Pink defends Naomi Osaka as Piers Morgan kicks in the boot over French Open: ‘Success isn’t worth our life’

Pink is in Naomi Osaka’s corner (Picture: via Getty Images)

Pink, AKA legend of our dreams, has thrown her balls into Naomi Osaka’s court as the tennis champ faced backlash for her decision to withdraw from the French Open.

Before stepping back, the world No. 2 from Japan had decided against attending press conferences during the tournament due to her mental health – and was subsequently fined £10,574 and threatened with expulsion as well as a future ban at other major events.

Her exit seemed to ruffle the feathers of many, including former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who branded the sportsperson ‘arrogant spoiled brat’.

However, Osaka has many a punter in her corner, with Pink the latest to stand up and declare she’ll be instilling the mentality to her children that they can be the best at anything – but on their own terms.

The So What star tweeted on Thursday: ‘For whatever it’s worth – I’m proud of Naomi Osaka for putting her mental health, her well being above everything.

‘If we don’t take care of our health, our wellness- well then who will? What do we have if we don’t have our health? Don’t we know by now that success isn’t worth our life?’

For whatever it’s worth-I’m proud of Naomi Osaka for putting her mental health,her well being above everything.If we don’t take care of our health,our wellness- well then who will?What do we have if we don’t have our health? Don’t we know by now that success isn’t worth our life?

— P!nk (@Pink) June 3, 2021

In a series of tweets, she went on: ‘She’s (Naomi) an example I would show my children – “listen babies, you can work hard to master your craft, but you do it on your own terms, and screw anyone if they don’t get it”.’

Pink also praised Venus Williams’ response to media this week, with the player saying she deals with press by remembering ‘every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will’.

The tennis player made the decision to quit the competition this week (Picture: Getty Images)

The singer wrote: ‘Also @Venuseswilliams your answer to media scrutiny was everything and you are a goddess and I just love and support the people in the world DOING IT, not the ones TALKING ABOUT THOSE DOING IT. now carry on.

‘Have a good night. Im’a make a sourdough now cause you all stress me out.’

The star’s support for Osaka echoed that from other celebrities, with Ava DuVernay tweeting: ‘Take care of yourself like Naomi Osaka,’ as Kiss legend Gene Simmons wrote: ‘I support Naomi Osaka.’

Piers Morgan was one who didn’t share the same sentiments, as he labelled Osaka the ‘world sport’s most petulant little madam’.

He later doubled down on his comments, claiming that the 2018 US Open champion had ‘got what she wanted – no more criticism, only praise’, adding: ‘Meanwhile all her fellow tennis professionals will continue to fulfil their contractual obligations to the media & get criticism when deserved. This seem fair?’

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However his musings were met with derision, with some pointing out that the Life Stories host also exited a situation he didn’t like when he walked off Good Morning Britain earlier this year, after weather presenter Alex Beresford disagreed with him over his comments on Meghan Markle’s mental health.


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