Hilary Duff and Jason Walsh Apologize Following Backlash Over Controversial Halloween Costumes

Couple took to social media Sunday with separate statements

By McKenna Aiello Oct 30, 2016 8:30 PMTags
Hilary Duff, Jason Walsh, HalloweenMichael Kovac/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila

After coming under fire for their Halloween costumes, Hilary Duff and boyfriend Jason Walsh are doing a little damage control.

The celeb couple sported their own iteration of a Native American and pilgrim during Friday night's Casamigos Halloween Party, a choice they've since responded to on social media. 

In two separate statements, the Younger star and fitness guru, who made their first public appearance as an official couple at the bash, apologized for disrespecting those who felt the costumes were culturally insensitive. 

"I am so sorry to people I offended with my costume," Duff wrote Sunday. "It was not properly thought through, and I am truly from the bottom of my [heart] sorry."

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Minutes later, Walsh shared his own take on the perceived misstep on Instagram: "I meant no disrespect. I only have admiration for the indigenous people of America. In hindsight I would not have made that decision. I apologize to anyone I may have offended."

As Hilary and Jason were stepping out on Friday to celebrate the holiday, Chris Hemsworth issued his own apology for wearing a Native American costume nearly a year ago in a lengthy Instagram post about the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

"Last New Year's Eve I was at a 'Lone Ranger' themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people," the Thor star wrote.

"I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way."