Shameless star Tina Malone has dropped a massive 12st over the last few years. And recently showed her off her tiny size six frame during an appearance on This Morning.

And after being initially impressed with her weight loss, some Twitter users have being less than complimentary about the 54-year-old’s new figure.

The mum-of-one has been snapped in her bikini, and some have argued that loose skin that comes as a result of rapid weight loss proves the star shouldn’t have gone down the gastric band route.

And not one to take things lying down Tina has hit back at online trolls, revealing that she has been reduced to tears after a barrage of negative comments about her appearance.

Fans of the actress were quick to come to her support, brandishing those that aren’t backing the star as ‘haters’.

The star also spoke about the pressures young women are facing today to look a certain way, and argued that gastric bands weren’t a magic pill. Speaking to Holly and Phil she said:

“I have the gastric band to help me, the pressure is enormous on young girls, the pressure was more to do with health for me.”

She added: “It does it for me, but it’s not a pill. I’ve had to work at it, it’s not a walk in the park.”

Tina – who started her slimming journey at a size 26 – also waded in on the obesity debate saying:

“I don’t believe you can be clinically, morbidly obese, and be happy. If you’re ill, you’re not happy.”

Before adding: “You can’t say you’re enormous and really happy about it.”

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