“I've definitely felt pressure from people – people I don't know, and even people I do know."
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Stacey Solomon has opened up about the guilt she felt about having three children with three different men.
The 29-year-old TV presenter is expecting her third child with boyfriend Joe Swash, and is also mum to 11-year-old Zachary and Leighton who is seven, with two previous partners.
“I did feel guilty about having babies with different dads. I didn’t want my kids to have a negative or confused upbringing,” she told Closer.
“There’s a stigma about having babies with different partners.”
The presenter and singer added that she’s gotten comments about her family situation, which unsurprisingly affected her.
“I’ve definitely felt pressure from people – people I don’t know, and even people I do know. Even those close to me have had their opinions on it, and that can hurt,” she admitted.
Stacey added that although there is a stigma she has a positive relationship with both the fathers, and says the Zachary and Leighton are very loved. She also credits Joe will being a hands-on stepdad.
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“My boys are incredibly loved – by me and their fathers, and by Joe, who is just another positive male role model in their lives. And that can only be good for them. They are so content and confident and happy,” she said.
It seems poor Stacey is often forced to defend her actions, as earlier this week she hit back at a troll who implied she wasn’t smart enough to go to university.
While chatting about education and whether or not everyone should go to university on Loose Women, Stacey said: “For one it isn’t accessible to everybody, so it’s not always an option and for two I just don’t think that it’s imperative.”
“I don’t feel any less of a person, or any less broad, or any less able to do a job because I haven’t been to university,” she added.
While most would agree that this was a totally valid point, one man on the internet had a problem with it.
“Not being funny here!, but I really doubt Stacey could have gotten into a university. And truth be told if it wasn’t for a lucky Break on X factor, then she’d probably still be working in a cafe (nothing wrong with cafe work), but she certainly wouldn’t have the same money,” he said.
Well able to stand up for herself, Stacey replied to the man, saying: “I have a national diploma equivalent to 3 As at A-level & could have gone to university, if I could afford it,” she explained.
“I’m an intelligent capable human. Your opinion demonstrates a lack of education and ability to see past stereotypical traits in a human that society deems unintelligent,” she concluded.
We can’t wait for Stacey’s little baba to arrive!