Australian actress Ruby Rose has alarmed fans after sharing a picture of herself in a wheelchair on Twitter and Instagram.
Her Instagram caption was rather vague but she went into much more detail about how she ended up in the chair on Twitter:
So..For the past few years (decade) I’ve been dealing with a spine issue. I am now recovering from a back procedure, but I do need to stay active, so before I get seen with my cane and wheel chair in public, I’d rather put it out there that I’m fine and going to be fine. pic.twitter.com/7nVw5fIk3k
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 18, 2018
The caption read:
So..For the past few years (decade) I’ve been dealing with a spine issue. I am now recovering from a back procedure, but I do need to stay active, so before I get seen with my cane and wheel chair in public, I’d rather put it out there that I’m fine and going to be fine.
Despite her reassurances she’s fine, back surgery doesn’t sound like a picnic.
Neither does suffering with pain for a decade, so I guess it’s the lesser of two evils.
Ruby revealed on Instagram she’s being supported by her partner Jess Origliasso:
It sounds like a long recovery process as she asked her Twitter followers, ‘what movies, shows, books and video games do you suggest… I’m buying a switch.’
Definitely Breath of the Wild Ruby. 2017 game of the year without fail. Can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than chilling out and revisiting that incredible game?
Despite lots of fans worrying about the star, Ruby did reveal the surgery hasn’t all been bad health news:
On the plus side guess who had to quit smoking !!!!! YAY!!!! Im done ! I’m finally done.. that filthy, smelly, dirty, slowly killing you while you pay for it to suffocate you, is finally out of my life. I quit yesterday. And for my back ( and Mum ) I’ll never start again. 🚭🚭🚭
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) January 19, 2018
Back surgery seems like a pretty extreme way to quit smoking, but as someone who’s successfully quit smoking every single January, I’ll be checking in with Ruby to see if it works.
This isn’t the first time in recent months Ruby’s been the centre of attention for concerned fans – she recently had to hit back at fans who were worried about her ‘dramatic weight loss’.
A dietitian advised an Australian magazine how Ruby’s family and management team should encourage her to increase her (estimated) weight of 44kg which – at a tall 5’7″ – should apparently be around 61kg.
Fans have also expressed concern after images emerged of Ruby looking very thin in a sparkling silver dress as she attended the Country Music Awards, in Nashville, Tennessee.
However, the striking Orange Is The New Black actress has not taken kindly to this very personal public scrutiny, advising her critics to ‘stop judging others’.
LA based dietitian Lisa De Fazio made the following statement to NW Magazine:
Her family and management team need to encourage her to gain some weight before it’s too late.
Ruby has described De Fazio’s comments as being ‘so maddening and irresponsible’.
Telling a magazine MY “manager friends and family should get involved and help me before it’s too late” and that my weight is “44 kilos” ( I’d probably be in hospital of that were true ) is so maddening and irresponsible.
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) November 13, 2017
Fiery Ruby has taken to Instagram to put forward her side of the story, sharing a picture of her slender stomach with the following pointed caption:
Body shamers, I had a great work out this morn[ing], thanks for asking, and am off to eat a vegan burger because why the F not!
She also expressed her frustrations about the body shaming she’s been subjected to on social media, with her Instagram followers regularly debating whether her weight is healthy or not:
Body shaming SH*TS ME! It’s so frustrating. Everyone is so different. I eat so much amazing food.
( I can’t believe I even have to write that sentence)
I just don’t drink alcohol or eat processed food, or meat or dairy and I train every day.
I’m plant based and stupidly healthy. I trained my a*s off for three action films, I used to be a boxer.
My body is just my body. It fluctuates and it changes depending on how hard I train. The end.
Confident Ruby previously addressed commenters directly when they remarked upon her slim physique and has explained how her appearance is due to being a dedicated vegan who keeps alcohol at bay.
When one person asked her to put on weight in order to 'inspire fans' - inferring she had an eating disorder - the 31-year-old Melbourne star was quick to set the record straight:
How could I inspire people to overcome something I know nothing about?
I can inspire them to go plant based and stop eating the nasty processed food, fast food and cancer causing foods.
I can inspire them not to drink soda or alcohol and how to train well... but maybe you can train yourself to stop seeing what you think is the only way to achieve someone else's body type?
In the past, Ruby has taken issue with those who claim she looked 'better' back in her days as an MTV Australia host, revealing how it'd not been a healthy time in her life:
When you say I looked the best in the MTV days in my early 20s...You guys.. that was a horrible time in my life health wise.
I drank everyday, ate junk food all day and McDonald's at 4 am when I was stumbling home from work.
I know I wasn't healthy despite being bigger than I am now, because I got sick every month with pneumonia and chest infections.
I get sick maybe once a year now. So please take care of your body and your mind and your soul and stop judging others.
Many fans have rushed to Ruby's defence, believing the obsession over her figure - which she admits changes depending on her training routine - is unfair.
One person noted: 'Nobody can win these days....ur 2 big it's news, ur 2 slim its news'. [sic]
While another said:
Another unfortunate reminder that #bodyshaming affects women of all sizes. #rubyrose
Nobody can win these days....ur 2 big its news, ur 2 slim its news. People need 2 gt a life n write news about important global issues nt weight! I think ur stunning the way u are! xx
— rachel dyer (@rairai_27) November 13, 2017
When people talk about your weight negatively in general i defend you to the fullest. If people don’t even now what you have gone through to get where u are. No offense but people like that can go f themselves. Your beautiful healthy and loved ❤️
— Kacie Lou (@KacielouXo) November 13, 2017
— Laura Cipullo RD CDE (@LauraCipullo) October 31, 2017
Of course, Ruby has a huge fan base who care about her and want to make sure she's doing okay.
However, it's never cool to make speculative comments on another person's body, no matter what size or shape they are.