Model and presenter Amanda Byram has opened up about her recent struggle with online trolls. She revealed on The Anton Savage Show, details of her abuse following Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston’s fat-shaming ordeal earlier in the week.
Speaking on Today FM, the 42-year-old admitted while she’s not as famous as Jennifer, she too has received horrendous abuse at the hands of keyboard warriors.
She said, “When you’re in the public eye – and I’m by no means anywhere close to Jennifer Aniston and never will be – I think you get labelled.
“Even when I was on honeymoon I was posting stuff because it’s about the brand and Body by Byram and working out and how you can be on holidays and work out.
“And I had women going, ‘Oh I’m over you, I’m over your honeymoon, I’m over this and that and the rest of it, go and die, go and drown in the ocean.’
The tv star came to the defence of the former Friends actress, saying it’s not ok for anyone to make hurtful comments about a person, even if they are in the public eye.
“I don’t think it’s okay to talk about anybody in a derogatory manner no matter what, whether they’re in the public eye or not. I just think it’s disrespectful.
“If you were standing in front of Jennifer Aniston, would you say ‘Jennifer, you look fat today and you didn’t look fat last week?’
“There’s such a fine line now. Because of social media people think they have the right to say whatever they want,” she said.
Amanda had her own body struggles in her 20’s, which she also opened up about on the radio programme, which changed as she matured.
“I messed up my metabolism, I had adrenal fatigue, I was far too thin, all of these things.
“In my 30s was when I turned it around, because I spent so long worrying about my weight that I thought “you know what, I’m approaching 40 soon and this has got to stop at some point.
“I trained and I started to eat healthily and I realised it was about being strong and not skinny.
“And I’m really open, talking about that stuff and I think Jennifer Aniston talks about that stuff because it’s what a lot of women go through,” she said.
We couldn’t agree with her more.