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I’m not allowed to age, be sad or crib: Preity Zinta

Hindustan Times   May 14, 2014
First Published: 18:52 IST(14/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:54 IST(14/5/2014)

Actor Preity Zinta, 39, had an emotional outburst on Twitter when, through a series of posts, she shared her plight of smiling through crowds that try to grope her, ­putting up with lewd ­photoshopped images and being forced to live up to the celebrity image.

“I MUST smile all the time, be ­perfectly behaved, let any1 say or write anything about me even if its not true & be grateful that I’m famous. Big crowds make me ­nervous & men grab me 2touch me yet i cannot react cuz after all they are my fans! Agreed... But am i not a woman too? Perverts morph my face over half naked bodies & circulate it on da net & defame me & my modesty yet i MUST not complain cuz im a celebrity (sic),” the actor, who became victim of an MMS scandal in 2005, wrote on Tuesday.

“Everyday i try to fight my PERFECT IMAGE & cling to the real me. Expectations grow & Im not allowed 2 age, be sad, crib or have a bad day!” she added. The stardom, she said, cost her friendships and love. “Men want 2date me & own me yet their egos ­cannot handle that i ­overshadow them & make them insecure ... I’ve few friends as most people only want 2know me cuz Im famous & not4 who I am. I’m admired like a trophy & must always shine & be perfect...Icannot have a pimple, put on weight or cover my face when photographers aim bright flashes at me in the dark (sic),” she wrote.

Preity’s woes

Big crowds make me ­nervous & men grab me 2touch me yet i cannot react cuz after all they are my fans!

Men want 2date me & own me yet their egos ­cannot handle that i ­overshadow them

i was required 2forget who i am & become the image I portray. People changed around me even though i tried hard 2 be me (sic)

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