This is just heartbreaking.
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Lily Allen has decided to quit Twitter following a stream of horrendous abuse from online users over the weekend. The 31-year-old singer was attacked by vile trolls who taunted her when she opened up about the heartbreaking loss of her son in 2010.
The attack on Lily started following an ironic tweet where she tried to ridicule anti-immigrant sentiment.
‘Can’t even get an appt at the doctors because pensioners just skip the queue, and claim all benefits. It has to stop,’ she wrote.
Many Twitter users then began claiming that she must have mental health issues.
She replied to them, saying: ‘I DO have mental health issues. Bi-polar, post natal depression, and PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder], does that make my opinion void.’
Lily then responded to one Twitter user who asked when she began suffering from PTSD, and she candidly responded: ‘When I lay in a hospital bed with my deceased son stuck between my legs halfway out of my body for 10 hours.’
Although hoping her honesty about the severely traumatic experience would quell the trolls, it only ignited their hatred, with some users branding her a ‘liar’ and writing: ‘Maybe if you didn’t pump your body full of drugs you wouldn’t have miscarried.’
Lily has since decided to take a break from the social media platform, saying: ‘My timeline is full of the most disgusting, sexist, misogynistic, racist shit. Really, new levels. I’m no masochist so I’ll be back,’ before handing over to someone she calls Dennis.
It’s unclear whether he is a friend of Lily’s, or whether she is using an alias, but one thing is for sure – to taunt a woman for losing her child is never justifiable, and never okay.