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Stacey Solomon rejects magazine’s public apology after ‘mean’ cover

She was recently forced to hit out at a ‘mean’ publication after they branded her ‘boring, desperate and cheap’.

And now Stacey Solomon has thrown away Now Magazine’s official apology after the grovelling statement was read to her live on Thursday’s Loose Women, to a booing audience. 

Earlier this week, the lovable panellist, 28, had shared an image of the front cover, which read: ‘Boring’, ‘desperate’, ‘cheap’. Why fans are sick of her’, before launching a tirade in which she stated: ‘That’s the meanest thing I’ve ever seen.’

Uproar: Stacey Solomon has thrown away Now Magazine’s official apology after the grovelling statement was read to her live on Thursday’s Loose Women

And the publication has now issued an apology, which was read in a statement during the ITV chatshow, it said: ‘The story featured in this week’s issue of Now Magazine regarding Stacey Solomon was written on the basis of social media comments about Stacey and is not the opinion of Now Magazine.

‘As a publication, we simply aim to inspire debate amongst our readers about their favourite celebrities and TV stars, including Stacey. We do not encourage or condone bullying in any form.

‘We apologise to Stacey for any distress our story may have caused.’

'Mean': The lovable Loose Women panellist, 28, had shared an image of the front cover, which read: 'Boring', 'desperate', 'cheap'. Why fans are sick of her', before launching a tirade

‘Mean’: The lovable Loose Women panellist, 28, had shared an image of the front cover, which read: ‘Boring’, ‘desperate’, ‘cheap’. Why fans are sick of her’, before launching a tirade

Yet Stacey wasn’t willing to forgive or forget as she threw the apology, which was on a card, away with the audience booing at the publication. 

Talking about the incident, after her co-host Nadia Sawalha called her ‘super smart and sassy’, she said: ‘Being here and being a part of Loose Women was one of the most massive parts in my life, I’m so proud to be a part of this. 

‘It’s really funny also as people would say it’s the industry you’re in, you need a thick skin. I do really like me!’

To which her fellow co-host, Janet Street-Porter, added: ‘I was completely shocked when I saw it, I have worked with you for quite a long time now, when you started you were nervous, but we’ve become really good friends now. I just thought it was disgusting.’

Apology: And now the publication has issued an apology, which was read in a statement on the ITV chat show: 'We apologise to Stacey for any distress our story may have caused.'

Apology: And now the publication has issued an apology, which was read in a statement on the ITV chat show: ‘We apologise to Stacey for any distress our story may have caused.’

With Stacey continuing: ‘I honestly have no idea and I think the saddest part of it is, I’m not a robot of a CGI character, it is hurtful, but the bigger picture is far more sinister, they went onto say how to get a revenge body, it went on to talk about me and promote my body, and say it was boring.

‘That was the saddest part of the whole publication. They’re tearing women down and giving them no hope whatsoever.

‘It so happened that a stat came out yesterday, that one-in-four 14-year-olds self-harm themselves. It does baffle me a lot of the time.’ 

Chirpy: Putting the upset and drama behind her, Stacey played the doting mum with her youngest son, Leighton, six, outside the ITV studios on Thursday

Chirpy: Putting the upset and drama behind her, Stacey played the doting mum with her youngest son, Leighton, six, outside the ITV studios on Thursday

Putting the upset and drama behind her earlier in the day, Stacey played the doting mum with her youngest son, Leighton, six, outside the ITV studios on Thursday.

The lovable Loose Women star cut a casual figure for her outing in a pair of bleach ripped skinny jeans, a pink leopard print jumper and a khaki green parka coat.

Stacey appeared to go make-up free as she styled her blonde locks into a tousled and wavy loose hairdo.

Casual: The lovable Loose Women star cut a casual figure for her outing in a pair of bleach ripped skinny jeans, a pink leopard print jumper and a khaki green parka coat

Casual: The lovable Loose Women star cut a casual figure for her outing in a pair of bleach ripped skinny jeans, a pink leopard print jumper and a khaki green parka coat

Family affair: Also appearing outside the ITV studios was the former X Factor star's boyfriend, Joe Swash, who looked stylish in a jean and cardigan combination

Family affair: Also appearing outside the ITV studios was the former X Factor star’s boyfriend, Joe Swash, who looked stylish in a jean and cardigan combination

Later on, she tied her hair into a high bun as she grabbed a coffee and something to eat ahead of her busy day.

Stacey played doting mum as she walked hand-in-hand with her youngest son, Leighton, who wore a stylish striped t-shirt.

Also appearing outside the ITV studios was the former X Factor star’s boyfriend, Joe Swash, who looked stylish in a jean and cardigan combination.

The presenter, 36, wore a pair of black trousers, a black vest top and a beige piece of knitwear.

Stylish: The presenter, 36, wore a pair of black trousers, a black vest top and a beige piece of knitwear

Stylish: The presenter, 36, wore a pair of black trousers, a black vest top and a beige piece of knitwear

Busy bee: Joe appeared busy as he carried a red bag and listened to music on his headphones and mobile device

Busy bee: Joe appeared busy as he carried a red bag and listened to music on his headphones and mobile device

Lovable star: After Stacey called out Now Magazine earlier this week, she was soon greeted with an influx of kind comments from supporters 

Lovable star: After Stacey called out Now Magazine earlier this week, she was soon greeted with an influx of kind comments from supporters 

Joe appeared busy as he carried a red bag and listened to music on his headphones and mobile device.

