Umbrella Academy's Aidan Gallagher addresses "fake screenshots" and rumours on social media
12 April 2019, 13:13 | Updated: 13 April 2019, 08:58
Umbrella Academy star Aidan Gallagher has responded to what he calls "wild" and "crazy" rumours that have made the rounds on social media.
The 15-year-old actor responded in a lengthy Instagram statement, where he addressed pictures and posts making the rounds on social media. The actor defended himself by slamming the "wild" and "crazy" rumours. The origin of the screenshots in question cannot be verified but Gallagher has called them false.
"Im hearing a lot of rumours lately about me saying things I never said," the star wrote.
"People are 'quoting me' with things I never said. Saying I'm against women or mental health–both things I have spent years standing up for. People saying I hate dogs and to kick them out of your home. I don't know but every day the rumours get wilder."
"People have made fake screenshots of things and claim they are of me saying incredibly wild things."
Gallagher also defended his platform, saying that he has been an advocate for human rights for years.
"Do not believe fake screenshots being spread around of things I never posted and you did not see me post yourself," he continued.
Further addressing the accusations on Twitter, Aidan remarked that "it happens to every celebrity".
It actually happens to every celebrity. Anyone with a large following will have a percentage that resent them and take pleasure in starting fake rumors to see how far it will go to hurt you. As you get more famous it gets worse. Haters seek attention from the biggest celebs. https://t.co/jpi9rkdz0c— Aidan Gallagher (@AidanRGallagher) April 11, 2019
Aidan Gallagher plays Number Five in The Umbrella Academy. His role in the series gave him more mainstream recognition but, prior to appearing in the Netflix drama, Aidan played Nicky Harper in Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.
As he mentioned in his Instagram statement, Aidan has largely used his social media accounts to advocate for things like climate change awareness and human right issues.
While engaging with his followers on the rumours, Aidan said that people are "addicted to drama" and "get carried away by mob lynchings."
It's actually a great learning moment for all of us. People liked me and then read a rumor and hated me based solely on false rumors that got crazier each day. What does that say about humans? Obviously we are addicted to drama and get carried away by mob lynchings. https://t.co/DmvGQi8qP7— Aidan Gallagher (@AidanRGallagher) April 11, 2019