Young & Restless’ Melissa Ordway shares her reaction to online haters
“We are open to that,” she acknowledges.
All in all, Melissa Ordway is having a great time on social media, giving us little glimpses into her life with husband Justin Gaston and their daughters, and occasionally taking us behind the scenes of The young and the restless. “Most people who comment on my photos, or at least the things I see, are very nice,” she told Soaps.com. The remarks come “from people who follow me because they love me, Abby, my kids or the show. They like that I share my life. So most of the things I see are very positive.
“But once in a while you see someone say something mean or nasty. And I find what happens is that once you see one, you can kind of go down a rabbit hole, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God!’ she adds with a laugh. “I try to shield myself from that, because everyone has an opinion, and I can’t please everyone.”
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Unfortunately, we can’t make everyone nice either. “I recently went down a rabbit hole, and it was do not good headroom,” says Ordway. “I’ll be honest, I sat there and cried for a few minutes. Justin came in and said, ‘Are you crying?’ And I admitted I was because the comment was about a picture of one of the kids. I was like, ‘Why are they talking like that about my kid?’ But that’s part of social media. We are open to this. I don’t need to be on Instagram, it’s a choice I made.
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And to be clear, Ordway has no ill will towards even internet trolls. “I don’t want to blame people. Honestly, most of the time I feel bad for them,” she said. “I’m like, ‘I feel really bad that you’re taking the time to put that negativity out there instead of maybe doing something that uplifts other people rather than trying to bring them down.’
“But I’m just saying a little prayer and crying quietly in the corner for them,” she continues with a laugh. They cannot and will not rain on his parade. “I pinch myself every day and recognize how blessed I am. I can go to work every day and do something I love with amazing, wonderful people.
Is there anything better than that? (Rhetorical question.) While you’re here, follow the steps Ordway and Gaston took from first meeting to true love in the photo gallery below of their real-life romance.