Since becoming a mom in March, Maren Morris has quickly learned that being a mom in the age of social media is not easy.
The superstar experienced mom-shaming first-hand late last month after sharing a photo of herself and her son Hayes on the lake in a massive inflatable golf cart. The adorable snap, in which “The Bones” singer captioned “Motor-floatin,” featured Morris and Hayes soaking up the sun in matching swimsuits. Internet trolls were quick to flood the post with comments about the safety and well-being of her infant son, criticizing her for having him in the water without a life jacket on.
That instance prompted Morris to make the decision to no longer share photos of his face on social media.
“I’m gonna be a little more private about [Hayes],” Morris, 30, revealed during an interview with Andy Cohen on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live. She went on to reveal that she will no longer display her son’s “face in photos on social media anymore.”
“It’s been so fun sharing photos of him, but I feel like … you know, I can take someone saying my music sucks or I’m ruining country music, but for some reason, the mother card, I can’t emotionally handle right now,” she continued. “So I was like, ‘I’m just gonna protect myself and him from it.'”
Morris went on to clarify that Hayes was not in a dangerous situation when the photo was taken.
“But I will say, he was completely safe. We were tied to a dock; I was in a foot of water on a float to get a photo,” she said.
At the time, her husband, Ryan Hurd, came to her defense on social media, writing, “I’d like to say, my wife usually doesn’t need me to defend her, but she’s a great mom, and my kid was not unsafe on a float in 1 feet [sic] of water being held by an adult with 5 people watching so she could get a picture.”
Cohen and Morris both agreed on one thing: “people are a–holes on social media.”
“They really are,” the Grammy-winner agreed.
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