THE Bachelor alum Demi Burnett clapped back at trolls, calling her words “damaging” after revealing she has autism.
The reality star told online bullies to shut up in a heartfelt video.
The 27-year-old took to her Instagram Stories and voiced her opinions after dealing with online abuse since opening up about her autism.
“Stop making people feel stupid for thinking they might be autistic, okay?” she told her followers while sitting on her sofa in a pink hoodie.
The reality star continued, “Stop making them feel like that’s an absurd thought because you probably don’t know anything about autism.
“So you should probably shut up and let people explore what their bodies are telling them to explore.
“I see no benefit in telling someone, ‘No, you’re not autistic,’ like you have a clue.
“Don’t tell people that, it’s very harmful.”
This comes after she revealed she has been diagnosed with autism and asked fans to be “open-minded and accepting”.
Demi opened up about some of her “pains and struggles” in an Instagram post.
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She began with an advisory warning: “Maybe a trigger warning. I don’t know, but cheer up.”
The bachelor icon then wrote: “I had a psychological examination and I am autistic. There is a huge stigma when it comes to autism.
“I encourage you to be open-minded and accepting.”
She then continued, “All I want is a better quality of life. I’ll share more of the history of my review and how I got to this point, and all my pains and struggles along the way.
“I want to make sure that anyone who feels/has felt like me can know that you really are not alone. It can get better! And most importantly, it’s not your fault.”
On the cover of her post, she included an unfiltered snap of her wearing sunglasses in a living room.
Demi was a contestant on The Bachelor season 23, only to be eliminated in week six.
She returned for Bachelor in Paradise season 6 and for the spinoff’s seventh season, although she was eliminated in week three.
During Bachelor in Paradise season 6, Demi revealed that she was dating Kristian Haggerty at home.
Her steady girlfriend came to Mexico to sort out their on-screen relationship and they were engaged by the end of the show.
However, they split in October 2019.
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