20/12/2012 11:00 | By Lucy Mapstone, editor, MSN Celebrity

Helen Flanagan: Gun picture was the stupidest thing I’ve done



Helen Flanagan (© Rex)

Earlier this week, ex-Corrie actress Helen Flanagan caused outrage after posting a picture of herself in a lacy bra, holding a gun to her head on the same day the first child victims of the Connecticut massacre were laid to rest. Along with the snap, she posted the words ‘Head f***’.

The image was condemned and appeared on the front page of The Sun newspaper with the headline ‘Brainless’. Helen apologised on Twitter for posting the picture, which has now been deleted, but added that she ‘felt sick’ after seeing the newspaper’s blowout front page.

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."

208Comments
20/12/2012 12:37
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It's hard to believe that this is the stupidest thing she has done.

For someone like her that's really quite an achievement.
20/12/2012 12:43
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She just comes across as incredibly thick and clueless really. The fact that she thinks she is seen as a role model says it all!  Deluded is a word that springs to mind!
20/12/2012 12:51
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Who is she, and what is she supposed to be famous for? I've never heard of her.
20/12/2012 13:14
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This girl is clearly in need of help, not to mention insanely thick. If she had a brain cell it would be lonely. After her humiliation and antics on 'I'm a celebrity', one would think she would be trying to keep a low profile, but it appears the adage 'any publicity is good publicity' is this bimbo's mantra. Either her agent and PR are the dumbest people on earth, or else she is a total loose cannon. I would hedge toward the second. What a classless, insensitive moron she is.
20/12/2012 12:59
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The phrase "running true to form" comes to mind.  It seems that anything that puts her in the headlines is ok.  She achieved what she wanted and thinks that a pathetic "sorry" is enough.  Well guess what Flanagan - IT'S NOT!!!!!
20/12/2012 12:54
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The pose in itself is idiotic, what kind of idiot thinks a gun to the head is sexy? But that aside, to me this is a case of people seeing what they want to see. The picture arose at a bad time and with the gunman dead people are looking for someone to blame for the American tragedy, some bimbo off the telly is not the right place to put your frustration. If it had been posted at a different time how would this photo be any less offensive to families of people who had committed suicide? People see what they want, and all i see is an idiot getting bad publicity.
20/12/2012 13:02
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no need for theSun newspaper to splatter it all over the place because its not news. all that was required was a word to tell her to get it off twitter.

 

20/12/2012 13:22
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hahahhahahaha....    she thinks shes  role model.... who for  thick bimbos..

 

20/12/2012 12:53
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When she appears on Celebrity 'Who  WAnts to be a Millionaire', will she be answering questions on, 'Fake tan', 'Not being a Team Player or 'How implants can change your life?'
20/12/2012 13:41
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brainlesss wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
20/12/2012 13:52
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she is just a airhead who wants to be famous and be in the papers whether its good or bad  it doesn't matter as long as she gets publicity  OK so she was in Coronation Street ....again playing herself....a airhead.... I don't see her getting anymore work on her acting abilities so she is grabbing at anything that keeps her in the public eye

 

20/12/2012 13:10
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Bet her parents are soooo proud! IDIOT!
20/12/2012 13:57
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Role model?  - How many zombies are there out there?
20/12/2012 13:31
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This poor girl obviously needs psychological help. 
20/12/2012 12:57
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Nobody in America knows who this so called celebrity is. Nobody there would have seen this photo had the media not fired up the outrage bus and made it known to them...time to blame the media if you need to blame anyone, not a clueless Corrie actress. I don't see the big deal here, man up and move on folks! Life's tough, get a helmet!
20/12/2012 12:31
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No the stupidest thing was not pulling the trigger you self important idiot.
20/12/2012 13:18
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Stop pouting & loose the wide eyed loo,k and then maybe you would not look so terrified

20/12/2012 13:06
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Well to be honest, i don't see why she is being insulted or anything at all. If the media hadn't made a connection between the shooting and this picture then nobody ever would have.
20/12/2012 13:57
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After the shooting in the States, has not this silly so called celeb got a brain.
20/12/2012 13:01
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I would like to correct you by saying the stupidest thing she has ever done was be born!

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