Luke Perryâ€˜s teenage daughter, Sophie, has a message for haters who are criticizing her on social media: Back off. Sophie, 18, has been the target of trolls who have commented on everything from her appearance to how she is publicly grieving the loss of her father. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star died one week ago after a massive stroke.
â€œSince my dad died I have received a lot of attention online. And most of it has been positive, but of course, some people just canâ€™t be nice,â€ Sophia began in an Instagram post Monday. â€œAnd Iâ€™m here to say that I did not ask for this attention, I did not ask to be thrown into some virtual spotlight, and while I donâ€™t mean to offend anybody, Iâ€™m also not going to cater to any one elseâ€™s needs and beliefs.â€
She continued: â€œIâ€™m 18. I swear like a sailor and sometimes I dress like a hooker. And I support causes and you may not. And most importantly. I am going to laugh and smile and live my normal life. YES I am hurt and sad and crying and beside myself with what happened to my dad.â€
Sophie called her fatherâ€™s death â€œthe worst thing to ever happen in my life.â€
â€œAnd I am torn the f*** up over it,â€ she added. â€œBut Iâ€™m not going to sit in my room and cry day in and day out until the internet has deemed it appropriate for me to do otherwise. And if you knew my dad you would know he [wouldnâ€™t] want me to. So you shouldnâ€™t either. So to those of you shaming me for my language and my wardrobe and most disgustingly, my grieving process, do us both the favor and just unfollow. Itâ€™s a waste of both of your time.â€
The post was met with a lot of support. â€œYou are amazing person and be you,â€ one person commented.
â€œOh, honey, donâ€™t give them any of your time or attention,â€ one woman wrote. â€œJust feel all the love coming your way. Keep your head up.â€
Added another Instagram user, â€œGod bless you and your family during this trying time.â€
Sophie was on a charity trip in Malawi, in Africa, when she heard the news that her father suddenly had a stroke. She made it back to Los Angeles â€œjust in timeâ€ to be with her family before the Riverdale actor was pulled off life support.
Perryâ€™s daughter isnâ€™t the only person who has been shamed for her grieving process. His 90210 co-star Jennie GarthÂ slammed trolls who criticized her for not posting a tribute to the actor after his death. The actressâ€™s first post on Instagram after Perry died came on Friday when she shared a picture of her daughters in honor of International Womenâ€™s Day.
â€œHey everyone â€¦ I chose to post a pic of my girls today. Because they are my life. Because today is a day to celebrate all women,â€ Garth responded in the comments. â€œIt took a lot for me to want to celebrate anything. I thought about it and I know thatâ€™s the way my dear friend would have wanted it. His kids were his life. And anyone who knew him knows that and knows he didnâ€™t give a f*** about social media. So please donâ€™t assume or judge or make rude comments. Thatâ€™s really uncool. Sincerely, Jennie.â€
Perry is survived by his two children, Sophie and hisÂ 21-year-old son, Jack.
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