In the clip, Ian can be seen telling fans he loved them, but wanted privacy. "I love you guys. I'm not taking a single photo today. It's my day," he told the group as he left a building with wife Nikki Reed. "Don't follow us, please. I love you guys. Do not follow us. Okay? It's too much. It's too much."
While the Vampire Diaries star was making that speech, a young woman asked him for "just one" photo, and he refused, saying, "it's not just one," which caused her to cry. Fans soon caught wind of the video, with many of them bashing him on social media.
Following the backlash he received, Ian responded to fans in an Instagram post, writing Saturday, "Looking at the world through my eyes and always trying to see it through yours. I see you. I see all of you and find great beauty in each set of eyes."
"Anyone who knows me understands that I spend a great deal of my life with our fans. Our audience," he continued. "The people that make this show and ISF happen- all with hearts, minds bodies and souls. It blows my mind that a man who tried to love so much, a man asking for one day, just one day to have a quiet walk down the street is so upsetting to people. So much love to you all... Goodnight and thank you."
Ian and Nikki headed to Paris after they hit the carpet at the Cannes Film Festival May 20. Now that the actor has apologized for the incident, hopefully fans who were upset by it can let this go.