The actress is angry at the claims

Helen Flanagan has rubbished speculation that she’s been self-harming after uploading a photo of her chest with scratches all over it on Instagram.

In the picture’s caption, ex-Coronation Street actress Helen, 22, told her followers that she was ‘really embarrassed’ to have visited a beauty salon looking like she’d been ‘mauled by a cat’ 

But she insists she didn’t injure herself deliberately.

‘There is no words. Really there is no words. Self harm? Are you sure. FFS. I had a f**king scratchy chest,’ Tweeted Helen, who’s now deleted the snap.

‘I won’t even justify this sh*t with an explanation.’

Helen was said to be ‘fragile’ last week after her home was burgled and her footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair denied sending flirty texts to TV star Donatella Panayiotou.

She let her fans know at the weekend that she was getting some comfort from her cat Felix.

‘So sweet that when I woke up little felix was asking me for hugs so cute #madethemorningeasier x,’ Tweeted Helen on Saturday.

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Anna Duff