‘Outlander’ Star Caitriona Balfe Isn’t Pregnant, ‘Thanks For Asking’

Actress Caitriona Balfe attends the Starz FYC Day at The Atrium.
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Outlander star Caitriona Balfe recently gave a tutorial on when — and if — it’s okay to ask certain questions of a woman, doing so as she attended a round table discussion with co-star Sam Heughan.

Well, it seems that those who were asking the same deep questions about Balfe’s personal life — and midsection measurements — finally pushed the scales out of balance. The actress recently gave a cheeky response to some swirling rumors on Twitter, a response which received rave reviews from some of her female fans. Balfe thinks that people should check themselves before asking any woman if they are pregnant.

“To all those who think it’s appropriate to ask. No, I’m not pregnant, just having my period and was bloated…. so yeah… thanks for asking. #notreally #notallstomachsarewashboards.”

If many are indeed asking the former runway model, 39, about a little belly paunch — then others may also be in trouble. However, Balfe got support in the form of cute animal pictures and photos of other stomachs from her fans. Some of her followers also asked if she was sporting a natural stomach, a pregnancy bump, or a large meal from Taco Bell.

It seems as if all of the love, humor, and support worked — because the lovely Balfe responded quickly took to Twitter to respond to the discussion, saying that her fans had made her day.

“All you ladies posting, have made my day. Mad love for you all [three kissing emoji] #NotAllStomachsAreWashboards.”

Stylist reminded readers that there is never an appropriate time to ask a woman about the state of her abs.

“When is it OK to ask if a woman is pregnant? It’s a trick question, actually. Because it’s never OK. Speculation as to whether or not a woman is pregnant is insensitive and uncalled for.”

Balfe posted a photo of herself alongside Heughan and another surprising Outlander fan, rapper 50 Cent, to Twitter. In response — and instead of asking about the three new friends — many Twitter users wondered why the actor who plays Claire Fraser was, in their estimation, looking pregnant.

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Fans posting in support of Balfe stated that if the actor is expecting, and if she wants you to know, she’ll tell you. One fan also emphasized that, should Balfe prefer to keep her status to herself, “it’s none of anyone’s business.”

The hashtag #notallstomachsarewashboards took off across social media, with many users taking the opportunity to remind others that some things are simply private.

Balfe is not only getting support from women, but also from her male castmates. Heughan retweeted Balfe’s message about asking if a woman is expecting, and Richard Rankin — aka Roger Mackenzie on Outlander — toasted her boldness with his own Twitter post, one reminding her that she always looks great.

“On yersel’ Caitriona. Thought you looked as gorgeous as ever, myself.”