Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins has received a truckload of abuse online – after being confused with Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.
Watkins (the Lostprophets singer) was yesterday widely reported to have pleaded guilty to a number of horrific sex offences – including two counts of attempting to rape an 11-month-old baby.
When several people confused the disgraced singer for the Steps popstar of the same name, a representative had to step in and call for a stop to the hatemail.
Writing on H’s official Facebook page, they wrote: Just to clear out some of the abuse there has been the past few hours… This is the ‘Official Ian H Watkins’ website. Better known as H from Steps.
“H is in NO WAY related with the news about the singer from Lostprophets! Please don’t post any comments about the news here because they will be deleted. Thank you!”
Online news outlet E! Online used a picture of the Steps singer in their news story, leading to a wave of Twitter backlash, demanding the picture be changed to the correct Ian Watkins. They subsequently released a statement, reading:
“E! Online deeply regrets originally publishing an image of Ian ‘H’ Watkins of the band Steps, rather than Ian Watkins of Lostprophets, and the error was corrected immediately.
“We are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action. Additionally, E! Online has reached out to Ian ‘H’ Watkins, via his management, to apologise directly.”