"She doesn't want to be perceived as someone faking an illness," her rep tells PEOPLE
Lark Voorhies does not have lupus, despite a lengthy Instagram post in which someone claiming to be the actress said she is battling the chronic autoimmune disease.
“Lark has never been diagnosed with lupus. It’s upsetting her that people are coming out about it,” a rep for the Saved by the Bell alum tells PEOPLE exclusively after several news sites picked up the fake Instagram post. “She doesn’t want to be perceived as someone faking an illness.”
On Thursday, a post on the fake Instagram account appeared, in which someone claiming to be the actress said she’d been battling lupus since 2007. The post claimed the actress had faced bullying because of what the disease had done to her appearance.
The rep says Voorhies does not have an Instagram account, “and somebody has hacked her Twitter account to the point she is shutting it down.”
“There are several unverified Instagram accounts that are not hers,” the rep says.
In a series of posts, the fake account claimed to address what has been a challenging year for Voorhies, 41.
She married Jimmy Green in Las Vegas last spring and then learned about an outstanding warrant for his arrest for disorerly conduct and threatening to intimidate. Her mother Tricia obtained a temporary restraining order against her son-in-law, and six months after their wedding, Voorhies filed for divorce. Now, Green is allegedly shopping around a sex tape of the couple.
“There were irreconcilable differences that we could not overcome,” Voorhies told PEOPLE in October. “I wish him the best and look forward to moving on with my life. As far as a sex tape I am not aware of nor have I consented to any sex tape or nude recordings.”
In 2012, Tricia claimed her daughter is bipolar, which the former child star denied.