Kylie Jenner says her public persona is a character

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Kylie Jenner says her public image is a “character”.

The 23-year-old reality star and beauty mogul has confessed she rarely shows off her “true personality” to the public, because she finds it easier to deal with the “really mean things” her critics say about her if she knows they’re commenting on a persona, rather than her real self.

Speaking to YouTube star James Charles in a video for his channel, she said: "I think that I showed my true personality for so long ago on Vine and Instagram. But as I got bigger and bigger, I realised ... when people used to say really mean things about how I really am, my personality and what I love the most about myself, it would hurt me more than almost playing a character.

“So I just started doing a little less, which is sad. It makes me sad.”

However, Kylie - who has two-year-old daughter Stormi with Travis Scott - has admitted she does want to “do more things” on her own YouTube channel where she can show off her authentic self to her fans.