Actress Vanessa Hudgens has apologised for controversial comments she made about the coronavirus lockdown in the US.
Hudgens (31), who starred in Disney's High School Musical franchise, is self-isolating at her Los Angeles home alone and said in a lengthy Instagram Story that she
"Umm, yeah, 'til July sounds like a bunch of bulls**t," she said in response to the potential length of time Americans may be in quarantine to stop the spread of the virus.
"I'm sorry, but like, it's a virus, I get it, like, I respect it, but at the same time I'm like, even if everybody gets it, like yeah, people are going to die, which is terrible but like, inevitable?"
She received widespread criticism, with many describing her as "insensitive" and "heartless". Hours later, after the backlash, she apologised and said her comments were "taken out of context", re-iterating that she is following US government advice and staying indoors.
In a separate statement on Twitter, she wrote: "Hey guys. I'm so sorry for the way I have offended anyone and everyone who has seen the clip from my Instagram live yesterday.
"I realise my words were insensitive and not at all appropriate for the situation our country and the world are in right now.
"This has been a huge wake up call about the significance my words have, now more than ever.
"I'm sending safe wishes to everyone to stay safe and healthy during this crazy time."
Before her comments regarding the coronavirus, Hudgens responded to a viral TikTok made by her former High School Musical co-star Ashley Tisdale.
In a side-by-side video, Hudgens pours wine and sings along as Tisdale dances to High School Musical hit We're All In This Together.