Jelena Dokic has revealed she’s been pressured to endure nasty feedback about her weight whereas commentating at this yr’s Australian Open.
The previous tennis ace, 37, has pleaded for folks to depart her alone after she — like many individuals — put some weight on throughout Melbourne’s lockdown.
Dokic shared a facet by facet picture of her look pre and post-COVID to Instagram and added a prolonged caption telling trolls to “GET OVER IT”.
“I’m sharing this with you all as a result of although I’ve the most effective supporters on the earth that ship me hundreds of messages of help, I’ve additionally acquired a couple of feedback physique shaming me and seen an article within the media about my weight and bodily look,” Dokic wrote.
“I’ve at all times been trustworthy with you all about my struggles and my weight battles. I’ve talked about my weight and never lots of people have executed that publicly.
“Now I’m additionally going to be trustworthy however I additionally really feel like I would like to handle the destructive consideration round what folks assume I ought to appear to be.
“And right here is my message to you, GET OVER IT.
“Depart me and my bodily look alone. I actually don’t know why folks and the media have the necessity to touch upon somebody’s bodily look, particularly with regards to ladies. You’ll by no means discuss like that a couple of man, it’s at all times about ladies and their look.
“Whereas I’m nowhere close to my heaviest, I’m additionally fully trustworthy about the truth that I’ve put some weight again on within the Melbourne lockdown. It was very arduous mentally for me on the earth’s hardest lockdown for six months and never with the ability to see my family members for 15 months.
“I’ve even had some melancholy and anxiousness creep again up and it’s been a battle.
“To all of the body-shamers, on-line trolls and the media which have physique shamed me, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. When you’ve got nothing good to say, don’t say something in any respect.
“How a couple of little bit of kindness? How a couple of message asking me how I’m doing? As a substitute of speaking about my weight, why don’t you discuss all my accomplishments? Does my weight decide my value?
“It’s really easy to guage others however why can’t folks simply be variety? We ought to be speaking about internal magnificence and never the shallow outdoors appears.
“Additionally, I might be pregnant or going via one thing. You by no means know what battle somebody is combating.
“Put your self within the particular person your insulting’s sneakers and what they could be going via. Think about if it was your mom, sister or daughter being insulted.
“In saying that, I’ll proceed to work arduous on my health and my well being as a result of I wish to really feel higher and fitter. Love you all.”
Dokic underwent an unimaginable bodily transformation in late 2018 and early 2019, dropping 38kg after reaching 120kg at her heaviest.
After being afraid to depart the home and turning down work alternatives due to her insecurity, she started a brand new chapter and shared it publicly within the hope of serving to others.
“I assumed I might courageous the judgment, negativity and scrutiny that typically comes with being within the public eye and on social media and put myself and my struggles on the market and hopefully encourage, encourage and assist others, particularly ladies,” she wrote on the time.
Dokic revealed in 2017 she had “suicidal ideas” after being abused by her dad as a baby.
The 2000 Wimbledon semi-finalist lifted the lid on her early years in her autobiography Unbreakable, the place she claimed her father would whip her with a belt if she failed on courtroom.
She mentioned her 2014 retirement left her feeling “misplaced” and noticed her weight blow out on the again of emotional consuming and an absence of construction when she left tennis.
“I used to be thrown into retirement not understanding what route I needed to go in,” Dokic mentioned.
“I wasn’t ready — that’s the place my weight achieve began.
“While you’re knowledgeable athlete, you’re on this bubble that’s not actuality — all the pieces is completed for you … coaching, meals, journey, administration, so going again into actual life was very totally different.”
The discharge of her autobiography, the place Dokic revealed the trauma she suffered by the hands of her father and her subsequent battles with melancholy, proved to be a cathartic expertise and was a catalyst for her getting on high of her weight.
She is now fortunately engaged to long-time associate Tin Bikic and planning to get married and begin a household.
“Marriage is on the listing,” she informed nowtolove.com.au this week.
“And whereas we’re not planning on having children proper now, it’s one of many issues that is essential.”
“I wish to increase my youngsters very in another way from how I used to be raised,” she added. “Having a household is certainly sooner or later.”