Bumble, the dating app that lets women make the first move in hetero pairings, just made a gaffe when it deleted sometime Bay Area resident Sharon Stone's dating profile, believe it was a fake. It was not!
Stone tweeted about the blunder ("Don't shut me out of the hive!") and the company subsequently apologized and reinstated her account, as CNN reports. The 61-year-old Oscar nominee was just trying to put herself out there, but some Bumble users flagged the profile as probably bogus. The company issued a statement saying, "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."
After Stone's tweet made the viral rounds, there were many reactions from women on Twitter who are also trying to find mates on the apps, as BuzzFeed noted. "If Sharon Stone can't get a date, there is no fucking hope for any of us. I'm sorry but stop trying," writes Twitter user @downhellfromher. "As if dating wasn’t hard enough we have to compete with Sharon Stone now," wrote Nikki Savage.
Bumble also had to confirm to BuzzFeed that "her profile is authentic and that the whole incident was not part of a promotional campaign."
Stone is best known for her 1990s roles in Basic Instinct and Casino, but she was cast earlier this year in a new Ryan Murphy prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest called Ratched, with Sarah Paulson playing a young Nurse Ratched in the 1940s. That is set to drop on Netflix sometime — probably in 2020.
Stone resided in the Bay Area during and after her marriage to former SF Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein, between 1998 and 2004. She and Bronstein adopted a son together, Roan Joseph Bronstein, in 2000, and she has two other adopted sons, Laird Vonne and Quinn Kelly Stone. She's been a frequent figure at Bay Area events in recent years, including as host and attendee at the annual HotBed benefit in Tiburon. Her primary residence is now in West Hollywood, in a home once owned by Montgomery Clift, and she has remained unmarried the last 15 years.
She maintains an active social media presence on Twitter and Instagram, where she is a big fan of posting #TBT photos of her younger self.
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia, 2017