Suits actor Patrick J Adams has apologised for body-shaming woman on his plane back to America, after attending the royal wedding.
Over the weekend. Patrick, 36, was visiting the UK with his actress wife and Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario, 32, but on his flight home had something of an altercation with another passenger.
The actor shared a photo, which has now been deleted, of a woman on his flight. The caption explained that she’s made disparaging remarks to him and his wife, so decided to get revenge by uploading a photo of her asleep.
‘She reads her paper. See’s picture of me and Troian from wedding. “My God. What a terrible photo of you.” I look over. “Really. I kind of like that photo. What do you think is wrong with it?” She pauses. “Well, you’re just so….chunky.” She laughs and falls asleep. I photograph her sleeping. And….scene. #royalwedding,’ the swiftly removed post read.
The Suits star received plenty of backlash for the comment and public shaming of the woman, regardless of her having been rude to him in the first place.
He then posted an apology to his Instagram following of 2.2 million users.
‘Yesterday I posted a photo of a woman who did some casual body shaming of my wife and I in the airport,’ his post began.
‘My intention was solely to put a face to the people who think that sort of glancing commentary is necessary, helpful or funny. Some of the comments on the post instead said I was being a bully and should have taken the “high road” (some also doubled down on the body shaming. Thumbs up guys!) I thought it over and agreed and took it down, not because I felt the woman was right or fair or undeserving of being called out but because any sense of being a bully or lashing out felt wrong.
‘Now a number of familiar outlets with a lot of extra time on their hands are asking for comment and getting ready to publish the post in their hard-hitting newspapers, magazines and blogs. So I’ll comment here. I’m no bully. What that woman said to us was offensive and unnecessary but I should have told her she was rude and out of line and left it at that. I’m sorry I didn’t. I was too shocked and annoyed and Canadian – so I avoided the confrontation.
‘Again, I’m sorry. Now if you see the original post on any media outlet just know that they are choosing to take a relatively small indiscretion and make it worse. Not for me. Because I promise you once I hit post on this message it will be out of my mind forever. But it will make whatever bullying or embarrassment I might have caused for that woman far worse for a far wider audience. Now -this has obviously taken up far too much of our time and of the precious internet space that we need so much. Sorry about that.
‘But let’s just finish with a quick summary. 1. Don’t talk s*it about the way people look. You have no idea what’s going on with them and your commentary will always make their day worse not better. 2. If someone does. Don’t use the internet to settle scores. Tell them right to their face and in public that they’re part of the problem and not the solution. 3. Believe pretty much nothing you read in magazines. Good or bad. The machinery runs on misfortune and oversimplification. 4. Be cool to yourself and others at every opportunity. Life is too short for all of this. Thx for reading. Now back to our lives…’
Patrick starred alongside one another as love interests in the US show Suits for seven seasons, with Meghan Markle having now left the show after marrying Prince Harry – which you made have heard about.