Outlander's Sam Heughan Opens Up About the ‘Constant Bullying’ He's Faced for 6 Years
Outlander actor Sam Heughan posted a lengthy message to Twitter on Thursday night, April 17, opening up about the "constant bullying" he says he's faced online for the past six years.
"I am at a loss, upset, hurt, and have to speak out,” he wrote. “It’s affecting my life, mental state, and is a daily concern. My costars, friends, family, myself, in fact I’m associated with, has been subjected to personal slurs, shaming, abuse, death threats, stalking, sharing private information, and vile, false narrative.”
Heughan then got specific, mentioning certain rumors and stories that have plagued him over the years. “Recently, these false claims vary from me manipulating fans, being a closet-homosexual, trying to mislead or exhort fans for money, and disregarding COVID advice,” he wrote. “I’ve done non [sic] of the above.”
The 39-year-old says the latest bout of criticism he's received has to do with his decision to stay in Hawaii during coronavirus quarantine. He says he traveled to the state not knowing how severe the situation with COVID-19 would become and, after talking to people he trusts, decided his safest option was to stay.
"Upon the advice of everyone I trust, I decided to remain in a safe environment,” he wrote. “It was a good decision. I am safe, isolated, putting no one at risk, and am not a burden to the locals.”
He continued, “We have not been asked to leave…Recently I was ill for three months and am being doubly careful.”
Heughan ended his message urging detractors to unfollow him and thanking the fans who have supported him throughout the years. “I’m so hurt by this,” he posted. “As an actor in these time, we feel impotent. We can’t do much but I have tried to use what leverage I have to provide a voice to charities that need it and hopefully a little entertainment or light relief. For those still unhappy I suggest you unfollow.”
"To every fan that has supported me and the work I do, thank you," he said. “I’m so grateful, from the bottom of my heart. Stay safe and please be kind to yourself and each other.”
Read Sam Heughan's full statement in the tweet, above.
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