Does Jameela Jamil have Munchausen Syndrome or is she just thirsty?

GRAMMY Awards Arrivals 2020

CB has told me before that I have a weird gift for getting a bad vibe from a celebrity and then months or years later, everybody finds out that the celebrity is a total a–hole or whatever. I mean, I’ve been wrong about some people too, but yeah… sometimes I just really have a gut-level dislike for a person for no apparent reason and then it comes out later that they’re terrible. I bring this up because Jameela Jamil always gave me a “problematic thirsty a–hole” vibe, even when people were applauding her for, like, screaming at the Kardashians and acting like she’s the only person to ever talk about body positivity. I’m not saying everything Jameela has ever done or said has been crap, but lord, she is A LOT. That being said, I wasn’t expecting this.

Producer/writer Tracie Morrissey decided to do a few hours of research about Jameela and all of the sh-t she’s claimed about herself and her various ailments over the years. Morrissey put it together in an Instagram Highlight, which I cannot embed but you can watch here. The sheer volume of claims that Jameela has made about her own health is staggering. What’s more is that Jameela regularly contradicts or changes her stories, and other celebrities say that events did not happen as she claimed. Morrissey basically says it’s chronic misrepresentation, and says this is indicative of Munchausen Syndrome, where someone is making themselves sick for attention. Here are some of the highlights from Morrissey’s Instagram story:

She claimed she had a broken nose, broken tooth and broken elbow from an injury sustained on set but was filmed looking completely normal afterwards with no cast or sling. She later claimed, in another interview, that she also broke three ribs in that incident. She did not include that detail in earlier versions.

She claimed she was confined in bed for two years at 17 and needed a walker after trying to avoid a bee and being hit by a car. She later changed that to one year and a wheelchair.

She also claimed to have been chased by a swarm of bees on season one of the Good Place and been hit by a car.

She told yet another story of how a huge swarm of killer bees chased her when she was interviewing Mark Ronson. He said that there were one or two bees on a fruit plate and they simply walked inside.

She’s claimed in different interviews that she was a model, an intern, or a model scout. Then she’s said she was “never a model.” She’s contradicted herself like this both in interviews and on twitter.

She claimed she was born allergic to shellfish and peanuts, but she’s also posted IG stories where she’s eating peanut butter filled pretzels.

She’s claimed to have had multiple concussions and various other injuries and ailments.

[CB’s interpretation of Tracie Morrissey’s IG stories]

People continued to pick up on Morrissey’s research and…

And so now we’re having a conversation about women being gaslighted about their own injuries or illnesses and sure, that’s a good conversation to have and an important conversation. There is a legitimate, documented issue of women not being believed by doctors and medical professionals when they speak about their health. But is that what’s happening here? Jameela defended herself:

Actress Jameela Jamil wearing a Georges Chakra gown arrives at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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  1. Justpassingby says:

    She clearly sounds like a sociopath! 😮

    • Cali says:

      Me thinks she is, I’ve always found her annoying, but this is something different😧 I think fame is a serious addiction, and those in the industry already have a certain personality type and most will go to any lengths to maintain the adrenaline rush of fame😬

    • dofcol says:

      Meh, I don’t think so. Which would bother her, I’m sure she wants to be interesting enough to be one.

      I think it’s important to point out that this isn’t Munchhausen’s. There’s no indication she’s hurting/injuring herself or making herself sick in order to get attention, like in Munchhausen’s. She’s just, you know, lying. Or “exaggerating”.

      I think it’s clear from this post that plenty of us have had a co-worker, or in-law, or even friend who does this.
      Do you have an allergy? So does she, but actually hers is deadly. Oh, you saw her eating that food a week ago? How DARE you accuse her of lying, IN FACT by doing so you probably somehow made her ill.
      Do you have a sprained wrist? Well ACTUALLY she just broke her arm in three places, she just doesn’t have a cast on because she’s braving the pain.
      Did your great aunt die? ACTUALLY her parents just died in a yacht explosion, she wasn’t going to mention it because she’s so private but maybe everyone should now, and how dare you say it’s odd you didn’t read anything about that.

      • dofcol says:

        I think you see it more in those who were spoiled as children, people whose parents never said “No, that’s not true. Why are you lying?” as well as those who didn’t really have many friends when they were younger, who could also say “That’s not true, why would you say that?”

        Real Munchhausen’s is a pretty serious mental illness. But being a pathological one-upper who gets angry when the lies are called out? It’s just childish, spoiled brat behaviour.

      • dofcol says:

        And i just saw her response to one of her many swarm-of-bee stories:

        “Nonetheless, Jameela says she remembers it very differently. She insists, “My version was true. I don’t know why he said that. I asked him. Awaiting a response. Other people on set all saw it. It was mad. But naturally people believe a man over a woman. Just because. Pretty interesting.””

        LMAO at ‘actually if you don’t believe my insane, unlikely story then you hate women’

  2. Scarlett says:

    I’ve been waiting for this to pop up over here. Thank you! Fell down this rabbit hole a few nights ago and it is the gift that keeps on giving!

    • Boodiba says:

      This has kept me busy for an hour now! I LOVE it when I wake up & the lengthy morning caffeination time comes across a big clusterf**k like this.

  3. Snowslow says:

    This is bonkers, but I don’t know which of them is the crazy one.

    • Annie says:

      Both are. That writer is obsessed lol. But I think I would be too if my theory had some weight. Like to me the worst part is her lying about having cancer twice. She also told a very bizarre story about getting seizures for picking up food off the floor.

      That’s a lot of diseases, accidents and ailments for someone who’s only 33.

  4. Sabrina says:

    I don’t think she has Munchausen syndrome but she definitely seems like a compulsive liar based on the amount of information gathered in that Instagram story regarding her ‘accidents’ over the years.

  5. Nellie says:

    She’s both. Along with a bunch of others including Miley, Demi, Goopy, Beiber ..feel free to add to the list

    • dofcol says:

      I think it’s pretty common in Hollywood to have “exhaustion” or “Lyme disease” to cover for heavy drug use and drinking, and we all know it, but what can you do.

      I think it goes beyond that to be constantly making up weird stories about dramatic events. She… hit her head? trying to get food of the floor? and had seizures? Sure Jan.

  6. Wilma says:

    I think that if she would have lied as much as this twitter person claims someone would have sold her out to the British tabloids years ago. If this was true there would be years and years of lies and witnesses to those lies and I don’t think that would have worked.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      She left the UK years ago to make it in the US, she hasn’t been on the UK tv screens in a long time which is why the UK press don’t bother with her.

    • Hikaru says:

      Please, nobody cared about her before Meghan pulled her out of obscurity. The only reason anybody is going through her old stuff now is because she pissed off a lot of people by lying about being queer to shield herself from consequences of her own actions.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Meghan pulled her out of obscurity? I hope you aren’t talking about Meghan the Duchess who was friends with Priyanka and NOT Jameela.