After Stacey called out Now Magazine earlier this week, she was soon greeted with an influx of kind comments from supporters, leading to her praise of fans as she penned: ‘You are so inspirational and will be the reason people will begin to feel that they can be themselves. So thank you’.   

The mother-of-two was the main splash on the magazine front page, with the article referring to her recent snaps in which she has been candidly displaying her body and how she really looks without airbrushing or transforming her frame with digital wizardry.

Upsetting: The TV star was the main splash on the magazine cover, with the article referring to her recent snaps in which she has been candidly displaying her body without airbrushing

Upsetting: The TV star was the main splash on the magazine cover, with the article referring to her recent snaps in which she has been candidly displaying her body without airbrushing

Two weeks ago, the Essex-born beauty took to social media to share a shot in a coral coloured bikini while displaying ‘extra fold over tummy lines’, before the image was used on the front cover of Now to accompany the story. 

After writing that the cover was ‘the meanest thing ever’, she sent another message to the publication writing: ‘Why the silence [Now Magazine]… You created an entire cover based on the opinions of maybe 3 people… 

‘Now there are almost a thousand people holding Now accountable as to why u feel u need to constantly tear people down in a bullying manor & it’s as u haven’t seen ur 900+ notifications’.

Hurt: Two weeks ago, the Essex-born beauty took to social media to share a shot in a coral coloured bikini while displaying 'extra fold over tummy lines', before the image was used on the front cover of Now to accompany the story 

Hurt: Two weeks ago, the Essex-born beauty took to social media to share a shot in a coral coloured bikini while displaying ‘extra fold over tummy lines’, before the image was used on the front cover of Now to accompany the story 

She went on to release a heartfelt statement as she penned: ‘Final thoughts… and for everyone on here, you are so inspirational and will be the reason people will begin to feel that they can be themselves. So thank you…

‘The saddest part of this publication is that inside of this magazine. It goes from telling girls to get a revenge body (because it’s must be their body that caused any upset in their lives and changing that is the only way to fix it) to Stacey’s celebrating her natural body and we are bored of it. 

‘Enter the statistic out today – 1/4 of 14 years olds are self harming because they don’t feel good enough. The best thing to come out of this. Is that thousands of people disagree with this awful, bullying, insecure journalism and won’t stand for it…

‘The best thing to come out of social media is learning that most people are inherently kind, want to build people up and work together in creating a kinder, safer environment for everyone around them…

Pals: Vicky Pattison threw her support behind her pal as she posted a series of shots of her pal 

Pals: Vicky Pattison threw her support behind her pal as she posted a series of shots of her pal 

Stacey’s statement 

Why the silence [Now Magazine]… You created an entire cover based on the opinions of maybe 3 people… 

‘Now there are almost a thousand people holding Now accountable as to why u feel u need to constantly tear people down in a bullying manor & it’s as u haven’t seen ur 900+ notifications’.

She went on to release a heartfelt statement as she penned: ‘Final thoughts… and for everyone on here, you are so inspirational and will be the reason people will begin to feel that they can be themselves. So thank you…

‘The saddest part of this publication is that inside of this magazine. It goes from telling girls to get a revenge body (because it’s must be their body that caused any upset in their lives and changing that is the only way to fix it) to Stacey’s celebrating her natural body and we are bored of it. 

‘Enter the statistic out today – 1/4 of 14 years olds are self harming because they don’t feel good enough. The best thing to come out of this. Is that thousands of people disagree with this awful, bullying, insecure journalism and won’t stand for it…

‘The best thing to come out of social media is learning that most people are inherently kind, want to build people up and work together in creating a kinder, safer environment for everyone around them…

‘Kind people and your support never ceases to amaze me. It’s because of you that eventually people won’t feel so insecure and low about themselves. So thank you.’

‘Kind people and your support never ceases to amaze me. It’s because of you that eventually people won’t feel so insecure and low about themselves. So thank you.’

She was soon supported by her celebrity friends, as Ashley Roberts took to Twitter to write: ‘Babe you’re one the brightest lights in a room. So kind and beautiful. Those people who write these kind of things are unhappy souls. Polar opposite of you!’

Vicky Pattison threw her support behind her pal as she posted a series of shots of her pal beneath the caption:

‘Today my Woman Crush Wednesday without a doubt goes to my gorgeous girl Stacey Solomon!! Stacey is the type of woman who turns up to support you whenever you ask, even if she’s got to be up for Loose Women at 5am the next day! 

‘She’s the type of woman who even though she’s knackered after filming a huge production all through the night and not getting much sleep- when we all go to bed- she drags herself to the beach to spend the day playing with her kids because they’re everything to her. 

‘She’s the type of woman, who when you’re down or someone has upset you- she stands up for you or cheers you up. She’s funny, warm, witty, brave, relatable and strong and a really good friend and mother. 

‘Which is why we all fell in love with her. Which is why pretty much every woman in the U.K. wants her to be their best friend… 

‘I am very lucky to count you as friend Missus. Never forget what a powerful and impressive woman you are. Joe Swash you’re a lucky ma! Love you Stacey, don’t let anything rain on your parade you star’. 

Stacey responded to the star writing: ‘I am so in love with you. And your ability to build everyone up around you and help their light shine as bright as it possibly can!’ 

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