Zoella is a fashion and beauty blogger from London with nearly 30 million followers on three platforms (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter). Earlier this year, Cosmopolitan named the most power social media star in the U.K.
Now, the 27-year-old is under fire after someone unearthed a series of old tweets in which she fat-shamed people and mocked gay men.
The tweets were written from her account in 2010, 2011, and 2012, before she was the social media superstar she is today.
One tweet from 2010 read: “I find it funny when gay men spit…it’s like they’re trying to be a bit macho but never works…”
Another read: “‘why are these clothes so expensive’ because they’re designer you tramp, that there in your hand is a dress worth over £2000. Haha.”
Both tweets have since been deleted.
Zoella released the following statement on Twitter:
I’ve seen a few of my old tweets from 7/8 years ago floating around (which I have now deleted) using words like “chav” “skank” and other words I wouldn’t use now as part of my language and lot of them were taken out of context referring to TV shows but I would never say those things now and I’m sorry if I have offended anyone, that was not my intention. Obviously that is not who I am today and I’d like to think I’m a little older and wiser! I’m not perfect and I’ve never claimed to be, I’m only human!
But not everyone is ready to accept her apology:
Ok, but 7 years ago you were 12? 13? She was 20. If you don’t know not to be homophobic by then, you’re just being an awful person.
— Steph (@steph_howlter) November 15, 2017
I find it so funny how zoella has managed to rebrand herself as some kind of sweet, unproblematic saint pic.twitter.com/aiMpGIe7ER
— its designer u tramp (@LHLX_) November 14, 2017
Seeing homophobic tweets from @Zoella has put me right off her. It may have been 7 years ago but she was 20. Old enough to know better. #zoellaisoverparty #zoella #zoellaadventcalendar #zoellabeauty pic.twitter.com/iskTnvx5fR
— ??????? (@SarraRamirez) November 15, 2017
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