EastEnders actor Jacqueline Jossa has spoken out against the vile words of body shaming trolls in a tearful Instagram story video.
The 26-year-old told fans she has turned off comments on her Instagram page in response to a flurry of hurtful abuse based on her appearance.
Jossa played Lauren Branning on the BBC soap from 2010 until 2018, winning a National Television Award and an Inside Soap Award for her time on the show.
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In her Instagram story, the mother of two described modern society as a “scary place” to raise children.
She said: “Sometimes all the comments and what people say to me gets to me a little bit too much. I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t like reading horrible stuff about myself.”
The actress went on to say she has received further abuse since her husband – The Only Way Is Essex star Dan Osborne – was seen with Love Island contestant Alexandra Cane in a Manchester bar.
Jossa added: “You don’t get constant different people coming up to you on the street saying ‘you’ve put on weight, you were so much better looking when you didn’t have kids or when you first came on to EastEnders’ or ‘you’ve gone downhill, no wonder your husband doesn’t wanna be with you’ and stuff like that.
“I get that on a daily basis and it does hurt. Everything that people say to me hurts and it’s not nice.”
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Jossa married Osborne in 2017 and has two daughters with him – four-year-old Ella and nine-month-old Mia.
She left EastEnders in 2018 following a shocking storyline that saw her on-screen sister Abi Branning die after tumbling from the roof of the Queen Vic in a fall that Lauren survived.