Tori Spelling admits that her April Fools pregnancy joke was motivated by being constantly body-shamed.
The 47-year-old actress received criticism Thursday after posting a photo of her cradling her belly and captioning the photo, “No. 6.” In a follow-up post the next day, she explained that she didn’t mean to offend anyone, but “unless you’re in the public eye” it’s hard to “understand what it feels like to be so publicly shamed of the body.”
“Every week the magazines and the media ask me if I am pregnant. To be clear, I am not. The fact is, after my fifth baby, my body did not recover as before. That was when the constant questions of ‘another’ pregnancy began, “began. “I feel like I have to constantly defend my body when instead I should be honoring it for the miracle of life that it gave me five times.”
She went on to write that she knows “pregnancy is an extreme blessing” and “would never intentionally make fun of losing a child or not being able to have one. I have aborted myself.”
“My post was simply to turn the tables for once in the press. They constantly create wild and often hurtful stories about me, my body and my family.” “For those of you who are hurt, I listen to you. I love you. I welcome your stories and will do my best to support you. Please accept this as a virtual hug to my entire community. T xoxo.”
Spelling’s post was applauded by many friends and fans who expressed their support for him.
First Beverly Hills, 90210 Star has previously opened up about how receiving hurtful comments about her appearance affected her image of herself.
“When I started with 90210 at 16, I was filled with low self-confidence. Then the internet trolls (yeah, we had them back then too!) Called me a frog and googly eyes,” she recalled in a post from Instagram in October. “Being put under a microscope as a child in her formative years was difficult. I spent years begging the makeup artists on my shows and movies to please try to make my eyes look smaller. I cried about my appearance in the chair. from the makeup trailer. “
He also urged people to be nice online, telling them to “remember that the next time you’re going to comment on someone’s account regarding their face, body, or choices, they don’t know them. They don’t know them. But, their the soul will remember that unpleasant comment. It will be imprinted on them. “
Hear more of what he told former co-stars Jennie Garth and Brian Austin Green about their struggles in the video below.