The 90 Day Fiance fandom has been discussing Ashley Martson's health a lot this year. After two major hospitalizations, that makes sense.
But some so-called fans don't believe the evidence. They say that she is faking her ongoing battle with lupus.
Now, Ashley's mother is speaking out about how unfairly her daughter has been treated by fans -- and by producers.
An Instagram user named @cindygarney is claiming to be Ashley Martson's mom in a series of comments captured by SoapDirt.
She has had it up to here with the public thrashing that her daughter has received among some members of the fandom.
"I am Ashley's MOTHER!" Cindy's post begins.
She suggests: "Maybe you should be patient and watch the upcoming season [of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After]."
"You will feel pretty sorry for such harsh comments," she warns.
Fans say that they have received mixed messages about Ashley's lupus.
"Stories may have been inconsistent due to contacts and someone posting on her behalf too quickly," Cindy suggests.
She adds: "I have never commented on anything"
"But," Cindy writes. "I'm sick of seeing her being [dragged] through the mud."
Cindy notes: "I am the one who sits by her side while she suffers."
For the record, it is extremely clear that Ashley's lupus is the real deal. We all wish that it were not.
"You have no idea the hurt you cause her by stating she is faking her illness," Cindy warns.
Famously, and despite how shockingly little they are paid, 90 Day Fiance stars are under strict contracts to not discuss behind-the-scenes details.
"I'm not under contract," Cindy notes. "So I'm gonna say my side."
"I'm not gonna argue with anyone," she adds. "I'm just stating my side in defense of my daughter,"
Fans seem impatient for more information about Ashley and Jay's life.
Cindy reminds them that new episodes are just weeks away -- the new season of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? premieres on April 28.
"I think everyone needs to sit tight," Cindy advises.
She then reports that producers had filmed a lot about Ashley's health battle, but that those segments never made it to air on Season 6.
"They did a whole story the first season and then didn't share it," she accuses. "Which I don't feel was fair."
"The show talked non stop about another cast member who had a visible illness," Cindy laments. "And completely edited Ashley's out."
"Just because Ashley doesn't look visibly ill 24/7 doesn't mean she isn't," Cindy notes.
Lupus doesn't cover you in boils or make you look like a lich.
It ravages your internal organs and threatens your life.
"For them to film her while very sick and not air it to me was very wrong," Cindy expresses.
She adds that viewers may see a lot more of that, writing: "Let's hope all the time it was filmed this coming season is shown."
Ashley and Jay did become embattled by a fraud scandal earlier this year.
An account that had "leaked" some private photos turned out to be under Jay's control, and Ashley knew about it.
"I have never ever commented before," Cindy writes.
"But," she says. "I just feel like you shouldn't immediately judge her because of a fake account was revealed."
She does acknowledge that it was "wrong" and notes that she "doesn't defend" it.
We were all disappointed at Ashley's fraud scandal.
Nobody likes to feel bamboozled.
But accusing Ashley of faking her lupus, when she went to great lengths to prove it, is simply not okay.
TLC knows that she has it -- they sent flowers to her hospital room.
And no, they don't let you borrow a hospital room to fake an illness for your Instagram followers.
We don't blame Ashley's mother -- if Cindy is the real deal -- for speaking out. Seeing all of the hate must be so hard for her.