      • manda says:

        No, Jameela definitely hosted some show about the Royal Wedding and claimed to be Meghan’s friend. That is the only connection I have ever seen but I haven’t sought out any evidence

        ETA or maybe I’m crazy? I looked on her IMDB to see find that hosting gig and couldn’t find it. Maybe it was one of the today show eps? I don’t know. All the M&H wedding coverage is a blur to me

      • Kebbie says:

        Jameela is one of the women Meghan spotlighted in her British Vogue issue. She was one of the women Meghan put on the cover. I wouldn’t say she pulled her out of obscurity though, she was on The Good Place and grabbing headlines on her own before that.

      • Mich says:

        How is this on Meghan? Do they even know each other? Jameela is famous (in the US) because of her role on The Good Place.

      • Emilia says:

        Oh come on, Meghan didn’t pull her out of obscurity, it was The Good Place that made her famous in the US.

      • Eenie Googles says:

        Obscurity? she was a main character on a hit show on a major network.

      • L4frimaire says:

        I started following Jameela because of the Good Place. She’s funny but obnoxious and tries to insert herself in everything. Even gossip shows say she’s preachy and a know-it all. But she’s funny, does some good Twitter drags, and relatively harmless. She speaks truth on some things and occasionally very insightful. Sometimes you just want her to shut up. She’s a big personality so she shouldn’t need to exaggerate if that is what she’s doing. She’s better at dragging then defending herself. And she’s funny.

      • Olenna says:

        Y’all should just ignore this Daily Fail reader. She doesn’t like Meghan, so of course it’s Meghan’s fault Jameela is being talked about as a shady public figure.

    • Annie says:

      Maybe people don’t want to get involved and hurt someone who’s already mentally ill probably. But notice how no one is speaking out and supporting her stories. Not one of the hundreds of witnesses she claims to have. Nobody. Not one co-star or friend. That speaks volumes.

  7. ff says:

    the bee stuff is especially bonkers

    • minx says:

      Right? That was my thought, she’s fixated on bees.

      • L4frimaire says:

        My daughter literally ran smack into a pole to avoid a bee. She is terrified of them. On a field trip a bunch of kids got stung because they stepped on a nest, not her, but she is nervous in nature ever since. If she thinks there will be bees around,Spshe will refuse to go on hikes or get out of the car until there is a lot of bargaining and insect repellent.

    • Xoxo says:

      It does happen though, I think some people just attract bees for short periods and after a few experiences you get a bit sensitive.

      I’ve had to walk through a swarm of bees twice just through circumstances. Once there was a swarm outside my front door and the only exit to my unit just before work. Another time I was rushing home, annoyingly didn’t get bitten until I got home and stepped on one in the kitchen where legitimately about 20 people were hanging out in. Another time bees infested the walls of a house I was living and had to get the landlord to get someone to remove the hive. But I’m not allergic and they don’t hurt that much so it could be worse.

      • laulau says:

        We had bees in the wall and while the subsequent stings were annoying, the stench as they died was so bad I actually felt sick.

    • dofcol says:

      The concussion stuff is wild though. Like girl if you’ve had those fifteen+ concussions you’ve claimed over ten years…

  8. Digital Unicorn says:

    Girl has issues, just look at her mother but yeah I have always gotten a thirsty attention seeking vibe from her. It doesn’t mean she’s a bad person – she seems like a good person who is trying to help others but on the other hand she clearly has serious issues that she might not necessarily be aware of to work on.

    i have a friend who tends to tends to use her health as a way to get attention – she too can’t keep the story straight and then a while later will basically admit that things were over exaggerated. A lot of my friends issues stem from a dysfunctional relationship with her parents, esp her mother.

    • shells_bells says:

      My SIL is like this, she’ll go on and on about her gluten allergy and ask the waiter 20 questions before ordering and then turn around and grab a roll out of the breadbasket. When I first “joined” the family I would go out of my way to prepare gluten free options if she was coming over, I don’t anymore.
      She’s a prime example of why people don’t take gluten allergies seriously.

      • Nicole r says:

        Oh god that is my mother. I am gluten intolerant so she has to jump on the bandwagon and eat all my gf pizza and THEN EAT ALL REGULAR PIZZA

    • Maggie says:

      I call bullshit on “helping people.” All she does is tear other women down. She does not support women. She bashes them to call attention to herself. And when exactly was she a model? That’s the basis of her sort of platform of calling out bad behavior but I’ve never seen pictures or evidence of her modeling.

      • S says:

        Don’t know a ton about what Jamil does or says, but calling out the Instagram influencers peddling dangerous laxatives as healthy, natural weight loss miracles (“Tummy Tea,” etc.) is helping people, particularly young girls with body dysmorphia and anyone who has a tendency towards disordered eating.

      • Maggie says:

        @s That’s all fine. Attacking Khloe Kardashian for “giving into the media pressure” and losing weight (as if the only reason people lose weight is media pressure and an overweight person losing weight is a bad influence), calling Beyonce a stripper and Miley Cyrus a “vagina with no platform” (when Miley has donated millions to LGBTQ youth and created her own foundation to raise awareness for homeless youth) is gross and not helping anyone.

      • Meg says:

        She has since said she was wrong for her comments about miley

      • CC says:

        Yup. She is a virtue signaling, scamming, concern trolling, narcissist.

  9. MrsBanjo says:

    She says she has Ehlers Danlos. I have a couple of dear friends with this illness and one of them has to deal with joints constantly dislocating. They also have had to deal with this kind of shit constantly – where they’re never believed, their disabilities are ignored, they’re gaslit and told they’re making it all up. They’re told they aren’t really disabled because they can “appear” okay enough times.

    How about we believe Jameela, yeah? Because this kind of shit is what people with “invisible” disabilities are constantly dealing with and it’s gross.

    • Hikaru says:

      Why would you believe somebody who is already on record lying about having had cancer?

    • Erinn says:

      Yeah, I have no reason to not believe her. I’ve been on the receiving end of “but you don’t seem sick” more times than I can count. Unless you’ve got your limb in a cast, people don’t seem to grasp that there’s the possibility that you’re dealing with some serious health issues. Invisible illnesses are so frustrating to have.

      I also think it’s possible that she spoke in a generalized, not detail heavy way in some interviews. She might have said she was essentially bed ridden for two years, while only being completely bed ridden for one, while able to get around in a wheelchair at times. The thing that bothers me is that someone took SO much time to go through so much ‘evidence’ to try to catch her lying. But most people don’t go into the exact intricacies of their condition – especially in an interview. I know I have never gone into complete details about my own conditions with my employers, let alone a world full of people.

      • MrsBanjo says:

        Yes, Erinn, exactly.

