Valentine’s Day provides countless examples of how couples show their love and support for one another, and James Blake and Jameela Jamil did not fall short of that today (Feb. 14). He came to her defense after Pot Psychology podcast writer/producer/host Tracie Egan Morrissey accused The Good Place actress of having Munchausen syndrome, a mental disorder when someone repeatedly acts as if they’re physically or mentally ill when they’re really not.
Blake had something to say to all of the haters this morning on Twitter. “I would have spoken on this earlier but Jameela asked me not to. Please read x,” he tweeted along with two screenshots from the Notes app of a lengthy message detailing Jamil’s various chronic afflictions.
“It’s pretty disgusting to watch the woman I love just be dog piled on every day for such ridiculous things,” the note read. “I am there for her swollen joints, her dislocations, her severe allergic reactions, her constant high fevers. I was there for her concussion, her 3 months of seizures, when the doctor gave her the cancer diagnosis, and for all her operations and their complications due to EDS…. I actually live with her. Her being attractive, tall, and successful doesn’t mean she hasn’t been sick.”
He continued to describe how her ailments have prevented from various “jobs and fun nights out” while questioning “the way we tear women limb from limb.”
Jamil hopped on Twitter shortly after to admire her “best friend and my biggest love” for his words. Her sweet follow-up tweet featured a glam shot of Jamil sporting a sheet face mask and Blake getting a hair cut. “Shout out to a real one,” she tweeted.
The 33-year-old star has tirelessly fought for herself over the last two weeks, starting last Wednesday (Feb. 5) when she came out as queer amidst backlash for being announced as a judge on the upcoming HBO Max voguing competition series Legendary. She since reflected about her personal announcement on Instagram, teasing she “thankfully chose the *most* inappropriate and unfortunate time…. So now you don’t have to feel embarrased about yours” while acknowledging, “Better out than in.”
But Morrissey’s backlash wasn’t about her sexual orientation: She compiled a comprehensive Instagram story highlight titled “JJ” on Tuesday (Feb. 11) with screenshots and video recordings of interviews and social media posts that accused her of lying about several accidents and illnesses to gain attention. Jamil promptly took the heated debate from their personal DMs to Twitter, writing, “First I’m lying about my sexuality, now I’m now being accused of munchausens? By an unhinged idiot who didn’t even realize in all her “research” that my car accident injury stories are “different” because they were about TWO SEPARATE CAR ACCIDENTS 13 years apart? You can keep it.”
Her follow-up tweet claimed, “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome means always having people doubt your illness and injuries because you look okay.” According to the the Ehlers-Danlos Society official website, EDS is a group of connective tissue disorders commonly manifested as joints that stretch further than normal and skin that stretches further than normal but can appear differently in each affected person.
Yesterday (Feb. 13), the avid mental health advocate tweeted an omega, “One thing I will say is that this bullsh– has raised a really important conversation about how we gaslight people whose illnesses aren’t visible.” And her longtime boyfriend Blake has picked up the mic to join in on the conversation.
Read Blake’s entire statement and Jamil’s reaction below.
I would have spoken on this earlier but Jameela asked me not to. Please read x pic.twitter.com/edpC3BRwd8
— James Blake (@jamesblake) February 14, 2020
— Jameela Jamil — (@jameelajamil) February 14, 2020