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Former Corrie star Helen Flanagan: 'I'm not a talentless bimbo'

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Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan has hit back at critics who have branded her a "talentless bimbo".

In an interview with The People, the actress - who left the soap in February - admitted that people often assume she is like her old character Rosie Webster.

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Helen Flanagan as Rosie Webster

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"Sometimes people write nasty things about me but I don't take it to heart. I'm just used to it," she told the paper.

"I'm not a bitch, don't spend my boyfriend's money. I have my own money. Some people say I'm a ­'talentless bimbo' but I think they have the wrong impression of me.

"You know Rosie, my character from Corrie? People think I'm like that.

"But she was just a character," explained Flanagan. "People have a misconception of who you are but it's not true."

Helen Flanagan and boyfriend Scott Sinclair
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The 22-year-old revealed that she was frustrated by people thinking she left the soap to pursue the WAG lifestyle with footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair.

"When I left Corrie I think people thought it was because I just wanted to be with my boyfriend," she said, "and that isn't the case at all. I left because I needed to move on. I really needed to find myself.

"My boyfriend just happens to play football and I support him in his job," she continued. "And I have my own ­direction, my own career, my own goals."

Flanagan also admitted that joining the soap at the age of ten meant that she didn't really have time to choose her own path in life.

Helen Flanagan Twitter photo.

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"I remember when [I left school to concentrate on Coronation Street] I was 16," she said. "I just wasn't in the right place, I couldn't concentrate... I wasn't off the rails but I was a little bit crazy.

"It was the wrong time for me," Flanagan explained, "but since leaving Corrie I've been keeping my options open. I'm going back to my old school, Westholme in Blackburn. The ­principal is amazing and she said I could do my A Levels privately."

She continued: "I'm enrolling to do history, ­psychology and religious studies. Those are the subjects I really enjoyed when I was younger and I'm looking forward to ­focusing my mind.

"It's easy to get wrapped up in make-up and ­fashion," she admitted. "Now I'm looking forward to ­focusing on something that really matters in life."

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