Earlier this week, a video of Lindsay Lohan went viral, in which she offered a young fan words of encouragement as she prepared to come out to her parents. It was heartwarming stuff, and generally the best publicity that Linds has had in a while, but in a new twist, she has since asked the fan to take the video down.

In case you missed it, Lohan went viral this week after a TikTok used named Alana booked a video of her through the Cameo app, asking if the actress could tell her parents she was queer, so she wouldn’t have to. The actress responded, and while she did not do exactly as requested, she left a very sweet message, telling the youngster:

“Hi, Alana, it’s Lindsay Lohan. I know that you are about to take a very big step in telling your parents who you truly are and what you want them to accept of you — and I think you should do it yourself. I think that coming from you, you’ll feel a lot of power and strength. And it’s important that you are who you truly are, and that you love yourself and that you can live by that and tell your parents that.”

Alana posted the video to TikTok, where it went viral and was picked up by various outlets – including ours – as a feelgood story. According to Variety, though, Linds was not happy about it, and this week, Alana received a message from the star’s official Cameo account, saying: “Hi! Just wanted to ask if you could take the cameo down because it was private for your use only.”

Cameo is a platform on which fans can purchase personalised video messages from their favourite celebrities, many of whom don’t come cheap. The videos are commonly shared on social media, and Cameo itself has made it clear that there is no issue with users sharing their unedited videos.

Alana has since successfully come out to her parents, and says that she is “confused” by Lohan’s request but plans to leave the video up, saying that the message remains important. Lohan has not commented further as to why she asked the video to be removed.

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