When will the tabloids ever learn to stop messing with moms?
British singer and reality television star Stacey Solomon, 26, who was a finalist in the 2009 season of the UK's version of "X Factor," found herself targeted by UK tabloid The Sun over the weekend. The headline compared Solomon's bikini body to that of another former "X-Factor" star's, 18-year-old Louisa Johnson, calling Solomon a "top flop" and Johnson a "top star."
Solomon, who is a single mother of Zachary, 8, and Leighton, 4, struck back at The Sun quickly and firmly: "I LOVE MY BODY," she wrote on Facebook next to an image of the tabloid's page. "My boobs are a result of being pregnant and breastfeeding, and I love them. I am just as sexy!"
"When I saw the article, I half laughed and half wanted to shed a tear," Solomon told TODAY Parents. "I laughed, because luckily, I am very proud of who and what I am and I work hard to be happy and healthy, as ultimately, that's all that matters to me. It made me emotional because I though about all of the mothers, women, or girls out there who may read the article and feel as though they need to have perfectly perky boobs and a tiny frame to be 'getting it right,' which is just ridiculous."
Solomon also felt it was wrong of The Sun to compare the women's bodies at all. "Louisa is absolutely beautiful in her own right, and no where EVER should two women be compared to one another in order to distinguish the 'better' woman," she said. "We are all perfect in our own ways, and as long as you're healthy and happy, that really is the be all and end all."
The singer, who is in Ibiza with her family on holiday, drew instant support from her fans with her post, which had more than 20K likes and almost a thousand comments less than 24 hours after she wrote it. One commenter wrote in solidarity, " I'm sick of feeling insecure because I don't have the perfect body. Yes, I've had kids, yes I'm in my forties, and no, I don't go to the gym or diet."
Another wrote, "You look amazing. I've had three children and breast fed all three, and I could probably sweep the floor with my boobs, but I'm proud that they were used to feed my babies. They're not there for other people to cast judgment."
Solomon thanked her fans for the support on Twitter, posting a picture of herself in her bikini and flanked by her smiling little boys. Telling her fans how much their comments mean to her, she assured them, "Currently swinging my saggy maggies on holiday with these two."
"Everybody is completely different, and we need to start treating everyone as an individual and celebrating what's beautiful about them," Solomon said. "Here's to appreciating the wonderfully subjective term of beauty!"
So moms, swing your saggy maggies proudly. Stacey Solomon and social media will have your back (and your front)!