Ushna Shah, a Pakistani actress, disabled her Instagram account on Wednesday to save her mental health, which has been severely impacted by online bullying.
The Parizad actress wanted to stay off social media for a few days after the drama surrounding her wedding ceremony because she wished to spend that time with her Australian golfer husband, Hamza Amin.
This weekend, Shah got herself into a social media fight after she “apparently insulted a blogger” for bringing a guest, a photographer who brought a drone while the invitation was only for the former.
But shortly after, the Parizad actress apologised in public because she wanted to “move on” and celebrate her special day.
The actress, whose biggest break came from her role in the 2014 drama Bashar Momin on Geo Television, took to Instagram and posted lengthy notes on posts to explain her perspective on the entire scenario.
Shah announced that she will be stepping away from social media for a few days since the unfavourable comments have seriously harmed her mental health and caused her to doubt her career.
Shah referred to an apology she initially tweeted and later removed to a blogger whom she criticised social media for carrying a photographer and drone to her wedding. “I apologised to AB [Lakhani] only to save him from trolling and I am getting mercilessly bullied,” Shah claimed.
She continued in another Instagram story by saying, “But I am a human at a very vulnerable time of my life; a new bride in a new home,” after stating that she hasn’t responded to online bullying in years.
Ushna wrote in an Instagram story that “From hiring photography teams who signed NDAs to hiring security and strict guest lists at the door, I wanted to protect our union and only share what I was comfortable with, I worked very hard to make this time private.”
“Several people invaded that privacy to exploit our happy occasion, including disrupting our nikkah. As any bride would be, I was mortified, only times a million. I had a human moment and I reacted, I exposed the first person I learnt invaded my privacy, I defended myself, I even retracted because they apologised and I learnt others were also involved, in worse ways, and because the damage done to me couldn’t be undone either way.”