Hollywood 'IT' couple Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne are, most of the time, fond of their privacy.
Despite the odd cuddle puddle or coinciding movie role – the pair can often be seen absolutely nowhere on the internet, and totally out of harm's way.
However, both women made a rare Instagram appearance in the form of commentary as of late when disparaging comments appeared online regarding their relationship.
A Benson fan account under the handle @rashleyyyp (who has since protected their account) posted a video purporting to show Delevingne tying up and slapping a friend.
“EVERY week there is something disrespectful towards @ashleybenson,” they wrote, tagging both Benson and Delevingne and effectively ensuring it reached their attention. “Ashley deserves better.”
According to commenters on Comments by Celebs, which picked up both actors’ replies to the post, the video was “clearly just a joke.”
But certain Benson fans did not interpret it as such. “I’m serious you need to stay away from that devil and never go back,” another commenter wrote below the post.
“I’m sure many strong handsome religious man [sic] would take you back in a heartbeat. You are not like this you aren’t gay you love men and you need one [sic].”
Benson responded to the second commenter quite frankly.
“You need to mind your own business,” she wrote. “Stop making things up.”
Delevingne, who tends to be quite outspoken on Instagram (and once lost 50,000 followers for doing so) came in blasting both the original poster and the second commenter: “You are fucking disgusting!” she wrote.
“If you have a problem with true love then come and say this shit to my face instead pathetically [sic] hating through Instagram.”
“Maybe get a hobby that doesn’t involve being homophobic and hating others for being happy,” she concluded.
The comment has been heralded online as visionary in a time when hate seems to be dominating newsfeeds and has solidified Delevingne's status as an LGTBQ+ icon – have we mentioned that she's receiving an award? – and all round great (rumoured) girlfriend.
Main image by @caradelevingne