One of Lucy Hale’s comments on her own Instagram post is causing some uproar among her fans who claim they are “really disappointed” in the “Pretty Little Liars” star.
The actress shared a heartfelt Instagram post for Fathers Day, posting a picture of her and her dad with the caption, “You taught me to have soul. I love you daddy.”
According to Fox News, fans became upset when she commented to a friend, “ugh I was so fat.” Comments seem to have since been disabled on the post.
“Extremely disappointing to see someone that I consider a role model refer to themselves as ‘fat’ on a public platform where other girls can also see it,” wrote a fan with the username anastasiafranciotti.
“Probably not a great thing to say that this weight was ‘fat,’ considering how many young girls are going to read that and get upset about their bodies,” paigee_larson commented, while Kasseyh89 added, “Really disappointed that you would use this type of language knowing young girls look up to you. Esp because you were nowhere near overweight you may reinforce harmful thoughts in these impressionable minds.”
Other people pointed out that her comment may “sound offensive” to “people who really are fat and who are big fans of you.”
“Lucy I love you but please, you have never been fat in your entire life, there are people who are really fat and really struggle with their weight and maybe they look up to you so please do not say these things even as a joke,” another user wrote, according to Teen Vogue.
However, some fans rushed to the actress’ defense, stating that she has a right to feel a certain way about her body.
“Maybe she refers to herself as ‘fat’ at this time in her life because she felt that way,”wrote loveismymantra13. “SHE IS ENTITLED TO THAT FEELING. Maybe she was eating unhealthy and now eats healthy. Maybe she wasn’t exercising and now does. We are all on our own journeys, and we need to be respectful to one another. Do not assume, judge, or condemn another.”
Hale has previously spoken out about body image issues, telling Cosmopolitan in 2012, “I’ve never really talked about this, but I would go days without eating. Or maybe I’d have some fruit and then go to the gym for three hours. I knew I had a problem… It was a gradual process but I changed myself.”
Representatives for Hale have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.