Daytime chat show Loose Women received backlash from viewers after interviewing visibly distressed Chanelle Hayes, with fans calling it ‘exploitative’ and ‘uncomfortable to watch’.
New mum Chanelle Hayes was a guest on the panel to talk about her split from boyfriend Ryan Oates.
‘Ryan decided to leave which is fine, he’s not left the kids, he’s left me’, she said while dabbing her eyes with a tissue.
The pair met on dating site Tinder last February and, while having a baby wasn’t in the plan, Chanelle said: ‘I wouldn’t change my children for the world.’
Before adding that she would ‘marry [Ryan] tomorrow, I love him to pieces’.
Loose Women panellist Penny Lancaster comforts Chanelle
It was the 30-year-old’s first TV interview since she announced the split on Twitter and she couldn’t stop crying and struggled to get her words out.
As she tried to put the pain of her heartbreak – and sleep deprivation from looking after newborn son, Frankie – into words, Chanelle couldn’t speak and the Loose Women hosts had to do most of the talking for her.
And now viewers have taken to Twitter to criticise the ITV show for ‘using’ vulnerable Chanelle.
One fan queried: ‘The Chanelle Hayes interview was dreadful. I would like to know why you thought it was acceptable to put this vulnerable woman through this for the purpose of entertainment?’
‘This is so uncomfortable to watch. Why is she doing this, far too much too early,’ another added.
A third tweeted: ‘Exploitative and poorly judged. It was painful to watch her so vulnerable.’
However, there were plenty of fans tweeting in support of the heartbroken reality TV star.
‘You did so well on loose women today… keep strong,’ one fan tweeted. While another wrote: ‘You were incredibly brave bless you.’
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A third wrote: ‘Stay strong . Saw u on Loose Women. Focus on your kids. Us Yorkshire lasses are tough!’
After the Twitter outpour, Chanelle herself took to Twitter to thank the Loose Women team for their support.
‘Thanks to the team and all the ladies at Loose Women this aft for being so kind to me. Will see you all soon with hopefully a less depressing reason for being with you! #girlpower’, she tweeted.