Clemmie Hooper aka @Mother_Of_Daughters has admitted to posting anonymous comments about other influencers online.
The mummy blogger, who has over 675,000 followers on Instagram, took to Stories to respond to rumours that she had been trolling fellow influencers under a pseudonym on gossip website, Tattle Life. In two posts, she wrote:
"I know there are some rumours circulating and I want to take the opportunity to explain. Earlier this year I became aware of a website that had thousands of comment about my family and I. Reading them made me feel extremely paranoid and affected me much more than I knew at the time. I decided without telling anyone that I would make an anonymous account so that this group of people would believe I was one of them, so that maybe I could change their opinions from the inside to defend my family and I.
"It became all consuming and it grew bigger than I knew how to handle. When the users started to suspect it was me, I made the mistake of commenting about others. I regret it all and am deeply sorry - I know this has caused a lot of pain. Undoubtedly I got lost in this online world and the more I became engrossed in the negative commentary, the more the situation escalated. Engaging in this was a huge mistake I take full responsibility for what has happened and I am just so sorry for the hurt I have caused everyone involved including my friends and family."
The username she chose was AliceInWanderLust, with reports claiming Clemmie posted a number of rumours about friends in the industry on the site. Things came to a head when other users discovered the blogger's real identity, and exposed her.
At this point, some of the bloggers that she had posted about took to Instagram Stories to share that Clemmie had phoned them to apologise, but still hoped to remain anonymous. Bethie Hungerford, aka @HungerMama, said on her stories: "This person has admitted to the bullying [of] all of the friends she has tried to spread rumours about online… it’s not whether or not this has happened – it’s that it has and she refuses to take responsibility for her actions.
"I’ve encouraged her to come forward and get in front of it and she hasn’t. I’m not going to name any names, I’m putting the ball firmly in her court to come clean and acknowledge her wrongdoing and apologise to all of the people she’s hurt."
Before Clemmie's statement, influencer Laura Rutherford, aka @that_mummy_smile, also took to Instagram to share her thoughts. She wrote:
"Dear Alice I don’t owe it to you to remain quiet. You’ve goaded and encouraged trolls to tear my reputation apart for the last eight months. Mine and a handful of other influencers- and for what gain? No I won’t talk to you or discuss with you your justifications for online bullying. There is absolutely no justification for this behaviour. As someone that is on this platform to support other women, talk about accountability and stand up for myself when people attempt to bring me down, I won’t stay silent. How can I? That contradicts who I am and why I’m on here.
"It’s not even about the words that have been said. It’s the betrayal of trust. To say I’m hurting is an understatement. What gives you the right to play with people’s mental health? For so long I’ve had to grin and bear the derogatory comments, the angst of what people think of me, where the malice has come from. You’ve looked me in the eye and asked me how I’m doing when I’ve been at my lowest.
"How dare you? I haven’t and never would wish anything bad on anyone. You yourself have been at the hands of trolls and you know exactly what that does to you. This is your time to come forward and start doing the right thing by everyone that is affected."
Now that Clemmie has come forward and admitted to her wrongdoing, let's hope everyone can turn the other cheek.
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