But Jamelia says she still stands by her comments that clothes of a certain size shouldn’t be stocked on the high street
Earlier this morning, TV presenter and singer Jamelia apologised for the comments she made during yesterday’s Loose Women where she stated that she didn’t think ‘High street shops should stock clothes for people under or above a certain size’. The 34-year-old said people who were under size 6 and above size 20 should be made to feel ‘uncomfortable’ when they go into stores to shop for clothes to discourage them living ‘unhealthy lifestyles.’
The comments caused outrage on Twitter and Social media as viewers challenged the singer over what they felt were’ insensitive’ views.
When confronted by Kate Garaway on Good Morning Britain today, Jamelia said she wanted people to understand that she felt sorry that she’d offended people, and that was never her intention. She however maintained that she was entitled to her own opinions and that she was standing by her comments.
After landing a front page splash on Metro this morning, Jamelia said, “Watching it back I can see how number one, papers are able to regurgitate the story which makes it much more sensational…I didn’t make it clear on the show that I was talking about extremes … above a size 20 and below a size 6.”
“I understand that I offended people. That does upset me but I do believe we are all entitled to our opinions. As are the people who have hounded me on Twitter and Instagram. I get it. One of the things I would also like to reiterate is I genuinely love people.
@Jamelia your comments were nasty and vile about plus size women you should be ashamed of yourself and your annoying opinions
— KeelyMatova (@KeelyMatova) April 22, 2015
— Ronke Lawal (@ronkelawal) April 21, 2015
“Everyone has a right to feel wonderful and feel beautiful and it was never my intention to make people feel any less than what they are.”
Jamelia is currently part of the stars supporting ITV’s #Selfesteem campaign to help people feel good about themselves. Many have questioned her suitability for the role in the light of her comments.
“I do stand by what I said – I am a real woman with real opinions. I’m not here to play some villain. It’s not that, I get paid to voice my opinion. Occasionally you offend people,” said Jamelia.