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Piers Morgan and Denise Welch have become embroiled in a Twitter spat today
The Good Morning Britain host sparked a war of words after accusing her of using her depression like a “fashion accessory”.
The 52-year-old branded her a “publicity-starved bore” after the actress criticised his remarks about the Pop Idol winner.
Piers had tweeted: “Will Young does not have PTSD. He has WNTS – Whiny Needy Twerp Syndrome.”
During a interview with Outnewsglobal.com, Denise, who has been open about her own battles with mental health, did not hold back when asked about his Twitter post.
Piers Morgan slammed Denise Welch's criticism of him
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Who is Piers Morgan to even comment on mental illness?
She commented: “Who is Piers Morgan to even comment on mental illness? He doesn’t suffer from it, he doesn’t live with someone who has it and he’s not a psychologist.”
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Denise went on: “The more controversial and mean he can be, it doesn’t matter who responds to him, it’s just the excess of people responding to him that he seems to be enjoying.”
Sharing a link to the story, Piers hit back: “Pipe down, you publicity-starved bore. Like so many celebrities these days, you use 'mental health' as a brand-enhancing fashion accessory.”
However, Denise later responded to his accusations, saying she was “very hurt” and was a proud ambassador of charities such as Mind.
Denise Welch said he should be ashamed
Piers Morgan is no stranger to a Twitter spat
She told her 408,000 followers: “I have lived with clinical depression for 30 yrs @piersmorgan since the birth of my child. I have had several breakdowns, been hospitalised, and vowed to always speak out on behalf of those who don’t have a voice.
"You are a f****** disgrace and in my opinion have ruined all the good work your employers @GMB have done over the years.”
Denise added: ”You are not a doctor of mental health nor a sufferer therefore completely unqualified to comment on this terrible illness. Shame on you. @piersmorgan."