      • Lady Baden-Baden says:

        I’m with you, @MrsBanjo and @Erinn. I think she probably exaggerated various things for comedic effect or, as you say, she was speaking in generalized ways. I believe she’s been through a lot. This pile-on is vile and the person that spent all that time gathering ‘evidence’ had an agenda. You can make anyone look shady if you really try.

      • girl_ninja says:

        Good points. I’m more neutral when it comes to Jameela but can find her to be a bit of a blow hard. It doesn’t mean she’s a liar.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Yes, I agree with your take MrsBanjo and Erinn.

        Apparently the writer who started the thread goes around accusing people of having Munchausen.

        One of the examples they gave her of “lies” was that she broke an elbow and a tooth when she fell on her face during a taped thing with a band. The thing is….I’ve seen the video where she falls on her face, and she hits the ground with so much force, I have no doubt she had serious injuries. It was a REALLY violent fall.

      • S says:

        This is where I come down, too. Perhaps Jamil is prone to exaggeration, maybe outright lying. I just don’t know, but when it comes to health diagnosis, no one knows what’s going on in your own body but you and your doctors, and armchair diagnosing someone online (and then “selling” their DMs via your Patreon account, which this person is now apparently doing) seems AT LEAST as creepy and gross as being a hyperbolic hypochondriac—if that is, indeed, what’s going on with Jameela.

    • Enid says:

      EDS is the new, hip Instagram disease, and it is also being majorly over diagnosed thanks to lobbying from the Ehlers Danlos Society who has essentially tried to get any type of joint mobility qualified as EDS. It’s so bad, patients with severe EDS can’t get into specialists.

      • Kate says:

        Increase in awareness can also cause an increase in diagnoses because doctors become more aware of it and test for it and especially with social media and internet people can also ask their doctor to check if this is what is causing their issues. It doesn’t mean people are lying.

      • PurpleHoulihan says:

        Enid, I have no clue what you are talking about. The Ehlers-Danlos Society was behind the 2017 change in diagnostic criteria, which clarified and actually restricted criteria and made it HARDER to get an hEDS diagnosis. People who previously were diagnosed actually got downgraded to “hypermobility spectrum disorder” if they didn’t meet the new criteria. EDS is made up of 13 separate syndromes (classical, vascular, etc) defined by mutations and/or deletions to the COL1, COL5, and other collagen-related genes. 12 of those syndromes can be diagnosed through genetic testing. They are still trying to narrow down the exact mutation for the last one — which is why they restricted the diagnostic criteria for hEDS, so they could focus genetic testing on indisputable hEDS diagnoses and hopefully identify the exact mutation(s) or haploid insufficiency(ies) that produce hEDS symptoms.

        The fact that more people are being diagnosed now is not because it’s a fad. It’s because the new EDS diagnostic checklists from 2017 are less ambiguous and focused on objective, easily observed criteria. 10 years ago most doctors would have refused to diagnose someone who didn’t have extremely stretchy skin (like JJ has). But now it’s clear that that’s only one of about 10 possible secondary symptoms, and you only need 5 out of those 10 for a diagnosis. That’s genetics 101 stuff: a single genetic mutation can manifest in more than one way (ie have multiple phenotypes).

        I mean, SERIOUSLY. Try doing some actual research before running your mouth.

      • anneliser says:

        @ Enid, that’s not true–the EDS society recently changed the criteria to make them more stringent such that people who are hypermobile without major problems (as I am) are no longer considered EDS III, which was the standard diagnosis for years. I am hypermobile–EDS III under the old diagnostic criterion–and other than being a klutz, it’s not a big deal for me. Other people have my degree of hypermobility and do experience challenges. It’s also just helpful to know which conditions are associated with hypermobility, such as anxiety and Reynaud’s phenomenon. Don’t shame people for needing healthcare. I think around 10% of the population is hypermobile; most of them are in the “benign hypermobility” category like me, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have complications for which they need assistance. I’m really glad of the growing awareness, and it’s really crappy to shame people for recognizing they need help and seeking it just because some people have more severe EDS than others.

      • Jenn says:

        To be clear: You’re talking about hEDS (formerly “type III”). Jamil does in fact have a rarer, more severe subtype, as evidenced by hyperextensibility of the skin. I certainly don’t have that, and neither does “hip Instagram” Lena Dunham.

      • Nicole r says:

        She posted a picture of her stretching her skin in a way only someone with EDS would.
        I have EDS, diagnosed by a top geneticist specializing only in connective tissue disorders using the new criteria – I agree with you that some people who claim to have it probably do not. The new criteria was supposed to solve that issue though.

    • Onomo says:

      Thank you Mrs Banjo – that is how I feel about this too.

      @Enid – mmm I don’t think EDS is a hip new illness at all, I think it has been around for forever but flew under everyone’s radar. A girl I knew from high school could pop her elbows out of joint and do funny finger movements and of course she had EDS but we just all knew her as bendy friend. She is severely ill and disabled from all that happened to her due to EDS and not being able to find doctors who understood what was happening because she also had Lyme Disease – Lyme that was tested by the CDC, and she had to take 2 rounds of very serious antibiotics, and lost a lot of mobility.

      I know it’s hard to find empathy for people if you didn’t receive much as a kid but no one ever wants to be or asks to be disabled, have food allergies or connective tissue issues or mental illness or POTS or all these unmeasurable but awful conditions and very rarely do they turn out to be that Australian blogger Belle, who was faking and profiting.

      • Jenn says:

        Thank you for this, Onomo.

        To your point, I have read that Lyme Disease is a public health crisis owing to the fact that it is generally only recognized once it is advanced and effectively “irreversible”… in women. Men are diagnosed with these diseases a whoooole lot faster.

    • Malachite says:

      Thank you, MrsBanjo. I have Ehlers-Danlos and one of the symptoms is poor propioception. I have very little sense of where my body is in space and in relation to objects. I currently have yet another concussion from hitting my head on a wall. I prefer to believe people about their illnesses as I, like so many other women, have been dismissed by doctors over the years.

      I don’t see harm in erring on the side of believing people about their health (sure, there are probably a few “fakers” out there) but I *do* see the harm in calling out anyone we feel like based on a Google/insta/Twitter “investigation.”

    • Calibration says:

      Banjo, if she has EDS, totally agree. It’s an invisible disability but it can be shocking (a friend of mine had to go to hospital because her ribs shifted in her sleep) . EDS people are continually disbelieved and it causes so many problems unrelated to just mobile joints. My friends with it are at medical appointments 3x per week min.

    • anneliser says:

      Just want to point out that EDS is known to be associated with anxiety problems. She might well be a hypochondriac to an extent, but that is an actual mental health diagnosis and not a character flaw. I am “benignly hypermobile” rather than EDS, but I come from a long line of hypermobile people with anxiety and–specifically–hypochondria. I think she probably needs better mental health management, but I think it’s mean to call her “thirsty” since hypochondria is very real and very difficult to manage, and her hypochondria could very well be related to her EDS.

