CAITRYONE Balfe hit back at the trolls, who branded her “shameful” for not attending the Outlander season six premiere in person.
The 42-year-old, who gave birth in August, will be attending today’s event practically from Los Angeles as she tries to do “everything she can” as a new mom.
The Irish star has been working throughout her pregnancy to wrap up filming for series six, which wrapped on June 1st.
But, shockingly, some fans still accuse her of “disrespect” to the audience because of her decision not to attend the premiere in person.
One was indignant: “The main actress will not come? I can not believe this! This is not happening.”
Another wrote: “Sorry, but this is disrespectful to the entire OL audience. We were there despite the pandemic. We have been faithful for two long years. Promotion should be part of the job.”
A third added: “This is so shameful. How not to be there the main actress?
“We have been waiting for two years… and now this? I feel like a clown.”
And a fourth said, “Disrespectful to the fans when the lead actress didn’t even bother to go to the event in person.”
Outrage on social media prompted Balfe’s desperate plea to fans for “some understanding”.
In a statement on Twitter, she said: “To everyone who says it’s a shame that I’m not there in person, I understand that you are disappointed, but I also ask for understanding as a new mom.
“I’m trying my best and not being able to fly around the world like I used to is a change, but we’re adapting.
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“I’ll be there practically on the red carpet and panel, and it’s not Outlander’s fault.
“We are all trying to give you the very best we can in new and challenging circumstances.”
Scottish radio host Edith Bowman, who attended tonight’s premiere, has since delivered reassurance to the Outlander star, tweeting: “You’re amazing. An inspirational woman and mother.”
Another fan pleaded, “Stop the madness. If Katrina can’t attend in person, she has very good reasons. End. It’s none of our business.”
Meanwhile, a third wrote, “You don’t have to ask for understanding. Now you are a mother first and foremost, and your decision not to go is a selfless act to be close to your child.”
Earlier we told how Sam Heughan praised his partner for filming a new series during pregnancy.
He revealed at the New York Comic Con panel how Balfe, who plays Claire Fraser, starred in the series while carrying her child and in the midst of Covid restrictions.
Sam, who plays Claire’s husband Jamie, said, “It’s incredible. I would say just get through the winter during Covid and also be pregnant.
“I think Katrina did an incredible, incredible job.”
The Irish star took to social media last August to confirm that she had welcomed her first child into the world with band manager husband Tony McGill.
She told fans today that she’s already “thrilled” for the baby after sharing an adorable photo of his tiny hand squeezing her finger.
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