The ex-TOWIE star Amy Childs is used to jealous jibes

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Amy Childs‘ mum has spoken out for the first time about her daughter’s Celebrity Big Brother bullying ordeal, praising the model for the way she coped.

Julie Childs watched aghast as no-mark Bobby Sabel, 25, laid into her daughter last week, branding her stupid and brainless’.

But after Amy, 21, pleaded with her fans to evict him, Julie says she’s proud of the way her girl handled the bully – adding that Amy‘s tougher than we think.

‘She’s not confrontational, so would never be nasty back or argue with anyone,’ says Julie, adding: ‘As long as she continues to be her fun self and not let people get to her, she’ll be fine.’

Now learns it’s not the first time Amy‘s put up with envious digs.

‘She went to a public school and was very popular,’ says a pal.

‘But some girls who lived near her in Essex and didn’t go to her posh school were jealous and gave her a hard time.

Amy‘s always been a tough cookie – she hates rows and lets things go over her head.’

Read the full story about Amy Childs in Now magazine dated 5 September 2011 – out now! 

Now cover 5 Setember 2011

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