Vanessa Hudgens is deeply regretting her recent ‘insensitive’ remarks that have been shared all over social media regarding the coronavirus. The 31 year-old actress took to her Instagram Live on March 17 to have a chat with her fans.
During the live she said this regarding recent news that the pandemic could last even until the month of July:
“Um, yeah, ’til July sounds like a bunch of bulls——.” She also added that people dying from the virus is “terrible,” but it’s also “inevitable.”
Since her Live went up, many on social media and news outlets have slammed the star for being insensitive with her comments. Insiders have told HollywoodLife how Hudgens is currently handling the tremendous backlash she received.
“Vanessa hates that her rant on Instagram took such a life of its own and she now knows that she has to do some damage control,” one source said. “She isn’t doing it just to do it. It took a minute to realize that she offended people but she is taking it as a learning experience and is actually hurt that she hurt people. She hopes time will heal all wounds as she is genuinely upset that she upset people. It is not the person she is and she hopes people accept her apology that she has given.”
Another insider said, “Vanessa feels terrible for what she said and as much as she wishes she could take it back, she knows she can’t so she’s using it as a lesson. She understands that she has a platform with social media and that her words have power and she needs to choose her words carefully. Vanessa never meant any harm, and of course she is sorry for anybody that she may have offended. She knows we’re all in this together and just wants everyone to stay safe.”
Hudgens has even taken the extra step and changed her Instagram bio to reinforce that she is taking the outbreak seriously and self-quarantining. Her bio now reads, “STAY IN!!!!! Don’t go out. Let’s get thru this together.”
She also took to her Instagram to strongly emphasize her genuineness saying, “I realized some of my comments are being taken out of context. It’s a crazy time. It’s a crazy, crazy time and I am at home and in lockdown, and I hope that’s what you guys are doing too, in full quarantine and staying safe and sane. Yeah, don’t take this situation lightly — by any means.”
Feeling like she needed to reiterate her point again she took to her twitter to really get the point across by saying,:
“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. I realize my words were insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation our country and the world are in right now,” it read. “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.”