Over the past week, Jameela Jamil faced controversies for inconsistencies in her stories about what she has gone through in life. This happened because Jameela came out as queer immediately after getting criticized for being MC to a voguing competition. Someone spread a rumor that the actress might have Munchausen Syndrome, and the assumption went viral. Recently, an incident including her history with bees came up. Her boyfriend James Blake defended her an in a statement, and today Jamil has posted a statement of her own. She addressed the story she told about a swarm of bees attacking her while she interviewed Mark Ronson.
In an interview with The Sun in 2015, Jamil said that while working for BBC Radio 1, they were attacked by “500 bees.” “It was the most scared I’ve ever been. I didn’t know what it was and then suddenly I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s killer bees! Those are killer bees!’ I just ran, food flew everywhere and I destroyed the whole set. It was terrifying,” she said. In a clip from an interview with Ronson that’s getting circulated on social media, Ronson said he didn’t recall the event and said that “one or two individual bees approached slowly” during the incident.
But Jamil begged to differ from his statement. “Firstly, I never made the story up and thankfully producers on the set that day confirms to me over the weekend that it happened,” Jamil wrote. “We only remember it because there was a big beautiful banquet that we set out on a balcony that was full of fruits and cakes and sweets to make for a pretty setting for Mark’s interview.”
“Listen, regarding this stupid speculation as to why I talk about bees so often is simply: I have a fucking stupid history with bees. They always somehow manage to fuck up my day,” she wrote.
Later in the day, she cleared Mark’s name. “Either way, Mark has told me he didn’t mean to pain me as a liar, he just hadn’t remembered what happened, it had been 5 years, and maybe because he wasn’t there for the whole set up he didn’t realize what a pain in the arse the whole thing had been.”
Ronson retweeted Jamil with: “Spoke to my friend Jameela. We’re good. also, bees suck.”