Gemma Atkinson *Totally* Shuts Down Her Body Shamers

We all know that Gemma Atkinson is one gorgeous lady.

But even the 31-year-old – who’s currently starring as Carly Hope in Emmerdale – has admitted to being the victim of body shamers. *Sigh*.

Gemma shared an old-school photo of herself to Instagram yesterday, besides which she’d penned an emotional message to her online bullies.

Gemma Atkinson shared this post with fans


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The picture saw her posing fiercely, working a mini and a pulled-back blonde ‘do. However, there was a lot more going on in this image than meets the eye.

She’d written: ‘This shot was when I filmed Command & Conquer 7yrs ago. So many people comment on this & msg me saying how much thinner I was then & how much better I looked [sic].

Gemma Atkinson rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks


‘The truth is, YES. I was a lot slimmer then. (Too slim for my height in my opinion) But what no one knew apart from my family, close friends & my agent was that I was going through an absolutely horrendous time.

‘I was coming out of a relationship & reading / hearing so many stories about myself all of which were false. I was ill with worry & on edge 24/7 for weeks. It was awful. I couldn’t eat.

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‘If feeling like that is what it takes for me to be “super slim” then show me the cake!!! It makes me feel sad now even thinking about how I felt back then.

‘I’m so happy that now although I’m heavier & bigger & stronger, I’m mentally in a good place. I’m worry free, stress free & able to enjoy my food and sleep easy. Appearance isn’t everything. Mindfulness & health is.’

We couldn’t agree more, lady. In fact, we think everyone needs to read this message.