Henry Cavill has apologised after he received backlash online following an interview in which he said he is scared to flirt in case he is branded a rapist.
Speaking to GQ Australia, he discussed how difficult he found it being single in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
The British man discussed how he believes in a “traditional” approach to dating where a woman is “wooed and chased.”
The #MeToo movement has ruined this according to the actor.
Speaking about his preferred style of dating he told GQ, “It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to called a rapist or something.’”
”So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and just go back to a relationship, which never really worked.”
#NotMySuperman began to trend as people called out the actor for his comments leading the 35-year-old to apologise.
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) July 12, 2018
This is absurd. If Henry Cavill doesn’t want to be called a rapist then all he has to do is… not rape anyone.
— Helen Price (@HelenRPrice) July 11, 2018
Jameela Jamil tweeted, “If you don’t want to be called a rapist, then when you approach a woman… just don’t rape her…”
“Someone please direct Henry Cavill to the nearest bin please ???? #clown,” she finished.
Another Twitter user echoed her sentiment and remarked, “The mental gymnastics some men are doing to position themselves as “victims” of #MeToo is insane.”
He has since apologised for his comments releasing a statement to Page Six, ” Having seen the reaction to an article in particular about my feelings on dating and the #metoo movement, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created.”
“Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention.”
“In light of this I would just like to clarify and confirm to all that I have always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard, no matter the type of relationship, whether it be friendship, professional, or a significant other.
“Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form.” his statement continued.
“This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties.”
“I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that is so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support.”
GQ Australia has yet to comment on the actor citing “editorial liberties” as the reason for his comments being interpreted the way they were.