He impressed superhero buffs in Superman, stole the hearts of gamers across the globe in The Witcher - but now Henry Cavill has hit headlines for his personal life. He went public with his new girlfriend Natalie Viscuso last month, but the public did not respond well to the news. Now Cavill has hit back at the naysayers ...

Cavill has had an impressive professional life ...

But it seems his personal life is a little bit more problematic.

The thirty-eight-year-old initially gained fame from his portrayal of the iconic superhero, Superman.

The star played the infamous role across 3 different movies: Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.

But, these days, most of you will undoubtedly know him best from his eye-widening role in the Netflix show, The Witcher.

How could any of us forget this?

Henry's portrayal of the monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, has gained the actor a whole new fanbase...

For reasons which are pretty obvious - Just look at him. 

People were quick to fall in love with Geralt...

Which can only be credited to Henry's dedication and passion for the role.

Because it turns out that Henry went to extreme lengths to envision his character during filming.

The actor, who wore a weathered suit of armor and a long silver wig during filming, is said to have taken it all so seriously that he even “made breakfast" and slept in his costume.

The Witcher producer, Lauren Schmidt, explained: “He wanted, for instance, for the armor to look like it had been worn for years and years. So, he made breakfast in it and he would sleep in it."

According to the team, Henry was hugely invested in his character.

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“We were like ‘you don’t have to do that by the way’, but he’s that invested in embodying his character. It was important to him. It’s one of the reasons why Henry is such an important member of our team."

He had to gain a tremendous amount of muscle for the role also...

And the actor reportedly got so ripped that he would tear through his costumes. Tim Aslam told Polygon that, during filming, Henry's “muscles wore down the leather at such an alarming rate" that replacements were “near-constantly" being made to ensure he was camera-ready.

Henry Cavill also rocked the role of Sherlock in Netflix's Enola Holmes.

Which people were simply obsessed with.

But there's another aspect of Cavill's life that hasn't been such an unmitigated success. 

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His love life ...

Last month, Cavill went public with his girlfriend.

"This is me looking quietly confident shortly before my beautiful and brilliant love Natalie, destroys me at chess."

Natalie Viscuso shared the same picture.

Saying: "Just teaching my dear Henry how to play some chess...or...maybe he let me win?"

Fans quickly started to research the woman who had stolen Cavill's heart.

And found some surprising stuff ...

Like, for example, she's been the subject of an episode of My Super Sweet Sixteen way back in 2005.

"Natalie has just moved from dull Roswell, New Mexico to glamorous La Jolla, California to live with her wealthy dad and step mom. At 15 years old, Natalie is now living in a $5 million house and cruising around town in her dad's Bentley's and Ferraris. What more could she want? How about being the most popular girl at school?" the episode description reads.

Overall, it seems people haven't been too happy about the relationship.​

With many comments coming from a place of jealousy.

Obviously, people are entitled to have an opinion.

But it seems that constant speculation and hate have been really getting to Cavill.

Because today, he took to Instagram to address the trolls.

"Dear fans and followers, I wanted to make a wee community announcement. I couldn't help but notice that there has been some social animosity of late," he started his announcement.

"It's becoming increasingly prevalent on my feed. There has been lots of, let's call it speculation for now, about my private life and professional partnerships."

"Now, while I do appreciate the passion and support by those very people who are 'speculating,' it has come to such a point that I needed to say something, which in itself, is a bad thing."

"We are living in an age of social enlightenment."

"More and more, people are realizing that their views may have been blinkered and that they need to expand them to encompass others. So, to you out there who are expressing your disdain and showing your displeasure through a surprising variety of ways, it's time to stop."

"I know it can be fun to speculate, to gossip, and to dive into our own personal echo chambers on the internet, but your 'passion' is misplaced, and it causes harm to the people I care about most."

"Even your most conservative of negative assumptions about both my personal and professional life just aren't true."

"Let's embrace this age of social enlightenment together, and move forward with positivity. I am very happy in love and in life."

"I'd be enormously grateful if you were happy with me. If you can't bring yourself to be happy with me, then at the very least try to do yourself proud and be the best version of yourself."

While it's a shame he's had to address the hate, we hope this statement will put an end to things!

We hope they're really happy together.

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