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Sasha Pieterse Stands Up to Bullies After Horrific Fat-Shaming Experience

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Her character may have gotten pregnant during Pretty Little Liars’ final season, but Sasha Pieterse is sick of hearing rumors that she’s expecting in real life.

The 23-year-old — who’s currently reprising her role as Alison DiLaurentis on the PLL spinoff, The Perfectionists — opened up about the bullying she experienced after a 75-pound weight gain. "I couldn't figure out why [I put on the weight]," she revealed in 2018. "I'm healthy, I exercise, and I always try to do my best and feel my best." As it turns out, the reason was medical.

Sasha Pieterse recalls "hurtful" pregnancy and fat-shaming comments.

In 2017, the actress announced that her sudden weight gain was tied to her polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis, or PCOS. According to the Mayo Clinic, PCOS is "a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age." Symptoms include irregular periods, elevated levels of male hormone, and, in some instances, obesity/weight gain.