Joss Stone dubbed ‘patronising idiot’ with her tips for happiness

So it seems that when seeking guidance and inspiration on how to be happy, people aren’t really picking up what singer Joss Stone, multi-millionaire, is putting down, as she irritated TV viewers when she revealed her tips for happiness.

Guys, she’s trying!

Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning from the Bahamas, the Fell In Love With A Boy hitmaker, who was once said to be worth £10million, suggested that having ‘choice’ is how you can find satisfaction.

Which, as you can probably gather, didn’t go down all that well with people who feel they don’t have too much of that during the current pandemic.

She said in the live cross: ‘I’ve noticed that we have a lot of opportunity to be happy and we don’t always take it.’

Asked about the secret to happiness amid current health and financial fears, the 33-year-old replied: ‘I would say choice … Every person I’ve spoken to, so far, (on her A Cuppa Happy podcast) has flagged that we have choice.

‘And I don’t think everybody truly feels that way. I think some people genuinely feel that they don’t have it. And that is a total myth.’

She added: ‘If we can accept that we do have choice in mostly every direction unless we’re enslaved … or in prison … Mentally we have little choices that we make as we walk along in this life.

‘And that is for every single person. That’s comforting. It’s a nice thought and very freeing.’

The singer also revealed to the presenters that she’d used the furlough scheme for her staff after her gigs were postponed due to the pandemic – a move that other stars, including Victoria Beckham, had previously been slammed for (the fashion designer ended up not using the government scheme).

Joss said: ‘It’s a little bit of a difficult situation but luckily the UK has the furlough scheme so that was great.

‘But that doesn’t work for people that aren’t employed by you all the time, so that worked for people that are always in my employ.

‘But my band members, that’s different for them, they’ve lost all that work. So I heard recently that Boris (Johnson) did something, he gave loads of money to the arts in the UK, something huge for the arts! I heard that and I was like “Oh my God, another little gem that’s happened to our little nation. We’re so bloody lucky!”’

However, while the superstar also praised the NHS and, look, we can see she meant well with her comments on having the ‘choice’ to be happy, many viewers criticised her words.

‘If you are not quite so lucky the choice tends to be foodbank or the bins behind Aldi… It’s not that easy to be happy when you cannot even afford to eat – I know – I’ve been there.’

And another simply failed to mince their words, as they replied to the GMB video: ‘This made me angry. She’s so out of touch for all the reasons outlined in the replies. I’m not gonna disparage her singing, she’s got a good voice. But she’s a privileged, out of touch f**king patronising idiot.’

However she did have her supporters though, with one backing her message and insisting material things can’t bring happiness.

‘For everyone slagging off Joss Stone. You’re misinformed if you think anything external can bring you true happiness,’ one wrote on Twitter. ‘Money and material things provide you with moments of joy but to be truly happy is to be at peace in your mind. No anxiety, no worry. Then joy becomes apparent.’ contacted reps for Joss for comment.

Good Morning Britain returns 6am on ITV.

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