The 28-year-old model took to her Instagram one week ago to post a photo with boyfriend Philip Payne after paparazzi photos of the two had been posted online. “We were robbed of the opportunity to announce our relationship on our own terms,” Lawrence wrote, “but this is our love story and for the first time ever I’m posting my man.”
In the photo’s caption, she went on to write about how scary it is to share something “so pure and private” on social media. Now, she’s revealing that her biggest fears about doing so have come to fruition.
“I started receiving targeting hate and racism,” Lawrence wrote on Instagram Monday, alongside a new photo of the couple. And instead of retaliating against negative commenters, she responded with a poem intended to spread kindness.
Lawrence’s followers have since responded with their utmost support for her budding romance and her decision to share it with the millions of people who look up to her — including those who are in interracial relationships themselves and relate to being on the receiving end of unwelcome opinions.
“As someone in an interracial relationship my heart goes out to you for the hate you are receiving. I applaud you for being so open and public about your relationship too,” one person wrote. While another assured, “Love is love. I don’t love my husband for the colour of his skin.”
Payne also commented on his girlfriend’s post to say, “This is one of the many reasons why I fell in love with you.”
“I admire you so much for your courage and your continued selflessness,” he continued. “Everyday you wake up and use your platform to speak up on things that are wrong and take on the responsibility to show people love is the way by letting your light shine. Keep shining.”
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