New mum Hilary Duff has reached out to fans after she was photographed with a cigarette on a night out over the weekend (16-17Jun12), insisting she was just holding the stub for a friend.
The singer/actress, who gave birth to baby Luca in March (12), was on a rare evening out in Los Angeles, but she sent gossips into a spin by seemingly lighting up.
Duff has now spoken out about the snap, admitting she's upset about the picture as she was only holding the cigarette for a pal.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Yikes me holding a cigarette for my friend might have been a bad idea! pretty bummed about the photo... Sorry guys, looks worst (sic) than it is!"