Sarah Hyland took to social media on Wednesday to call out trolls on Twitter and Instagram who have been blasting her appearance, criticizing the “Modern Family” star for what appears to be some recent weight loss.
In fact, Hyland’s changing appearance in recent months has sparked all manner of conspiracy theories among fans, ranging from claims that she’s undergone cosmetic surgery, is anorexic, or — most bizarrely — is pregnant.
As Hyland reveals in a pair of lengthy Twitter posts, she’s actually been suffering from an undisclosed medical ailment that left her bedridden and caused her to lose muscle mass.
“I normally don’t comment on things like this because it draws attention to those trying to spread negativity,” she writes, adding: “I haven’t had the greatest year. This has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes.”
In fact, Hyland admits she’s not thrilled with “being skinny,” adding: “No one’s head should be bigger than their body. But considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like.”
While she doesn’t offer any details about her medical condition, she slammed claims of anorexia. “Am I bothered by my appearance right now? Well it’s never fun to look in the mirror and see your hard work at the gym fade away or have your legs be the size of one’s arms,” she writes.
As for reports that she’s pregnant, she reveals that “my face is swollen from medication that is saving my life.”
Following her posts, Hyland’s fans offered up a cascade of social media support, expressing their love and admiration in tweets such as these: