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Benedict Cumberbatch Discusses ‘Obsessive’ Fans, Accusing Them Of ‘Stalking’

'I think it’s to do with the idea that the ‘Internet’s boyfriend’ can’t actually belong to anyone else but the Internet.'

05/10/2016 14:10

Benedict Cumberbatch has opened up about life in the spotlight, revealing the impact the his fans - often referred to as the ‘Cumberbitches’ - can have.

While, for the most part, fans are supportive and wish the ‘Sherlock’ star well, there’s a small group whose behaviour does not impress Benedict.

Addressing the matter in a new interview with Vanity Fair, he labelled their behaviour “stalking”.

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Benedict said: “There are people who believe that my wife is a P.R. stunt and my child is a P.R. stunt.

“I think really it’s to do with the idea that the ‘Internet’s boyfriend’ can’t actually belong to anyone else but the Internet. It’s impossible he belongs to anyone but me.

“And that’s what stalking is. That’s what obsessive, deluded, really scary behavior is.”

While Benedict’s work obviously puts him in the limelight, the actor does his best to shield his family from it, marrying Sophie Hunter in a private ceremony last year.

He also opted to not go down the route of selling images of newborn son Christopher, when Sophie gave birth in the months that followed.

The actor is currently gearing up for the release of his first Marvel film, ‘Doctor Strange’, and will also return to the small screen as Sherlock in early 2017.

You can read Benedict’s full Vanity Fair interview here.

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