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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's daughter Ava slams 'bigoted' trolls after coming out

"I can & will block profiles commenting bigoted/hateful messages under my posts."

2022-01-17

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Wiki Commons (left & right) and Instagram/@avaphillippe (centre)

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe's daughter, Ava Phillippe, has said she will block people sending her "bigoted" comments on Instagram, which happened after she discussed her sexuality in an Instagram Q&A. 

The 22-year-old opened up about her sexuality recently but took to the social media platform last Wednesday (12 January) to warn people she wouldn't accept hateful comments. 

Asked by a follower in the Q&A "do you like boys or girls?" Ava answered, "I'm attracted to… people! (Gender is whatever)," according to reports. 

"My Instagram profile is not a place for cruelty/hate speech"

In her Instagram story on Wednesday, as captured by the Daily Mail, Ava said: "QUICK REMINDER: I can & will block profiles commenting bigoted/hateful messages under my posts. My Instagram profile is not a place for cruelty/hate speech & I intend to do what I can to keep it that way. Peace & Love."

 
 
 
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Ava is the oldest of two children shared by Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe, who also parent 18-year-old son Deacon.

Reese Witherspoon recently discussed how she wasn't taught about homosexuality as a child, and first encountered things when she moved to Hollywood.

 
 
 
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In a conversation with her Legally Blonde 2 co-star, Regina King, for Variety, Reese said: " No one spoke to me about sexuality when I was a teenager. I didn’t understand what homosexuality was. My grandparents didn’t explain it; my parents didn’t explain it.

"I had to learn from somebody I met on an audition in Los Angeles."

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