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Christina Anstead Fires Back at Comments Saying She's an "Absent" Parent

The Flip or Flop star is striking back against her critics amid her divorce from Ant Anstead.

Flip or Flop star Christina Anstead is firing back at fans who've criticized her as a parent recently. After commenters accused her of not pulling her weight when it comes to parenting her three kids, the HGTV host responded to her critics via Instagram. In a post she put up late on Nov. 4, Anstead opened up about the difficulties she's had in 2020 amid her divorce from husband Ant Anstead and called on her followers to be kinder to her and other parents. Read on to discover how the star is dealing with her new normal. And for more insight into your favorite HGTV families, Here's How Chip and Joanna Gaines' Kids Really Feel About Being on TV.


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This year has been incredibly isolating. Activities like church, travel, dinner, movies, sports- canceled. No longer seeing my friends smiling faces on set (all covered by masks) it all feels like shit. So many changes for so many people. So despite what you see on Instagram most people are struggling. When I get told "you must be an absent mother because you are not with your kids" – smh wake up people. I hardly post anymore … and I def do not want to post my kids every freaking day to make it a contest of who's a better parent 🤦🏼‍♀️ f that. This doesn't mean I'm not with my kids – it means the opposite – I am with them- I'm present. So stop parent shaming people, stop choosing sides when there is no side to choose. My point being – when you see stuff on here take it all with a grain of salt. There is a whole lot of Filters and fake smiles. I've been guilty of faking it too. We are all struggling – some of us are just better at "masking" it.

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"This year has been incredibly isolating," Anstead captioned an Instagram photo of herself. "Despite what you see on Instagram, most people are struggling."

Anstead also explained that the criticism she's received over posts that don't include her children are baseless.

"When I get told 'you must be an absent mother because you are not with your kids' – smh wake up people," Anstead wrote. "I hardly post anymore … and I def do not want to post my kids every freaking day to make it a contest of who's a better parent."

Anstead explained that her choice not to post photos of her children was actually something she'd done mindfully. "This doesn't mean I'm not with my kids – it means the opposite – I am with them- I'm present," she wrote.

Anstead's missive comes hot on the heels of her estranged husband, Ant, and ex-husband, Tareq El Moussa, posting photos of themselves with their kids on Halloween, with both men earning praise from fans for their involvement as parents.

The reality star even seemed to defend her exes in her post, encouraging fans to "stop parent shaming people [and] stop choosing sides when there is no side to choose."

Anstead isn't the only parent who's getting real about her parenting choices—read on to discover more stars who've fought off parent-shamers online. And for more feuds about pictures of famous kids online, check out Megan Fox Slams Ex Brian Austin Green for Posting a Photo of Their Kid.

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Megan Fox

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Megan Fox wasn't about to let estranged husband Brian Austin Green off the hook for posting a photo of himself and the couple's youngest child, Journey, on Halloween.

"You're so intoxicated with feeding the pervasive narrative that I'm an absent mother, and you are the perennial, eternally dedicated dad of the year. You have them half of the time. Congratulations you truly are a remarkable human!" she commented on the post. Green responded by cropping the little one out of the photo. And for more A-list offspring, Pierce Brosnan's Model Sons Will Totally Remind You of Their Dad.

Ayesha Curry

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Ayesha Curry wasn't having it when she was criticized by followers in 2019 after revealing on Instagram that her then-10-month-old son, Canon, weighed 30 pounds. After some suggested that Curry "portion control" the baby's food, she responded, "Excuse you? No. Just no." And for more celebrity news delivered to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Cardi B

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Cardi B came to the defense of both husband Offset and toddler daughter Kulture after fans slammed the Migos rapper for buying the 2-year-old an Hermès Birkin bag.

In an Instagram story, Cardi said that fans would likely find something to criticize about their child no matter how she was dressed, adding, "I'm not mad that Daddy bought baby a Birkin. She's gonna match Mommy." And for more on how your favorite stars parent, check out The 2 Surprising Words Matthew McConaughey Won't Let His Kids Say.

Rachel Zoe

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Stylist and reality star Rachel Zoe wasn't about to let her detractors come for her sons' style. After being criticized online for letting her 5-year-old son Kaius wear his hair long, The Zoe Report founder told People that she had no plans to cut it. "My son thinks he has cool surfer hair," Zoe explained. "He loves his hair. He thinks it's cool." And for more lighthearted Instagram content on celeb kids and their moms, check out Kate Hudson's Lookalike Son Does a Hilarious Impersonation of Her.

Sarah Crow
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