Neil Gaiman has issued a heartfelt apology and said he ‘messed up’ after travelling more than 10,000 miles from New Zealand to Skye during lockdown.
Yesterday police confirmed they’d spoken to the Good Omens writer, 59, after he revealed the lengthy trip – leaving his wife Amanda Palmer and son in NZ – to return home in order to isolate more ‘easily’.
Now, after receiving backlash and being forced to defend his journey during the pandemic, Gaiman has now issued another statement.
Writing on his website on Monday evening, Gaiman began: ‘So. I did something stupid. I’m really sorry.’
After saying his previous post attracted news ‘not in a good way’, he went on: ‘And I’ve managed to mess things up in Skye, which is the place I love most in the world.’
Gaiman – who shares four-year-old son Ash with Palmer – is now isolating at his Scottish property, which he has owned for 10 years, after he flew ‘masked and gloved’ from Auckland Airport to Los Angeles (LAX) and then on to London before borrowing a friend’s car and driving north to Skye.
Insisting he socially distanced on the flight, he felt since he lived and worked in the UK the ‘exceptional travel advisory’ from the Government deemed his travel permissible.
He then answered questions that are currently being flung at him, admitting he ‘wasn’t’ thinking clearly and just ‘wanted to go home’ – noting it was the ‘most foolish thing I’ve done in quite a while’.
Saying he ‘should’ have stayed in New Zealand, Gaiman urged his readers: ‘So, yes. I made a mistake. Don’t do what I did.
‘Don’t come to the Highlands and Islands unless you have to.’
He concluded by apologising to ‘everyone on the island for creating such a fuss’, as well as the local police, who he said ‘had better things to do than check up on me’.
Yesterday Scottish police Inspector Linda Allan said in a statement obtained by PA: ‘Officers have visited Neil Gaiman and spoken to him about his actions.
‘He has been given suitable advice about essential travel and reminded about the current guidelines in Scotland.’
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