"It's sick to watch."

By Isabel Jones
Updated Feb 14, 2020 @ 1:15 pm
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Jameela Jamil is no stranger to criticism online — these days especially. The latest bone the internet has decided to pick is with the actress and activist’s health issues.

Jamil has spoken about her struggles with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare condition that manifests with myriad symptoms, including digestive problems, loose joints, fragile skin that’s prone to scarring and bruising, spinal problems, headaches, and more.

Additionally, Jamil has mentioned that she’s survived cancer twice, been in multiple car accidents, and suffered from seizures.

Recently, some social media users have began to speculate whether Jamil’s health issues are legitimate, stemming from Jezebel co-creator Tracie Morrissey’s claim that the Good Place star has Munchausen syndrome (a mental disorder that causes a person to act as though they are suffering from various ailments when they aren’t).

Jamil was quick to clap back:

As the backlash against Jamil has continued to spread, the actress’s musician boyfriend James Blake entered the dialogue on Valentine’s Day.

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“It’s pretty disgusting to watch the woman I love just be dog piled on every day for such ridiculous things,” he began his lengthy post. “I am there for her swollen joints, her dislocations, here severe allergic reactions, her constant high fevers. I was there for her concussion, her 3 months of seizures, when the doctor gave her the cancer diagnosis, and for all her operations and their complications due to EDS. I can feel the lumps in her back from the car accident and see all the scars,” he continued. “Her being attractive, tall, and successful doesn’t mean she hasn’t been sick.”

“You don’t know this woman,” Blake went on. “But I do, and I’m not gonna stand by and let some total strangers try to push my girlfriend over the edge to what … stop her from helping kids with eating disorders? Stop removing mainstream shame of talking about mental health?”

He concluded with a sharp rebuke: “What are any of you even doing? And why are so many of you enjoying this? It’s sick to watch, and I don’t ever see men treated like this, the way we tear women limb from limb."

In October, Jamil opened up to InStyle about her relationship with Blake, calling the singer her “biggest cheerleader,” adding, “he always builds my confidence and he’s always championing me on the side.”