Sam Heughan, who is famous for the role of Jamie Fraser in Outlander, has taken to social media, where he penned a lengthy message to address a long list of rumors that have been circulating about him.
Caitriona Balfe’s co-star revealed that in the past six years, trolls with too much time on their hands have put out fake stories about him being gay, and they have also tried to steal money from his fans.
Sam said the bullies went as far as pushing cruel advice linked to the coronavirus. He confessed that he, his friends, family members, and co-stars had been bullied.
The 39-year-old actor said he has had enough, and it is time to address the harassment.
He wrote: “After the past six years of constant bullying, harassment, stalking, and false narrative, I am at a loss, upset, hurt, and have to speak out. It’s affecting my life, mental state, and is a daily concern. My costars, friends, family, myself, in fact, anyone I’m associated with, has been subjected to personal slurs, shaming, abuse, death threats, stalking, sharing of private information, and vile, false narrative. I’ve never spoken about it because I believe in humanity and have always hoped these bullies would just go away. I can’t elaborate for ongoing legal reasons, but they are professionals: teachers, psychologists, adults who should know better.”
He added: “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. I’ve done none of the above. I’m a normal guy and nothing like the characters I play. Most recently, some of you may know I’m currently self-isolating in Hawaii. I came here before the travel ban. None of us knew how bad things would get, but as the situation worsened, upon the advice of everyone I trust, I decided to remain in a safe environment. It was a good decision. I’m safe, isolated, putting no one at risk and am not a burden to the locals. Several told me they are desperate to sell their produce (as hotels and restaurants are now closed). We have not been asked to leave.”
He went on to say: “I’m nervous to take 3-5 flights back to the UK, around 20 hours on several planes, exposing myself to more danger, to be stuck in a city. This will only increase the risk to others and myself. Recently I was ill for 3 months and am being doubly careful. These bullies have created a false narrative, shared private information, and abused my loved ones and I, consistently for the last six years on blogs and SM. I will not entertain it anymore and am blocking anyone that writes anything defamatory or abusive. Sending items or stalking my private accommodation, they have harassed my work colleagues and constantly tried to hack our email and personal accounts. I’m so hurt by this.”
He concluded by: “As an actor in these times, 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. I’m so grateful from the bottom of my heart. Stay safe, and please be kind to yourself and each other. There’s so much more to concern ourselves with right now. See you around.xx”
Fame comes at a hefty price.