Jameela Jamil is looking back on her suicidal thoughts she had just a year ago.
The 34-year-old Misery Index host opened up about how negative thoughts invaded her being following comments from online bullies that were accusing her of faking her illnesses.
“Just a year ago I was totally suicidal,” she shared, during The BodCon, a conference focused on body confidence. “This week is my birthday week. I was totally suicidal on my birthday last year because of how much people were just mocking my disability, or like, mocking my mental health and I was like, what an ugly world, I don’t want to be here anymore.”
In 2020, many had accused Jameela of having Munchausen syndrome, or factitious disorder, which is a mental illness that causes people to fake health scares for attention.
“Now a year later, I’m like the strongest and the happiest and the freest I’ve ever been,” she shared during her virtual appearance.
Now, Jameela says, she’s learned not to care as much about what people think of her.
“I’m not out to impress a bunch of strangers who because of misogyny are looking to poke holes in me anyway,” she added, saying that there’s an added level of scrutiny for prominent women.
“Look at the way we treat women in the public eye, look at mega mafia, look at Britney Spears, look at Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, like Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Greta Thunberg — we do this to every single prominent woman,” Jameela shared. “When we don’t like a man we just don’t learn anything about him — we don’t learn his name. We don’t follow him on the internet, we just don’t care. When we don’t like a woman, we will investigate every single thing she’s ever said, ever done…scrutinize her obsessively. It’s really weird.”
Previously, Jameela opened up about a suicide attempt she had eight years ago.
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