about her and why she won’t touch Twitter with a bargepole.
‘I used to spend a lot of time, whenever anything erroneous was written about me in the press, I’d be like right, I’m gonna use the radio show to actually tell the truth – it didn’t work! It all got taken out of context anyway!’, she begins.
‘What I’ve learned is to just not care.
‘In the past, I’ve always tried to correct things, or be as clear as possible on air or in interviews, or on socials.
‘Honestly, it’s got to a point now where I just don’t read it! I just avoid it.’
As for her feelings towards Twitter, she uses it strictly for professional purposes nowadays.
‘I don’t go on Twitter. Every so often I’ll go on Twitter, maybe once every three weeks, and I’ll open it up and it’s just the most deranged place in the world,’ she says frankly.
‘Everyone is so angry so I’ll just close it and then I won’t go on it for another three weeks. I’ll go on to Retweet some work things and then leave it be.’
‘I think a misconception is because you’re on the radio or on the telly, or you have some sort of presence online, is that’s your life – and it’s really not,’ she adds.
When it comes to her career, Vick is thriving, having recently taken a trip to sunny Wales (well, we say ‘sunny’, but she admits they actually experienced ‘all four seasons in one day’) for More Than Daffs and Taffs.
The BBC TV programme sees Vick – who was born in Newcastle – accompany presenter Miriam Isaac for two days visiting Aberaeron, where she got stuck into some adventure activities (despite the wind and rain), choir singing, and even traditional folk dancing.
Vick says the experience broadened her mindset and allowed her to appreciate the stunning landscapes, having gone into the project knowing very little about the country.
‘I was fascinated because I know I don’t know enough about Wales. We were in Cardiff when we did the traditional dancing, which isn’t far away at all, it’s so accessible, but I find myself not knowing so much and there are several stereotypes,’ she admits.
They asked me at the beginning, “What do you know about Wales?”, and it sounds so silly to be like, “Everyone’s a great singer!”, but that’s not what it’s all about!
‘It was amazing to immerse myself in it.’
One thing Vick loved learning about in particular was agriculture, and she’s even keen to make her own farming TV show in the future, which might surprise people.
‘I’ve literally just been having a meeting about this!’, she says during our chat, adding that she ‘loves nature so much’ so would love to bring that to life on the small screen.
‘I’m a huge advocate for the very positive impact that nature can have on your mental and physical health, it’s so important to go outside, for me it’s my solace. I love the world around me and I would absolutely love to do a programme about farming.
‘It’s something I’m getting into, in Ibiza and Italy and also the UK at the moment, that’s a project right now in my actual life so it could be documented, you never know.’
And when it comes to her reasons for taking on projects, Vick makes it known that, as much as she loves telling her own stories, she wants to pass the mic, feeling proud to be part of broadcasting at a time of such diversity.
‘The more voices there are, the more kids from so many different backgrounds will feel like they have a place and a story to tell,’ she says proudly, with her dad being white and her mum Nigerian.
‘That’s the most important thing to me, it’s the whole reason I do this. We can celebrate our differences and uplift one another, and I feel like we’re more empathetic the more we realise everyone’s different – and that’s a beautiful thing.’
Watch the new box set of More Than Daffs and Taffs from May 24 across S4C Clic, BBC iPlayer and YouTube.
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