On Instagram Live Thursday, Tilly Ramsay’s father, Gordon Ramsay, briefly commented on what he called a “tough situation,” after DJ Steve Allen of Leading Britain’s Conversation (LBC), a talk-radio station in the U.K., called his 19-year-old daughter “chubby.”
Ramsay said that Tilly’s response, and the public reaction to it, was a “breath of fresh air,” as fans expressed their support for removing fat-shaming from celebrity conversation.
“She’s 19 years of age for goodness sake, busting her ass off and attending university by Zoom,” Gordon Ramsay said, adding that discussing someone weight can be “a very sensitive issue whether you’re a girl or a guy.”
“I am someone who has always struggled with their weight,” he personally revealed. “We are around food 24/7. If we don’t train I’d be 350-400 pounds — so all credit to her and it made me feel very proud that she stood up and say, ‘Hey, I’m not going to tolerate that.'”
Discussing her appearance on the British dance competition series Strictly Come Dancing (not unlike America’s Dancing with the Stars), DJ Steve Allen called her a “chubby little thing,” which he then went on to say was “probably [due to] her dad’s cooking, I should imagine.”
He also said that she “can’t bloody well dance” and stated that he was “bored with her already.”
Many fans online were taken aback by the program, with the station reportedly receiving hundreds of complaints. According to the Mirror UK, LBC was slammed with over 840 complaints from listeners over Radio DJ Steve Allen’s disgusting comments.
Taking to Instagram, Tilly Ramsay wrote that she tries “not to read and listen to comments and negativity” from the media, but that “recently being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far.”
Addressing DJ Steve Allen directly, she wrote that he could “feel free to voice your opinions” about anything else she was involved with, such as Strictly Come Dancing, but that she drew “the line at commenting on my appearance.”
“It’s such a shame that someone is trying to make such a positive experience negative,” Tilly Ramsay said. “This isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last comment made about my appearance and I accept that and I’m learning to to accept myself. But please remember that words can hurt and at the end of the day I am only 19.”
The Instagram post has garnered over 503,000 likes as of Thursday, on the star’s Instagram page boasting over 1.1 million followers.
“I understand that being in the public eye comes with its own repercussions and I’ve been aware of this from a young age,” Tilly Ramsay continued. “However I won’t tolerate people that think it’s okay to publicly comment and scrutinize anyone’s weight and appearance.”
Several celebrities commented their support as well, such as Strictly Come Dancing co-star Dianne Buswell, TV presenter, Roman Kemp, and also Love Island‘s Dr. Alex George.
According to The Independent, DJ Steve Allen issued a private apology to Tilly Ramsay after her Instagram post prompted hundreds of complaints, but he has yet to publicly address the blowback to his on-air comments about the teenager’s weight.
A source close to Steve told Mirror UK that “Tilly has been given a full apology by Steve,” but that “it was sent privately because he didn’t want it to look like it was done for publicity.”
“He wanted to make it clear that he is very sorry to have upset her,” the source alleged.
In the latest episode on Strictly Come Dancing, the judges gave her top marks and critical acclaim, citing how well she did despite having a rough week.