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ask me how I've achieved things and I say, "It's hard work". Unfortunately, there is no short cut. I wish there was.' FROM BULLIED TO BEEFCAKE David - who recently upped his usual 'three or four times a week' training schedule to 'virtually every day' in preparation for a top -secret autumn campaign - began lifting weights at the age of 16, around the time that he was being verbally picked on at school, due to being well-spoken (something his father insisted on) and his size. 'I had what you'd probably call puppy fat and there were times when I got a little bit bullied about it,' says David, who kept his ordeal a secret from his parents and sought sanctuary in the school library. 'It wasn't terrible, people have been through worse. But when I was 17, I shot up to 6ft 3in and was quite skinny, so then I had to bulk out.' He denies the bullies caused him to beef up, but admits that abuse from pupils at The Billericay School fired his independent spirit. 'I very much had to do everything on my own and I kept myself to myself. I didn't rely on anyone else because I didn't have friends defending me. I went into my shell.' SUPPORTING OTH ERS DAVID'S FORMULA FOR LIVING WELL 24 HARD WORK EVERYTHING IS ACHIEVABLE BUT IT'S HARD WORK. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NO SHORT CUT. I WISH THERE WAS. good-looking people are written off as boring or stupid. Have people ever underestimated David because of his modelling credentials? 'Of course, the stereotypical view of all models is Zoolander,' he smiles, referring to the 2001 film where Ben Stiller played dim male model, Derek Zoolander. 'But then you say: "I wrote an article about it, if you want to read it...",' he adds, wryly. This is a reference to his motoring columns for publications including The Daily Telegraph, GQ, and Vogue. IN THE FAST LANE Driving is David's ultimate passion. He worked for Auto Express magazine in the summer LOYALTY TENACITY BALANCE September 2016 FEELING RESENTFUL SUCCESS BOXING IMAGE: TOMO BREJC David's struggles, which ceased by sixth form because 'the people changed', have since inspired him to support independent charity Achievement For All, which helps vulnerable schoolchildren, in part by encouraging other kids to acknowledge that bullying exists. He also backs Style For Soldiers, a charity that supplies bespoke outfits to wounded servicemen, and is a dedicated patron of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, despite not having a dog of his own. David helps promote responsible ownership and fosters dogs with his parents Chris and Brenda, who live in rural Suffolk. The dogs spend time there, and with David in London, to see which environment they thrive in before a suitable home is found. Beneath the brawn, there's clearly a marshmallow softness. But what of his brain? Eighties actor Rob Lowe has complained that

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