Jess Glynne has deleted her social media accounts due to severe trolling, according to reports.
The singer, 31, has faced a “horrid few weeks” online and decided to “delete her accounts” to “escape” abuse from keyboard warriors following her using a transphobic slur during an appearance on Mo Gilligan’s podcast.
Last month, Rather Be hitmaker Jess came under fire when she made the offensive remarks in a now-deleted clip as she told Mo about visiting a ‘tranny strip club’ with her ‘bad man’ friend.
Following her comments outraging listeners, she issued an apology to the LGBTQ+ community but she has continued to receive abuse online – leading to her deciding to remove her online accounts, an insider has told.
“It has been a horrid few weeks for Jess. She feels so upset about the whole situation and really felt like the only way to escape was to delete her accounts,” a pal close to the musician told The Sun.
They went on to add that Jess had “great relationships with fans online” but now that has been “ruined.”
The pal continued that the trolling has been “incredibly difficult” for her before adding that the trolls don’t know “how painful” their words and comments are.
They added: “She knows she is not a nasty person but is being relentlessly punished for a mistake which she apologised for.”
It comes after Jess was recorded taking part in Mo’s podcast saying: “This is probably the funniest bit. We got to the end our like, trail, whatever, it was like a tranny, like, strip club thing.
“There was just men dressed…”
In response to the backlash on social media for her choice of words, the pop star broke her silence to share a lengthy apology.
She penned: “I want to address my appearance on the @mothecomedian podcast, when a story I told caused massive and righteous offence.
“Firstly, I want to say that I am wholeheartedly sorry.
“I know that in this case, sorry is not nearly enough, throughout my life I have made a lot of mistakes and what I have come to know is that the only benefit to making one is to learn from it.”
She continued: “I didn’t want to simply put out a PR apology on social media because I know that I have caused offence and pain to the community that I love and have always wanted to support.
“To be in the knowledge that I have negatively impacted the community through my own ignorance has ripped out a piece of my heart. I know I needed to address my mistake head on and educate myself about an issue I was frankly ignorant of.
“The language that I used on the podcast was unacceptable, as someone that has always been immersed in the LGBTQ+ community, I have witnessed first hand the progress that has been made when it comes to language, I am ashamed that I was unaware of the potency of the T-slur until now.”
Jess added: “I have been fortunate enough and privileged enough to spend time today talking to the transgender model and activist @danistjames who has educated me about the power of that word and how it has been historically used as a weapon against so many. It is often the last word someone hears before they are brutally attacked or even murdered, similar to the anti-gay F-slur, the T-slur is commonly used to humiliate and degrade transgender individuals.
“Murders and attacks are commonplace in this community and safe environments are paramount. I now understand how insulting it was to see a clip of me and @mothecomedian laughing at a story which I should have known better than to tell and casually, thoughtlessly using a word that is a dehumanising, dangerous slur to so many.”
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She concluded: “Today I have learnt something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I hope by using my platform to apologise I can also start the conversation and others may benefit from being educated by braver souls than myself. I know that with a platform of my size, I have a responsibility to host the voices of many, over the coming weeks and beyond, I will be lending my platforms to voices in the community and I look forward to continuing my education on these issues.
“I do believe personal development never ends but we have to make a commitment to change and I will be taking some time to continue to grow.”
It’s not the first time Jess has been criticised online, as she was forced to respond to backlash last year after telling fans she experienced ‘pure discrimination’ after being turned away from a restaurant for wearing a hoodie.
The Mirror have contacted a rep for Jess Glynne for comment.
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