Sharing the news with her fans, Burnett revealed on Instagram that she had undergone a psychological evaluation that had uncovered her diagnosis.
“I did a psychological evaluation and I’m autistic,” she wrote. “There is a huge stigma when it comes to autism. I encourage you to be open-minded and accepting. Swipe for some “memes” that might be helpful when dealing with an autistic person. All I want is to have a better quality of life.”
She continued, “I will share more on my story of my evaluation and how I got to this point and all of my pain and struggles along the way. I want to make sure anyone who is/was feeling like me can know you aren’t alone. It can get better! And most importantly it isn’t your fault.”
The 27-year-old accompanied the caption with a series of informative memes and images which provided information on autism, including some of its indicators.
According to the NHS, autism is not an illness but a disorder that means “your brain works in a different way from other people”. It adds that people with the disorder may find communication and understanding other people’s emotions difficult, leading to feelings of upset or anxiety.