In an interview with Pinkvilla, Ileana opened up about the negativity of online trolling, speaking specifically about body shaming. “I get annoyed when there warped pictures of me, where they will enhance certain things and make me look bigger than I actually am. If I have put on weight, it’s fine. But I have dealt with bullying since I was 13-14,” she said.
She also added to her context saying, “That’s a vulnerable and sensitive age because you’re just starting to talk to boys. I got harassed by my body type so much that I think I have heard it all. I just didn’t like it because I was looking at myself from that person’s perspective. People would be like, ‘this isn’t normal’, why do you have a body like that?’ I have reached that point where I’m happy. It’s entertaining and funny.”
Ileana D'Cruz had previously spoken about having body dysmorphic disorder. At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health in New Delhi, she revealed how talking to a therapist about her BDD and low self-esteem helped her fight the mental and emotional distress. “Imperfections are a part of life and one should learn to love who you are. You are a human being and allowed to be imperfect and allowed to flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness,” she said.
On the professional front, Ileana most recently appeared in the film Pagalpanti.