‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland fires back at bullies about her weight: ‘l’m not in control of what my body looks like’

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland was accused of promoting anorexia after posting a photo to Instagram.
  • The actress told fans she’s been dealing with ongoing health issues.
  • Hyland said she’s “basically been on bed rest” for the past few months and has lost muscle mass.
  • She has been on the medication prednisone, which Hyland says has caused swelling in her face.
  • Hyland assures her fans she’ll be okay because she’s “strong” and will not let negative comments hurt her confidence.

“Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland is speaking out after getting bullied online with questions about her health and fluctuating weight.

The 26-year-old star posted a photo to Instagram promoting a clothing line by her boyfriend, “Shadowhunters” actor, Dominic Sherwood. A portion of the proceeds go toward the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

The photo shows a slim Hyland wearing nothing but one of the T-shirts.

Some commenters were quick to notice that the slender star looked smaller than usual. Instead of fans discussing the clothing line, Hyland found herself getting bullied by commenters accusing her of promoting anorexia or getting injections. The comments have been deleted and replaced with an influx of supportive messages from fans. 

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Hyland took to Twitter late Wednesday afternoon to speak out and tell fans in a series of messages that she’s been having a difficult year and has been facing several ongoing health issues. 

In the messages, she said she doesn’t want to talk much about what has been going on lately, but that she’s been undergoing physical changes which have been affecting her weight. 

“I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass,” wrote Hyland. “My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like. So I strive to be as healthy as possible, as everyone should.”

In an eight-part message shared on Twitter, Hyland shared that she’s been told she can’t work out at the moment and that she’s tired of being told that she needs to eat more, because she loves to eat. 


Hyland said she decided to share her story because people were accusing her of promoting anorexia in a post that was meant to promote anti-bullying.

“I want young girls to know that that’s NOT my intention. I posted a picture of my boyfriend’s apparel line, in which part of the proceeds go to the anti-bully alliance, and in return am bullied,” she wrote.

In January, Hyland didn’t attend the Screen Actors Guild awards due to health reasons. 

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