While it may look like red carpet events and glamorous selfies 24/7, being a celebrity sure can have its downsides, as Ian Somerhalder proved this weekend.
The star has come under fire today for refusing to pose for photos with fans while on holiday in Paris with his new wife, actress Nikki Reed.
Ian, who has always been particularly gracious when it comes to his adoring fans, was leaving his hotel yesterday when a group began to crowd him, requesting selfies.
In footage which has since been uploaded to YouTube under the title ‘Ian Somerhalder being rude to fans’, the Vampire Diaries star is actually seen being pretty reasonable as he informs fans that he will not be posing for photos, and requesting that they don’t follow them.
“Hey guys, listen. I love you guys. I’m not taking a single photo today. It’s my day. Don’t follow us, please. I love you guys. You’re so good to us. You’re so awesome,” the actor pleads.
When one fan starts to cry in front of Ian, he simply places his hands on her shoulders, saying, “Hey, I’m right here”, clearly telling her to embrace the moment rather than fight for a selfie.
Needless to say, the incident has caused debate in the Twittersphere, with many agreeing that Ian was rude, while others have been defending his actions.
“Ian Somerhalder was pure rude to those poor fans but tbh the whole cast are generally rude to their fans. Smh for these famous people,” wrote one Twitter user.
However, another commented: “I don’t understand why this is a debate: Ian Somerhalder was NOT rude to his fans by saying no pictures.”
While it must suck to be let down by your idol, we have to admit that we can see where Ian is coming from. To be fair, these fans were waiting outside his hotel while he was supposed to be taking some time off. Also, rather than ignoring them, at least he explained why he wouldn’t be stopping for photos.
What are your thoughts?