Jodie Comer was ‘shocked’ when social media turned against her boyfriend for allegedly supporting Donald Trump.
The Killing Eve star began dating American lacrosse player James Burke last year, but the 26-year-old was dragged online after fans discovered he was a registered Republican voter.
While not all Republicans support Trump, many took this to mean that James had an allegiance to the sitting President, which they believed was at odds with Jodie’s support of the LGBTQ+ community and her most famous character, the sexually fluid Villanelle.
Speaking about the backlash to InStyle, Jodie, 27, said: ‘It was really shocking; it was the first time I had ever been dragged into something like that. And it wasn’t just me; it was my family.
‘I had seen the absurdity of what I was being accused of, and what my partner was being accused of. I decided for my own health that I was not going to try and convince these people otherwise. I just wasn’t going to do it.’
The Liverpudlian actress said that the incident taught her to tune out social media, saying: ‘The biggest lesson for me this year was: I know who I am.’
Jodie met James while she was filming Free Guy in the US, and James had previously visited her home town of Liverpool.
However, due to lockdown restrictions, they have been having a long distance relationship.
She said: ‘I couldn’t fly to the States. And I still can’t. It was one of those things. I feel like, with anything, if you want something enough, you can make it work. So, yeah, just millions of FaceTimes.’
The Doctor Foster star tends to keep her private life under wraps, having only mentioned a previous relationship with a man from Liverpool in passing.
But it seems Jodie is head over heels for her beau, as she recently told Sunday Times Style: ‘You know, I would never want to speak badly about people in my past, but yeah, this relationship feels very different. This feels like nothing else.’
Jodie will next be seen in action comedy Free Guy, in which she plays a computer programmer whose program inserted into a video game makes one of the non-player characters (played by Ryan Reynolds) realise his whole world is a video game.
She has also filmed Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel opposite Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck, and will soon start work on season four of Killing Eve.
The January issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download December 18.
Credit: Original article published here.