Jacqueline Jossa defends herself over British Soap Awards self-harm comment
Jacqueline Jossa has had to clarify her comments after being caught on air at the British Soap Awards claiming rival Hollyoaks is ‘all about self harm.’
The ex-Eastenders actress, 25, was sitting next to co-star Lacey Turner, 30, at Saturday night’s ceremony at the Hackney Empire when the Channel 4 soap picked up the prize for Best Storyline for Lily Drinkwell’s self-harm storyline.
The camera then panned to Jacqueline, who appeared to say: “everything is always self-harm on that show.”
Several viewers of the show picked up on her words and took to Twitter – “a very bitchy comment” one said, while another person said “disgusting comments… totally unprofessional”.
After being called out online, Jacqueline – who is currently pregnant with her second child – was then forced to explain the context of the situation.
Posting on Instagram the actress said: “Just to clear things up, Lacey asked me what the storyline was, as we couldn’t hear. I answered with, I’m not actually sure, ‘I think they all self-harmed on that show’. I didn’t watch the show, I only went from the clip I saw previous, which involved three girls on a bed.
“I haven’t watched the show recently so don’t actually know, but always love it and wasn’t discrediting. I was literally answering what the storyline was.
“I know that self-harm isn’t a joke, obviously, and love any soap that tackles hard stories. It’s been taken out of context! Jake Wood’s story involved self-harm too. I wasn’t hating, I was answering a question. Sorry for offence!!"
EastEnders only picked up two awards and one joint award at the ceremony, while Coronation Street swept the board on the night with six gongs, including the coveted Best Soap prize.
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