Sharon Stone gets blocked on dating app

Actress Sharon Stone's account on Bumble was blocked after the company received several reports that her profile was fake.
Actress Sharon Stone's account on Bumble was blocked after the company received several reports that her profile was fake. PHOTO: SHARON STONE/INSTAGRAM

NEW YORK • Bumble opted to play it safe when it received tip-offs from users that someone was masquerading as actress Sharon Stone on the dating site.

Its staff sent a note to "Sharon Stone", saying that her account "has been blocked because we've received several reports about your profile being fake".

But if Bumble employees had further investigated or called the person, they would have found out that it was really the Basic Instinct star who is looking for romance.

Stone, 61, tweeted a plea on Monday to the company to boot up her account again, writing in jest: "Don't shut me out of the hive."

She noted that the situation came about because "some users reported that it couldn't possibly be me".

Bumble's editorial director Clare O'Connor got the message, reached out to Stone on Twitter to notify that her account had been unblocked and signed off with "hope you find your honey".

The company also issued a statement, saying: "Our apologies for the confusion as we're so honoured that Stone wants to be a part of the Hive.

"However, being the icon that she is, we can understand how so many of our users felt it was too good to be true once they noticed her profile wasn't photo verified.

"Photo verification is just one of the many ways to connect with confidence on Bumble."

Stone, who found success in the 1980s and 1990s after appearing in films such as Total Recall and Casino, dated Italian real-estate mogul Angelo Boffa, 42, for nine months before they split in October last year.

She was previously married to television producer Michael Greenburg and newspaper executive Phil Bronstein.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2020, with the headline 'Sharon Stone gets blocked on dating app'. Print Edition | Subscribe