Jameela Jamil Clapped Back at Critics Claiming She Has Munchausen Syndrome
The claims went viral.
Days after Jameela Jamil came out as queer, the internet was ablaze with a rumor surrounding her health. Jamil, who opened up about being in two separate car accidents and who is dealing with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, came under fire when Twitter users claimed that suffering from Munchausen syndrome. Munchausen is a disorder that involves a person repeatedly and deliberately acting as if they have a physical or mental illness when, in reality, they aren't really sick. According to People, she posted a tweet calling out the critic and their supporters, saying that they needed to do more research before coming for her and making claims about her health.
The suspicions came after some saw Jamil's comments about her car accidents as incongruous. What people didn't understand, Jamil says, is that she had two separate accidents 13 years apart. They were confusing the two incidents as just one.
"First I’m lying about my sexuality, now I'm now being accused of munchausens? By an unhinged idiot who didn't even realize in all her 'research' that my car accident injury stories are 'different' because they were about TWO SEPARATE CAR ACCIDENTS 13 years apart? You can keep it," Jamil wrote on Twitter. She explained that she was living with Ehlers-Danlos in a follow-up tweet.
People adds that Ehlers-Danlos "affects one’s connective tissues, mainly skin, joints, and blood vessels" and is "a mostly hidden condition."
Jamil spoke about one of the car accidents in an interview with Cosmopolitan, saying that it essentially ended her modeling career. The second, which occurred during the filming of the first season of The Good Place, resulted in a broken tooth and a concussion. She was called out for the fact that both accidents involved swarming bees, but she stands by the coincidence and explained it in another tweet.
She called the accusations "dumb internet rumors" ended her tweets with a quote from Brené Brown: "Man, if as many people spent their time and energy helping others/fighting injustice as they do dragging and slandering people on the internet the world would be in such good shape."