  10. tempest prognosticator says:

    Some people suffer from terminal uniqueness. They seem to be allergic to everything; their fender-benders become near death experiences; they are certain they have every disorder they read about; their hearts break more than anyone’s heart has ever broken. It’s a thing. Other than that, they’re fine.

    • ME says:

      “Terminal Uniqueness” – love it!

    • Kelly says:

      Yeah, it seems like some people who were raised under that now-infamous “you’re special” mindset really started believing it.

    • Flamingo says:

      I’m going to steal this term! I love it. I work with a woman who claimed that she had a heart attack while jogging and that after being airlifted where they had to use the paddles on her to revive her, she had three blockages removed. She said this happened on a Saturday morning and she was telling the story the following Monday while in a meeting eating a bagel.

      • Petty Tom says:

        Dude. It’s an AA term to describe the addict personality. Steal it, use it, and realize that you will be tipping your hand as an adherent to “the big book” heehee. NOT that there’s anything wrong with that!

    • Layla Beans says:

      Love the phrase! I started out liking her and followed her on social for quite a while. And then the stories started, and she finally lost me when she came out as queer last week. Conveniently, she came out as she was being criticized for her involvement in the HBO show about ballroom – but she’s in a LTR with a dude sooooo….yeah. She could totes be queer but the timing makes me raise my eyebrow. Same with Julianne Hough saying she is bi just as her album drops.

      I used to work with a woman like this – everything was a thing and the stories just got more and more outlandish. She had a constant need for attention and no one ever called her out because it was just easier not to.

      • Jensies says:

        @Layla Beans so I get being sketched by JJ, there’s a lot of questionable stuff there. But one can be bi/pan and in a relationship with the opposite sex. I’m a bi woman who’s only had Long-term relationships with cis men but that doesn’t mean I’m not bi. My relationship history is not necessarily indicative of my sexual attraction or orientation. It’s just who I’ve fallen in love with.

        This is where bi erasure comes from, and it’s really harmful.

      • Layla Beans says:

        @Jensies, I wasn’t trying to be an ass about bi/pan. I just found her coming out VERY convenient as the criticism came about her involvement in the HBO show. My BS radar just pinged about her coming out given the timing and her history of drama-rama/needing attention/to be included wherever she feels people are marginalized. As you know, some people hop on the bi/pan bandwagon when it suits their narrative and aren’t actually bi/pan at all – to the detriment of everyone who is. I suspect she is of that ilk.

      • Jensies says:

        @Layla Beans, thank you for clarifying this. It’s super hard with some people because they choose these issues and these stances precisely because people seem like a-holes when they question. It’s a strategy and crappy.

    • Korra says:

      I admit, this made me laugh to the point I spit out my coffee. This is a perfect description for that person (or two) that we all know who’s life is a giant series of fantastical events, one after another.

    • Gia says:

      Yesss this! Also I can’t stand a “celeb” that preaches being yourself and owning your “weight” when to me she’s slender… yet she talks about being asked to lose weight like she was/is morbidly obese… just look her clavicle! And on top of that she white washes her skin tone. Why can’t she show everyone how proud she is of herself if that’s what she preaches… her twitter photo is so white washed when there’s nothing wrong with her skin tone.. why change it..

  11. Branvoyage says:

    My ex mother in law was like this. I used to work with her, and something would happen at work, but later when she told the story it would change. Then it would change again and become more crazy and dramatic each time she told it.
    I never said anything to her, young and afraid as I was lol, but I used to think this lady is bonkers. She’s lying about what happened right in front of me and I was THERE.

    I don’t think it’s Munchausen, because it isn’t only illnesses, just like my MIL she exaggerates EVERYTHING.

    I think Don the Con does too 🤔

    • Christin says:

      My MIL claimed she had 30-some surgeries, wore a half-body cast to her father’s funeral, etc. My husband said she had occasional medical issues and minor surgeries, but nowhere near that number and no cast to her waist at any time. As he recently said, she thinks a hang-nail is life-threatening.

      After a lifetime of medical exaggerations, she now argues that she never had ANY surgery for a hip fracture (her most recent surgery – where she spent 3 weeks in a nursing home). Up until recently, she exaggerated the hip incident but now has gone the opposite. She also could not remember having her flu shot literally 5 minutes after receiving it this season.

      We think it’s dementia kicking in. When someone has routinely exaggerated their health issues and then downplays or forgets recent medical events, it stands out.

    • Kebbie says:

      My God I can’t stand people like that. I’ve got an aunt that will do that and expect me to back her up in her exaggerations. When I’m like “no, that’s not what he/she said” or “I don’t remember it that way” she just talks over me. I think she really believes her lies though. It’s like she changes reality in her brain based on how she experienced the event rather than how it actually happened.

      Someone will say something benign but she’ll read into their tone of voice (or how she perceived it) then claim they said something mean or accusatory. A waiter asking her if she wants more Diet Coke becomes “are you SURE you want ANOTHER Diet Coke, ma’am??”

  12. Leriel says:

    She’s exhaustive, I can’t stand her. Really girl believes that exposing Kardashians for losing weight tea ads is making her champion for feminism, please.

  13. Blu says:

    I don’t know if she has Munchausens, but she has said some pretty vile things about others. Perhaps she has changed her tune. What is weird is the changes in her stories. Some people do have lots of medical problems, but usually the details of their past medical history are consistent. My opinion only.

  14. OriginalLala says:

    “You just add to my relevance. I’m gonna keep helping people with eating disorders, and changing laws and global policies to protect kids and their mental health and there’s NOTHING you can do about it.”

    I don’t know much about her, but either she is a really impressive activist or likes to blow smoke up her own ass.

    • dofcol says:

      every. bloody. time she’s criticized she flounces off with something like that. You can almost tell how badly she knows she’s been caught by what she says when she storms off. If you’ve REALLY called her out, it’ll go up to something like “Now I’m off to build houses for homeless orphans with AIDS, which I also have, by the way!”

  15. Originaltessa says:

    I don’t want to laugh at this because she seems really and truly mentally unwell. But, lol. She’s a trumpian level exaggerator if nothing else.

  16. MaryContrary says:

    Nut allergies do not suddenly clear up on their own. Dear lord. She is exhausting. Some of her causes are important, but she is so full of herself and combative that it totally detracts from whatever she’s trying to fight for.

    • Casey says:

      you can grow out of a nut allergy, and it depends on why you have the allergy to start with

      • Emilia says:

        Yup, my cousin had a nut allergy as a small child but grew out of it by the time she hit her teenage years. My dad also developed multiple food allergies in his late 50s. Allergies can come and go at any age.

