Ashley Banjo says 'it's never ok to not believe mental health issues' in new dig at Piers Morgan
ASHLEY Banjo made a dig at Piers Morgan after he refused to apologise for saying he didn't believe Meghan Markle had mental health issues.
The Diversity dancer said it is "never ok to just 'not believe' someone struggling" with mental health issues after ex-GMB host Piers doubled down on his disbelief of Meghan's suicidal thoughts.
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Piers had said he “didn’t believe a word” of Meghan’s Oprah interview, in which she said she “didn’t want to be alive” after receiving heavy public scrutiny.
"Just for the record: 1. Racism exists at every level of our society," Ashley tweeted.
"This needs to be consistently highlighted so it can eventually be eradicated.
"2. It is never ok to just ‘not believe’ someone who says they are struggling with mental health issues."
Earlier this week, the 32-year-old star said Meghan and Prince Harry were "there for me" when he came under fire for his Black Lives Matter dance on Britain's Got Talent last year.
Ashley and his Diversity co-stars received criticism after their BLM-themed performance – but were phoned by the couple and offered support.
He explained in a Twitter post: "Harry and Meghan told me over the phone they were there for me and they understood more than most…
"I'm forever thankful for that support. Nothing but the highest love and respect for them both. ♥️."
He went on: "The only reason I bring this up now is because they reached out when they really didn't need to.
"They saw what was happening in this country surrounding BLM and the performance and wanted to offer their support in what was a really tough time for me and my family.
"But after hearing what they had to say last night the conversation made even more sense to me…
"I've been so disgusted reading some of the blatant hate, racism and negativity spoken online.
"At least they seem to have found some level of happiness for themselves and their family. As I said in the tweet – nothing but love and respect for them both."
Diversity's dance on Britain's Got Talent was the most complained-about moment of last year, with 25,010 people getting in touch with TV watchdog Ofcom.
While many cheered it, some insisted it made a political statement they said had no place on a family entertainment show.
ITV defended the performance at the time saying: “ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity’s performance on BGT.”
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