SHAYNE Ward told his fans he felt “hurt” his harrowing suicide storyline in Coronation Street had been snubbed at the National Television Awards.
The actor’s character Aidan Connor took his own life in the ITV soap earlier this year, with thousands of the soap’s fans calling for him to receive an accolade for his performance.
However, when the nominations were released earlier this week, the storyline wasn’t given a nod in the category of Best Serial Drama Performance.
Shayne tweeted after seeing the list: “This was the one I worked hard for.
“It’s always a blessing to be put forward for a nomination. And I’m always humbled.
“But to have not even been considered for Best Serial Drama Performance for Aidan’s suicide has really hurt me.”
The 34-year-old later posted a statement to clarify his comments.
Shayne told his fans: “I’m sorry if my tweet was misconstrued by some people. It really wasn’t about me winning an award and being selfish or having an ego. That ain’t me.
“I really thought it was an important issue that I wanted to draw attention to again. Sometimes the way we word stuff doesn’t always showcase our true meaning. So I’m sorry again. Love to you all.”
Shayne drew on his family’s personal experience of suicide for the upsetting storyline.
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He told The Sun at the time: “In my personal experience I’ve had people in my family attempt and also someone in my family unfortunately took their own life.
“So for me, I just drew upon an honest truth and how I would feel in that situation.
“When you are in those moments you can’t shy away. You either do it with conviction or you don’t.”
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