Jessica Mulroney has only one thing to say to her critics: “I don’t care.”
While most Canadians were enjoying the August long weekend, the Toronto-based brand strategist and public relations maven was busy in Las Vegas, working on assignment for “Good Morning America.” In between filming and coordinating bachelor and bachelorette parties and weddings for a few lucky couples Mulroney shared a photo to Instagram taken while she enjoyed some poolside R&R that immediately set off a firestorm of internet backlash.
The mother-of-three quickly deleted the photo of herself, facing away from the camera, wearing a blue bikini while shielding her eyes from the sun after some branded the photo “tacky for a mom.” Hours later, Mulroney reposted the snap accompanied by a strong message to all of her haters.
“I took this down after posting it yesterday. Too many trolls attacking,” Mulroney began. “But I realized today, I don’t care. I work hard on every aspect of my life and I’m proud of my body. I’m proud of the work I do. I’m proud that I’m driven. I’m proud of it all. And if we can’t be proud of ourselves, then what’s the point? No more apologies.”
The 39-year-old received support from some of her famous friends and more than 326,000 followers who praised Mulroney for standing up for herself.
“You’re a strong, motivated, driven, hands-on mom who works her ass off with a killer bod that you also work for,” former “Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe wrote to Mulroney. “You show off your family proud and you show off that bod, too.”
“CityTV” host and Tracy Moore also rallied behind her friend.
“Honestly, I know we’ve chatted about this but sometimes a proper clap back and standing your ground is the best thing to do. Show all the [peach emoji] whenever you want to,” she wrote. “Your body. Your platform. Your rules.”
The petite television personality has been candid about her fitness journey and turning to exercise to help manage anxiety. Mulroney frequently shares photos and videos from her work-outs with her followers as well as inspiring quotes and poems that help her maintain a positive mindset.
Many of Mulroney’s followers thanked her for being honest about the negativity she receives online.
“Thank you for reposting and telling everyone the ‘back story,’” one follower wrote.
“You should be proud of your body and all the hours of working out. Don’t let the trolls dictate what you post. We’ve got your back!” another echoed. “If I looked like you I would wear that bikini everywhere I went!”
Mulroney has made it clear that she won’t play games when it comes to online bullying. On Sunday, she shared a sample of the hurtful messages she receives on Twitter, re-tweeting a comment from someone who attacked the appearance of her children with husband Ben Mulroney, 8-year-old twins Brian and John and 6-year-old daughter Ivy.
“I put a spotlight on trolls because I want people to really see the truth of what is happening on social media,” she wrote. “We can’t let people get away with appalling behaviour. It should never be tolerated.”