Dad of two Tom Fletcher has been criticised by parents for taking his son to the cinema, despite both of them being unwell.
McFly star Tom, who shares two children with his wife Giovanna, posted an adorable snap of himself and eldest son Buzz, two, enjoying a trip to the cinema together.
The black and white snap shows the pair excitedly waiting for their film to start, holding up their receipts with the caption: ‘We’re both sick so we’re having a father/son trip to the cinema to cheer ourselves up.’
However, not all of Tom’s 1.4m followers liked the photo, with many criticising the dad for taking his son out in public when he had a sickness bug.
One angry user commented: ‘Sorry you two are ill. I wish however you would have chosen to stay at home and not share your illness with others’, while another added: ‘Common cold fair enough but something as contagious as a sickness bug is pretty selfish to go to the cinema where other small children could be.
‘My son has been off school4 days due to a nasty cough cold. I’d hate that he’d spread it. Get well and stay in the warm x’
And the criticism kept coming, with many other parents agreeing that Tom’s actions were ‘irresponsible’.
‘I love the Fletchers but It IS a teeny bit irresponsible- with sick bugs you need to keep them contained’ one said, with another adding: ‘If it’s a sickness bug, then this is very selfish. Stay at home and watch a film!’
Just three hours before Tom’s photo, wife Giovanna had shared an Instagram snap explaining that the whole family had become poorly, revealing how the events unfolded in a timeline. It began:
’11:00: Get home from swanky InStyle BAFTA party.
11:01: Take make up off while eating cold pizza (the children’s leftovers)
11:05: Get lost in social media 11:48: Find the cat miaowing loudly at the window and let her in 11:50: Brush teeth 11:55: Get into bed next to a poorly Tom and close eyes 12:10: Hear Buzz running in, and then crying because he hit his head on the door handle 12:11: Get into Buzz’s bed, calm him down so he goes back to sleep 12:15: Ask Buzz to kindly stop pinching 12:16: Ask Buzz to stop pinching 12:17: Tell Buzz to stop pinching 12:18: All goes quiet 12:20: Buzz sits up and curls over. It takes me a second to realise he’s being sick. Carry him to the loo.’
The mum of two went on to describe how her eldest son was sick once more, before revealing:
‘It’s mummy’s turn to run to the loo and puke up the cold leftover pizza and the two nice cocktails she had at the posh event earlier… only no one is there to rub her back because they are all finally asleep.
The Fletchers are not very well.’
Many of the Giovanna’s 801k followers posted messages of sympathy for the star, with one saying: ‘Poor you G hope all of you get better soon xxx’ and another adding: ‘Nooooooo!!!!!! I hope you all feel better soon!’