In a since-deleted tweet, Rose lashed out at Lisa for voicing her support for the ‘Yes’ majority vote on marriage equality, after she allegedly told the couple “a few months ago” that they “should feel ‘lucky’ [they] don’t get stoned to death like they do in other countries” and to “get over it”.
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Now, Jess has released her own personal statement on Twitter, which also appears to take aim at her twin.
Though she never mentions Lisa by name, Jess claims to have suffered “12 years” of “deep pain” at the hands of “people close to me”.
“With the current conversation that was happening in the lead up and outcome of the marriage equality results this week, I feel it is necessary to share some feelings,” she writes.
“I may not have struggled with an inner turmoil, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t struggled with people close to me, degrading my sexuality because of their own personal judgments or ignorance.
“People can publicly support the LGBT community, but behind closed doors inflict deep pain because of their own inability to accept or understand you as a part of that community,” Jess continues.
“That can be a particularly difficult and heartbreaking experience. But one that has been a private and real struggle in my life.
“For anyone struggling in silence, please know that you are not alone. And no matter what, you are free to be whoever you choose to be without question, or have your sexual preference reduced to fit anyone else’s expectations, or their ‘reality’ of you.
“We all do our best, and we all learn to open our minds and hearts. To do better and be better. I wish that for everyone. I would never wish to hurt anyone who has needed education and self reflection in this area, but I also cannot defend the behaviour, or minimise the pain I have felt over 12 years.
“Wishing only love to be our path to understanding moving forward.”
As News Corp points out, neither of The Veronicas follow each other on Twitter or Instagram, although as a group they’ve been outspoken advocates of LGBTQ+ rights.
Read Jess Origliasso’s full statement below.