The world is currently swamped by the growing coronavirus outbreak as the number of deaths crosses 24,000 and governments impose strict lockdown, imploring the masses to embrace social distancing for themselves and for others too. Amidst such dire conditions, when celebs like actress Evangeline Lilly make light of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the center of public ire is a given. And now, thankfully, the actress has realized her mistake and extended a “heartfelt apology’. 

Just days ago, she had made an Instagram post, wherein she mentioned that despite the million instructions of the government to stay inside, life has been “business as usual” for her family. 

“Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing,” she wrote. When criticized for her careless behavior, she wrote: “Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law [sic] for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu. It’s unnerving. I have two young kids. Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices. With love and respect.”

After being called out by countless fellow celebrities and fans, Lilly has finally extended her apology

She posted a picture of kids playing Monopoly, along with a lengthy caption explaining that she has “been social distancing since Mar 18th” and is “doing my part to flatten the curve, practicing social distancing, and staying home with my family.”

“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19,” the actress wrote. “Grandparents, parents, children, sisters, and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message.”

She extended her “special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic” as she thought that her last post would be “infusing calm into the hysteria.” she explained. “I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation.”

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