Naomi Osaka called on Megyn Kelly on Monday after the journalist cast doubt on the tennis professional’s mental health problems. In a now-deleted tweet, Osaka told Kelly to “do better” and stop spreading “negativity.”
The exchange began when Kelly responded to conservative commentator Clay Travis’ tweet about the Osaka press blitz, nearly two months after the Grand Slam winner sparked controversy over her media blackout.
“Since she says she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and is now on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue,” Travis tweeted.
Kelly replied, noting that the 23-year-old recently… Fashion Japan and Time magazine covers.
The tweet caught the attention of Osaka, who responded directly to the 50-year-old former Fox News and NBC anchor.
“Since you are a journalist I would have assumed you would take the time to research what the delivery times are for magazines, if you had you would have found out that I shot all my covers last year. Instead was your first reaction is to jump on here and spew negativity, do better Megan,” Osaka retorted. (Yes, she misspelled Kelly’s first name, much to the delight of many on Twitter.)
Osaka eventually deleted her tweet, but it was captured online.
Kelly, however, doubled down, claiming that Osaka is not “too socially anxious to” deal with the media.
“Poor @naomiosaka blocked me from firing at me (I think she’s only hard on the track), Kelly wrote. “The truth is she just doesn’t like it [questions] she has no control. Admit it.”
Osaka publicly revealed her mental health struggles two months ago.
The four-time Grand Slam champion announced she would not speak to the press just days before she was scheduled to compete in the French Open. After being criticized for her stance, she withdrew, revealing that she’s had “prolonged depression” since the 2018 US Open. Osaka then pulled out of Wimbledon to take “some personal time with friends and family.” prior to the Tokyo Olympics.
Osaka is the subject of a new Netflix documentary series, which came out last week and sheds light on the star’s private world – and mind. In an Instagram post, she said she was “terrified” about the release and how it would be received.
“I hope there are pieces that people can relate to and maybe other pieces that would help people understand why I make the choices I make. If not, that’s cool too, it took a while, but I realize that i can’t. please everyone and i really don’t try. when i go to sleep at night i can only hope i’m at peace with myself and i hope the same goes for everyone reading this i’m excited/ nervous for you guys to see it and hope you enjoy it lol,” she wrote.
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