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Jacqueline Jossa slammed over self-harm comment

A clip of the EastEnders star's comments went viral on social media

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.

Jacqueline Jossa at the British Soap Awards
Jacqueline was filmed making the comments to co-star Lacey Turner (Credit: ITV)

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.

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“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.

Jacqueline Jossa Instagram live
Jacqueline Jossa took to Instagram to defend her comments (Credit: Instagram)

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.

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“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!!”

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