Grant Gustin, the actor better known as the star of the CW¡¯s The Flash, is not having it.
Someone leaking a photo this week of Gustin¡¯s altered costume for the superhero drama¡¯s upcoming fifth season was bad enough. (It¡¯s since been deleted from social media.) Even worse, the image was up long enough for some fans to determine they didn¡¯t like the new look. Some of those people also weighed in on Gustin¡¯s appearance, which, it turns out, is a sore spot for him.
The 28-year-old addressed the subject in a short video, in which he was clearly frustrated, as well as a post on Instagram.
¡°Just try and withhold judgment,¡± Gustin said. ¡°And f*** whoever leaked that.¡±
The actor said in his post that people have told him and his parents for most of his life that he was too thin. ¡°I¡¯ve had my own journey of accepting it,¡± Gustin wrote. ¡°But there¡¯s a double standard where it¡¯s ok to talk s*** about a dude¡¯s body. I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can through out these seasons. I¡¯m naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected by stress.¡± The result is that it¡¯s difficult for Gustin to gain weight.
¡°I¡¯m happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way,¡± Gustin wrote in part of his lengthy post. ¡°Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on tv or film or whatever it may be someday.¡±
As much as Gustin dislikes the focus on his physique, he emphasized his approval of the tweaks to his superhero garb, which he said is still a work in progress. A more complete version will star alongside Gustin when The Flash returns to the CW on Oct. 9.