Outlander star Caitriona Balfe has spoken out about the “crazies” amongst Outlander’s passionate fanbase.
The new mum says some of her followers are so convinced she’s in a real life relationship with on screen other half Sam Heughan, she’s determined to maintain some privacy for her child.
The actress, who married Scottish music manager Anthony McGill in 2019, revealed one social media user posted that the baby must be Heughan’s because the bedsheets in the picture which announced the tot’s arrival were similar to ones that have been spotted in his house.
And she claims she’s gotten wind that private investigators have been hired to “solve” the case and prove definitively that she’s involved with Heughan.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Caitriona said: “It’s sad, because you meet the loveliest people who are fans of the show and they’re super supportive and they do the nicest things—and then you have that little thing, which just taints it.”
Caitriona, who currently stars in Kenneth Branagh’s critically-acclaimed “masterpiece” movie Belfast, admitted she’s protective of her young son, refraining from revealing his name or sharing images of him with fans.
She added: “I don’t want those crazies—because that’s what they are—I just don’t want them talking about him.”
Former model Caitriona was pregnant while shooting the much-anticipated sixth season of Outlander, which hits screens in March, but managed to keep it under wraps from the public.
But she says the news wasn’t something deliberately a secret.
She said: “I’m a very open person.
“It’s not like I was hiding my pregnancy.
Everybody at work knew, all of my friends knew, anyone I came into contact with in my life knew. But in terms of putting that out there, I don’t see the value in that. I think there’s certain things that are nice to have for yourself.”
Caitriona, who plays the shows leading lady Claire Fraser, has become a producer on the show and even hinted she’d love to direct an episode.
But, with her career set to skyrocket after the success of Belfast, in which she stars with Jamie Dornan and Dame Judi Dench, she’s hinted that Outlander could be set to finish up sooner than fans would like.
As we reported earlier this week, she hinted to Vanity Fair that the season 7 could be the ideal way to wrap up the show.
She added: “We will have hit the almost 10-year mark by the end of that [filming season 7], which feels like a nice kind of time frame, but we don’t know.
“Those decisions are far above my pay grade.”
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