Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney has only one thing to say to her critics: “I don’t care”.
The Toronto-based brand strategist and public relations maven shared a photo to Instagram taken while she enjoyed some poolside R&R, but it immediately set off a firestorm of internet backlash.
The mother-of-three quickly deleted the photo of herself, which saw her facing away from the camera in a blue bikini, after some branded the photo “tacky for a mum”.
Hours later, however, Jessica reposted the snap accompanied by a strong message to all of her haters.
“I took this down after posting it yesterday. Too many trolls attacking,” she began.
“But I realised today, I don’t care. I work hard on every aspect of my life and I’m proud of my body. I’m proud of the work I do. I’m proud that I’m driven. I’m proud of it all. And if we can’t be proud of ourselves, then what’s the point? No more apologies.”
The 39-year-old received support from some of her famous friends and more than 326,000 followers who praised her for standing up for herself.
“You’re a strong, motivated, driven, hands-on mom who works her ass off with a killer bod that you also work for,” former ‘Bachelorette’ star Kaitlyn Bristowe wrote.
“You show off your family proud and you show off that bod, too.”
“Honestly, I know we’ve chatted about this but sometimes a proper clap back and standing your ground is the best thing to do,” TV host Tracy Moore said, also rallying behind her friend. “Show all the [peach emoji] whenever you want to. Your body. Your platform. Your rules.”
Many of Jessica’s followers thanked her for being honest about the negativity she receives online.
“Thank you for reposting and telling everyone the ‘back story,’” one follower wrote.
“You should be proud of your body and all the hours of working out. Don’t let the trolls dictate what you post. We’ve got your back!” another echoed. “If I looked like you I would wear that bikini everywhere I went!”
Jessica has made it clear that she won’t play games when it comes to online bullying.
On Sunday, she shared a sample of the hurtful messages she receives on Twitter, re-tweeting a comment from someone who attacked the appearance of her children with husband Ben Mulroney, eight-year-old twins Brian and John and six-year-old daughter Ivy.
“I put a spotlight on trolls because I want people to really see the truth of what is happening on social media,” she wrote. “We can’t let people get away with appalling behaviour. It should never be tolerated.”
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