Jonah Hill says that intrusive photos of him no longer upset him, and he’s talking about his body image to encourage kids to accept who they are, no matter how heavy they are.
In an Instagram post on Friday, the actor posted photos of paparazzi posted this week, showing him shirtless and surfing on the beach in Malibu, California. Hill said these kinds of photos no longer phase him, a change in his life that comes from himself. acceptance.
“I am 37 years old and I finally love and accept myself,” he wrote. Hill has been relentlessly followed by the paparazzi for years, and his weight has long been a tabloid topic of conversation. Hill said it’s the public mockery of his body in the press and interviewers that set him back on his journey to self-love.
“I don’t think I would ever take my shirt off in a pool until I was 30, even in front of family and friends,” he wrote, adding that it probably would have happened sooner if he hadn’t had his childhood. insecurities exploited by the media.
Hill spoke directly to the posted photos of his surf session, saying, “The idea of the media trying to play me by stalking me while I surf and printing photos like this and they can’t remove me anymore is silly.”
Fans of the “Wolf of Wall Street” star took to the comment section of his heartfelt post to applaud him for his honesty.
“You probably won’t read this comment, but a good man feels amazing to be amazing and I’m happy to hear that someone I looked up to struggled with what I went through and came out on top. Keep winning,” wrote one person.
Another added: “We don’t know each other, but this post gave me all the sensations. I was also that kid in the pool. Self-love and confidence are the most important ❤️”
Hill has previously shared her distress that her body and weight are constant themes and targets.
“I became famous in my late teens and then spent most of my young adult life listening to people say I was fat, gross, and unattractive,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2018. “I really think everyone has one. snapshot of themselves from a time when they were young that they are ashamed of, “saying he remembered himself as a 14-year-old, who” felt ugly to the world. “
Covering Hill’s weight loss years, the media ran headlines like: “Will Weight Loss Make Jonah Hill Less Fun?” and “The Problem with Being a Skinny Jonah Hill,” which suggests America has found him less fun as he’s lost weight, and that he was “cuter” when he first became famous.
Hill has been rebuffing media questions about his weight in recent years, and in 2017 an earlier interview emerged in which he was asked, “Are you still the fat man in Hollywood?”
“Any other question?” Hill replied. “Is that smart?”
Hill ended his Instagram post on Friday with a final message, a word of encouragement to children who might be going through the same kinds of insecurities that he himself has struggled with. He said his post was really for “kids who don’t take their shirts off in the pool. Have fun, ”he said. “You are wonderful, amazing and perfect. All my Love.”