TOWIE’S Fran Parman has vowed to lose weight after cruel trolls body shamed her as she returned to Towie for the first time in two years.
The reality star responded directly to her critics on Instagram today, telling them that lockdown had “hit me hard” and stopped her from exercising.
Addressing those who called her “bloated and unhealthy”, she said: “Yeah I am bloated, do you know why? Because it’s that time of the month.
“And also corona. It hit me hard. It really hit me hard. I didn’t know what to do with myself.
“I don’t like working out indoors. It’s too small, too sweaty. I’m currently looking after my granddad because he’s very, very poorly.”
Fran admitted she wants to lose weight and encouraged her fans to join her on her journey to beat the bullies.
Tackling the mean comments head on, she continued: “So I’ve put on a bit of weight. So what. Do you know what? I’m gonna take this with a pinch of salt and I’m gonna show you I can lose the weight.
“People get hatred on Instagram comments but online it’s really nasty things people are writing. It shouldn’t be OK.
“If anyone else gets this nastiness, just take it with a pinch of salt. They must be really sad with their lives and really insecure to go out their way and write this s**t about me.”
Sharing her surprise that her current look proved to be such a talking point, she went on: “I didn’t think nothing of it. I’ve put on a few dress sizes what’s the problem?
“I’m not happy being this size. I can’t fit into my clothes. But that is my goal. I’m going to do it now and fit into them.
“A lot of years I used to be so upset about my weight. I had ex-boyfriends being really nasty about my weight. I was tiny but they used to turn around and call me fat. It was mental.
“My point is don’t beat yourself up if you get hate.”
Her celebrity pals rallied around her with Nicola McLean saying: “Shouldn’t need to ignore ! It shouldn’t be allowed 🤬 sending love ❤️.”
Love Island’s Fran Allen wrote: “So well said everything you said is the truthhhhhh❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.”
While Olivia Attwood sent her love.
Fran returned to filming two years after she split with James ‘Diags’ Bennewith and left the show.
The former couple, who called time on their three-year romance in 2018, are to come face to face now she’s back for the Towie reunion.
The pair first got together shortly after Fran joined the ITVbe show in 2014 as Diags’ housemate.
She initially dated Tom Pearce but when that fell through became loved-up with the brunette hunk.
Following their split a friend revealed to the Sun’s Bizarre column they had spent a night together and Fran was keen to win him back.
The pretty brunette looked glam for the occasion wearing a white minidress with a plunging bust, a red bomber jacket and white heels.
Fran teamed the look with a gold chain with a matching bracelet and hoop earrings.
Her involvement on Towie is her first telly gig in months, with Fran admitting she had been “bored” during lockdown.
She said on Instagram in April: “Can’t stop eating. Fed up. Bored. Put on weight. But trying to stay positive and staying in for our nhs for everyone to be safe 💖 Love you all 💖”
She last appeared on screen when she confronted Diags on Eating With My Ex.
James opened up about crying on Towie during an emotional heart to heart with Chloe Sims.
Can’t stop eating. Fed up. Bored. Put on weight. But trying to stay positive and staying in for our nhs for everyone to be safe 💖 Love you all 💖 #shn #stayhomenow
And while the scene left most viewers heartbroken at the time, Fran, 28, joked she was turned on by his tears.
Diags said on the show back in January: “I’m very in touch with my emotional side.”
A TV source said: “She still loves Diags. Since they broke up last year they went on this crazy diet and lost three stone.
“She slept with Diags a couple of months ago but after she’d got up and left his house he blocked her.”
Diags lost an impressive two and a half stone after their split, which he admitted had spurred him on to overhaul his lifestyle and “start afresh”.