The Good Place actress and body positivity activist Jameela Jamil has come out swinging in defence of Meghan Markle, who recently chose Jamil to be profiled in her Forces for Change September issue of British Vogue.
Speaking to DailyMail TV on the red carpet while attending the 2019 Girl Up #GirlHero Awards in Beverly Hills earlier this month, Jamil had fighting words for those who have been critical of Meghan as she attempts to juggle her new life as a wife, member of the royal family and mother of a newborn.
“People push back against women and try to make them afraid of speaking out, because they are afraid of our power,” Jamil said.
“I think the press in England is terrified and that’s why they’re trying to silence her, but she stands against bullies. And standing up to bullies is really the only way you can put them in their place.”
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Gah. My own @britishvogue September Issue cover. I wrote the open editorial for this issue too, and I hope you enjoy it. This is a massive honour. ❤️ I can’t think of a cooler issue to be featured in. I can’t think of a cooler editor or a more exceptional guest editor. I love everything about this issue and the message behind it. It’s a new era for Vogue, and it’s really exciting. No airbrushing on a vogue cover! Wahey!
“Anyone who piles on to that woman, especially when she was pregnant, which is what we really saw, that was when it really started; which is a really dangerous time for someone to be that stressed.”
‘I’m mean that is the ultimate sign of a coward and a d**k.’
Jamil, who has dated musician James Blake for the past four years, is outspoken on social media and in public, and in the past has criticised Kim Kardashian and her sisters for promoting diet products on Instagram, among other targets.
She frequently feuds online with conservative British broadcaster Piers Morgan, who has called Jamil a “deeply unpleasant human being” who is the “epitome of virtue-signalling celebrity hypocrisy”.
Morgan and Jamil sparred over Harry and Meghan back in August, when Jamil accused the British press of hating Meghan because she’s black.
Ugh. Dear England and English press, just say you hate her because she’s black, and him for marrying a black woman and be done with it God dammit. Your bullying is so embarrassing and obvious. You’ve all lost your marbles. It’s 2019. Grow up. https://t.co/OMwwRU31p9
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) August 20, 2019
Yesterday, when author and mental health campaigner Matt Haig took Morgan to task over his criticism of Meghan and Harry sharing their emotional struggles, Jamil stepped in to offer her opinion on what makes Morgan tick.
“The thing is Matt,” she wrote, “someone broke @piersmorgan a long time ago, and so he despises chat of mental health, because it would incur a potential investigation for him, into the dark past that made him an addict for being a panto villain.
“He lives for the vitriol, ridicule and abuse.”
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Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to access affordable therapy. But if you can’t, in the mean time, there are helplines ( @crisistextline @giveusashoutinsta ) and community groups online around the world and friends and family who might surprise you as to how supportive they can be. It’s not something you have to tolerate on your own. You have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. I feel you. I’ve been there. And it’s a process of radical self forgiveness, patience and care that will help you out. It feels like the pain, nightmares and exhaustion will never end sometimes, but they can. And they will.❤️
On world mental health day last , Jamil revealed that she had tried to take her own life in 2013 after suffering from PTSD and depression,
“I urge you to hang on for just a bit longer and ask for help if you need it. Because things can turn around, I promise, she wrote.”