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EastEnders’ Jacqueline Jossa slammed by British Soap Awards viewers over controversial “self-harm” comment

EastEnders’ Jacqueline Jossa slammed by British Soap Awards viewers over controversial “self-harm” comment
03 Jun
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EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa has said that she has been taken “out of context” after being heavily criticised online for appearing to make a controversial and “disrespectful” comment at the British Soap Awards.

Viewers at home watching the 2018 awards ceremony had slammed the actress, who exited her role as Lauren Branning earlier this year, as a clip went viral in which she said to Lacey Turner about Hollyoaks: “I think they all self-harm on that show.”

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This moment came as Hollyoaks actors were celebrating their win in the Best Storyline category for Lily Drinkwell/McQueen’s (Lauren McQueen) self-harm storyline – which came out ahead of EastEnders‘ ‘Karma for Max Branning’ nomination.

You can take a look at the moment below:

After receiving backlash, Jacqueline wrote to clarify what happened via Instagram Stories.

“Just to clear things up, Lacey asked me what the storyline was, as we couldn’t hear,” she recalled.

Jacqueline Jossa Instagram Story on

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“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 [the] offence!!”

Prior to Jacqueline’s statement, here were some of the critical posts a number of Twitter users made:

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Hollyoaks had a great night overall as the Channel 4 soap scooped four awards, while Jacqueline picked up a joint award for Scene of the Year following Lauren and Abi Branning’s rooftop fall.


Readers affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans free on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


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