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After months of being targeted by trolls online, Jacqueline Jossa decided enough was enough last week when she hit out at the haters, telling them the constant abuse was “making her unwell”.
And now, sources close to the star have told new magazine that the former EastEnders actress, 28, has “reached a limit” with the constant trolling she receives, particularly after strangers made comments about her daughters, Ella, six, and Mia, two.
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“Jacqueline says the negative messages have made her unwell. When it’s message after negative message, even the strongest people are affected and it can take a huge toll on your mental health,” the insider explained. “Jacqueline is strong, but everyone has a breaking point, and when it comes to her kids, she is extremely protective.”
New's source also said that Jacqueline’s husband Dan Osborne, 29, has encouraged her to take control of how she responds to the hate they receive online.
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“She’s taken steps to protect her mental health now. She’s taking a stand, speaking out and blocking websites that contain threads about them,” our source said. “Dan also tells Jacqueline to put her phone down, as looking at these horrible comments does nothing good.
“He is super protective, so he finds it frustrating that he can’t protect his family from trolling.”
Last week, Jacqueline posted a message to her 3.2 million Instagram followers about blocking websites and taking a step back from reading comments about herself, saying she was doing so “for me and for my brain and for my health”.
“Something needs to be done about pages that are invented to slag people off,” she added. “Something needs to be done about trolls hiding behind a keyboard. Just don’t follow me. Don’t follow my home account. You are all very unwell.”
Jacqueline continued: “It affects me and is making me unwell. F*** off, and find some friends and start a private WhatsApp group or something. Do not talk about my kids. Your fake names mean nothing. You are not invincible and are not hard to find.”
It’s not the first time the star has opened up about trolling she’s received, and in the past she’s hit back at cruel comments about her weight.
Dan has also commented that he’s had to grow a “thick skin” over the years, and has blasted comments made about his children, telling trolls to “get a life”.
New's source explained: “They feel as though no matter what they do, the trolls will try to tear them down. Still, they are putting on a united front. Jacqueline wants to draw a line under it all and move forward, and Dan will be with her every step of the way.”
Good for you, Jac!
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