SHILPA Shetty has hit back at trolls who body-shamed her over the weight she gained during her pregnancy.
The 48-year-old mum of two is known for her toned physique but says she faced abuse online for not slimming down quickly after giving birth.
The Sukhee actress had a brilliant response when asked in an interview how she dealt with body-shaming.
She said: “I don’t pay much attention to what other people have to say because they are not running my life.
“…It was my business to be glamorous. People couldn’t understand how I had not lost weight for 8 months after the birth of my child.
“But I did not want to lose weight. Also, I did not pay any attention to it.
“The day I decided to, I lost it in 3 months. People are conditioned to say stuff. You can’t change how people think. I can’t take them too seriously.”
Shilpa says that she actually took some of the more positive criticism onboard and that she is always open to feedback.
She added: “I’m happy they said those things because it made me aware that now is the time, now I should lose weight.
“There’s a lot you can learn from in terms of feedback. I’m not talking about the negative trolling I’m talking about the constructive criticism.
“There’s the best of both. And you can pick and choose what you want to pay attention to.”
The mum to 11-year-old Viaan and three-year-old Samisha had her first child aged 37 and welcomed her daughter through surrogacy in 2020.
She opened up about her surrogacy journey with her husband Raj Kundra during an interview and admitted she thought she would never have a second child.
She said: “After Viaan, I did want to have another child for the longest time.
“But I suffered with an autoimmune disease called APLA and that came into play every time I got pregnant.
“So I had a couple of miscarriages so it was a genuine issue.”
But not wanting her son to grow up as an only child and after a failed attempt to adopt, the couple turned to a surrogate.
Shilpa says that she and her husband Raj, who married in 2009, are lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with their children.
She described her own family as being “very middle class” after she and Raj had very different upbringings to their own kids.
She said: “We understood that our parents were working and we barely saw them. We only saw them on weekends.
“Because that was the only time we got with them. They didn’t have a choice.”