'Bridgerton' star Nicola Coughlan asks fans to stop commenting on her body

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Nicola Coughlan begs fans to keep opinions to themselves (Getty Images)

Nicola Coughlan has reached out directly to fans to ask them to stop commenting on what her body looks like.

The Bridgerton star wrote an honest and heartfelt message as the caption to an Instagram post, in which she revealed the personal impact of having thousands of messages sent to her about her appearance every day.

The 35-year-old wrote, "Hello! So just a thing- if you have an opinion about my body please, please don't share it with me."

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She added, "Most people are being nice and not trying to be offensive but I am just one real life human being and it's really hard to take the weight of thousands of opinions on how you look being sent directly to you every day.

"If you have have an opinion about me that's ok, I understand I'm on TV and that people will have things to think and say but I beg you not to send it to me directly."

"Anyways here's a pic of me in my hotel in NY about to go to SNL, it's unrelated to this post but delighted with my hair in it."

Nicola Coughlan, pictured at a British Vogue and Tiffany & Co. event held in London in September 2020, stars in Netflix series 'Bridgerton'. (Getty Images)
Nicola Coughlan, pictured at a British Vogue and Tiffany & Co. event held in London in September 2020, stars in Netflix series 'Bridgerton'. (Getty Images)

Making her point and letting her caption speak for itself on this occasion, Coughlan has turned the comments off for this post.

The actor has been advocating for people to judge those in her industry by their talent, and not by their bodies for a while now, writing the piece 'Critics, judge me for my work in Derry Girls and on the stage, not on my body' for The Guardian as long as three years ago.

"I'm very lucky to get to use my body to become all these fascinating women [the various diverse roles she's played]. But the prism through which my body is viewed is inescapable," she wrote.

She concluded with, "I hope in the future that more people will talk about our work, our inspirations, our drive, rather than our looks. A revolution is happening, and I want to play my part in it."

Demonstrating how she's playing her part in striving for this change, she resurfaced the issue last year, writing on Twitter, "Also can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it completely irrelevant."

She added, "Every time I'm asked about my body in an interview it makes me deeply uncomfortable and so sad I'm not just allowed to just talk about the job I do that I so love."

Coughlan isn't the only celeb to address comments made about their body, even if they're remarks people might deem as 'positive'.

Last year Demi Lovato also wrote an impactful message on their Instagram, writing in part at the time: "Idk who needs to hear this but complimenting someone on their weight loss can be as harmful as complimenting someone on their weight gain in regards to talking to someone in recovery from an eating disorder."

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Demi Lovato performs onstage during Global Citizen Live on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
"Complimenting someone on their weight loss can be as harmful as complimenting someone on their weight gain," says Demi Lovato (Getty Images for Global Citizen)

The singer added, "If you don't know someone's history with food, please don't comment on their body. Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2am overthinking that statement..."

While they said the comments can sometimes feel great, this is "only to the loud ass eating disorder voice inside my head".

In June 2020, Lizzo shared a work-out video on TikTok with the caption 'If you're not a fat shamer...keep scrolling...ok now that all the fat shamers are here', with the message that she chooses to exercise not for other people's expectations, but her own.

The Good as Hell singer said in the video, "Hey, so I've been working out consistently for the last five years and it may come as a surprise to some of y'all that I'm not working out to have your ideal body type. I'm working out to have my ideal body type.

"And you know what type that is? None of your f****** business because I am beautiful, I am strong, I do my job and I stay on my job."

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 30: Lizzo performs on the Lands End Stage during day 2 of the 2021 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on October 30, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Outside Lands)
Lizzo works on her own ideal body type (FilmMagic for Outside Lands)

She continued: "So next time you want to come to somebody and judge them whether they drink kale smoothies or eat McDonald's, or work out or not work out, how about you look at your own fucking self and worry about your own goddamn body because health is not just determined on what you look like on the outside.

"Health is also what happens on the inside—and a lot of y'all need to do a f****** cleanse for your insides."

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham also addressed the comments she decided to take a "peek" at on her wedding photos, writing that despite the lovely week she'd had, "But all of this safety made me forget, for a moment, why I’ve created such intense boundaries with the internet over the past few years."

Speaking on the comments, she said in part, "One narrative I take issue with, largely because it's a story I don't want other women, other people, to get lodged in their heads is that I should somehow be ashamed because my body has changed since I was last on television.

"Firstly "did Lena eat the cast of Girls" just isn't a very good joke- I could punch that up for the Tweeter. Secondly, it's ironic to have my body compared to a body that was also the subject of public scorn- an echo chamber of body shaming.

"But lastly, when will we learn to stop equating thinness with health/happiness? Of course weight loss can be the result of positive change in habits, but guess what? So can weight gain."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 26:  Lena Dunham attends Friendly House 30th Annual Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 26, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,)
"When will we learn to stop equating thinness with health/happiness," asks Lena Dunham (Getty Images,)

Amy Schumer has also shared with Yahoo Life's Hunter McGrady last year what it was like to be complimented on weight loss when she was dealing with health problems, of which can affect weight.

She said at the time, "For me, I was diagnosed with Lyme earlier this year, and I definitely like lost a couple lbs. And people's reaction of like, 'You're losing weight,' you know, like they're congratulating you. And I'm like, it's really just about my health. I don't know if I lose or gain weight."

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