Celebs Who've Defended Their Loved Ones Against Social Media Trolls
Two hours after the Dancing with the Stars pro and his girlfriend Amber Rose posted PDA-filled pics on Wednesday, Chmerkovskiy took to Twitter to seemingly slam haters criticizing their relationship online. In a series of since-deleted tweets, the star said it was “not surprising but still fairly disappointing how ignorant and vile people are.” “The hypocrisy. All these bible proverbs and absolutely zero follow thru [sic]. All this ‘love’ yet zero empathy,” he continued. “I’m speechless. TBH. Not because I have nothing to say. Just don’t have anything to say y’all capable of understand [sic.]” By Thursday morning, he'd deleted most of his sentiments, but two remained: “Life’s beautiful,” and, “Stay focused. Keep winning.”
After his rumored relationship with Sofia Richie was met with criticism from fans in August, Bieber threatened to leave Instagram. (He followed through.) “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate,” he captioned a black-and-white photo with the 17-year-old model. “This is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
In November 2016, the royal issued a rare statement both confirming that he's dating actress Meghan Markle and slamming what he called the racist and sexist abuse she has endured since her relationship with him was revealed. "[T]he past week has seen a line crossed," the statement read. "His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from the public — the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life." The prince and the Suits star had been dating seriously for about two months at the time, PEOPLE confirmed.
The King Arthur star asked his friend to post a Facebook note defending his longtime girlfriend, Morgana McNelis, from an onslaught of online abuse. "It has been brought to my attention that there is a group of immature girls posting a large number of hard messages aimed at my longtime girlfriend," he wrote. "I would respectfully ask you to stop doing this. She is an intelligent, beautiful, kind person who just tried to live a simple life and has nothing to do with the entertainment industry. If you want to talk s---, talk s--- about me, leave her out of it." And Hunnam didn’t stop there. “What is most confusing is that these negative and totally unprovoked attacks appear to be coming from the people who call themselves my fans,” he continued. “Think about the logic of this for a moment. This is a girl I love very much and have spent the last eleven years of my life with and hope to spend the next sixty years. She has been my loyal and supportive partner long before I had any success or money. Why would you attack her out of admiration for me? It makes no sense.”
Like Hunnam, Somerhalder didn’t let his lady’s attackers go unchecked. “You HATE NIKKI REED? Really? Do you know her? Hmmmm, I’m not sure that you do,” he responded to vitriolic commenters on Instagram in 2014. “Look on her Instagram feed or twitter and all you will see is a compassionate and beautiful human being. Please put your negative energy elsewhere. You don’t even know the person you’re talking about.” He continued, “Do some research of the person you say sucks or you HATE. You’ll find that she’s a magical person doing great things in the world. If you hate Nikki then you must hate me."
During a performance at the 2015 BET Honors, West stopped the show to shut down anyone who thought his wife, Kim Kardashian West, said ‘I do’ for a paycheck: “At the barbershop I used to hear people always talking about, ‘Man you know when an entertainer get on, of course you know he gon’ go and get a white girl and blah blah blah and a white girl gon’ get a rich black dude.’ But I wanna say that my wife has dated broke black dudes. It got nothing to do with the money.”
When the couple went out for dinner shortly after Chrissy Teigen gave birth to daughter Luna in April 2016, Twitter trolls called the model irresponsible and questioned her mothering skills. Legend had none of it, writing on Twitter, "funny there's no dad-shaming. When both of us go out to dinner, shame both of us so Chrissy doesn't have to take it all. We'll split it."