She’s widely considered the saving grace of the revamped MasterChef franchise.
Now Back To Win judge Melissa Leong has revealed why she has limited her comments on Instagram to only accounts she follows.
On Thursday, the 38-year-old explained her newfound fame has been a ‘huge adjustment’ and she doesn’t want to live her life through the lens of social media.
‘Likes don’t equal love’: On Thursday, Masterchef judge Melissa Leong (pictured) hit back at trolls as she explained why she’s limited her Instagram comments
‘To answer a persisting question, there’s a very simple reason comments are not publicly accessible on my page: because it’s my choice,’ Melissa said.
She continued: ‘This role of a lifetime comes with it a huge adjustment, and I actively choose to take accountability for how I navigate life, social media, the universe, everything.
‘People have left everything from messages of kind confusion to full on projected intensity at the fact that they cannot share their thoughts on my Instagram page and no, it’s not because I don’t care, or that I am afraid of what people may write.’
Melissa went on to explain she felt ‘social media has become a place where entitlement, solipsism and misguided rage reign, in addition to being a source of inspiration and connection’.
You do you: ‘To answer a persisting question, there’s a very simple reason comments are not publicly accessible on my page: because it’s my choice,’ Melissa said.
‘Never forget that YOU have the power to use it in a way that you’re ok with, but remember to respect differences of opinion, don’t live your life through it, and as always, remember kindness in all things. Likes don’t equal love,’ Melissa finished.
Last week, Melissa told TV Tonight she hasn’t felt the impact of fame on her day-to-day life, since she has been in lockdown due to COVID-19.
‘I guess with COVID being what it is, I haven’t actually been out that much,’ Melissa told the website.
‘I haven’t had much interaction with our audience in public’: Last week, Melissa revealed she hasn’t felt the impact of fame due to the coronavirus pandemic
Melissa went on to explain both cast and crew made sure to do the ‘responsible thing’ when filming Channel Ten’s ratings juggernaut.
‘I haven’t actually had much interaction with our wonderful audience in a public setting…’ she added.
As restrictions ease, Melissa has had her first few run-ins with some of the show’s die-hard fans.
‘It’s deeply flattering and it really does make us so happy,’ she said.
Doing their part: She went on to explain both cast and crew made sure to do the ‘responsible thing’ when filming and not go out amid lockdown. Pictured alongside Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen