Shameless actress Tina Malone has opened up about sharing an alleged picture of John Venables on social media, breaking down in tears as she spoke
Last year the 56-year-old shared a photo which was circulating online, said to be of one of the men who murdered then two-year-old James Bulger.
Since then, Tina has been ordered to pay a £10,000 fine and has been given an eight-month suspended sentence.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, she confessed that she didn’t realise at the time that what she was doing was illegal.
Tina admitted, “I just didn’t realise what I was doing was illegal. I didn’t mean to insight or provoke any violence or anything.
“I have never on my father’s grave sent an email, I don’t know what ‘copy and post’ is. I truly don’t know what all that is. I’m a technophobe. I have a pad and a pen to write. This has destroyed me.”
Becoming emotional, Tina revealed how her family have gone through a difficult 18 months, but that she felt like things were starting to get back on track in January when she landed a part in a new TV drama.
She also revealed that she’d promised to take her daughter to Euro Disney, after not being able to give her a birthday party for the last few years.
She said, “And then I got this, and I thought I was going to lose the job. And I’d just got a £10,000 fine, which means we can’t go Euro Disney. I’d be lucky to even go to a Disney shop, and buy a Belle or a Rapunzel,”
Phillip then asked how Tina felt about paying back her hefty fine.
“I’m terrified. But I’ve got to pay it back. It just means I’ve got to go home and tell the five year old that you can’t go to Euro Disney.”
Breaking down in tears, the actress then revealed the huge impact that her decision has had on her family, saying that she feels she has let them down.
She said, “My husband started a new job three weeks ago. I just feel like I’ve set my mum down, and my husband and my daughter. It was my fault.”
Tina then revealed that she’d learnt her lesson after the difficult experience, vowing to take a step back from things on social media.
“It’s a lesson learned. I would say to people, seriously, watch what you do on social media. I would never insight or in any way provoke violence.
“I’m not going to comment on anything anymore, I’m not going to like any kittens or frog photos, I only ever went on Facebook and Twitter because someone was pretending to be me.”