The 36-year-old Scottish actress Louise Linton is speaking out for the first time with Washington Life magazine since facing backlash following an Instagram post in which she called Oregon’s Jenni Miller “adorably out of touch” after Miller criticized an Instagram post by Linton about her designer clothes and accessories.
“I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics,” Louise Linton tells Washington Life magazine. “It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending,” she told, adding, “I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone.”
“I feel like I deserved the criticism, and my response is”, she tells Washington Life’s Virginia Coyne in an interview for the magazine’s September issue, released Tuesday. “Thanks for waking me up quickly and for turning me back in the right direction.” Linton also offered to work with Miller on some type of charity “in the spirit of unity and love.”
The Scottish actress was widely criticized last month after sharing a photo on Instagram showing her leaving a government plane while on a trip to Kentucky with her husband and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Along with the snapshot, Linton included hashtags for the numerous designer fashion brands she was seen sporting in the photo, including Hermes, Valentino and Tom Ford. She posted a picture on Instagram, tagging the specific design houses responsible for her luxurious items. One of her accessories alone, an Hermès “Birkin” bag, retails for more than $10,000.
Shortly thereafter, Linton deleted the tags to the designers, and ultimately made her Instagram account private, but not before she responded to a commenter who had criticized Linton’s trip and its cost. “I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown. But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function,” Linton told.
Miller sounded receptive to the idea Monday evening, per the Daily News, saying she would be “very happy” to work with Linton on a mutual cause. Linton’s new comments came during a photo shoot for the magazine that had been scheduled before the controversy. “I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown,” she says. “But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function.”
The day after Linton’s Instagram snafu, she publicly apologized, releasing a statement via her personal publicist. The Treasury Department confirmed Mnuchin had reimbursed the government for his wife’s travel to Kentucky.