Helen Flanagan sobs on Daybreak as she apologises for gun picture

Helen Flanagan sobbed this morning as she apologised for posting a picture of herself online holding a gun to her head just days after the Sandy Hook massacre.

Helen Flanagan has apologise for posing with a gun. Copyright [Rex]

The Corrie star told ITV's Daybreak it was "the stupidest thing I have ever done in my life" and apologised to the victims' families who may have taken offence.

The shot of her holding the pistol to her head was taken in a fashion shoot in October but posted by Helen on Monday (and then put on the front page of The Sun).

The Corrie star posted this picture of herself on Monday. Copyright [Twitter/Helen Flanagan]

It prompted a massive online backlash against the 'I'm A Celebrity' star, with Twitter users labelling her insensitive and brainless.

She didn't exactly pick her timings too well after the snap coincided with the day of the first funerals of the massacre, which claimed 26 victims last Friday.

Helen looked visibly emotional on the Daybreak sofa this morning, wiping away a tear as she attempted to answer the first question and saying: "Sorry, I am so upset."

She said she posted the photo without thinking and deleted it once she realised the significance of what she had done.

Helen looked visibly emotional on the famous sofa. Copyright [Rex]

She added: "I absolutely hated myself for it. I am incredibly sorry. I just could not be more sorry... my heart bleeds for the families.

"None of my friends are the public eye. I sometimes forget that I am in the public eye... I have to be more careful as a role model."

The 22-year-old initially accused The Sun of bullying on Twitter when it ran the picture with the headline: "As 26 lie dead after US school horror, Corrie's Helen Flanagan poses with a gun to her head... BRAINLESS".

And she told Daybreak she still thought it was unfair for the paper to have put it on their front page.

She said: "I did think for it to be on the cover of The Sun like that was unfair because it was a completely careless second... I would never, ever want to hurt anyone."

The Sun said in a statement read out on the show that, while Flanagan was one of its favourites, anyone who courts fame must use their celebrity responsibly.

The paper said: "Tweeting this picture on the day that the first victims of a shooting are being buried was a major error of judgment and it is right that Helen is held accountable."

Helen said she took responsibility for her actions and pledged to "learn the lessons from this".

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