Luke Perry’s 18-year-old daughter has been battling negativity on social media since speaking out about the sudden loss of her father.

Perry passed away on Monday, March 4, after suffering from a massive stroke. The “Beverly Hills, 90210” star’s children, Sophie, and 21-year-old Jack, were heartbroken, Dearly reported.

Sophie spoke out last week to thank her dad’s fans for all their support following the tragedy. She said, in part:

I’m not really sure what to say or do in this situation, it’s something you aren’t ever given a lesson on how to handle, especially when it’s all happening in the public eye. So bear with me and know that I am grateful for all the love. Just, being grateful quietly.

Now, the teen says she’s being shamed for how she’s publicly dealt with her father’s death.

Sophie took to Instagram on Monday to respond to criticism over her “grieving process.”

She explained that she’s dealing with Perry’s death in her own way, even if she’s not constantly shedding tears. Her dad wouldn’t want that, Sophie explained:

Since my dad died I have received a lot of attention online. And most of it has been positive but of course, some people just can’t be nice. And I’m here to say that I did not ask for this attention, I did not ask to be thrown into some virtual spotlight, and while I don’t mean to offend anybody, I’m also not going to cater to any one else’s needs and beliefs. I’m 18. I swear like a sailor and sometimes I dress like a hooker. And I support causes and you may not. And most importantly. I am going to laugh and smile and live my normal life.

She continued:

YES I am hurt and sad and crying and beside myself with what happened to my dad. It’s the worst thing to ever happen in my life. And I am torn the f*ck up over it. But I’m not going to sit in my room and cry day in and day out until the internet has deemed it appropriate for me to do otherwise. And if you knew my dad you would know he wouldnt want me to. So you shouldn’t either. So to those of you shaming me for my language and my wardrobe and most disgustingly, my grieving process, do us both the favor and just unfollow. It’s a waste of both of your time.

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Since my dad died I have received a lot of attention online. And most of it has been positive but of course, some people just can’t be nice. And I’m here to say that I did not ask for this attention, I did not ask to be thrown into some virtual spotlight, and while I don’t mean to offend anybody, I’m also not going to cater to any one else’s needs and beliefs. I’m 18. I swear like a sailor and sometimes I dress like a hooker. And I support causes and you may not. And most importantly. I am going to laugh and smile and live my normal life. YES I am hurt and sad and crying and beside myself with what happened to my dad. It’s the worst thing to ever happen in my life. And I am torn the fuck up over it. But I’m not going to sit in my room and cry day in and day out until the internet has deemed it appropriate for me to do otherwise. And if you knew my dad you would know he wouldnt want me to. So you shouldn’t either. So to those of you shaming me for my language and my wardrobe and most disgustingly, my grieving process, do us both the favor and just unfollow. It’s a waste of both of our time.

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Many commenters offered words of support to the teen and applauded her “amazing attitude” despite the difficult circumstances.

Perry’s fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer, also recently addressed the loss of her longtime partner. They were together for nearly 12 years before he lost his life.

The family has not announced any public funeral arrangements.

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10 Replies to “Luke Perry’s Teen Daughter Responds to Being Shamed on Social Media for Her ‘Grieving Process’”

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. You should grieve in the way that is comfortable for you & try to ignore the criticism. I too lost my Dad at a young age. He was 54 and I was 21. It was one of the most difficult times in my life and I still think of him every day. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be being in the public eye. There are no rules for grieving. Everyone deals with it in their own way so you do what you need to do to get through this difficult time and not to be blunt but to hell with everyone that criticizes that. My love and sympathy go out to you and your family on your loss.

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    EVERYONE grieves in their own way. If you think that your father would be happy watching you SMILE???? Then SMILE. FUCK EVERYONE ELSE. You do this YOUR WAY!!!!!!! Sorry bout the language but, YOU GOT THIS. I’m so sorry that you lost your DAD. He was AMAZING. He made ALOT of people smile. I lost my Mom at 9 years old. Hold onto the memories. BEST WISHES SWEETIE!!!!!

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    Everyone grieves in their own personal way. There is no norm for it…..leave people alone….

  • PapPappy 6 months ago

    I lost my son 3 yrs ago, and nothing is harder…but I completely agree that we each a have a grieving process that is unique to us. You can only see the outside of me, not my heart and soul….and it doesn’t mean that I didn’t love my son with all my heart when I can laugh…it means that I have come to terms with this loss, and will hold him in my heart, my memories, and my life for the remainder of my days. As this young woman so eloquently said, it’s what our loved one would want from us. After all, do you want your family to shut-down and cry for months when you pass on?

  • Marla 6 months ago

    God bless and keep you. He will help you through your grief and hold you in his loving arms. Just keep doing what you need to do for you and ignore ignorant and mean people who don’t have a clue.

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    I think you need to do whatever gets you through it. I lost my mom at 15 and I got through it. Shame on those who have been rude to you at a time like this. You will still make your dad proud and he will watch over you. Too bad what those idiots say good for you sticking up for yourself. Your dad would be proud. Do what helps to find your peace with losing your sweet dad.

  • Gail 6 months ago

    Everyone has to process death their own way…& It is hard enough to lose a beloved father & have to deal with insensitive people..
    Prayers for your family

  • Betty 6 months ago

    Grieve the way you need to, we lost my husband suddenly when he was 46. My youngest was 18 and my oldest was 24. I have nothing but sincere condolences and know that grief isn’t a linear process…no two people go through it the same.

  • Gloria ybarra 6 months ago

    Everyone graves differently to each death. So no One has the right to say to someone how to do it

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