Anne Hathaway Tries to Head Off the Body Shamers

And the pregnancy-rumormongers, too. Because FYI, she’s just gaining weight for a film role.

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Photo by: Michael Stewart

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The next time you gain a few pounds and feel bad about it — and OK, maybe worry a bit about what others will think of you, even though you know you shouldn't — comfort yourself with this thought: At least you're not Anne Hathaway.

Back in April, the actress, who has, for whatever reason or for no reason at all, long been a magnet for haters (the vitriol was especially vicious around the time she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2013, for her role in Les Miserables), posted a video on Instagram showing her madly working out.

The video, which has to date racked up almost 1.6 million views, was captioned as follows: "I am gaining weight for a movie role and it is going well. To all the people who are going to fat shame me in the upcoming months, it's not me, it's you. Peace xx PS- I wanted to set this to Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' but copyright said no. Continued peace xx"

The post generated many comments (more than 2,200 and counting...), many, though not all, of them supportive. Some of them wisely noted that such body shaming just doesn't happen to male actors, which is definitely something to remember the next time we tell ourselves that, by putting themselves out there, female celebrities deserve our scrutiny and scorn.

Now, in an interview with Glamour, Hathaway has explained why she felt compelled to put that post on Instagram.

"I didn't feel like dealing with the pregnancy rumors," the actress, who has a two-year-old son, Jonathan, with husband Adam Schulman, told the magazine. "I find it bizarre that there's a storm to get ahead of, but I have a history of being shamed and humiliated, for a lot of different reasons."

Oof.

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