Survival of the Fittest’s Tia opens up about bullying hell after she was raised as a boy until doctors discovered she was a girl

TIA Latham opens about her being raised as a boy on the first episode of Survival of the Fittest -airing tonight.

The 28-year old confides in Jenny West about being bullied as a child for being different.

She was originally raised as a male before doctors discovered she was female.

In a private conversation with Jenny, Tia explains: “Between you and me, just for now, basically me growing up, my parents assumed that I was one way and then basically my body decided to go in a different direction naturally on its own.

"I didn’t develop like everybody else so I had to take matters into own hands and seek medical advice and then there was this whole mix up…”

She continued: “Going through school and going through puberty, kids would bully me… So through me seeking medical advice, they said, ‘Your chromosomes are xx’ so you would be xx and one of the boys would be xy… I hid it for so long until now, and I am like ‘no more.’ I’m tired of speculation. It is in my genetics.”

Later in The Treehouse, Jenny says: “It’s really nice that she chose to talk to me. It’s so sweet. Be who you need to be, be who you want to be.

"It’s amazing that she’s gone through all this and she is the person that she is today. Nice people will have no problem with it and there’s nothing to have a problem with anyway.”

Tia later opens up in the Treehouse about her admission, saying: "There is something about Jenny that I really like. I couldn’t have hoped for a better reaction.

"I was just amazed. This is a journey for me as well because I want to be at peace with myself. Everyone has their story and whatever else, so I’m going to tell mine.”



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Speaking ahead of her stint on the show, Tia insisted she was up for having sex on the show.

She said: "I’m 100 per cent up for having sex, that’s why I’m here.

“I need everybody to see me. I have my family in mind but I’m doing this for myself."

Survival of the Fittest starts tonight at 9pm on ITV2

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