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Anne Hathaway explains why she opened up about her weight gain

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Remember when Anne Hathaway took to Instagram with a message for fat-shaming trolls? Now the actress has explained why.

Hathaway recently clarified, via Instagram, the fact that she had gained weight for a film role. Her post read: “I am gaining weight for a movie role and it is going well. To all the people who are going to fat shame me in the upcoming months, it’s not me, it’s you. Peace xx PS- I wanted to set this to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” but copyright said no. Continued peace xx”.

The reason she felt compelled to preempt the fat shamers? “I didn’t feel like dealing with the pregnancy rumours. I find it bizarre that there’s a storm to get ahead of, but I have a history of being shamed and humiliated, for a lot of different reasons.”

She has a point. Hathaway attracted a shocking amount of hate during the 2013 awards season, when she was awarded an Oscar for her role in Les Misérables. 

Her weight loss for that part was intensely scrutinized, and her Oscar acceptance speech was ridiculed. She told The Guardian in 2016: “I felt very uncomfortable. I kind of lost my mind doing that movie, and it hadn’t come back yet. Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel which is uncomplicated happiness”. She went on to say, “It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy. I didn’t feel that way… I tried to pretend that I was happy and I got called out on it, big time”. 

Her new approach is to shut down her critics before they have a chance to speak out. While pregnant with her son in 2016, Hathaway had certainly not planned on any public announcement. 

She told Good Morning America (in 2016): “I hadn’t planned on ever confirming it and then I just, I had seen a photographer while I was on vacation, taking a photo, and I just thought, ‘It’s such a joyful and a sacred experience, you know, carrying life’”. She goes on, “And I just thought, ‘I don’t want the first version of this to be out there with me covering or scowling at someone’”.

The full interview can be seen in Glamour US. You can also catch the trailer for Hathaway’s latest film, Ocean’s 8, released in the UK on 18 June.

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