Ava Phillippe says she’ll block ‘bigoted’ and ‘hateful’ comments on her Instagram

Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava Phillippe took to Instagram on Wednesday to slam those sending her ‘bigoted’ and ‘hateful’ comments.

It comes after the 22-year-old opened up about her sexuality and perspective on gender during a recent Instagram Q&A.

‘QUICK REMINDER: I can & will block profiles commenting bigoted/hateful messages under my posts,’ wrote Ava in a post shared to her Instagram Story. 

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Shutting it down: Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava Phillippe took to Instagram on Wednesday to slam those sending her ‘bigoted’ and ‘hateful’ comments

She continued: ‘My Instagram profile is not a place for cruelty/hate speech & I intend to do what I can to keep it that way. Peace & Love.’

Though she was clearly angered by the comments and messages she’s been receiving, Ava did not cite any specific examples in Wednesday’s post.

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On Monday, Phillippe spoke on her sexuality while answering questions sent in by her 996,000 followers.

One curious fan asked ‘do you like boys or girls,’ to which the student and aspiring model answered: ‘I’m attracted to… people! (Gender is whatever).’

PSA: ‘QUICK REMINDER: I can & will block profiles commenting bigoted/hateful messages under my posts,’ wrote Ava in a post shared to her Instagram Story

Along with her answer, Ava shared a beaming self portrait that showed her rocking bold blue eyeshadow and a striped blouse. 

She is the oldest of two children shared by Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe, who also parent 18-year-old son Deacon.

Reese also shares son Tennessee, nine, with her husband Jim Toth. 

Ava is currently attending UC Berkeley and has previously shared her relationship with Own Mahoney, who she met at the college. They were last seen together in the summer but it’s not clear if they are still together.

It comes after the 22-year-old opened up about her sexuality and perspective on gender during a recent Instagram Q&A

Reese, 45, admitted in a candid interview last year that she ‘didn’t understand what homosexuality was’ until she moved to Los Angeles because she wasn’t taught about it growing up.

The actress made the revelation during a virtual interview with Watchmen star Regina King – with whom she co-starred in Legally Blonde 2 in 2003 – as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

Mother-of-three Reese was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976 and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to LA in the early stages of her career.

All love: ‘My Instagram profile is not a place for cruelty/hate speech & I intend to do what I can to keep it that way. Peace & Love’

Speaking from her home in California about her TV show Little Fires Everywhere, based on Celeste Ng’s hit 2017 novel, Reese told Regina: ‘No one spoke to me about sexuality when I was a teenager.

‘I didn’t understand what homosexuality was. My grandparents didn’t explain it, my parents didn’t explain it. I had to learn from somebody I met on an audition in Los Angeles.’

She referenced the moment her Little Fires Everywhere character Elena – matriarch of the seemingly-perfect Richardson family – discusses homosexuality in the show, explaining that she incorporated snippets of a conversation she once had about the topic into the script.

Famous family: She is the oldest of two children shared by Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe (center), who also parent 18-year-old son Deacon (right)

Reese also recently opened up about her children growing up in the spotlight, telling InStyle that Ava is having a very different experience to her.

‘It’s an odd situation because I didn’t grow up famous. So [Ava is] living an experience that I did not have, and so are my sons. We are lucky enough to have friends who grew up in Hollywood and can help give them advice on how to navigate.’

‘Ava is so down-to-earth. She wants to do great things in the world. She’s studying and learning and trying to find herself. It’s a big thing in life to try different things and figure out what is really your path.’

Sheltered: Reese, 45, admitted in a candid interview last year that she ‘didn’t understand what homosexuality was’ until she moved to Los Angeles because she wasn’t taught about it growing up; Ava and Reese pictured in December