Television personality and host Shelly Horton has shared the late night message she received from an online troll that managed to get under her skin.
The 48-year-old Australian journalist took to Instagram on Thursday with a screenshot of an email from ‘Garth Jensen’ which labelled Horton as an ‘obese feminist’ he would like to see ‘get off TV’.
The full email read: ‘I’m so happy you don’t have kids, now just to get you off TV would be the best Christmas gift any man could ask for. Obese feminist is nothing to be proud of’.
Ms Horton has been open in the past about why she doesn’t want to have children with her husband, and they are perfectly content to be raising a family that includes two dogs instead.
The 48-year-old Australian journalist took to Instagram on Thursday with a screenshot of an email from ‘Garth Jensen’ which labelled Horton as an ‘obese feminist’ he would like to see ‘get off TV’
But on Friday the Queenslander admitted the message had ‘got to her’ despite its foul language and inconsistencies
But on Friday the Queenslander admitted the message had ‘got to her’ despite its foul language and inconsistencies.
‘Trolls like Garth don’t normally worry me. I get messages like that a lot as do most women in the media,’ she said the following day.
‘But I’ve been working very long hours on some big new projects (plus a hell of a night at the Logies) so I was tired and he got under my skin.
‘Thank you all for being my cheer squad. It felt like a warm hug. In one week I will be on holidays in Maui. Suck on that Garth!’
Ms Horton’s fanbase were adamant she not let a comment from the anonymous man get to her.
She has recently touched on her suffering from anxiety and bouts of ‘extreme emotions’ as a result of perimenopause.
Perimenopause refers to the time when your body makes the transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years.
Shelly Horton reveals she sometimes has emotional days where she needs ‘a good cry’ despite being on hormone replacement therapy and antidepressants due to perimenopause
In May the usually bright and bubbly personality took to Instagram with a teary video admitting she felt overwhelmed and doesn’t ‘bounce back’ as she used to.
‘I had a day yesterday and even though I have been on hormone replacement therapy and anti-depressants for a year, maybe even more, I just got overwhelmed,’ she said.
‘I have got a lot of work on and I am finding I just don’t bounce from project to project like I used to,’ the self-confessed workaholic said.
She captioned the video explaining it was the first time she had cried ‘in ages’.
‘Feeling better but not 100 per cent today. Giving myself permission to work at a slower pace,’ she said.
Ms Horton revealed when she first started experiencing symptoms of perimenopause she changed into a completely different person.
The popular television personality said she felt uncharacteristically unhappy when she first began perimenopause but didn’t know why
Her personality and ‘go get them’ attitude was replaced with waves of sadness and even an inability to get out of bed.
Coinciding with the Covid lockdowns she initially blamed the pandemic for her woes before discovering her symptoms were linked to her changing hormones.
One of those symptoms is dry eyes.
‘Reason 476 why perimenopause sucks – you get dry, so when your estrogen levels drop, women experience dryness,’ she said in a video shared on Instagram.
Now Ms Horton keeps her followers in the loop – and has become passionate about sharing the reality of the transition with other women
At the moment the 48-year-old, from the Gold Coast in Queensland, has painful dry eyes, causing them to turn red. ‘Reason 476 why perimenopause sucks – you get dry, so when your estrogen levels drop, women experience dryness,’ she said in a video shared on Instagram
‘Some women get dry skin, others get dry inside the nose, what I’m getting at the moment is dry eyes,’ she said.
In the one-minute video, Ms Horton’s eyes looked sore with visible bloodspots on the eyeballs.
Concerned about the symptom, she visited an optometrist who confirmed it’s part of perimenopause – and her fake eyelashes don’t help with situation.
‘I have to now use gel eyedrops – not just like the tear replacements, the thick, lubricating gel eyedrops and also some hot compresses to soothe them,’ she said.
Concerned about the symptom, she visited an optometrist who confirmed it’s part of perimenopause – and her fake eyelashes don’t help with situation
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause means ‘around menopause’ and refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years
Women start perimenopause at different ages
You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s
Ms Horton also laughed when she mentioned her vagina feels like a ‘sandbox’ as a result of perimenopause.
She ended the video by thanking ‘peri’ and dubbed it as the ‘gift that keeps on giving’.
The video helped inform other women in their 40s of the symptoms to be aware of.
‘I feel the same pain!’ one woman commented, another added: ‘Dry eyes and dry skin here. Thanks for keeping it real Shelly!’
‘This explains a lot,’ another added.