‘I’ve been fat-shamed, called an alcoholic and an Aussie bogan’ Jackie Gillies reveals she suffered anxiety over ‘horrendous’ online trolls but they won’t stop her being ‘authentic’
She has taken a stance against online trolls by promising to be her ‘authentic’ self online.
And in a new interview with Marie Claire Australia, Jackie Gillies has revealed the extent of the hateful abuse she has been subjected to on social media since she first appeared on The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
The reality star, 38, says she was warned by her husband, Silverchair star Ben Gillies, about being trolled and admits she suffered with anxiety over what others would think of her.
‘It was pretty horrendous’: Jackie Gillies revealed the extent of hateful abuse she has received from trolls online in a new interview with Marie Claire Australia
Speaking candidly about her experience with trolls, Jackie explained: ‘When I first started off in TV, I had some anxiety about what people would say about me on social media.
‘I remember my husband, Ben, sat me down and told me, “You’re going to have people who love you and people who hate you.
“Some people are absolute garbage on Twitter and you need to be prepared for them to write s*** about you. Do not read it. Do not take it on.”‘
Concerns: The reality star revealed she suffered with anxiety over how she would be perceived online after joining The Real Housewives of Melbourne
Celebrity psychic Jackie said the negative comments thrown her way have been ‘pretty horrendous’ over the years – she has been told she’s ‘ugly and disgusting’, with others even telling her to ‘go die’.
‘I’ve been fat-shamed, accused of being a crazy alcoholic and called an Aussie bogan and a filthy animal,’ she revealed.
But despite the trolling she’s had to endure, Jackie insists she won’t let the nasty comments get the better of her and it won’t stop her from being ‘authentic’ on social media
Jackie explained she thinks it is important to be real with her fans and therefore ‘won’t alter the way she looks’ in photos she posts online or use face filters.
Hurtful: The celebrity psychic said she was fat-shamed, called an ‘alcoholic’ and an ‘Aussie bogan’, and told to ‘go die’ by online trolls when she first started out on RHOM
Determined: Despite the trolling, Jackie has said she won’t let it get the better of her and wants to inspire other women by being as ‘authentic’ as she can online
The I’m A Celebrity star admitted she used to be ‘judgemental’ of others when in a difficult period of her life that followed a ‘toxic relationship’ and her battle with depression.
Deciding to make a change, Gillies claims women should ‘raise each other up’ instead of tearing each other down.
As a result, she no longer reacts to negativity that is directed towards her because she wants to inspire others to do the same.
Jackie’s latest interview comes after she was recently seen defending herself against her critics last month, after she revealed she charges for psychic readings.
Hitting back: Jackie’s latest interview comes after she was recently seen defending herself against her critics last month, after she revealed she charges for psychic readings
She was accused of ‘preying on the vulnerable’ by The Project’s Hamish MacDonald, as they clashed over the ethics of fortune telling, but Gillies insisted she has helped ‘tens of thousands of people’ during her 15 years as a medium.
‘I know when I give a psychic medium reading how many people I have helped and inspired over the years, and after 15 years I’ve got tens of thousands of testimonials that say that,’ she hit back.
Jackie added that she ‘isn’t pushing anyone to come to her’ and charges for her services because she ‘knows her self-worth’.
Defending herself: Gillies said she charges because she knows her ‘self-worth’ and has ‘helped tens of thousands of people’ with her readings