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Sharing a video of the Diana Ross classic ‘I’m Coming Out’ on her Twitter page, Ruby claimed it showed her “with her parents today”, adding: “[I feel] lucky and joyful and free.”
Here’s the tweet in all its glory (we’ve also included the video should you fancy a pre-Bank Holiday boogie):
me to my parents today. feeling lucky and joyful and f r e e. over and Out.— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) April 2, 2015
As if involving a Motown classic in her tweet wasn’t fabulous enough, Ruby then posted a message to the people “who hate social media”, claiming that speaking to other LGBT women online (or “Twitter’s queer queens” as she dubbed them) gave her the confidence to come out herself.
At that point, we thought our palms might never stop aching from all the applause we were throwing in her direction - and then it got even better.
& to all the bros who hate social media, who pit it against 'real life'- i never would've had courage to be me w/out twitter's queer queens— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) April 2, 2015
Referencing the controversy that surrounded her time on ‘Bake Off’ - namely the accusations from sexist critics that she had flirted with judge Paul Hollywood in order to get ahead - she also posted this message.
p.s. for those who thought I fancied Paul Hollywood or that I'd ever bang him to get ahead - JOKE'S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE SHITTING MISOGYNISTS— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) April 2, 2015
After leaving her series of the ‘Bake Off’ in 2013, Ruby admitted she’d been shocked by the levels of abuse that had been sent her way, which included comments claiming that she flirted and cried in a bid to get ahead in the competition.
Writing in the Guardian at the time, she said: “Despite the saccharin sweetness of the ‘Bake Off’, an extraordinary amount of bitterness and bile has spewed forth every week from angry commentators, both on social media and in the press.
“The criticism ranged from the gently cynical to the downright obnoxious, but as the series went on I noticed an increasing degree of personal vitriol and misogyny.”
Following this, the contestants on the series after Ruby’s were given a set of guidelines by producers about how to deal with online trolling.