Big Brother star Kate Lawler has opened up about the social media abuse that she has received after sharing a Mother's Day post.
Last month, Kate gave birth to her first child – a baby girl called Noa – and has been upfront about the newborn's ongoing health.
Kate posted a picture of her dogs on Mother's Day and wrote a caption that said: "It's not my first Mother’s Day. It's my 11th. Being a dog Mum is the best thing in the world. @baxterandshirley."
The Instagram post had mixed reactions, and some people started to post rude comments underneath the photo and criticised Kate's parenting.
The star has since uploaded her response and explained that she's been struggling to adapt to life as a new mum, mentioning that the hurtful comments have affected her massively.
"I want to address a recent post which has resulted in some extremely hurtful and abusive comments. On Mother's Day, I shared a photo of Baxter and Shirley. Nearly everyone reading this understands just how much I cherish my two doggies," she wrote.
"They are family members and before my daughter was born, Baxter and Shirley featured heavily on my Instagram feed / stories. So on Mother's Day I shared a photo of them as I do every Mother's Day and some of the comments are horrible."
Kate added that most of her recent posts have been about her daughter, and said that she has been truthful about parenthood, explaining that it has high and low points.
"Stop thinking that if you don't post a photo with your daughter or mum on social media for Mother's Day, you can't possibly love them," Kate wrote.
She added: "If you must know, being a mum to a newborn is not the best thing ever right now. It's broken me. I feel like I've been treading water since February 11th and the last two days I've felt like I'm at breaking point.
"I'm not coping well mentally and I wish I could be stronger for my daughter. I'm not enjoying what I'm going through, yes I'm struggling and you're right, I am sad behind the eyes because I've always taken on new challenges like a duck to water but this one is testing me and I feel like I'm failing.
"I'm not afraid to say it because thanks to people like you, there's far too much pressure on new parents to say how blissful the 'newborn bubble' is when really it's different for EVERY parent because EVERY baby is different."
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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