    • Onomo says:

      My friend has EDS and has all kinds of food restrictions that I at first couldn’t believe how long it was. Please don’t underestimate how connective tissue issues – which of course line all areas of the body – can affect allergies and intolerances. I don’t live with it so I don’t know and neither do you. It’s known as a zebra or unicorn illness because there is so much doctors don’t know about it – so much that seems outside the realm of possibility but does in fact happen though doctors don’t think it can.

    • Erinn says:

      Something like 10% – 20% of kids can/will outgrow a nut allergy.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I should tell my mom then, because she had a peanut allergy as a kid and doesn’t have it now.

  17. Annie says:

    I think she’s just obsessed with social media..

  18. Michael says:

    I have always felt some dislike for her but never was able to articulate why. I thought she was always going after the Kardashian family as an easy way to get attention but that never seemed reason enough for my unease. Still dislike her but I will keep it to myself from now on and let fate decide if I was right or wrong in my judgement

  19. S808 says:

    I’ve been side eyeing her since she came out as queer in response to very valid criticism of her taking up space in the ballroom scene with that HBO show. Something about her is very disingenuous to me.

  20. Jane Doe says:

    Jameela Jamil is completely toxic, attention seeking and sees herself as a perpetual victim. She punches down as a method for staying in the spotlight, and claims to be an ally to communities she is not part off by centering herself in their struggles and taking focus away from their own efforts to seek justice. See what she has done by profiting of of ballroom culture. All queer people do not have a right to claim ballroom culture.

    • Jenn says:

      Where’s the lie? I will absolutely defend her chronic health issues as valid (I also have them), and I don’t even doubt she’s queer — but her actual behavior causes harm in an active and productive way. It’s like, she hopes by self-identifying with a vulnerable community, she’ll be above callouts. She’s hoping that these identifiers, these labels, will shield her from criticism. (“Let’s stop talking about it,” she says of her own queer identity. Isn’t that the very definition of appropriation, to want the benefits of a marginalized identity yet none of its attendant social penalties?)

      When she came out as queer I was so turned off. It reminded me of Kevin Spacey, who, when put on the spot for various abuses, decided to tell the world “well, I’m gay.” I know it isn’t the same, but like… don’t hide your crappy behavior behind an already-marginalized identity and community. God, how much self-awareness can one human lack?

  21. Bella DuPont says:

    Prediction: Piers Morgan will find a way to attack Meghan Markle using this. Watch.

  22. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Yeah nope. Not gonna do this. There are so many people with chronic illnesses who are told that they are making it up or they dont look sick. People can have MULTIPLE illnesses btw. Generally because chronic illnesses are often interconnected. Calling someone a liar about their health is a really dangerous thing to do when you aren’t a doctor- and even doctors have done this and gotten it wrong. So random internet person with too much time on their hands probably isn’t getting it right either.

  23. Case says:

    To preface this, I sympathize with people who have invisible illnesses. I have a VISIBLE disability and people are still inconsiderate and ignorant on a regular basis.

    That said — she seems like the type who make medical issues into a competition of who has it worse. I know people like that and it’s exhausting. They don’t necessarily make things up, but certainly exaggerate a bit, and DEFINITELY talk about it way more than most people would.

    • Christin says:

      I am sorry about your experiences. Having grown up with a parent with an obviously debilitating condition, I saw how insensitive people can be. Sometimes we saw incredible kindness, though.

      There are people who seem constantly fixated on medical issues (their own or others). It’s usually something non-life altering or threatening, yet they elaborate on it as if it were. One person was a walking medical dictionary, yet barely paid attention to anything else in the world.

  24. Brooke says:

    I have a co-worker just like this! She’s already missed three weeks of work alone this year and has gone through all of her sick time. So far, she’s had the flu twice, a stomach virus and she went home early because she was “hemorrhaging”. Anytime any of us are sick or we just need to be out, she will always be out the next day. We even had another co-worker who was pregnant and suddenly she decided she wanted to have another baby, too. When she couldn’t get pregnant, she tried to get a hysterectomy – during the other co-worker’s maternity leave.

    Literally as I type this she’s in our bosses office, trying to go home because she thinks she broke her arm yesterday by pushing a shopping cart too hard. She tried to go to the emergency room last night but our very tiny hospital was supposedly on lockdown. (It never was) It’s so crazy that now people don’t even believe the stories I tell about her because it’s all so unbelievable!

  25. Kelly says:

    Huh, well I appreciate to see her anti-Kardashian activism called out. That made me roll my eyes. The Kardashians are the easiest possible target there is, they have been trashed on since the beggining of their career and she didn’t say anything that’s not said on a daily basis in every gossip forum of the internet. That always striked me as performative activism.

  26. Kebbie says:

    I just want clarification from her on the cancer. She clearly tweeted that she survived cancer twice but in 2016 she said she had a cancer scare. So is she claiming to have had cancer twice between 2016 and 2019?

    The other stuff could be related to EDS and a tendency to exaggerate, but the cancer claim is another level.

    • Hikaru says:

      Last October she used HPV as an insult on twitter and ended up coming out as having HPV herself in self defense after people were offended and demanded she apologize.

      These two stories mutated in her claiming she has survived both breast cancer and cervical cancer.

  27. Agnes says:

    I hear the arguments, but this feels… uncomfortable to say the least. Like gaslighting a WOC for the hell of it.

    Maybe she’s just an actor who exaggerates actual life experiences? I know plenty of people IRL who exaggerate medical problems like crazy, esp on social media. It’s all attention-seeking behavior, of course. Which isn’t kosher, but neither is it a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.

  28. Jenn says:

    Well… JJ does definitely have EDS, which is hereditary and which has SO many potential comorbidities. Gastrointestinal disease, neurological symptoms, MCAS — the latter of which would actually explain her food allergies. EDS patients do suffer more breaks and fractures, not necessarily due to bone involvement (more likely a combination of “rolling joints” and “klutziness,” owing to proprioceptive issues). There ARE issues with teeth being fragile because of enamel erosion… especially if there’s vomiting, which commonly happens with gastritis and gastroparesis. (Gastroparesis often gets mis/diagnosed as disordered eating, incidentally.)

    I absolutely sympathize with all of this; until my EDS diagnosis I really thought I was losing my mind. (A friend of mine also has it, and 10+ years ago I secretly thought she was being histrionic. Welp!) And a lot of EDS patients do end up with PTSD diagnoses. Having a chronic illness is absolutely traumatic; moreover, going years and years feeling like a hypochondriac will certainly take its toll on one’s emotional health.

    None of this explains why a person would LIE about BEES… but I suspect it’s due to a deep-seated emotional need to “be believed,” if that makes any sense. That’s all I got.

    • Erinn says:

      <3 Sending some spoonie love your way.

      • Jenn says:

        @Erinn <3 Back atcha! And thanks.

