Catherine Tyldesley has hit back at trolls who accused her of editing her Instagram pictures.
The former Coronation Street star, 37, said that she has to ‘graft’ to stay the size that she is and that she would never use Photoshop as it would be bad for her own and other people’s mental health.
In an interview with The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine, she said she was ‘gutted’ when she was accused of editing her waist back in January when she posted a throwback snap from a cover shoot.
Setting the record straight: Catherine Tyldesley has hit back at trolls who accused her of editing her Instagram pictures
She told the publication: ‘I was gutted, because it is something I’d never, ever do.
‘Not only is Photoshopping bad for that person’s mental health in terms of body dysmorphia, but it also impacts on the mental health of the people seeing that image and comparing themselves.’
She added that she has to work ‘really hard’ to stay a ‘smaller size’ and that staying healthy ‘doesn’t come easy’.
The beauty also discussed how because influencers so often use filters and apps to change their bodies and faces that sometimes people assume that everyone is doing it.
Honest: The former Coronation Street star, 37, said that she has to ‘graft’ to stay the size that she is and that she would never use Photoshop
The star said she has always been self-conscious about her jaw as she thinks it is ‘manly’ and so it upsets her when people accuse her of having filler in it as it has taken her a lot time to feel comfortable with that part of her face.
She said: ‘You just don’t know the inner battle I’ve had to get to where I am now.’
Around 10 years ago Catherine lost staggering six stone before joining the cast of Corrie.
Dropping from a size 22 to a size 8-10, the soap star previously said that she struggled to control her weight as a teenager, and said in 2013 she was motivated to shift the pounds after being told by a director she was too fat for play a leading lady.
Before: Around 10 years ago Catherine lost staggering six stone before joining the cast of Corrie
Catherine went onto drop another two stone after giving birth to her son Alfie in 2015, and in 2018 unveiled her transformation after a 12-week fitness regime.
Speaking about what motivated her to drop the pounds in a Q&A on Instagram in January said: ‘I couldn’t walk up the stairs without gasping for breath.’
‘I had zero energy and my skin was terrible. Educating myself on nutrition was the best thing I ever did.’
Catherine shared a throwback snap of herself as a teenager, where she was a dress size 22 alongside a photo of her following her staggering weight loss in a bikini on the beach.
Impressive: Speaking about what motivated her to drop the pounds in a Q&A on Instagram in January said: ‘I couldn’t walk up the stairs without gasping for breath’
Earlier that month, the actress yet again slammed trolls who accused her of Photoshopping her figure on Instagram.
The actress shared a snap from a vintage shoot but was inundated with comments from followers who claimed she had airbrushed her waist to make herself slimmer.
Catherine said she ‘always had a tiny waist’ as she took to her stories to share a snap in a white corset from her Coronation Street‘s character Eva Price’s wedding in 2017.
Alongside the photo in the corset and suspenders, Catherine wrote: ‘Taken while filming Eva’s wedding – exhibit A- tiny waist- ZERO airbrushing- to those negative few telling me waist isn’t real. I work b***y hard to have a waist. B****r off’.
Real talk: The beauty also discussed how because influencers so often use filters and apps to change their bodies and faces that sometimes people assume that everyone is doing it
Not stopping there, the soap star continued: ‘I pride myself on never airbrushing my Instagram pics. I wouldn’t even know where to start. I am the least technical person I know.
‘For those commenting on my waist- I have always had a tiny waist.
‘I work b****y hard at the gym to stay healthy. If you’ve got a problem with my waist I suggest you unfollow- and try to be kinder to people with small waist lines.
‘May you find peace you negative folk. I will pray for you.’
Catherine now speaks openly about the importance of health and nutrition and says that some elements of the body positivity movement have gone too far.
Warning: Catherine also recently urged the government to tackle the UK’s ‘obesity crisis’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
She said that if people are saying ‘I weigh 25st and I’m really healthy’ that that is ‘scientifically impossible’.
Catherine also recently urged the government to tackle the UK’s ‘obesity crisis’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The actress accused the government of not ‘giving two hoots’ about obesity, and expressed dismay at Krispy Kreme’s decision to offer free doughnuts to Americans that can prove they’ve been vaccinated against coronavirus.
‘I swear to god Boris, if you follow suit and start reducing fast food again knowing how severely obesity affects this virus, I will lose my marbles,’ Catherine in an impassioned Instagram video.
‘I work hard for my waist!’: In January the actress yet again slammed trolls who accused her of Photoshopping her figure in this corset picture uploaded to her Instagram
The soap star suggested slashing prices on fruit and vegetables instead, saying: ‘Why not reduce fruit and vegetables? Why not send out fruit and vegetables to families that can’t afford it.’
Catherine said in full: ‘We all know that for years now the UK has been in an obesity crisis, an obesity epidemic. The government don’t seem to give two hoots.
‘We also know that if you contract COVID and you are obese or you are overweight the struggle is much worse.
‘But in America, if you wiggle around your vaccine passport you get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut.’
She continued: ‘Do outreach: free, educational programmes for families that need to know more about nutrition.
‘Leaving gyms until the last minute when statistically they are one of the lowest places that you can catch COVID. My mind is blown.’
Krispy Kreme announced on Tuesday that it will give away a free glazed doughnut a day to anyone who can prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
The chain shared the promotion on social media, revealing any customer who shows a COVID-19 vaccination card at a participating US Krispy Kreme store will be entitled to a free treat.
Vaccinated customers can claim one free doughnut every single day to the end of 2021.
In her candid interview with Fabulous Magazine she also revealed the last year has been tough on her mental health, something she has not struggled with before.
Coroanvirus hit her family hard, with her parents falling seriously ill with the virus and her grandad, Derek, dying from Covid-related complications in May, aged 90.
Soap: She played Eva Price on Corrie from June 2011 until August 2018 and recently confirmed she would ‘absolutely’ return to the ITV soap if the opportunity arose in the future