Sheridan Mordew is currently in Dubai appearing on This Morning to explain that her trip is ‘essential travel’.
Chatting to Phil and Holly this morning on the ITV show, fitness influencer Sheridan Morderexplained that she has been struggling with her mental health and decided to escape the UK just before the lockdown came into place.
Ever since arriving in Dubai, she has been sharing her trip online with her followers to ‘motivate’ them.
She told Phil: “The reason I came to Dubai was purely for business.” to which he replied: “A lot of the fitness stuff, this could be in your garage in Bolton, you don’t have to be in Dubai to do that.”
“I think what you’ve got to understand is it’s my job, my job is to motivate people, if I was going to be lazy if I was going to sit back, if I couldn’t be bothered to provide a service.” She replied
Adding: “I’m providing free workouts on Instagram, I could just sit back and think I’ll wait until the gyms open… My job is to help people get fit and be motivational whether it’s in the house or it’s in Dubai.
“… With my own struggles, I thought the only way I’m going to get out of this is if I get on the plane for essential travel and go to Dubai.”
“I just think that in a world where you can be anything be kind, and a lot of people forget about that.”
But Holly was quick to point out that perhaps it would ‘be kind’ to stay at home, saying: “When you say ‘be kind’… When we see how stretched the NHS is and the nurses working really, really hard and all they are saying is: ‘Please stay home, do the right thing and stay home’.
“You’re saying ‘be kind’, are you being kind to them by encouraging others to travel by what you deem essential work?”
Sheridan responded: “I’m not influencing people to come out, I’m getting people motivated in the house. The purpose of what I’m doing is to motivate people.”
But Twitter users were having none of it.
One wrote: “Please, hear me loud when I say seeing some ‘influencer‘ on a sun bed in Dubai is not making me feel motivated or better, infact it makes me feel so much worse #thismorning.”
While another said: “The “influencer” trying to justify her trip to Dubai to do workouts for work that she could of clearly done in her home in the UK! Totally laughable that they claim to be essential workers.”
A third wrote: “This girl on #ThisMorning trying to explain why she’s in Dubai for ‘essential work’… wouldn’t we all want a holiday for our mental health?”
Another added: “This influencer trying to justify going to Dubai to film workout videos in her flat and posing in a bikini by the pool on #ThisMorning is a joke. Pulling the mental health card as if none of the rest of the UK isn’t also struggling. The level of self absorbed arrogance is beyond”
Even Les Dennis had something to say on the matter: “I am screaming at the telly watching this influencer trying to justify her trip to Dubai as essential travel. Please don’t be influenced by here. Phil and Holly doing a great job holding back their outrage.”