Serena Williams Denounces “Unfounded Gossip and Tabloid Journalism”

Serena Williams Denounces "Unfounded Gossip and Tabloid Journalism"

Serena Williams Denounces “Unfounded Gossip and Tabloid Journalism”

After the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey that she’s struggled with thoughts of suicide. Serena Williams spoke out to support Meghan Markle. Read on since Serena Williams Denounces Tabloid Journalism… reports that Markle opened up about her mental health struggles alongside her husband, Prince Harry, in an interview with Winfrey.

She also told Winfrey about the challenges she faced as a person of color who married into the British royal family.

Markle said of the palace:

They were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren’t willing to lie to protect me and my husband.

Markle says media coverage drove her to suicidal thoughts.

She revealed to Winfrey that she was told that her son, Archie, would not be named a prince or receive the security that comes with the title. She believes that he was denied both because of concerns over his skin color.

Meghan Markle told Winfrey that the barrage of tabloid headlines focused on her led her to thoughts of suicide.

She said:

I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. … I thought it would have solved everything for everyone.

Serena Williams Supports Her Friend:

Williams expressed her thoughts on Twitter after the interview aired Sunday, regarding Markle as “my selfless friend.”

Serena said:

Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life — and leads by example — with empathy and with compassion,” Williams wrote. “She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.

The Tennis star adds that empathized with Markle’s experience in the spotlight of the royal family.

She adds:

I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us,” Williams continued. “We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal. I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.


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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at all hours if you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness or thoughts of suicide.


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