The I'm A Celeb star apologises for the insensitive snap

Helen Flanagan has said sorry to anyone she offended after posting a half-naked photo of herself holding a gun to her head on Twitter.

The Coronation Street star, 22 – who published the photo in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, earlier this week – caused outrage when the controversial image surfaced yesterday.

‘It was just relating to a hangover that I had,’ she says, ‘then I Tweeted it and I started getting all these reactions of, “how insensitive, how could you do this?”, and I just felt sick.’

‘I treated this picture completely carelessly, like it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done in my life.

‘I am incredibly sorry and I couldn’t be more sorry. My heart bleeds for all the families.’

I’m A Celebrity star Helen offered her heartfelt apology on ITV1’s Daybreak this morning and admitted she will learn a lot from her ‘brainless’ mistake.

‘I sometimes forget – none of my friends are in the public eye and I kind of forget that I am in the public eye,’ she said. ‘I will take more responsibility and realise that I have to be more careful.

‘I’m seen as a role model and I will definitely learn a lesson from this but I am truly, truly sorry.’

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Natalie Walsh