It's hard to comprehend one person trolling another for the loss of their child, but Lily Allen has found herself on the receiving end of such vile abuse. After she posted a series of tweets to highlight the prejudice shown towards immigrants and Muslims, trolls responded by blaming her for the death of her son, who died in 2010 when an umbilical chord became wrapped around his neck.
Users began by suggesting Lily has mental health issues, to which she replied: "I DO have mental health issues. Bi-polar, post natal depression, and PTSD, does that make my opinion void."
Lily then said the PTSD was the result of losing her son six months into her pregnancy, and her description of the ordeal was utterly heartbreaking.
She wrote that she was "in a hospital bed with my deceased son stuck between my legs halfway out of my body for 10 hours". That should be enough to silence any troll.
Alas, that wasn't the case. A cruel user then replied: "Maybe if you didn't pump your body full of drugs you wouldn't have miscarried." Just awful, isn't it?
In the face of such a disgusting comment, Lily calmly and correctly wrote: "I didn't miscarry, I went into early labour and by son died from his chord wrapped round his neck."
It's a terrible thing when a person, who is speaking out in defence of others, has a personal tragedy used against them in such a disturbing and hateful way. Whether you agree with Lily's political views or not, taunting her with the loss of her child is outright shameful and never okay. It needs to stop.