Carrie Underwood is opening up about suffering at the hands of online bullies and revealing how trolls forced her to “change the way she reacts to the world” through their mean comments.
Carrie spoke out about online bullying and the hate she often receives on social media from online trolls in a new interview with Redbook magazine, where Underwood confessed that she now has to “have a barrier up” to protect herself from the mean comments she often reads about herself online.
“I feel like bullies have changed the way I react to the world,” Carrie confessed inside the pages of the magazine, before admitting that bullies and online trolls have actually stopped her from being able to interact with her millions of fans across her various social media platforms.
“You want to be connected to your fans, and I used to feel like I could go through social media and talk to people, really have that communication,” said Underwood of the hate and negativity she often receives from bullies online. “But you get to a point where there are too many mean people saying mean things — probably just to get a reaction from you.”
“Eventually I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,'” Carrie continued to Redbook of her experiences with bullying. “You have to have a barrier up, which is sad.”
Carrie’s bullying confession comes just months after Underwood notably removed a selfie from Instagram after online trolls blasted her as “fake” and a “drag queen” after she posted a snap of herself to the social media site.
Back in March, Carrie took to Instagram to give her more than 4 million followers a look inside her trip to Oslo, Norway, only to delete the photo minutes later after receiving some scathing comments from bullies about her appearance.
Carrie Underwood fan @Fisherwood_1212 shared a screenshot of the comments section attached to Carrie’s upload, which saw some social media users slam Underwood as “fake” while also accusing her of having plastic surgery.
It breaks my heart knowing that Carrie saw all this. She's perfect. ???????? pic.twitter.com/zMoUVINXRQ
— Katie (@Fisherwood_1212) March 6, 2016
“This doesn’t even look like [Carrie Underwood],” Instagram user @ktayzb wrote in the now deleted photo’s caption, while @annette_hardman accused Underwood of having “nose job” and a “chin job.”
While Underwood never publicly commented on the bullies who commented on the post, Carrie did reply to a fan who noted that it was “such a shame that as women we can’t empower one another” by writing “Right? Thank you,” just minutes before deleting the post entirely.
Just one month later, Carrie found herself on the receiving end of online bullying once again after a Twitter user described Underwood as looking “satanic” following her performance at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards in April.
In a now deleted tweet, a social media user wrote, “Woa what was Carrie’s outfit for ‘Church Bells’ on the [ACM]?” before adding that Carrie “looked satanic almost? What happened to that sweet Christian girl?”
Underwood’s husband, Nashville Predators Captain Mike Fisher then hit back at the online troll, tweeting in response, “If only you knew her heart!”
While Carrie herself didn’t comment on the Twitter user’s remarks earlier this year, Underwood did hit back at online bullies after receiving a slew of negative messages from trolls following her appearance as Maria in NBC’s 2014 live production of The Sound of Music Live!.
As reported by Us Weekly, Underwood was quick to slam the online trolls who sent her scathing messages following the live December production, hitting back in a tweet aimed at the bullies that “mean people need Jesus.”
“Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus,” Carrie tweeted out after bullies viciously attacked her following her performance. “They will be in my prayers tonight…1 Peter 2:1-25.”
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