Superman star Henry Cavill has confronted the “speculation” around his private life in a cryptic Instagram post addressed to his “fans and followers”.
The 38-year-old shared an Instagram post of he and girlfriend Natalie Viscuso, 31, who he has been publicly dating since April this year.
“Dear fans and followers, I wanted to make a wee community announcement. I couldn’t help but notice that there has been some social animosity of late,” he wrote. “It’s becoming increasingly prevalent on my feed. There has been lots of, let’s call it speculation for now, about my private life and professional partnerships.”
Cavill said the rumours had reached a point where he felt the need to interject and said it was “time to stop”.
“So, to you out there who are expressing your disdain and showing your displeasure through a surprising variety of ways, it’s time to stop,” he continued.
“I know it can be fun to speculate, to gossip, and to dive into our own personal echo chambers on the internet, but your ’passion’ is misplaced, and it causes harm to the people I care about most.
“Even your most conservative of negative assumptions about both my personal and professional life just aren’t true.
He finished his post, asking his fans to “move forward with positivity” and confirmed that he was “very happy in love, and in life”.
“I’d be enormously grateful if you were happy with me,” he wrote. “If you can’t bring yourself to be happy with me, then at the very least try to do yourself proud and be the best version of yourself.”
Cavill doesn’t go into detail about the “speculation” about his private life, but given he illustrated the post with a photo of he and Viscuso, it appears it may concern their relationship. He has turned off all comments on the post.