British actress Jameela Jamil is open about her health struggles.
The “She-Hulk: Lawyer” star revealed on social media that she suffers from a rare tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
“Jesus Christ, that’s not an app, that’s not a filter, that’s just my face. Look how elastic that is,” Jamil demonstrated in a TikTok video stretching her skin.
EDS is a group of inherited connective tissue disorders. The disorders are caused by genetic changes that affect connective tissue, according to The Ehlers-Danlos Society.
She went on to explain that EDS also causes her joints to become hypermobile, such as when she hyperextends her arm towards the camera.
“It’s about my joints. As you can see, nothing bends right, everything bends right and wrong.”
“Yeah that’s very sexy, thanks for asking,” she laughed.
In the three-minute video, the 36-year-old actress went on to say she shares this personal information to raise awareness and described EDS as “very dangerous” if a person is unaware of the circumstances.
“I want to talk about it despite the fact that people like to make fun of me because of my health, because it’s a really serious condition, and it affects every part of your body… it even affects your mind.”
In addition, Jamil admitted in her Instagram caption that she was hesitant to share that she had EDS because internet users made fun of her health issues, and it made her “suicidal for a while.”
“But they’re just a bunch of ignorant bastards who don’t even have a hundredth of our strength. They can’t imagine surviving what we survive, so they choose to tell us all about it,” she wrote in her caption social media.
Towards the end of the video, the “The Good Place” star mentioned some of the effects of EDS and said it can affect “bruising, bleeding, healing” and make “pregnancy so much more complicated” for those planning to have a baby.
She also warned that if children have EDS, they should not participate in “contact sports.”
Jamil explained that she shares her message about the condition to raise awareness and help others.
“I’m done not talking to the people who matter about this hugely important topic, because a bunch of people who are lucky enough to have good health don’t have a soul. Let’s raise awareness about this topic together and save some mother’s lives!”