Alana Thompson has confirmed the news of Anna Cardwell’s diagnosis with an Instagram story. Sharing a screenshot of the original TMZ story, Thompson urged the public to show her family a little compassion. “And this is what I mean when I say you never truly know what someone is going through at home. No matter how famous they are,” she wrote over the screenshot. “Yes, I’m very famous, but normal s*** happens to me and my family, and yall need to realize that ASAP.” So far, none of Cardwell’s other family members have commented publicly. Given how fresh this news is, it would make sense if they needed time to collectively make a statement.
Thompson’s message comes just days after she posted a controversial TikTok video where she spoke in a surprising accent. The move garnered backlash from some who believed she was speaking in a “blaccent” — a term used to describe attempts to mimic Black people. Thomspon promptly apologized. “No, I wasn’t attempting to offend anyone!” she said in a follow-up TikTok video (via Daily Mail). “I did this because people frequently comment on how ‘ghetto’ my speech is. Which I feel in no way I do! I feel I am my own true self and if you don’t like it, you simply don’t have to comment on it!”