Meghan’s former BFF returns to social media after ‘white privilege’ scandal

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Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It’s official – Meghan’s former BFF Jessica Mulroney has made her return to social media.

The Canadian stylist was deemed persona non grata after she was publicly called out over a racial dispute with a fellow influencer. The incident led to Meghan cutting all ties with her.

But the 40-year-old – who's married to Ben Mulroney (44), the son of Canada’s former president, Brian Mulroney – came out of hiding to wish her twin sons, Brian and John, a happy 10th birthday recently.

She accompanied her post with a video of the family, which includes daughter Isabel (7), celebrating.

Jessica then went on to address the scandal, writing, “My incredible family have had to witness their mom in the worst state. These two boys have not left my side and gave me the will to live and work hard when everything fell apart. They deserve the best birthday. Only up from here.”

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It’s taken me a long time to jump back on here and share something on my feed. I admire all of you posting on your feeds either amplifying your own voice or amplifying black voices. I have found the last week incredibly exhausting. Trying to maintain my composure in this space witnesses optical allyship, gaslighting, media propaganda and just flat out ignorance. Having to stay strong and positive at home, fearing my energy will be absorbed by the most important person to me, my child.? ? Truthfully, I am also still incredibly shocked that I am witnessing a time where my people have been given the mic to finally speak our truth after being silenced for 400 years. With that comes a feeling of being overwhelmed...well for me anyways. I just told a friend this morning as I broke into tears, that it’s like I’ve had my lips sewn shut for 40 years and someone has just cut the thread, allowing me to finally speak about all I’ve witnessed and endured being a black female growing up in Canada and living in the US. Like where do I even start? ? ? And now that the conversations are finally flowing, I think I can speak on behalf of other black women (and perhaps men as well) I am now realizing the amount of microaggression and racism I was exposed to throughout my life and expected to suppress. Can’t lie, I am so angry. Realizing that some of the shame I may have felt when I was younger wasn’t my fault, but the fault of people’s ignorant, privileged, problematic behaviour ? ? I have a role. I have a voice...no matter how many people try and tell me I don’t. As the days and weeks pass, our timelines will inevitably drift back to more posts about our everyday lives and sponsored content, but I’m going to promise to not stop talking or sharing. We have come so far and we ain’t going back because #blacklivesmatter

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In June, Sasha Exeter, a Canadian lifestyle blogger, shared her negative experiences with Jessica, saying she exhibited “very problematic behaviour and antics” after she posted a call to action for support of Black Lives Matter.

She says Jessica “took offence” at her post, believing it was aimed at her, even though she didn’t mention any names in it.

Over the course of the next week she says Jessica sent her “a trail of offensive messages” in which she tried to explain why she hadn’t posted about BLM including that she was too busy doing promo for her TV show.

Things worsened when Jessica threatened her, saying she’d spoken with companies and sponsors that work with Sasha.

Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney
Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Jessica Mulroney
Jessica Mulroney. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Sasha called Jessica’s behaviour both “a threat to her livelihood” and an “attempt to silence a black woman during this movement behind closed doors”.She accused Jessica of her using her “textbook white privilege” to silence her.

“During the span of about a week or so, Jessica basically ticked every single box of what a white woman should absolutely not do during the biggest racial uproar in history,” she continued.

Sasha also shared a screenshot of a private message Jessica had sent her in which included an apparent threat to sue for libel.

Jessica went on to post a statement on Instagram issuing an apology and announcing her break from social media.

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Please read my statement. It is from my heart.

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“As some of you may have seen, @SashaExeter and I had a disagreement,” her statement began. “She rightfully called me out for not doing enough when it came to engaging in the important and difficult conversation around race and injustice in our society. I took it personally and that was wrong. I know I need to do better. Those of us with a platform must use it to speak out.

“I want to say from my heart that every word of my apologies to Sasha over the course of the last two weeks privately, and again both privately and publicly today is true. I did not intend in any way to jeopardize her livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of hand. For that I am sorry.”

In the ensuing backlash, her show I Do Redo was pulled from Canadian TV and she stepped away from her role as a fashion contributor on Good Morning Africa so she could “reflect, learn and focus on my family”.

 But now it seems she’s testing the waters to see if she can make a comeback.

Sources: people.com, Instagram, thecut.com

 


 

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