The Only Way Is Essex star Sam Faiers introduced her new baby to the world this week, but instead of responding to messages of congratulations she has had to defend herself against criticism from online trolls for her baby name choice.
The 25 year old from Brentwood gave birth to her baby boy on 29th December 2015, with partner Paul Knightley, but had kept the name under wraps until yesterday.
In an interview with this week’s OK! magazine, the couple announced they would be naming their first child, Paul Tony, after his father.
Sam took to her social media accounts to share the new with her 1.5 million Instagram followers, saying; ‘Just a few hours old our beautiful baby…Look at those lips we can’t help but just kiss him all the time.’
Whilst traditional name Paul is certainly more normal in a world of celebrity babies called North and Saint, it seems many fans weren’t pleased with the choice.
One commenter said; ‘Such an adorable baby boy. Such an awful name though…each to their own I suppose.’
Another added; ‘Sounds like a Basildon nightclub doorman! Lol.’
However the television personality hasn’t taken the criticism lying down and chose to quote one of her more loyal fans, Shelly Webster.
Shelly said; ‘I actually cannot believe the comments on here I wonder if any of them have children of their own? i wonder if they know what it feels like to carry a child for 9months go through labor [sic] be blessed with a healthy child and have the honor of calling him after his father…and all they can think of is oh no Paul?!! I think it’s beautiful and is a real display of love on ur behalf for ur partner.’
Sam only added; ‘Couldn’t have put this in better words myself. Thank you x’
The comeback picture has now been liked nearly 17k times, clearly indicating that many people support Sam and her partner Paul, who she has been dating since 2014.
The couple told OK! that there were no other names considered; ‘We didn’t have any other names on the list, so he’s Paul and his middle name is Tony after Paul’s brother, his uncle Tony.’
However they are still calling the tot ‘baby’ for the time being, adding ‘we haven’t called him Paul yet.’
Sam was previously engaged to fellow TOWIE cast member Joey Essex.