Major Brian Laundrie updates on how his parents can be seen for the first time since The Gabby Petito Story Lifetime Movie & Backlash

BRIAN Laundrie’s parents have been seen on Lifetime for the first time since The Gabby Petito Story film debuted.

The film, which follows the story of Petito and Laundrie on their ill-fated road trip across the country, has drawn significant backlash in the days following its Oct. 1 premiere.

Roberta Laundrie was spotted outside her home on Monday

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Roberta Laundrie was spotted outside her home on MondayCredit: The US Sun
Christopher Laundrie was also captured outside the Laundrie family home

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Christopher Laundrie was also captured outside the Laundrie family homeCredit: The US Sun
Fans have slammed the new Lifetime movie about Brian and Gabby

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Fans have slammed the new Lifetime movie about Brian and GabbyCredit: Lifetime
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were traveling across the country together on a Van Life trip last year when she disappeared

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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were traveling across the country together on a Van Life trip last year when she disappearedPhoto credit: Instagram

Both Roberta and Christopher Laundrie were spotted outside their home in North Port, Florida on Monday.

Wearing a large slouch hat, Roberta walked over to a pickup truck parked in the laundry driveway.

Christopher, meanwhile, appeared to be checking out the property after Hurricane Ian before joining Roberta in the truck.

Her house was hit in the storm’s path but does not appear to be damaged.

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The laundries have kept a low profile amid various lawsuits being pursued against them by the Petito family, as well as the premiere of the Lifetime movie.

“A BAD AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL”

The Gabby Petito Story premiered on Saturday October 1st with Skyler Samuels as Gabby and Evan Hall as Laundrie.

Both actors faced significant backlash for their participation in the film.

“I honestly don’t know what to think about it. I feel like I’m watching a bad after school special,” one person wrote on Twitter. “And Gabby seemed more shy in real life than she did in this movie.”

“You already have a show about Gabby Petito? Seems gross,” wrote another.

“This #GABBYPETITO Film is very spasmodic. I can honestly imagine Brian being weird the way this character plays him. He makes a jealous narcissist.”

Other viewers took shots at the actors, saying they were “too old” to play Gabby and Laundrie.

“Why did they cast thirty year olds looking old to play Gabby Petito and Brian???” one person wrote.

“Seeing the Gabby Petito Story and the actors playing Gabby and Brian look about 10 years older than they were in real life,” said another with a laughing emoji.

“THAT IS SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER”

Other actors have defended their decision to star in the film.

Douglas Taurel, who plays Gabby’s father Joe Petito, spoke exclusively to The US Sun about his decision to take on the role.

Taurel admitted he ignored the case that had gripped the country last summer until he was cast in the film.

“When the story came out, I saw it on TV, I was just like the rest of the nation, but I mostly ignored it because I didn’t want to see it on TV because I knew it was someone’s family,” Taurel said.

“I know people have been talking about it and blogging about it, and I just felt like this is actually someone’s daughter. I don’t need to watch his tragedy.”

After being cast for the role, Taurel began researching the details of the doomed young couple’s story, using his own experience as a father of two to empathize with the mindset of Joe Petito, who the nation came to know a father desperately looking for his daughter.

“What I deduced from watching [Joe’s interviews] time and time again that he had a public and a private personality,” Taurel shared with family, but also for Gabby.

“I don’t know when the time is right. As an actor, you just step into the role that’s being presented to you and try to present it with as much integrity, truth and honesty as possible,” Taurel said of the film’s timing.

“At some point, the story has to be told and I think the most important thing is to raise awareness about violence against women to reinforce this important message for all women.”

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While the Petito family didn’t give their approval for the film, Taurel said he wanted them to know the project was meant to honor Gabby.

“We’re trying to honor Gabby’s life and legacy and the way she’s lived her life and bring the family respect for what they’re going through,” he told The US Sun.

Christopher Laundrie hasn't been seen much lately

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Christopher Laundrie hasn’t been seen much latelyCredit: The US Sun
Christopher was seen surveying his property after Hurricane Ian

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Christopher was seen surveying his property after Hurricane IanCredit: The US Sun
Christopher and his wife have kept a low profile

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Christopher and his wife have kept a low profileCredit: The US Sun

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