We now know Michelle Keegan's Facebook rant was fake, but Showbiz Writer Lucy Gornall says the meaning behind the words was very real to her

A hard-hitting status was posted on a Michelle Keegan Facebook page last night, claiming the star was furious at people who label her as ‘too skinny’.

The outburst – which was later deleted – claimed that thin-shaming is just as bad as fat-shaming.

Although Michelle, 28, made it clear on Twitter this morning that she doesn’t actually have a Facebook page, the body rant has brought up an issue which I reckon needs to be addressed.

Thin-shaming is just as bad as fat shaming. And someone needs to put a stop to it.

The fake Ms Keegan took to Facebook and wrote:

Calling me ‘anorexic’ and ‘too skinny’ is just as bad as someone being called ‘fat’ and ‘obese’… I personally do not believe in dieting (I do try to go to the gym 3 times a week) and think that you should just eat everything in moderation. For example if I have an unhealthy lunch, I’ll have a healthy dinner and vice versa. I think people would be surprised at how much I actually eat! I have a very big appetite I love food too much to diet So for all you people telling me to ‘go eat a burger’.. Believe me I do! I actually had 3 this weekend so thanks for your concern but I’m good.

Quite frankly, I’m shocked that anyone would even consider describing Michelle as ‘anorexic’. Come on people! She’s fit, healthy and gorgeous. (Check out the pics above if you don’t believe me).

But, as a naturally slim gal myself – I’m a size 6-8 – I know only too well what it’s like to be at the receiving end of abuse about my body. I also know there are several people who’ll be reading this and thinking: ‘Boo hoo. Poor you, you’re thin. What a tough life.’

Well, it might not be tough but it IS annoying when people comment on your body and eating habits.

Me and my pal Rachel have often been told to ‘eat a burger’. In fact, on one memorable occasion, after I’d been branded ‘too thin’, I had actually ploughed through EIGHT burgers at a press launch. They were mini burgers I’ll admit, but surely that’s the equivalent of at least four large ones?

Last year, Ms Keegan’s new hubby Mark Wright, 28, revealed: ‘She doesn’t diet that much. She had a Magnum ice cream at 12 o’clock last night in bed!’

Slim people do actually eat! I regularly indulge in a spoon-in-nutella-jar feast.

And YES, thin-shaming IS as bad as fat-shaming. Would you go up to a larger lady and call her ‘too big?’. Course you wouldn’t. Not only is it rude, it’s also totally unnecessary. Why can’t people focus on their own bodies and their own lives and appreciate the beauty of others, rather than hurling abuse? In my eyes, it’s a sign of jealousy – pure and simple.

I’m straight as they come but Ms Keegan is, without a shadow of a doubt, my number one girl crush, so whilst I may be a bit biased,  I know a hot lady when I see one.

Come on peeps, let’s be nice to eachother. Shaming is so old-school.

Lucy Gornall