Actor Jonah Hill hits back at body shaming media saying he 'loves and accepts himself'

Actor Jonah Hill hits back at body shaming media saying he 'loves and accepts himself'

Jonah Hill has hit back at body shamers—saying he is more confident in himself than ever before.

The 37-year-old actor, who first found fame in the 2007 film Superbad and has since gone on to have roles in 21 Jump Street, Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, shared a Daily Mail article with paparazzi photos of him on the beach that showed him shirtless and surfing on the beach in Malibu this weekend.

Posting alongside the photo, he went on to say that he had learnt to “finally love and accept myself”.

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“I don’t think I ever took my shirt off in a pool until I was in my mid 30s even in front of family and friends. Probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by press and interviewers,” he wrote.

“So the idea that the media tries to play me by stalking me while surfing and printing photos like this and it can’t faze me anymore is dope. I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself. This isn’t a “good for me” post . And it’s definitely not a “feel bad for me post”. It’s for the the kids who don’t take their shirt off at the pool. Have fun. You’re wonderful and awesome and perfect. All my love.

“Oh and Daily Mail, not even you can take that smile from my face ;).”

His post has so far drawn in more than a million likes, with support from stars like surfing legend Kelly Slater who replied “Boom” to the post, while his sister Beanie Feldstein wrote “you’re the best in the world I love you.”

Hill’s weight has long been the subject of tabloid headlines, and in 2018 he told Ellen DeGeneres that after becoming famous in his late teens, he had spent “most” of his young adult life “listening to people say that I was fat and gross and unattractive”.