Jacqueline Jossa has defended herself over accusations she made “disrespectful” comments about self-harming at last night’s British Soap Awards.
The former EastEnders actress was filmed in the audience speaking to her co-star Lacey Turner when Hollyoaks won the best storyline award for Lily’s self-harm ordeal.
A clip of the moment went viral on social media with viewers hitting out at the star for the comments.
One wrote: “‘I think they all self harm on that show’ – are you serious @jacquelineMjos? Disgusting thing to say #SoapAwards.”
Another added: “#soapawards honestly got no respect for jacqueline jossa now. Seems like a back handed, sore loser comment.
Read more: British Soap Awards: Winners list in full!
“I respect that people have opinions but for the sake of being respectful just keep it quiet.
“The look on her face just proves it wasn’t a joke. Cancelled.”
But now Jacqueline has insisted her comments were taken out of context.
Taking to Instagram live, she wrote: “Just to clear things up, Lacey asked me what the storyline was, as we couldn’t hear.
“I answered with, I’m not actually sure, ‘I think they all self-harmed on that show’.
“I didn’t watch the show, I only went from the clip I saw previous, which involved three girls on a bed.
“I haven’t watched the show recently so don’t actually know, but always love it and wasn’t discrediting.
“I was literally answering what the storyline was.
“I know that self-harm isn’t a joke, obviously, and love any soap that tackles hard stories.
Don’t miss out: Three steps to ensure you see all ED!’s latest news on Facebook
“It’s been taken out of context! Jake Wood’s story involved self-harm too.
“I wasn’t hating, I was answering a question. Sorry for offence!!”
What do you think of Jacqueline’s comments? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think!