Megan Fox Rejected A Rose From A Young Fan And Was Never Able To Make Up For It After He Was Identified

By Khadija Pervez in Showbiz On 29th November 2023
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If you ever happen to be in the peculiar situation of purchasing flowers for Megan Fox, it's advisable to avoid selecting a bouquet of roses.

The 37-year-old actress once disregarded a heartfelt gesture from one of her dedicated young fans who attempted to present her with a token of affection. 

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This incident unfolded in the presence of a crowd of paparazzi who, unsurprisingly, captured the entire episode through their cameras.

At the age of 11, Harvey Kindlon, hailing from London, was among the countless fans who showed up to express their support for Megan during her time in the UK, where she was promoting Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

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Megan's portrayal of Mikaela Banes, the girlfriend of Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky in the sci-fi action franchise, catapulted her to stardom.

This led to a scenario where, wherever she went, she found men figuratively falling at her feet and swarms of young lads aspiring to win her favor.

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During Megan's visit to London in June 2009, Harvey took a chance to make his move. The now-infamous pictures capture him making a desperate attempt to approach Machine Gun Kelly's fiancée while she was being escorted by security.

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Harvey appeared extremely eager to present Megan with his gift, thrusting it within inches of her face.

However, despite his efforts, she seemed to ignore the young fan and continued on past him, wearing a rather disgusted expression

The images capturing the unsuccessful encounter rapidly gained international attention, triggering a wave of sympathy for the 11-year-old, who became known as 'Rose Boy' on the internet.

Even in the school playground, Harvey found himself teased about the chilly reception he faced, with the story gaining increasing traction, as he later shared with UNILAD.

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Megan Fox, then 23 years old, became aware of the controversy during a press junket for Transformers. 

In response, she offered a sincere and public apology to the boy, acknowledging the incident and expressing her regret.

She explained: "There were, like, 80 million people everywhere. It was dark, all I see are flashes. Everyone's yelling different things... and I didn't know that was happening.

"It breaks my heart. I feel so sad for him. That's so terrible. That kills me."

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Megan added: "I'm sorry sweet boy, I would never do that to you. I would gladly accept your rose if ever see you again.

"Paparazzi would not let you to me. I'm so embarrassed."

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The narrative took an unexpected turn when Kodak intervened, announcing a reward for anyone who could assist in locating Harvey.

In a generous gesture, the photography company also pledged $5,000 to help fulfill the boy's dream of meeting the star.

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Leslie Dance, Vice President of Kodak’s Worldwide Brand Marketing & Communications, told PerezHilton.com:

"It’s amazing how just a photograph can connect and change the lives of two complete strangers.

"If this photo is any indication, this boy was really hoping to meet Megan Fox and give her that rose, and we’d love to help make his fantastical wish come true."

The power of the internet swiftly came into play, and Harvey was successfully located. His cousin, Holly Bramley, later confirmed that the devoted fan would be flying to New York to meet Megan in person.

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The initial plan was for the two to reunite during Megan's stay in New York for a TV appearance.

Unfortunately, their highly anticipated meeting was thwarted when the show got canceled due to the sudden death of Michael Jackson. Megan returned to LA, and Harvey found himself snubbed for a second time.

Reports suggested that the organization of the meeting was poorly executed, lacking a definitive date and time for the 11-year-old to meet his idol.

Nevertheless, Harvey made the most of his newfound fame with a couch appearance on Good Morning America, enjoying his 15 minutes in the spotlight.

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Interestingly, it turned out that the rose Harvey attempted to give Megan wasn't even his; it belonged to his cousin Cassie. Cassie, a fan of the actor herself, had found a yellow rose to offer to Megan as she walked past.

The saying "never meet your heroes" takes on a new meaning in Harvey's case, with the double rejection perhaps serving as a cautionary sign for him to take heed.