It was only a matter of time before Helen Flanagan came out all tears and apologies in response to her recent gun photo backlash. ‘It was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done,’ said the former Corrie star. Following the tragic events at Sandy Hook elementary in America last Friday when 20 kids and 6 adults were killed, Miss Flanagan found herself splashed across the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with the majority of people slamming her actions as insensitive and thoughtless. Appearing on ITV1′s Daybreak, the actress and model has since said she has been ‘shattered’ and ‘mortified’ by the press’s response.
The 22-year-old, who recently appeared in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity, also went on ITV1’s Daybreak to apologise further.
“Sorry, it just gets me so upset. It was just a completely out of context tweet, completely. I did the tweet and it was some different pictures in one and it was relating to a hangover on Monday night… I treated this picture completely carelessly, like it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
She continued: “I started getting all these reactions of, ‘how insensitive, how could you do this?’, and I just felt sick. I just deleted it straight away, I rang my best friend and I was like, ‘I can’t believe what I’ve just done’, and I said to her, ‘shall I reply to these saying how sorry I am?’
“And then I thought no, it will just draw attention to the fact of completely what I’ve done – it’s so humiliating. And on Tuesday nothing was said of it, it was fine, and then on Wednesday morning I woke up to see that and I was just absolutely, unbelievably just shattered, just mortified by it.”
When asked if she understood why people were so upset about the image, she replied: “Absolutely, I absolutely hated myself for it. I am incredibly sorry and I couldn’t be more sorry. My heart bleeds for all the families.”
She was also questioned as to why she would even pose for such a picture in the first place.
“It was in October, seven weeks before this happened,” she explained. “I sometimes forget – none of my friends are in the public eye and I kind of forget that I am in the public eye and I will take more responsibility and realise that I have to be more careful. I’m seen as a role model and I will definitely learn a lesson from this but I am truly, truly sorry.”
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