Amber Riley says she was shamed by Glee fans

Amber Riley has opened up about being body shamed and the toll it took on her mental health.  (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Amber Riley has opened up about being body shamed and the toll it took on her mental health. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Amber Riley has admitted her time Joy has been made more challenging thanks to online body shars.

The winner of The Masked Singer spoke to Page six this week after taking home the grand prize of the competing series and sharing how insecure she felt in her own skin during her time on the Fox musical drama.

“I suffered so much during my time Joy, with people always having an opinion about my body. Like, my body has always been a topic of conversation,” the actress and singer also won dancing with the Stars in 2013, he explained. “It’s been a war zone for so long that people have choices online.”

He said he keeps dancing dwt extension – and eventually earning the Mirrorball Trophy with partner Derek Hough – “really helped me with my confidence.”

“I will always be grateful for that moment because I got to show myself in all my glory,” Riley said, adding, “You gotta love your body because you’re moving it in such a way that if you don’t love every single curve, you don’t will connect with other people.

She also reflected on the pressure to look a certain way, noting, “Someone I don’t even know, someone I’ve never met, created these standards of beauty, [so] why do i care? I don’t even know who the person is who created what I’m supposed to ‘look like’”.

Riley has spoken out extensively against body shamers, as she did in a 2016 Instagram video, in which she addressed people who hated her body type.

“I have some things I need to get out of my chest and thighs and stomach.” Riley questioned in video, per People. “Why does my being fat offend so many people? Is it because I’m confident, I’m fast, and I’m sexy? My thighs, offend? My stomach, offend? My big juicy ass, offend? Why why?”

In June, she took to Instagram to wonder why some men were flirting with her online after she’d lost weight following a fitness journey. She captioned a video post in which she called out to the men who had just walked into her DMs her, “Keep that same fat-phobic energy player. It is not [poop emoji] changed here but the scale. BIG POINT.

In 2021, Riley reflected on what it means to love yourself in an interview with Yahoo Life’s The Unwind, calling it a “journey” and a “daily decision.”

“I don’t think it’s a complete destination where someone sits and then they’re always confident, they love themselves all the time,” she said at the time. “It’s an ongoing journey and it’s a decision you make every single day.”

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