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Meryl has nothing to prove regarding her private life. She's happy and that's all that really matters. As for her being a role model, she's always been about women being kind to one another and building one another up. That is why she called out those who said nasty things about Peta. Whether she and Peta are friends or not, she'd never be okay with people speaking negatively about her.