Lena Dunham is not here for people body shaming her.
The Girls creator, 35, recently married Luis Felber in an intimate London ceremony but said she faced ‘gnarly’ comments from trolls about her weight when photos from her big day hit the internet.
The actor shared she’d had a ‘lovely week’ and received a wave of congratulatory messages – however her joy had been tarnished by the cruel remarks, which also reminded her why she deliberately took a step back from social media.
‘This past week was lovely for so many reasons,’ she reflected.
‘I say this because over the years, I’ve shared many challenges with you and these moments of joy had me thinking that we should admit when we’re happy too, it’s not a crime.
‘But all of this safety made me forget, for a moment, why I’ve created such intense boundaries with the internet over the past few years. It’s a little too easy to feel the glow of support and forget about the cesspool lurking behind it. So I took a peek, and saw some gnarly s***, most not worth responding to or even sharing with you.’
Lena went on to directly address those who have criticised her for gaining weight, offering insight and education on the dangers of their comments.
She said she doesn’t want other people ‘to get lodged in their heads’ that she should ‘somehow be ashamed’ for her body changing since her last appearance on TV.
The writer said the past photos she’s being compared to were taken at a time in her life when she was struggling with health issues.
‘Firstly “did Lena eat the cast of Girls” just isn’t a very good joke, I could punch that up for the Tweeter.
‘Secondly, it’s ironic to have my body compared to a body that was also the subject of public scorn- an echo chamber of body shaming.
‘But lastly, when will we learn to stop equating thinness with health or happiness? Of course weight loss can be the result of positive change in habits, but guess what? So can weight gain. The pics I’m being compared to are from when I was in active addiction with undiagnosed illness. [sic]’
Lena celebrated three years of sobriety this year following a prescription drug addiction.
She had previously revealed that she hadn’t considered herself to be an addict as the drugs she was taking were prescription medication rather than illegal substances.
Thankfully, she entered a rehab programme later that left her ‘living a life that’s beyond my wildest imagination’ as she beat the addiction for good.
After shutting down body shamers, Lena insisted she’s at a great place in her life and is very happy with who she is now, regardless of their comments.
She concluded by reflecting on her growth ‘in the last four years’ since she got sober and ‘begun life as someone who aspires to toward health and not just achievement.’
The Emmy nominee shared that she is now the ‘kind of sister, friend and daughter’ that she wants to be, and reminded ‘any other person whose appearance has been changed with time, illness or circumstance’ that it’s ‘okay to live in your present body without treating it as transitional.’
What a powerful message.