        @all My bad! EDS can indeed involve osteoporosis — I apologize. One resource I checked said that Science isn't sure whether genetic connective-tissue diseases involve the bones, but a more up-to-date resource said that brittle bones ARE a concern. None of this is intended as a defense of JJ's behavior, but I implore others to please not put her actual illness on trial.

  29. Tasha says:

    Also if we played this game with so many celebs inaccuracies would pop up all other the place. I bet if you look through Lady Gaga’s old tweets and interviews you’d find loads of stories that didn’t add up/evolved over the years.

  30. Mrs. Peel says:

    The fact this women – with either Munchausen’s or pathological liar syndrome or whatever fabrication she’s made up – is famous – really irks me. How about rewarding people for actual talent for a change.

    • Meg says:

      She was on the good place unlike the Kardashians with zero talent out there promoting horrible body image eating disorders etc but you’re mad she’s famous? Wow

  31. T says:

    As a general rule, I don’t diagnose people because quite frankly I’m not qualified. I also think it’s definitely a thing that women are not believed when speaking about their own bodies. With that said, this woman has always come across as being something of a thirst monster and she does indeed look like a compulsive liar when you compare her statements of events over the years. What was particularly compelling was the video of her a moment after she claimed to have several injuries (including broken teeth), and she is not missing a single tooth. (other injuries wouldn’t necessarily be visible on camera)

    • Hikaru says:

      Broken teeth, broken ribs, a broken nose AND a broken elbow. She claimed she had all of this at the same time. Miraculously none of it was noticed by the medics ( supposedly she glued her tooth back with EYELASH glue and it held for years!) that checked her over and completely invisible on camera right after it happened and she had no issue using and carrying weight around with her “broken” elbow.

      • Sam the Pink says:

        I could believe she broke her ribs, even her nose (because the bruising can be concealed). But the elbow? I actually have broken my elbow, as a kid. Your elbow is actually three distinct bones. It is actually really important that when the elbow joint is fractured, it has to be held totally immobile and secure, because if not, the bones and tendons comprising the joint can shift and lead to long-term dysfunction in the joint. One cannot break their elbow and just be walking around a few days later without issue. It’s a serious matter.

        That. I just don’t believe. I can believe she bruised the joint, but broken? Yeah, no.

  32. Blerg says:

    In October she said she has had cancer twice, and she has separately referred to a cancer “scare” with a breast lump that was not cancerous. In addition to the Ehlers-Danlos, she has said she has celiac, asthma, dairy sensitivity, and a peanut allergy. And then there are the bees and the cars. I do not think someone needs to have an unkind or suspicious nature to wonder if Jameela is lying about some or all of this. I think any rational person would think, “hmm.”

    • nicole says:


    • Case says:

      TBH, I know people who have a lot of medical conditions. My aunt has asthma, bad allergies, alopecia, and is a cancer survivor. I have a physical disability and also have asthma, food allergies, a dairy sensitivity, and, funny enough, a very mild form of Ehlers-Danlos. So it’s possible. Some of us have all the luck, lol. But I just think the way she exaggerates things seems to be a bit much. The bees are a bit much. Claiming she’s had cancer twice but only seemingly having a scare is very suspicious. It’s all very weird and attention-seeking-ish.

      • Blerg says:

        Case…I am so sorry you have been dealt such a hand of medical conditions. And a sincere congratulations on surviving cancer.

        I think JJ’s manner on social media has made me wary (and those cars and bees), but I would probably be better off not voicing my medical opinions about people I don’t even know. Thank you for your words, and best wishes for your continued health. xx

  33. Meg says:

    I had no idea these teas and shakes were laxatives. One of the questions asked to determine if you have an eating disorder is have you ever taken laxatives to lose weight,?These celebrities are promoting and normalizing eating disorder culture. I think it’s great she’s helped with that
    Let’s not disregard the good she’s done because she has flaws, good God we all need to be perfect to do any good in the world? That is the unrealistic expectation put on women to shut us up

  34. Lady Keller says:

    I know plenty of people who carry the burden of “Invisible” diseases and disabilities, and I have seen first hand the pain of being told that there is nothing wrong with you, that you need to suck it up, that you’re making it up or exaggerating. So I would never want to make assumptions about anyone else medical history.

    BUT, this girl is sketchy as they come and I definitely get the sense that she needs attention however she can get it. I think the only medical issue she has is severe dehydration. Somebody needs to fetch her a glass of water stat, because she is thirsty.

  35. mash says:

    i know i ROLLED my eyes when she claimed she’s queer

    • Ashipper says:

      I did too, but I got yelled at over at Pajiba for saying anything about it. This thread is making me feel a little better because I’m not the only one.

  36. joyce says:

    I really want to like her, but I got those thirsty vibes when I watched a youtube video of her at a Comicon panel with her cast mates. She talked more than everyone else combined. I suspect she is smart enough to have something worth sharing about a lot of things but not smart enough to realize she isn’t the only one.

  37. nicole says:

    If you remove the two cancer diagnosis’, bees, and cars, yeah….I might believe the rest are symptoms of an invisible disease but remove that out of the conversation and she appears to be a chronic liar. I have a sister who is the same….it’s exhausting.

    On another note, today is Breast Implant Illness (BII) Awareness day. If you have or had implants…and are struggling with a myriad of random, auto-immune-like symptoms and haven’t found a reason, GOOGLE it! And if you want implants, GOOGLE BII before you get them. xo

    • Fluffinstuff says:

      Yes I tend to agree with you on that. I had a client with Munchausen’s and Munchausen’s by proxy—-faking that her children had illnesses and giving them things to make them appear ill. Luckily someone took her kids. As to this woman , she’s definitely a candidate, the cancer comments especially are a flag. My client manufactured breast cancer, ovarian cancer and kidney failure.. you get the idea. She also had severe borderline personality disorder. She was my first client and still the most difficult I’ve had to date in 20 years

  38. Deanne says:

    I don’t make a habit of questioning other people’s health issues, because there are many conditions that aren’t evident just by looking at someone, but she definitely changes her stories to suit whatever situation she finds herself in. She’s one of those “me too, but more” types. Her cancer stories are problematic. Did she have it or not? First it’s she’s survived cancer twice, then it’s a cancer scare. That’s not even close to the same thing. She doesn’t owe anyone access to her medical records, but makes herself look like she has a hard time telling the truth. Nut allergies can absolutely come and go over a person’s life, but the swarm of bees thing was extremely exaggerated and the other person involved pretty much called her a liar. I seriously can’t imagine taking the time to go through every single thing she’s said and pick it apart though. Celebrities lie and exaggerate all of the time. Is it thirsty behaviour? Of course, but they clearly do it to seem more interesting and special and she’s no different.

  39. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    So she is saying that TWICE in her life she was running from bees and got hit by a car? So she is literally running into traffic to avoid being stung by a bee? I’d rather take the bee sting than have broken limbs. Or wait…is she also claiming she’s allergic to bees and if one stings her she could die? I’ve never cared for this woman anyway.

