Ty Pennington, 57, asks for more ‘grace’ as he ages in the spotlight after trolls called him ‘grandpa’ and ‘fat’ in silly shirtless video
HGTV’s Ty Pennington has asked for more ‘grace’ after cruel trolls commenting on a shirtless video he posted last month called him ‘grandpa’ and ‘fat.’
Pennington, 57, was sent the unkind remarks after he posted a hilarious video of himself dancing on the beach.
But in a lengthy message posted to his Instagram account on Wednesday, Pennington insisted that despite no longer having a six pack, he has never been happier.
‘Let’s give that same grace to men?’: HGTV’s Ty Pennington has asked for more ‘grace’ after trolls cruelly called him ‘grandpa’ and ‘fat’ for his appearance in a shirtless beach video
‘Thoughts on aging…. I posted a video recently of myself dancing on the beach, with my shorts hiked up. What was an honest moment of just trying to make my wife laugh, was then picked apart by strangers- with a lot of views, comes a lot of hate!
‘Comments like “disgusting”, “gross”, “omg he’s so old now”, “grandpa”, “he got fat” (which btw I’m pushing my stomach out but ok). And I wondered, if I was still young and fit, would I be getting the same comments?’
Pennington said he hoped men would be able to benefit from the body positivity movement, in the same way women have.
‘There has been such a force behind accepting all shapes and sizes and aging in the female community which is AWESOME.(keep it coming) but maybe let’s give that same grace to men?’
Speaking up: Pennington responded to the cruel comments with a lengthy and thoughtful message on the manner on Instagram
Shake it! The video Pennington was referencing was posted last month and showed him dancing shirtless on the beach with his swimming trunks pulled high to his waist
Pennington also insisted he had been working out harder than he ever had before in his life, despite some commenters speculating he wasn’t exercising enough.
‘On a daily basis Im inundated with comments like “NOOOo what happened to him???!!!”. Someone even commented the other day, “lack of exercise” which I wish was the truth! I have NEVER worked out harder in my life- 7 days a week (this over 50 sh*t is no joke).’
Even though he no longer has the same body or ‘luscious head of hair’ that he used to, Ty is at his happiest.
‘”What happened” is, it’s been 22 YEARS since I made my television debut! No, I don’t have a six pack anymore or a luscious head of hair (with frosted tips) but what I do have is wisdom, empathy, life lessons and at 57 years old, I’ve TRULY never been happier!
‘This over 50 sh*t is no joke’: Pennington also insisted he had been working out harder than he ever had before in his life, despite some commenters speculating he wasn’t exercising enough
‘Anyways, all this to say: I’m human and I have feelings. Yes, I am older but I think it’s pretty cool. And to that, here’s a picture my wife took of me that I really like- I have wrinkles and sunspots and grey hair but that’s okay and as @paulinaporizkov says #sexyhasnoexpirationdate Cheers to getting older!’
He ended the post with the hashtags ‘#weallage #itsokay #embraceit #57yearsyoung #oldguysrule #selflove #selfacceptance #blackandwhitephotography.’
The video which Ty was referencing showed the star hilariously dancing on the beach with his swimming trunks pulled high to his waist.
‘That Friday feeling,’ he captioned the video. ‘Also the other half of “THAT” video for everyone who told me to pull my pants up!!’) he added.
Though he faced criticism from cruel trolls this past month, Ty’s life has actually been on the upswing lately.
The star tied the knot with his quarantine partner Kellee Merrell in late 2021 in an intimate ceremony held at their under-construction home in Savannah, Georgia.
Just married! The star tied the knot with his quarantine partner Kellee Merrell in late 2021 in an intimate ceremony held at their under-construction home in Savannah, Georgia