Katherine Heigl has taken to Instagram to apologize after she was criticized for posting an array of photographs with her relatives’ headstones.
The 39-year-old, who has since deleted the snaps of herself posing with the graves in Buffalo, New York, said in a video clip: “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. It was not appropriate and it was disrespectful and I’ve taken it down.”
Insisting she was “trying to make a hard moment lighthearted,” Heigl continued: “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 humour and didn’t realize how inappropriate I was being.”
She went on, “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.”
The star had been visiting the grave of her late older brother, Jason, who died aged 16 from injuries he suffered in a car accident back in 1986.
She also visited her grandparents Reindhold and Margaretta Engelhardt’s resting places.