Rylan Clark spoke about a horrific attack (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Rylan Clark has spoken heartbreakingly about a horrific attack that left him with a fractured skull.

The 35-year-old X Factor legend has become a TV icon since arriving on our screens in 2012 and has gone on to present on a range of shows from This Morning to Big Brother.

However, despite becoming a beloved star in his adult life, Rylan's teenage years were entirely different and he suffered horrific abuse.

In a moving new documentary, titled Rylan: Football, Homophobia and Me, he recalls memories of growing up as a football fan whilst being gay, and says he has had his “fair share of shit thrown at me”.

“I just remember growing up that even if I went and played football with all the boys, they would be like 'gay boy',” he says.

Rylan, whose real name is Ross Richard Clark, was vilely bullied and attacked at the age of 13 in an incident that left him with a fractured skull.

He says in the documentary, according to The sun: 'There was a group of boys who weren't our friends and weren't very nice.

Rylan Clark

Rylan was rushed to hospital after having his head 'stamped' (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

'I remember, just this hand coming to the back of my head, throwing me off the platform to the ground, and just getting kicked in the head.

“And the next full memory I have is being in the back of an ambulance and waking up right here, passing my house on the way to the hospital.

'I remember saying, 'I live there, that's my house,' because I didn't know what was happening, and the doctor said, 'Lie down, lie down, your head is bleeding.'

“My skull was fractured in a few places. I was told that my head was repeatedly kicked and stomped on.

'I just got kicked in the head because I liked something other than football.'

Rylan as a young man (Photo: ITV)

However, Rylan goes on to say that he's “almost glad” it happened because he thinks the terrifying act led to his success.

“Actually, in a sick way, I'm almost glad this happened to me,” he says.

'Because it taught me to never make people feel like shit.

“Part of my success is that I always go out of my way to make people feel good. Sometimes I worry too much about what people think of me.

“That's probably a good thing and a bad thing that came out of it.”

The X Factor star became a TV icon (Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Rylan had already spoke about horrific abuse and online trolling he faced after finding fame, including an incident where a hotel employee said they were going to 'slit' his neck while he slept.

It comes after he opened up about knowing he was 'the joke' early in his career when he debuted on our screens on The X Factor.

Since then, he has won Celebrity Big Brother and established himself as host of This Morning, Eurovision, The One Show and Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two.

Rylan: Homophobia, Football and Me airs tonight at 10:30pm on TNT Sports 1 and is available to stream on Discovery+.

Do you have a story?

If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or visiting us Send stuff – we love hearing from you.

MORE: Rylan Clark's cryptic four-word tease when announcing project with Holly Willoughby

MORE: Rylan Clark shocked by how he handled rape of X Factor star Lucy Spraggan