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Vanessa Hudgens has issued an apology after her Instagram comments about the severity of Coronavirus sparked outrage among social media.
“I’m sorry, but like, it’s a virus. I get it, I respect it, but at the same time, even if everybody gets it, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable?” the 31-year-old former High School Musical star originally said in an Instagram video.
Her comments were deemed insensitive by a lot of people – in particular those who may have already lost loved ones to the virus.
Although she originally said that her words were taken out of context, she has since issued a longer apology for her comments, which she classed as “not at all appropriate for the situation”…
“Hey guys. I’m so sorry for the way I have offended anyone and everyone who has seen the clip from my Instagram Live yesterday,” she wrote on Twitter.
“I realize my words were insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation our country and the world are in right now.
“This has been a huge wake up call about the significance my words have, now more than ever. I’m sending safe wishes to everyone to stay safe and healthy during this crazy time.”
Vanessa also extended her apology to Instagram, telling her fans that she is indeed taking the virus seriously, and is self-isolating much like most of the world…
“Yesterday I did an Instagram Live and I realize today that some of my comments are being taken out of context,” she said on her Instagram Story.
“It’s a crazy time, and I am at home and in lockdown and that’s what I hope you guys are doing, too, in full quarantine and staying safe and sane.
“I don’t take this situation lightly by any means. I am home, so stay inside, y’all.”
At the time of writing, there are more than 6,300 confirmed Coronavirus cases across America, and 200,000 confirmed cases worldwide. Nearly 8,000 deaths from the Covid-19 virus have been confirmed.
Do you think Vanessa’s initial comments were insensitive?