Irvine Welsh apologises for ‘ignorant’ since-deleted tweet about Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards named as BBC presenter at centre of scandal

Writer Irvine Welsh has deleted a tweet he wrote about Huw Edwards, where he described the BBC host as “playing the mental health card”, following the news that he was the previously unnamed BBC presenter that allegedly paid a teenager more than £35,000 for explicit photographs.

The 64-year-old author, best known for his novel Trainspotting, has since apologised for the tweet and confessed he felt he was being “ignorant”.

The tweet came after Huw’s wife, Vicky Flind, released a statement confirming the star was at the centre of the controversy.

In the statement, Vicky said her husband suffers from “serious mental health issues” and is currently in hospital “for the foreseeable future”.

She has also claimed that Huw, 61, plans to respond to the coverage of the last few days once he feels “well enough to do so”.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, Irvine explained his reasons for deleting his earlier tweet about Huw in view of his 375,000 followers.

“Hi all, deleted the Huw Edwards tweet as I haven’t been following the situation and didn’t know enough about it to pass the comment,” he wrote.

“My reaction was that yet another perverted celebrity was cynically playing the mental health card.

“But it was an ignorant thing to say,” he added. “I don’t know what the circumstances are and I don’t really care tbh.

“I think it’s being used to bury Johnson’s phone,” he added, referencing the news story that former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has still not handed over his WhatsApp messages from before May 2021 – despite being ordered by the high court to do so.

Irvine’s followers responded supportively, with Kim writing: “Well said Irvine, I was disappointed when I saw your tweet but it’s like you as a man of integrity to acknowledge and put it right. Thank you – wish there were more like you on here.”

“Fair play to you for having the honesty to say that rather than quietly deleting and saying nothing. Nice one,” added @tdurbo.

The revelation that the previously unnamed presenter is Huw came shortly after the Metropolitan Police stated there was “no information to indicate that a criminal offence has been committed”.

The Met has said it will take no further action.

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