Denise Welch lashes out at Piers Morgan over comments about Simone Biles’ mental health

Loose Women’s Denise Welch has hit out at controversial Piers Morgan over his comments about Simone Biles’ mental health

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  • 17:00, 28 Jul 2021
  • Updated18:00, 28 Jul 2021

Denise Welch has lashed out at Piers Morgan after he made "shocking" comments about Olympic athlete Simone Biles' mental health.

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Simone, 24, who is a sexual assault survivor, announced today she was withdrawing her place at the Tokyo Games to focus on her wellbeing.

The athlete received her lowest Olympic vault score before standing down.

She told reporters: "After the performance I did, I just didn't want to go on.

"I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.

"We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do."

Denise Welch has lashed out at Piers Morgan
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Piers, who often chooses to share his controversial opinions with the world, had his say on the matter, sharing on Twitter : "Are 'mental health issues' now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in elite sport? What a joke.

"Just admit you did badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time. Kids need strong role models not this nonsense."

But Loose Women's Denise was furious by the comments towards Simone's wellbeing.

She shared a screenshot of his post on Instagram, and scolded the presenter in the caption, writing: "Unbelievable. Does it not occur to this man that the last 2 yrs have been the toughest mentally on people the world over, regardless of what job or career they have. They may have been dealing with family isolation, bereavement, depression brought on by fear driven media!!!"

Denise added: "I've fought for mental health issues to be treated on a par with physical illness for 32 yrs and yet he constantly belittles those who speak out honestly about their struggle.

Piers made some controversial comments about Simone's mental health
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"We are all told yesterday that he ‘fought back’ against the worst illness he’s ever experienced with Covid but there are other serious illnesses that some people have been dealing with for bloody years and years!! You lay in bed sweating for a few days and now you’re well. So what???

"Why is Piers Morgan allowed to continually berate people who suffer mentally, particularly women? I hope no tv companies employ him if they ever intend to have a voice on mental health. Shocking."

Meanwhile, the Loose Women panel had a debate around Simone's withdrawal, with Janet Street-Porter suggesting that "unfit people sitting on their sofas" being highly critical about athletes "need to get a life".

Simone withdrew from the competition
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It's not the first time Piers has come under fire for his comments about mental health.

Back in March, he criticised Meghan Markle and said he "did not believe" her comments about "feeling suicidal".

This led to the downfall of Piers' slot as a presenter on Good Morning Britain, as he quit the show after storming off following an argument with Alex Beresford over Meghan.

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