Fergie just called out mum shamers for making her cry

And it's opening an important conversation about the phenomenon...

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And it's opening an important conversation about the phenomenon...

Mum shaming is a horrible and harmful modern phenomenon surrounding public shaming whereby mothers are publicly judged and criticised for how they are raising their children - with the insults focusing on everything from balancing motherhood and work to the foods their children eat or the clothes they are dressing them in.

Essentially - mum shaming is mothers tearing each other down - and it needs to stop.

No one knows this more than celebrity mums, whose parenting skills are constantly on display, with every move and decision scrutinised and debated by a global audience.

Victoria Beckham was mum shamed for kissing her daughter Harper on the lips, Reese Witherspoon received hate for letting her son have a cinnamon roll for breakfast and Chrissy Teigen was slated by mum-shamers for going out to dinner a month after giving birth to her daughter, Luna.

While these A-list women rise above the mum-shamers, they really shouldn’t have to, with daily parenting criticism on such a mass scale actually being pretty harmful.


The latest A-lister to speak out on the subject is 42-year-old Grammy award winning singer, Fergie.

The singer has stayed out of the spotlight over the past few months, following the announcement of her split from her partner of 13 years, Josh Duhamel.

Now the singer who shares son Axl Jack with Duhamel, has opened up about mum shaming in an interview on Lorraine - and it’s incredibly powerful.

‘It's the worst,’ Fergie explained during the TV interview. ‘I remember going to the studio the first couple of times and sobbing in the car. It was the weirdest thing ever. That had never happened to me in my life. I'm going, “What is this?”’

She continued: ‘As women, the men can have all the career in the world and still have children. But if you're a mum and you have a career it's the mummy shaming: “You can't do that anymore, you're a mum!.”’

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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