    • Sam the Pink says:

      It’s even weirder when you see that Marc Ronson basically called her out on it. He told the same story, but in his version, it was two bees buzzing over a plate of food. In her story, it’s a “swarm.” That’s what I think she does – she takes a true thing and turns it into something worse than it was. Two bees become a swarm. A bad fall with bruising becomes multiple fractures. A lump in her breast and a positive HPV test become cancer.

  40. Lolly says:

    I think that person developing this critique, Tracie Morrissey, is also …a lot? Do you all remember her from the early days of Jezebel? She was Slut Machine? I think she later got removed from Broadly for being kind of gross in the work place? What prompted her to pursue this? I have so many questions.

    • Frizzy says:

      Yeah, she and Rich Juzwiak of Gawker are doing their pot psychology thing again (where they get high and talk about stuff). Except it’s a podcast and they’re going to going to read Jameela’s dms on Patreon. 🙄 Egan is a toxic mess herself, definitely.

  41. Candikat says:

    To clarify, what is being described is not Munchausen’s. People with Munchausen’s literally MAKE themselves sick for attention (for example, eating or injecting small amounts of a poison so they develop actual debilitating symptoms over time.) JJ is being accused of exaggerating or lying about having had various illnesses, which is far more common and not at all the same thing.

    • Marianne says:

      Or seek out “explorative” surgeries.

    • Coco says:

      I was going to say the same thing. True Munchausen’s is an extremely rare condition. Being a liar (whether that’s what Jamil is or not) is extremely common.

      I am curious to know if the portrayals of Munchausen’s or Munchausen by Proxy have caused an increase in the actual incidence of the conditions.

    • Kebbie says:

      I thought the same thing, but I read the definition of it and I think it can be just pretending, lying, and faking symptoms and illnesses. The cases that get the most attention, especially when it comes to Munchausen by proxy, are the extreme versions that include people using poison or injuring themselves or others, but I don’t think that’s an actual requirement for diagnosis. Maybe a mental health expert can clarify.

  42. Florence says:

    I feel like I should support JJ, as a mixed-race English girl, but I can’t stand her. I really can’t. She’s not that interesting and she just seems to butt in on everything with her views.

  43. Daisy says:

    She really is exhausting eh… the bee story is especially hilarious because Mark Ronson (who was there when it happened) gave an interview and said it was only one or two bees, he told the story like it was the most mundane thing. So I think she very well could have all of those things, but she sure as hell loves to embellish those stories.

  44. Marianne says:

    I dont know if this would be fully Munchhausen’s. Like as far we know, she isnt actually harming herself or others to get medical attention. I mean, maybe she’s embellishing certain details or lying about certain things but I find it a bit problematic to automatically jump to Munchhausen’s when we dont have all the facts.

  45. LisaLisa says:

    Look. I’ve had 5, 🤔 no 6, back surgeries in the past 12 years (two of which were traumatic TO ME). Mix in numerous major life events, some great, some bad during that time frame. If I were asked to recount my experiences, which I have been, of course my memory of how they felt to me at that time will color my recollection. Sometimes it’s easier for me to talk about these things by turning it into a sort of story, it helps me disassociate from the pain. It’s also easy to misremember details when you are put on the spot. Sometimes I’ve left out a surgery or two on accident. I don’t offer to share my personal information and medical history unless I know you well, but maybe she freely does it to seem relatable or even interesting. Or maybe she just can’t help herself. Either way, I believe her.

  46. sassbr says:

    While the person who made up this theory about her made a lot of incorrect statements (like confusing two accidents as two different stories about one accident,) she did have some pretty good evidence that she likes to tell stories. I don’t think her health struggles are made up but she definitely exaggerates details for good talk show stories.

    As for her coming out as queer in defense of her hosting the ballroom show, I was sort of offended by that. You weren’t forced to come out as queer. Like ballroom isn’t just about being queer. She had a good point already in that she respects the culture and she’s a good way to connect viewers from that aren’t part of that culture to that culture and that she would be learning alongside of the viewer, like a journalist would. So for her to just be like “well, now I’ve been forced to say I’m queer so think about that before questioning why I’m hosting a show about a specific cultural movement among queer African Americans,” I was sort of baffled, since one has not much to do with the other.

  47. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    People lie. There are exaggerators, liars and then there’s professional-level liars, individuals playing long cons for purely selfish reasons. Munchausen is, of course, completely different than a hypochondriac in that the latter is crazy with worry. People who knowingly lie about illnesses can be dangerous. This woman used to post on a local message board and became friendly with everyone. About six months after seeing her post, she unveiled a cancer diagnosis. This little fire she started soon blazed out of control with locals planning events, bake sales and setting up donation jugs at as many businesses as possible. I have no idea how much money, food, clothing, etc. she ultimately received, but she was eventually found out. And she wasn’t the only one doing this sort of thing. People like this are the worst.

    People grow to realize that anything which draws attention, say from pregnancy to mental illnesses to diseases, can be replicated, generated, stroked and exploited. You have to be a special kind of person to pull off such enormous deceits.

    • Case says:

      You know what’s crazy? I used to have a friend who, after the excitement from her wedding tapered off, started coming up with all sorts of medical issues she had that weren’t really a thing pre-wedding. For a long time I took them seriously, until I realized she really wasn’t genuinely doing anything to help herself and seemed to love just…wallowing in it. Perhaps she did really have the issues she said, but she seemed quite enamored with all the attention it got her. It was kinda disturbing, and I had to take a step back from her.

    • Deanne says:

      That is such a cruel and twisted thing to do. People care and genuinely want to help and then find out that it’s all a lie. It’s such a betrayal.

  48. Roo says:

    Somewhat related.. I saw an interview with her about how she shoved a bunch of steaks in her dress at an oscars after party and how they were dripping everywhere. She also said On her way out of the party whilst smuggling said steaks, she knocked over Al Pacino I believe? The story reeked of Bullsh*t and exaggeration. I think she’s totally full of it.

  49. Adrien says:

    Tbf to JJ, my sister was once diagnosed with peanut allergy as a child. The doctor who was just a regular physician just assumed it. Turned out she wasn’t allergic to nuts or any type of seeds. It probably was a type of shellfish that was normally cooked with nuts as ingredient in a dish that she was allergic to. It was a family favourite dish. But yeah, JJ exaggerates a lot.

  50. InsertNameHere says:

    Now that Morrissey is driving traffic from her IG stories to her paid site with the promise of seeing all the DMs from Jameela, doesn’t it seem a bit like Morrissey is the thirsty one? Or at the very least equally thirsty? Something seems off here.

  51. Wilmarama says:

    Don’t really care about Jameela, but it definitely bugs me that the accuser doesn’t really know what Munchausen is.

