Marvel's Evangeline Lilly makes "sincere and heartfelt apology" over social distancing comments

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Marvel star Evangeline Lilly has made a "sincere and heartfelt apology" for her controversial comments on social distancing.

The Ant-Man and the Wasp actress recently took to Instagram to tell her fans that she was still taking her kids to gymnastics camp in spite of worldwide pleas to self-isolate.

Lilly was widely criticised for her comments, including in an Instagram post where Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner said it's "not cool" to disregard social distancing concerns.

Lilly has now followed up on Instagram with a message explaining that she has, in fact, been in self-isolation with her family since March 18.

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"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 to her followers.

"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 originally wrote that her kids were all washing their hands before going into camp, and that they were all playing and enjoying themselves as usual.

Alongside an image of her morning tea, she wrote: "Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing."

She finished off the post with the hashtag #BusinessAsUsual.

Across the world, governments and health experts have been advising members of the public to stay inside if possible and practise safe social distancing from others when outside.

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This applies to everyone – even if you have no symptoms and haven't come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 – as it will help reduce the spread of the virus.

Various celebrities have tried to raise awareness of the social distancing and self-isolation plea, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has been posting a series of uplifting videos from his home, advising people to stay inside.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing.

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