She’s speaking her truth. Actress Jameela Jamil recently shared a vulnerable part of her past with fans on Twitter. “I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made,” the 33-year-old wrote on Tuesday, May 14. “Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially.”
While the subject of abortion is undoubtedly a sensitive one, individuals on both sides of the spectrum commended Jameela for her honesty. “Thanks for being brave enough to share this as you definitely didn’t owe it to us,” one user commented. “Respect to you for being so open about it,” added another.
Of course, this is hardly the first time that the U.K. native has been transparent with her followers. In fact, more often than not, Jameela’s social media content addresses a myriad of social issues including better awareness for mental illness, as well as advocating for body positivity.
One such example took place during the May 9th episode of “Emerging Hollywood“ hosted by Charlemagne tha God. Jameela admitted during the show that she developed an eating disorder as a teenager. “When I was younger, I thought you weren’t worth anything no matter what you achieved in your life unless you had jutting hip bones,” she confessed.
“I felt embarrassed about having a little 7-year-old tummy,” she added. “By the time I was about 11 or 12, I had very, very bad body shame because I wanted to look like all of the anorexic models in my magazines, and I was fully anorexic by the time I was about 13.” The Good Place star went on to explain that it wasn’t until she experienced a traumatic event, that she decided to get the help she needed.
“It’s ’cause I got hit by a car at 17 into another car and broke a part of my back, that I was able to have some sense literally knocked into me that I stopped starving myself,” Jameela expressed. We hope that Jameela’s experiences allow others to feel less alone in their struggles.
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