Katherine Heigl forced to apologize after being slammed for sick cemetery selfies in NY
Katherine Heigl was visiting her brother, Jason's, grave in her hometown, Buffalo, New York, when she decided to pose with other graves to make the trip more 'lighthearted'
Katherine Heigl is facing the harsh, 'ugly truth' of taking selfies in a graveyard, which people claim are 'disrespectful.' The said photos were taken on Sunday, during a visit to her brother's grave. Her brother was just 16 when he died in a car accident, back in 1986. Heigl stopped by the tomb of her late brother, but soon after that, the 39-year-old actress took several other 'silly' snaps of herself and her husband, Josh Kelly, especially herself prancing about in the cemetery.
The posts were up on her Instagram page and soon followers took notice and began complaining. Following the complaints, the actress herself addressed those claims. The 39-year-old then posted two Instagram videos, apologising for the ill-advised posts and thanked her followers for drawing her attention to the misguided decision.
"I noticed on my Instagram page that the post I posted earlier was getting a lot of reaction, and I realized you guys are right," Heigl shared in a series of video clips on her Instagram story. "It was not appropriate and it was disrespectful and I've taken it down."
In her opinion, it was done just to make the visit more lighthearted. She added, "It’s kind of a heavy thing to go and visit my loved ones' graves, and I decided to find some moments of levity and humor and didn’t realize how inappropriate I was being. I deeply apologize and I thank you guys for understanding that sometimes I don’t think things through clearly enough and I am grateful for your input and for giving me a heads up when I’m maybe going too far. And thank you for forgiving me. Next time I will be more thoughtful about other people’s feelings and not just my own."
One of the images, in particular, that seemed to tick fans off was of her sitting on a tall, white stone monument with larger than life-size figures of weeping angels on either side of her. The caption of the post read, "I also managed to get in a little gossip with the girls." And there was also another selfie of her that she had taken "with an impatient angel."
Of course, her musician husband had to play a role in the whole disaster too, as he posed with a stone bearing his own last name. Heigl's caption for that photo read, "[He] found his own grave...which was weird."
The couple's three children were nowhere to be seen in the series of photos though. Neither their adopted daughters Naleigh, nine, from South Korea, and Adalaide, six, from the US, nor their 17-month-old son Joshua was present, but it's possible he was with Heigl's family since they were visiting her hometown, Buffalo, New York.
Her brother's memorial stone was also in one of the simpler photos. His grave read, "Jason Debus Heigl, 1970 - 1986". Jason had died of being thrown out from the back of a pick-up truck in a car crash, while he was out for lunch with his high school classmates.