Because she expresses support for minority groups and shares frank views about Brexit, Lily Allen is no stranger to dealing with Twitter trolls. But yesterday, the abuse she faces online became truly disgusting.
After the singer-songwriter tried to highlight the prejudice encountered by immigrants and Muslims by replacing the words "immigrants" or "Muslims" with "pensioners" in a series of tweets, trolls taunted her by saying she has a mental illness.
This prompted Allen to reveal that she has bipolar disorder and had experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after her baby had been stillborn. According to the BBC
, one troll told her that if she hadn't taken drugs, "you wouldn't have miscarried." Another troll tweeted at Allen, sickeningly: "The baby knew you were going to be such a horrible mother."
Allen then replied, with heartbreaking honesty: "I didn't miscarry, I went into early labour and my son died from his chord wrapped round his neck."