Friday 17 November 2017

Internet trolls target Lily Allen over son's stillbirth

Lily Allen. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Lily Allen. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Jane Mathews

Lily Allen has revealed she has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after the stillbirth of her son.

The singer also wrote on Twitter that she has bipolar disorder, as she was targeted by online trolls while trying to highlight prejudice shown towards immigrants and Muslims.

Her comments yesterday came after anonymous web users taunted her, suggesting she had mental health issues.

"I DO have mental health issues. Bipolar, post natal depression, and PTSD, does that make my opinion void?" Allen (31) replied.

The mother-of-two said the PTSD came after losing her son six months into her pregnancy in 2010.

She described the ordeal, writing: "I lay in a hospital bed with my deceased son stuck between my legs halfway out of my body for 10 hours."

The anxiety disorder is caused by distressing, stressful or disturbing events and can cause nightmares and flashbacks. People with bipolar disorder have periods of depression, where they feel low and lethargic, and episodes of mania, where they are overactive and very high.

Allen later announced she would take a break from Twitter.

"My timeline is full of the most disgusting, sexist, misogynistic, racist s**t. Really, new levels. I'm no masochist so I'll be back x," she wrote.

Writer Caitlin Moran later stuck up for the singer, saying: "Lily Allen has had some truly horrible s**t thrown at her today by various c**** trolling her about the death of her son."

Irish Independent

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