Heather Morris Apologizes For 'Insensitive' Comments About Late 'Glee' Co-Star Mark Salling
By Rachel McRady
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Heather Morris is apologizing after a series of tweets about her late co-star Mark Salling. The 33-year-old Glee star took to Twitter on Monday night, sharing a statement after days of back and forth with commenters online.
"To all those who felt triggered by my message, I want to sincerely apologize for the harm I caused," Morris wrote. "Whether you, a friend, a family member has been a victim of pedophilia, I realize my words may have been insensitive to your experience and for that I can't express enough how sorry I am."
The controversy started last week when Morris responded to a retweet from fellow co-star Kevin McHale about a Christmas episode of Glee. In the images from a fan, Salling's face was covered with a vomit emoji.
In since-deleted tweets, Morris previously wrote, "We did not lose just 2 cast members, we lost 3. And it is SO incredible tough to have to act like that 3rd one is invisible, because even though his actions are unjustifiable, he was a part of our family at one point and he was mentally SICK. Yes pedophelia is a sickness but…"
Morris concluded her posts by writing, "Although I don't want to have to say all that, its truthful. So THANK YOU for treated me with such disrespect and unkindness during a time that I can't get through a day without balling my eyes out at the loss of my entire Glee family... thank you."
It's been a difficult year for the Glee family and Morris in particular. In July, her co-star, friend, and on-screen love interest, Naya Rivera, died after going missing on a boating trip with her then-4-year-old son, Josey. In addition to Rivera and Salling's deaths, star Cory Monteith also died in 2013 of a drug overdose.