Katie Piper released an outspoken statement after being ruthlessly trolled with her looks
Katie Piper penned a blunt statement responding to trolls after receiving online abuse following a TV interview on Friday.
The TV personality, 37, who has publicly discussed undergoing multiple procedures to fix her face after injuries sustained from a horrific acid attack orchestrated by her ex-boyfriend that year.
Katie revealed that she would receive vile abuse from trolls after appearing on Sky News to discuss her experience in Close Friday.
Sad: Katie Piper penned an outspoken statement responding to trolls after receiving online abuse following Friday’s TV interview
The TV presenter took to Instagram to share the candid account, along with a number of shocking tweets from ruthless trolls.
Katie, who recently underwent 400th surgery, admitted that she worries about others being “burned or disfigured like me,” saying “If this happens to me, why doesn’t it happen to them?”
She went on to share screenshots of some of the tweets she had received, in which she was forced to respond to a troll who said she had “botox-filled lips and a designer face”.
Terrible: I took to Instagram on Friday to share the candid account, along with a handful of shocking tweets from ruthless trolls.
The online bully wrote, “Oh dear. KatiePiper (Who is she?) with lips full of Botox and a face designed by surgeons, on an advertising platform called SkyNews promoting a post about people who need to be true to themselves. You couldn’t make it, could you.”
She replied, “The surgeons reconstructed my face using other parts of my body after melting my face into skeletal muscle after an acid attack. But regardless, I don’t owe you beauty, you probably use your time more productively than commenting on a woman’s appearance in the internet.
Loose Women’s panelist took to the social media platform, bravely writing, “After the attack, I was wearing a plastic face mask for burns, and a wig, because my hair was scorched from the front.”
Reply: Katie went on to share screenshots of some of the tweets she received, in which she was forced to respond to a troll who said she had ‘Botox full lips and a designer face’
She recalled how “men were used to insults like this and other abuse” after her attack.
“When I first started going out (which took a really long time because I didn’t want to leave the house because of people’s reactions) guys used to shout these and other abuse at me.”
Although she advocates for burn survivors and people with scars through her charitable foundation, she remains concerned that such online attacks “could really affect someone in the most severe ways.”
She wrote: “When someone writes something horrible and offensive about a burnt or disfigured person like me in the public eye, it makes those who have obvious differences at home not want to leave the house, as I was not used to.
Concerns: She admitted that she worries about others “burned or maimed like me,” saying “If this happens to me, why doesn’t it happen to them?”
Seeing someone like me get trolled, it will only lead to further undoing. If this happens to me, why shouldn’t it happen to them?
She continued, ‘You should always learn someone’s story and you should never judge someone without knowing what they went through. You shouldn’t judge them no matter what they look like.
If someone does what makes them happy and doesn’t hurt you or anyone else, why do you have a right to comment on their appearance.
Horrific attack: Katie first entered the public eye in 2008 to raise awareness of her injuries from a horrific acid attack by her ex-boyfriend that year. Pictured in 2009
She wrote: “I didn’t talk about this because it affected me personally today. My journey has been long, full of incredible ups and downs but I’m off to the other side now. I am strong and lead a stable and happy life.
I’m talking about this for people who don’t have a support system, a group of friends, a loving family or just someone who helps them rejoin society and live a normal life. This can really affect someone in the harshest way.
I spend my days through my charity The Katie Piper Foundation to see how much mental and emotional support it takes after a burn or disfigurement. Volunteers, specialists, nurses and doctors spend years with our patients helping them prepare again, physically and mentally, for the “real world”.
Hostile Comments: The activist explained how she received hostile comments after appearing in an interview with Sky News to talk about her latest book, A Little Bit Of Faith.
“The sad truth is that this is the real world we live in. It was National Suicide Prevention Day last week – haven’t we learned anything about the damage words can do?
While many feel this pain, I see this negative attention mostly directed at women. I obviously didn’t do work on my face for vanity reasons, but even if I did, that’s not a problem. Why are women always bothered by their appearance?
The activist explained how she received hostile comments after appearing in the TV interview to talk about her latest book, A Little Faith.
My interview was on Sky News this morning to promote my new book on the power of affirmations, talking about my faith and the power of positive thinking. So far, people have gone straight to Twitter to ask “what happened to her face?”. The sad truth is that I’m not surprised, because this is very common now for me after going live on TV.
She ended her statement with the flexible words: “My only hope is that as education rises and education increases, these people will look within themselves and discover why they need to tear others down so hard in order to validate themselves.”
If you have been affected by this story please visit: www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk
Flexible: “My only hope is that by speaking up and further educating, these people will look inside themselves and discover why they need to demolish others so badly in order to validate themselves.”