McBusted singer Tom Fletcher has taken to Facebook to defend his wife after she recieved shocking ‘bump shaming’ from a stranger.
Yesterday Giovanna revealed the cruel words another woman had used about her ‘tummy’ having only given birth to her second son Buddy Bob at the end of February.
The 31-year-old mum said; ‘A few days ago I had a near stranger point at my stomach, laugh and say – oh look, Mummy’s still got her tummy.
‘This was eleven days after giving birth. I was so shocked I laughed. But the words have stuck with me. Obviously. It wasn’t left there either as there was another comment about my face ‘slimming down’.’
The father of two wanted to show his support for his wife, and told his 275k Facebook fans; ‘So proud of my beautiful wife Giovanna Fletcher for sharing this. I loved her bump when our boys were in it and I love it now!’
‘There’s so much pressure on women to rapidly get their bodies back to “normal” post-birth and careless comments, whether meaning to cause offence or not, can be so damaging and impactful.’
Tom explained that new mums should be supported for ‘what they have endured through pregnancy, labour and after’ regardless of their shape or size.
Giovanna shared the candid story and a shot of herself in the mirror with her 614k followers on her social media account.
The new mum explained how she was baffled over the stranger’s need to share her thoughts in public, but the negative criticism hadn’t stopped her loving her body; ‘Yes, I still have a bump. But that bump kept my little baby boy safe for a whole nine months.’
Explaining why all mums should learn to love their imperfections she continued; ‘That bump has filled my world with even more love and light than I knew possible. That bump is a miracle worker. My bump will slowly go over time, but I’ll never stop being thankful to it and my body for everything it’s given me.’
Not only does Giovanna, who is the sister of TOWIE reality star Mario Falcone, have son Buddy but she’s also mum to two-year-old son Buzz.
Tom and Giovanna are well known on social media for sharing insights about their family life, they most recently shared a video called ‘Live from the Delivery Room’ to their YouTube channel.
The photo has already received over 12k likes and nearly 400 comments – clearly showing it has resonated with other new mums.
There have been lots of supportive comments, Bonnie said; ‘I wouldn’t worry about random negative people .its none of their business and you’ve born 2 babies And a loving husband’
While Amy McEwan said; ‘What a horrible person!! You bloody embrace that tummy. It’s a gift and the most wonderful thing in the world. I put on a lot of weight since having my son but the only persons opinion I care about is his.’
Others shared their own experiences of post-pregnancy body shaming; ‘My husband’s uncle asked me if I was “carrying again” 5 days after having my little girl. Knob head.’