Because she expresses support for minority groups and shares frank views about Brexit
, Lily Allen
is no stranger to dealing with Twitter trolls. This week, the abuse she regularly 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."