"I'm not wearing a bra anymore. It's just too fu**ing uncomfortable," the 52-year-old said when asked about her go-to lockdown outfit during the pandemic.
One tiny silver lining of the pandemic is that it gave many of us space and time to reevaluate our lives and priorities. While it brought us closer to the people, things, habits, and hobbies that spark joy in our day-to-day lives, it also showed us just how cumbersome and pointless some pre-pandemic practices were. Bras, for example, no longer pass off as an absolute necessity for many—including Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy-winning actress, Gillian Anderson. The Crown actress opened up about her aversion to the undergarment during a Q&A with fans on Instagram Live earlier this week.
"I don't wear a bra anymore. I don't wear a bra. I can't wear a bra. I can't, no. I can't," the 52-year-old said when asked about her go-to lockdown outfit during the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm sorry, but I don't care if I reach my belly button, my breasts reach my belly button. I'm not wearing a bra anymore. It's just too fu**ing uncomfortable." Anderson added that, if given her preference, she'd wear a "comfortable" uniform of black track pants and a black hoodie "every day" if she could. "[It's] probably the same as my go-to out-of-lockdown outfit," the US-British actress added. "I'm so lazy."
GILLIAN ANDERSON DOESN’T WEAR BRAS ANYMORE. EVERYBODY CLAPPED EVERYBODY SCREAMED pic.twitter.com/lRvNGYHPHx— melanie (@blnchdubois) July 12, 2021
Anderson's revelation triggered a massively positive response across social media platforms, with one viral tweet declaring: "If two time Golden Globe and Emmy winning actress Gillian Anderson says no more bras, who are we to disagree." Writer and social campaigner Nicky Clark also praised the star in an opinion column for The Independent, writing: "I applaud Gillian Anderson’s attitude to sagging breasts – it highlights our love-hate relationship with an item of clothing that is supposedly good for us, without necessarily being good to us."
During the 32-minute-long live session Tuesday, Anderson also answered a series of questions from her fans and revealed what excites her the most about returning to the set of Sex Education to play her character, Jean Milburn. "She's just a blast to play. You can throw anything out there," she said. "I haven't had that much opportunity to do comedy so it's really nice to work in a comedy and play someone who is as broad as she can be."
The X-Files star has never been one to shy away from living life on her terms or speaking out about it. We saw this with how candidly she's spoken about going through early menopause. "How wonderful would it be if we could get to a place where we are able to have these conversations openly and without shame," Anderson told PEOPLE in 2017. "Admit, freely, that this is what's going on. So we don't feel like we're going mad or insane or alone in any of the symptoms we are having."
"Perimenopause and menopause should be treated as the rites of passage that they are," the actress continued. "If not celebrated, then at least accepted and acknowledged and honored." The star is also quite well-known among her social media followers for sharing suggestive imagery on her Instagram page, alongside the hashtags #PenisoftheDay and #BoobiesoftheDay.