    As long as Jameela isn’t harming herself to seem sick and get attention, she’s just a compulsive liar who lies and exaggerates to get attention. That’s NOT Munchausen though..

  52. Cali says:

    I have seen small blips of her show “The Misery Index” and it’s effing awful. Like super judgy and weird and the first thing I thought was – wasn’t she someone who went on and on about being kinder and having less bullying in the world, etc? Was shocked she’d host something like this.

  53. Mia at Home says:

    Amazing how many armchair doctors and psychiatrists there are these days. Unless you are medically qualified and are treating a person keep your uneducated opinions to yourself that includes this articles author. You know nothing about this person aside from material filtered through press or social media which hardly counts for anything.

  54. Nia says:

    Seems like this post was written gleefully, and may age poorly.

    And I kept reading to hear about hiw she was making herself sick then realized you didnt even google munchausen and think its the same as lying.

  55. Annie says:

    She’s one of the most exhausting celebrities I have ever seen. Her activism is BS. She has said multiple gross things about other women. Calling Beyoncé a stripper, Miley Cyrus a vagina with no platform. She’s toxic as hell and it speaks volumes that nobody is coming out to her defense and validating her stories. Co-opting the body positivity movement when she’s thin and conventionally sexy.

    It’s not that people don’t believe that she was EDS. It’s all the other stuff. Surviving cancer twice, breaking her arm, her ribs, Her tooth, being chased by bees multiple times. Being hit by cars multiple times. She has seizures, she has multiple deadly allergies that clear out of nowhere. She used to be a model. No she wasn’t. Wait, yes she was. No, nevermind. Those are the stories that don’t add up. I know people want to be sympathetic and compassionate because you have gone through your own stuff, but please don’t think that other people don’t use medical stories and lies to get attention. We’re talking about someone who showed up with a bag of frozen peas stuck on her face for a press conference and photo call after an alleged tooth surgery. That’s completely unnecessary. You can remove the icepack for a couple of hours. She just loves to be the center of attention for medical reasons.

    Do not get me started on her coming out as queer just because people rightfully called her out on being involved in a show she has no business producing. That’s another story people should look up. One artist is fighting for a producer credit, meanwhile she walks in as an executive producers no a show that needs to feature real ballroom artists. She wants to get away from criticism by coming as queer then she doesn’t explain what she means.

    I’m tired of her and none of her friends or co-stars are coming to her defense.

  56. nicegirl says:

    I think the intentions of the lady who is making money off of this situation on her patreon should be researched and considered.

  57. Lama Bean says:

    I must have that gift as well, because I have loathed her for no discernible reason since she first became a thing. I could never put my finger on it, but for now, I’ll just go with thirsty.

  58. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t particularly like her and she got deserved criticism for her comments on ballroom, but… you can’t diagnose someone you’ve never even met. You have no idea what her state is. None. It’s just gossip and guessing and schadenfreude and pretty obviously a lot of what she said or how she told it or how the grapevine of interviews spit it out was exaggerated or confused. It really rubs me the wrong way that we are denying a woman’s account of her own body & her own life, this is a fine line to walk, and in the comments above frankly that line is being ignored most of the time. Again I don’t pay much attention to her but who cares if she criticized the Kardashians for their weight loss diet trash drinks? I would too! Those things are ridiculous! She was right. The Kardashians aren’t saints, relax, I don’t care if she criticized them. Everyone knows they are in it to make money. Look at their failed credit card…

  59. Paige says:

    I work on a children’s inpatient psych unit, and a lot of the kids act similarly to her. Essentially, they are exaggerating/making themselves sick just for attention.

  60. Sayrah says:

    My mother in law does this. Extreme exaggeration of factual events. I don’t know why.. to sound more interesting or for attention. I don’t think this is Munchausen but she is a drama queen who’s been caught in her lies.

  61. GirlMonday says:

    I’m disappointed in this article and think it’s very irresponsible. The headline is basically “is she this bad thing or this other bad thing”; no room for any legitimacy. I think the author got carried away by her gut dislike of Jameela Jamil, because this article is trash. No facts just a lot of assumptions about things it’s really dangerous to be wrong about. In this time when women’s voices are drowned out, disregarded, and disrespected, using this flimflam about her exaggerating as a reason to accuse her of Munchausens is wrong. I’m not here for it, and I’m saying this as someone who thinks she’s obnoxious. Not here for it.

  62. Mrs. Darcy says:

    To be fair, she has made herself the center of attention in spheres such as Body Positivity, eating disorders, LGBTQ, created a campaign rooted in the ideology of body positivity but watered down and distanced, modeled for a fashion brand last year that only goes up to a size 12 despite talking about size diversity, hawks H&M while preaching about fashion sustainability and sweat shops in the same dang breathe – she’s just exhausting, completely apart from ALL OF THIS BEE CHASING MESS. It’s basically big Tahani energy.

    Now she is talking about how she was suicidal in her mid twenties but didn’t look it, to further her victim-hood / nestling in the arms of the invisible illness community/her worshipful fans.

    So a lot of people jumped on this hella problematic Insta thread because frankly, Jameela is annoying a.f. I definitely think this lady going after her has real sensitivity/obsessive issues, she at least took down the Munchausens headline (I think? I can’t keep up with this mess). It’s very probable that Jameela does have various physical ailments, as many people do. Unfortunately she’s unbearable, and caping as a cancer survivor is going to catch her out with actual cancer survivors (like me) real quick. I’ve been done with her for awhile, all I wanted was to get through the last season of The Good Place without throwing my tv out the window but she’s making it hard. And it is telling that neither Kristen nor Darcy follow her or shared any nice words about her on their social media at the end of the show. Something is OFF with this girl.

    • I'm With The Band says:

      I was on insta the other day and also noticed that Kristen follows all cast mates of TGP, except for Jameela. It really is quite telling, considering I’ve heard Dax Shepard talk often of how his wife is brimming with empathy and can’t help but see the good in people.

  63. Kkat says:

    She may have some illnesses, probably does have EDS.
    But surviving cancer twice?
    The hpv thing after she used it as a insult she then claimed to have it , conveniently to get herself out of trouble.
    She’s definitely lying about things and exaggerating others.

    She can both have an illness AND be a pathological liar

  64. MrsBanjo says:

    Her boyfriend spoke out about this today. And the woman who’s doing this to Jameela? She’s selling exclusive access to more “evidence” through her Patreon. Meanwhile a whole hell of a lot of people on here are demonstrating exactly why it’s so difficult for people with “invisible” illnesses and disabilities. Good job.

  65. Lulubelle says:

    I knew a guy who lied about his health. He lied that he broke his shoulder, had cancer, had athletes foot, had a sleep disorder, was infertile, and allergic to condoms, avocado and bananas. Ultimately he was a pathological liar and I believe an undiagnosed sociopath.