James Blake defends Jameela Jamil against ‘sick’ Munchausen claims


James Blake is joining Jameela Jamil in the fight against those who claim that The Good Place star has lied about her illnesses and injuries with a statement about the lumps and scars that he’s seen firsthand.

The singer took to Twitter on Friday to defend his longtime girlfriend after Jamil had spoken out about “being gaslit” on Wednesday. In her own tweets, the actress and activist brought attention to her struggles with Ehlers Danlos — an invisible illness that affects the skin, joints and blood vessels — after being accused of having Munchausen syndrome by people online. Now, Blake is explaining that he’s seen her pain.

James Blake defends girlfriend Jameela Jamil amid Munchausen claims. (Photo: Getty Images)

“I am there for her swollen joints, her dislocations, her severe allergic reactions, her constant high fevers. I was there for her concussion, her 3 months of seizures, and for all her operations and their complications due to EDS,” Blake wrote. “I can feel the lumps in her back from the car accident and see all the scars. I am there when she turns down amazing job opportunities because of her health limitations. I actually live with her.”

Blake went on to acknowledge Jamil’s privilege, which she often does herself, and how she uses it to lift up other people and causes. However, he addressed the role that that same privilege can have in disguising her illness. “Her being attractive, tall, and successful doesn’t mean she hasn’t been sick,” he wrote.

Many people in the replies related to the struggle of having an invisible illness like Jamil. Some even praised Blake for bringing more awareness to it and for being a supportive partner.

Despite the outpouring of love and support for Jamil throughout the past several days, Blake clarified that he hadn’t written anything prior because she didn’t want him to. Now, it seemed too serious to stand by.

“You don’t know this woman…You don’t know what her life is, and has been like. But I do, and I’m not gonna stand by and let some total strangers try to push my girlfriend over the edge,” he wrote. “It’s sick to watch.”

Jamil responded to Blake’s sentiment by calling him her “best friend” and “biggest love.”

“Shout out to a real one,” she tweeted.

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