Stacey Solomon recalls teen mum stigma as she heaps praise on five children

Stacey Solomon has celebrated her first Mother’s Day as a mumma to five and she’s really feeling the love.

The former X Factor star, now 33, became a mum when she was 17 years of age, when she welcomed eldest Zachary, whose father is Dean Cox.

As well as the 14-year-old, Stacey is also a mum to Leighton, 10, from a previous relationship, and shares Rex, three, Rose, one, and latest addition Belle with husband Joe Swash.

The couple proudly boast a blended brood, as Joe has a 15-year-old son called Harry, whom he shares with former partner Emma Sophocleous.

Having been a mum since a young age herself, in celebration of Mother’s Day this year, Stacey wanted to share her pride at how she’s raised her kids, putting teen mum stigma firmly to rest.

‘I’ve been a mum since I was 17 years old. I barley remember life before becoming mum,’ she wrote on Instagram, alongside a slew of gorgeous snaps with her family.

‘I do remember all of the looks I’d get & all of the things that people would say when they saw a “child raising a child”. I can’t believe I am now a mummy of 5.’

She continued in the defiant caption: ‘And all I can say is, not one of those judgments or opinions back then were true.

‘No matter how real they felt I look at each of them now and I have never felt so proud. They are the kindest most amazing people and I was a part of that’.

Stacey went on: ‘Zachy, Leight, Rex, Rose, Belle You are all my biggest blessings. My greatest achievements. Every single one of you have made me who I am. I’m so grateful for you all. And it’s the biggest privilege raising you all. Forever my little pickles. To the moon and back always 🖤’.

She concluded: ‘Happy Mothers Day to all of you mum as out there. 🖤Sending lots of love to all of you who find today extremely difficult 😢’

The Loose Women panelist was met with a wealth of love in the comments, as fellow young mums related to her experiences.

‘I rarely make comments here but your post hit home. The judgments were real 38 years ago, it was the hardest time of my life but I would not swap it for anything. I’m so proud of my children and also proud myself. Any woman who survived a similar experience = massive respect. Xx’, one follower agreed.

‘Someone as happy and kind as you could only raise happy and kind babies ❤️❤️❤️xxx’, praised another.

‘You are an inspiration to your children ❤️ you became a mummy at a young age and look how far you have come ❤️you are incredible never stop reaching for the stars ✨’, one added.

This isn’t the first time Stacey has silenced the mum shamers.

The TV favourite recently treated herself to a manicure for the first time since baby Belle was born – but not everyone was a fan.

In fact, one troll went as far as messaging Stacey to tell her the nails were ‘very impractical’ for raising a newborn.

But, she had the last laugh and, in true Stacey style, killed them with kindness.

‘Well, I think they’re really practical!’, Stacey said before laughing.

‘They’re great for tickles, head strokes… Belle’s absolutely loving them!’, she assured.

‘This one’s really good for picking out bogies,’ she chuckled, holding up her little finger.

‘Will I end up with poo underneath them at the end of every day? Probably! But, I’ve got a nail brush, I wash my hands, it’ll be fine!’

Stacey also added text to the video reading: ‘Have a day off Wilma. It’ll be ok, I promise’.

Stacey, never change.

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