Helen Flanagan Says Sorry For Posting Gun Pic
I'm A Celeb star tells Daybreak it's the 'stupidest thing' she's ever done...
The Coronation Street star sparked controversy after retweeting the snap - which was from a photoshoot in October - on Monday (17th December), which showed her posing in a black, lacy bra while holding a gun to her head.
Flanagan later accused The Sun newspaper of 'bullying' her on Twitter after using the image on its front page yesterday, along with quotes from Newtown residents mourning the victims of last Friday's massacre (14th December), where six adults and 20 children were shot dead.
In a statement, Helen said: "I would like to sincerely apologise to the families of the victims of the Connecticut massacre and anyone else who I offended through the picture that I tweeted on Monday.
"I did not mean any offense and the picture was posted without thinking. This was a huge error of judgment on my behalf and as soon as I realised my error I removed the picture immediately."
She added: "Like the rest of the world, I have looked on in dismay at the tragic events that have unfolded in Connecticut and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends."
The 22-year old has since appeared on Daybreak, where she issued another emotional apology to the public and insisted that posting the pic on Twitter was "the stupidest thing" she's ever done.
The I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! babe said: "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.
"I treated this picture completely carelessly, like it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It was just relating to a hangover that I had and then I tweeted it and I started getting all these reactions of, ‘how insensitive, how could you do this?’, and I just felt sick."
When asked by host Kate Garraway whether she understood the public's negative reaction, Helen stated: "Absolutely, I absolutely hated myself for it.
"I am incredibly sorry and I couldn’t be more sorry. And I tweeted it completely out of context – it was just about this hangover and it was never, I mean I really do – my heart bleeds for all the families."
Speaking of the snap, Flanagan added: "It was in October, seven weeks before this happened. 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."