Actress Jameela Jamil believes lockdown has made her a ‘less problematic’ person

Jameela Jamil says she's benefited from being in lockdown (Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
14:32pm, Tue 30 Jun 2020
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Jameela Jamil has revealed that lockdown has made her a ‘less problematic’ person and it has given her the time to ‘learn, read and educate’ herself.

The 34 year-old actress and radio presenter believes that it has also allowed her to reflect on her mistakes from the past. 

Speaking to Grazia, she said: "For the last couple of years, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to learn and I think that contributed to a lot of the mistakes I’ve made.

"This has given me space to really investigate, learn, read and educate myself.

“I was so busy [before], I didn’t have time to really know what I was talking about all the time and I feel very grateful for this pause in being able to, hopefully, become a less problematic, less ignorant person.”

The star has suffered a backlash in the past after getting into spats online with presenter Piers Morgan and actor Laurence Fox.

But since being in lockdown she has become more aware of the ‘damage of having a 280-character Twitter word count’. 

She added: “I think I’ll come out of this a more calm, thoughtful and careful person.

"Now I have the podcast and YouTube channel I don’t have to compact all of my thoughts and that’s amazing. Now I have time and space for nuance and context, because without that I got f****d on Twitter.

"It’s understandable for the public to not trust powerful people, so I’ve always known that everyone has always read the most evil possible intention into my every move; they always think I’m manipulative or I have an ulterior motive. 

“No one can believe that I would genuinely just want to try and help.”

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