TOWIE star Fran Parman has hit back at trolls after she revealed she’s now a size 12 – after losing 10lbs for her return to the ITVBe show.
The TV beauty, 29, returned to our screens this week as we watched her "break the ice" with ex boyfriend Diags.
The star recently revealed that she had put on 3st in three months during lockdown while looking after her 91-year-old granddad.
Fran took to social media to slam cruel trolls who were sending her negative comments about her weight.
She posted a video on Instagram, She said: “Hey guys I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone’s messages. Yes, as we’ve all gathered I have gone up to a size 12.
“I actually don’t understand why some people have got a problem with it, it happens. I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely comments and the negative ones I just wish you happiness guys.
“I just want to let everyone know I’m okay, I don’t give a sh*t about people’s comments.
"I genuinely pity them, this is the whole reason why I’m doing this video as well, because I know there are people going through the same sort of journey and it’s hard especially when people is nasty about it.”
The star continued: “You just think fu*k off, I’m doing something about it and I’m happy with the size I am. What are you gaining from it?
Fran, who has gone from 9st to 12st since lockdown started, is determined to defy her trolls by losing the extra weight – and it won’t be the first time.
After leaving the reality show, in 2017, she piled on the pounds as she dealt with the heartbreak of splitting with co-star James ‘Diags’ Bennewith, her boyfriend of three years.
But in 2018 she dropped 3.5st with intermittent fasting and regular workouts.
But when the Coronavirus hit, in March, she gave up her rented flat in Essex and moved in with 91-year-old grandad Frank, who recently lost his wife of 60 years.
The star said that this was her ‘journey’ and did not see why people were so ‘bothered’ with her weight.
She added: “Also I just want to ask one question, this is what’s bothering me. I was a size 8 and I’ve gone up to a size 12 – I want to know why would these clothes companies create a size 12 if I’m going to look so unflattering in them.
“If I want to wear a size 12 dress I will wear it. I just don’t understand why people are so bothered about it.
“I’m doing this for me, people are going to have opinions. You need to do this for you and nobody else. That’s my little positivity for today, I love you all.”
Fran returned to the Essex show after three years of absence – viewers saw her bravely march over to Diags in the bar but he was left speechless.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Fran revealed that looking after her granddad has been “stressful”.
She said: “Because of the lockdown, and the loss of his wife, he was suffering from depression,” she says. “He's a very, very sad man.
“Then he got a urine infection so he was very ill. He would get out of bed and fall over.
“There were no carers because of the pandemic, and doctors said if he went into hospital he wouldn’t come out, so I decided to move in to make sure he was OK.”
Fran, who was furloughed from her job in a London financial institution, admits the caring move took its toll on her own mental health.
“It's been hard,” she says. “Mentally going from my own flat to one tiny room in Grandad’s flat and looking after him every day has been stressful.
“I stuck to the Coronavirus rules, I didn’t go outside for ages. But I’ve been sad because I couldn’t see friends and family and seeing everyone suffering brought me down. I like to see people happy.”
Stuck inside, Fran says she resorted to “watching Netflix and eating” for comfort, adding that it was impossible to work out in the small room where she spent most of her time.
“When I’m stressed I comfort eat chocolate,” she says. “But I love cooking so I also watch cookery shows to get ideas and sometimes I think ‘that would be nice with a bit of peanut butter or Nutella.’ Before you know it you’ve eaten the whole tub.”
Fran recently posted a long Instagram video, explaining the Coronavirus “hit me hard” and urging fans to stand up to trolls.
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