EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa has been forced to defend herself after her comment about “self-harm” was caught on cameras at the British Soap Awards, sparking online outrage.
The incident came as Hollyoaks was awarded the Best Storyline award for Lauren McQueen’s character Lily Drinkwell and her self-harm storyline.
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But as the audience applauded, the camera panned to Jossa, who was sitting with her former EastEnders co-stars Lacey Turner and Jake Wood (aka Stacey Slater and Max Branning).
Speaking to Turner, Jossa appeared to say “I think they all self-harm on that show.”
— Sophie (@Sophie_0391) June 2, 2018
i've never been a massive fan of jacqueline jossa anyway but after seeing what she said to lacey tonight, i'm just disgusted by it. self-harm isn't something to joke about.
— orla // jc (@love_kellieb) June 2, 2018
I’m still not over jacqueline jossa saying “I think they all self harm on that show” when @Hollyoaks won #BestSingleEpisode & #BestStoryline.. she’s made herself look like a right sore loser.. #Hollyoaks #SoapAwards
— ? love, charlie ? (@tracobcyrus) June 3, 2018
After being called out online, Jossa – who played Lauren Branning – was forced to clarify her comments and explain the context.
The pregnant soap star wrote in her Instagram story: “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. 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!!”