Actress Jaime Pressly is being slammed on Instagram for admitting she has a ‘favorite’ child and insisting that they ‘have a special bond that no one else will ever match.’
The 42-year-old has three sons — 12-year-old Dezi and one-year-old twins Leo and Lenon — but she has no qualms about picking a favorite and proclaiming her preference publicly.
But after she shared her reasoning for favoring her eldest, social media users called her out, accusing her of inflicting lifelong damage on her other kids and pointing out that just because she thinks something doesn’t mean she has to write about it on Instagram.
Playing favorites: On October 5, Jaime Pressly shared a snap of herself with her eldest son Dezi — and the caption has some commenters horrified
Yikes! She wrote that he is her favorite of her three children, saying: ‘Dez and I have a special bond that no one else will ever match because we’ve grown up together’
On October 5, Jaime shared a snap of her smiling outside with son Dezi James Calvo, whom she shares with ex-fiancé Eric Cubiche.
‘Best time ever hangin with my favorite son, Dezi,’ she wrote. ‘That’s right I said it. I have a favorite son although I luv all 3 of my boys with everything I have in me.
‘Dez and I have a special bond that no one else will ever match because we’ve grown up together. #firstborn #iloveyou,’ she concluded.
Jaime also has twins with boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi, something her Instagram followers are well aware of.
Since she posted the admission, several of those followers have chastised her for admitting she has a favorite, particularly in such a public way.
Think twice before posting! Commenters have chastised her for admitting she has a favorite, particularly in such a public way
‘I feel so sorry for your other boys… I can’t imagine how this must make them feel. This is heartbreaking,’ wrote one.
The lesser children: Jaime has twin one-year-olds (pictured with Dezi)
‘This is ridiculous,’ chided another.
‘Literally any therapist would tell you how damaging this is to your other children. I’m sure you’re a great mom but this was not a cool thing to put out there… forever.’
‘I really truly hope that this is not how you really feel,’ another said. ‘If so, why use social media to make your other children feel bad. Please tell me this is a joke. Signed, 1 of 6. Not the favorite.
Other shared their own memories of being the children of parents with clear favorites, with one writing that it ‘always made me feel like s***.’
‘That’s an insane thing to say when u have other children,’ one woman commented. ‘I feel for the others. And how they may feel after hearing this.’
When one person said that they hoped that Dezi had stolen her phone and wrote this himself, another follower replied in agreement, saying that Jaime is ‘literally telling her other two boys that they will never match the bond that her and their big brother have with their mom.’
Fine by then: Others came to her defense, calling her honestly admirable and admitting that they, too, have favorites
Surprisingly, though, dozens of commenters also chimed in to defend Jaime, claiming that they, too, have favorites and aren’t afraid to admit it.
‘I have 6 kids and always say my favorite is my first born. Sorry, he is. I love them all but the first is special,’ wrote one.
Others said there was ‘no shame’ in what she said, while several found her honestly refreshing.
‘Too many people/parents are unwilling to be truthful and say things like this,’ said one.
‘You gotta respect honesty,’ wrote another.
Jaime, whose on-screen credits include My Name is Earl, Joe Dirt, and Mom, has not responded to the backlash.
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