McCartan was doing a Q&A on his Instagram when he claimed that in 2016, his fiancée cheated on him and left. Fans quickly deduced that he was referring to Cameron, who he was engaged to in 2016. The couple were together for three years and engaged for less than six months before splitting.
Someone had asked the 26-year-old what the proudest moment of his life was, and he chose the reported infidelity angle to discuss how proud he was of himself for getting through one of the most challenging times of his life. He went on to talk about what happened to him after Cameron allegedly cheated.
“I almost died from food poisoning and Donald Trump was elected president. I truly didn’t think I would be able to make it through that part of my life.”
News of the actor’s allegations spread to Cameron’s social media feed. She responded with a subtle dig on her Twitter.
The Disney Channel actress found a photo with the following phrase.
“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you.”
She quote-tweeted the image with her own response of “beautiful.”
Her followers believed she was throwing shade at McCartan’s remarks.
— Dove Cameron (@DoveCameron) January 17, 2020
However, McCartan didn’t take long to backtrack his previous statement about Cameron being unfaithful to him during their brief engagement. A day after the Q&A, E! News reported that he went on Instagram with a lengthy announcement clarifying his prior comments. The post featured an image that read, “in response to current social media stories.”
He claimed that his remarks were “darkly misconstrued” and then went on to say the following.
“I think Dove and I fundamentally agree about our relationship with one another. We were young, and immature. Our relationship was dysfunctional. We were a bad match.”
McCartan followed up by stating that he was entitled to his opinions on their relationship, even if Cameron didn’t think they were true. He also accused Cameron of lying about him in the past.
“We have individual and conflicting perspectives on the dysfunction of our relationship,” he wrote.
Despite his apparent misgivings about Cameron’s previous statements, McCartan claimed he wished her nothing but the best.
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I have elected to remain silent about my past because I thought it would be the most effective way to leave it where it belongs. I am no longer comfortable watching the events of my life become so darkly misconstrued. I would like to fairly and diplomatically write about this once and finally. • I think Dove and I fundamentally agree about our relationship with one another. We were young, and immature. Our relationship was dysfunctional. We were a bad match. • She has made claims about me and about our past that I don’t think are fair or even true, but she is entitled to her opinion. I have made claims about her and our past that I’m sure she doesn’t think are fair or true, but I am entitled to my opinion. We have individual and conflicting perspectives on the dysfunction of our relationship. That is very normal amongst exes. • I wish her nothing but the best. I am grateful for our relationship. I learned what love is by learning what it isn’t. People are allowed to be young and make mistakes. People are allowed to grow up and grow apart. • We are not at war with one another. This vortex of repetitive conflict is the result of freely and peacefully sharing our individual perspectives on our past, which is almost always followed by a myriad of social media posts creating a fight where there isn't one. Some of these outlets make their money on ads, clicks and controversy, and if they don’t have a story, they manufacture one. Any claims of lasting or current conflict between me and my previous partner have been methodically manufactured, and are baseless. • This paradigm is one that exists all over the social media landscape. It is my hope that consumers of social media will use this as an example to guard themselves against bias and hyperbole, and to increase their social media fluency in an increasingly untruthful world.
Aside from the vague tweet, Cameron has yet to make any formal response to her ex’s claims. She has since moved on to a relationship with her Descendants co-star, Thomas Doherty.