Outlander star Sam Heughan has lashed out at social media trolls as he opened up about the years of ‘bullying and harassment’ that has been thrown his way.
Sam is most famous for his role as Jamie Fraser in the period drama on Starz and it seems the fame that he has received from his job has come at a cost.
Opening up about his ordeal on Twitter, 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.
The Scottish native continued: ‘Recently, these false claims vary from me manipulating fans, being a closest 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.’
Hitting back to those who have claimed otherwise, he explained: ‘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.
‘I was a good decision. I’m safe, isolated, putting no one at risk and am not a burden to the locals… We have not been asked to leave.’ The 39-year-old added that he would now block any followers who abused him online.
He stressed: ‘These bullies have created a false narrative, sharing private information and abused my loved ones and I consistently for the last six years on blogs and [social media]. ‘I will not entertain it anymore.’
While another replied: Sam, I am so sorry to read you have been enduring this and for so long. You have nothing but a lovely and kind person and no one deserves this, especially not targeted because they are simply creating content so many enjoy.” Remember guys, be KIND!