Emma Willis has revealed that she would never try to ‘suppress’ the way her nine-year-old son Ace dresses, as it is her way of ‘expressing himself’.
The 44-year-old TV presenter sparked a reaction from social media users when she previously shared an Instagram photo of her son wearing a pink top and long hair.
Emma was surprised to receive comments saying a boy shouldn’t wear pink and told Fabulous magazine that she is ‘so protective’ of his children.
Expression: Emma Willis has revealed that she would never try to ‘suppress’ the way her nine-year-old son Ace dresses because that’s her way of ‘expressing himself’
She said, ‘Say what you want with me, I’m big enough to take it by the chin. But when you get comments like that about your kids it just makes the Hulk wanna go out and scream at the world
“ I am so protective of my children and he was just a young boy speaking the way he wants. I thought, “Haven’t you watched the 80’s dance movies? All the boys wore crop tops and that was cool!”
“ He’s very individual, he dresses how he wants and he’s really happy to do it. Why would I try to delete this?
Emma is also the mother of Isabelle, 11, and Trixie, four, with husband Matt Willis, the couple hiding their children’s faces on social media to protect their privacy.
Snap: The TV presenter, 44, sparked a backlash from social media users when she previously shared an Instagram photo of her son wearing a pink top and long hair.
The former Big Brother host shared how the reaction to Ace’s photo made her think about gender norms, noting that she had never thought about how her son dressed before.
Emma started following Instagram accounts like @notonlypinkandblue and @lettoysbetoys to educate herself on how others view gender roles in children.
The Voice UK host said Ace calls himself a girl ‘quite often’ and it is ‘obvious’ that he doesn’t dress like his other friends, but that she loves how unique he is.
Emma also noted that the majority of comments on Ace’s photo were positive, but she believes that may be part of the problem as well.
‘Protective’: Emma was surprised to receive comments saying a boy shouldn’t wear pink and told Fabulous magazine she was ‘so protective’ of her children (pictured with husband Matt )
The star said she wondered why a boy wearing pink was “ something people really wanted to comment on.
Emma has noted that none of her children are on social media, but they know she uses them in her job.
During the lockdown, Emma and Matt have separated from home schooling duties, with the host noting that her children have found the latest restrictions difficult.
The couple married in July 2008 after three years of dating, first meeting when Matt was 21 and Emma 28 and working as a presenter at MTV.
Speaking on Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast, Emma admitted that she “ never thought ” she would meet someone so young.
Maternity: Emma is also the mother of Isabelle, 11, and Trixie, four, with husband Matt Willis, the couple hiding their children’s faces on social media to protect their privacy
She said: ‘I think I phrased it as raising him in captivity and molding him into the human I wanted him to be. Of course I was kidding! But I never thought I would meet someone so young and end up marrying him.
“I don’t think he meant that either. So no, I don’t think it has anything to do with raising them in captivity, but my mom always says about my dad, “It took me 30 years for him to be that good.” So I think that’s where I get it from! “‘
Earlier this month, Emma praised her three children for openly “ speaking out ” in a post shared on Children’s Mental Health Week.
The Birmingham native took to Instagram to share a photo of her offspring showcasing their eclectic styles as she congratulated them.
‘Unique’: Earlier this month Emma praised her three children for being openly ‘speaking out’ in a post shared on Children’s Mental Health Week
Captioning the image which showed the children with their backs to the camera, she wrote: ‘Speaking for the #childrensmentalhealthweek. Raised in exactly the same way, but very unique.
Listing each of their attributes that she came to admire, she continued, “ My teenager before his time, my boss baby and my rainbow ❤️.
“ This week I saw them discussing and exploring their own mental health with their teachers and classmates and I couldn’t be more proud.
“ I don’t remember going through anything like this when I was in school, but it is so obviously necessary for our children, so that their little minds can begin to understand their thoughts and feelings and their emotions and feel comfortable expressing them. ”
Praise: Emma has since gained fan praise after sharing her son’s photo (photo from 2015)
Appearing on Good Morning Britain in October to discuss the photo of her son Ace, the presenter said she was’ overwhelmed ‘by the reaction, saying kindly:’ He’s just my son in a pink top. ”
She continued, “For me, it’s normal. He loves color, he has always had long hair, he is a free and intelligent boy.
“He’s like, ‘Why do I have to dress in green, blue, and gray, when I like red, pink, and purple?’ He’s always been like that.
She continued, “ We are trying to bring him up as an open-minded and inclusive individual. There were a few negative bits, but this is where the block button is great! ‘
Love: A few friends of Emma also commented on Ace’s sweet snap, including girlfriend Emma Bunton, who wrote: ‘Just gorgeous! We [heart] Ace! X ‘
Meanwhile, Emma’s good friend Fearne Cotton, 39, asked Ace to make her a dress.
The presenter took to Instagram to leave a playful comment under Emma’s post, which saw her hailing her son as her biggest style inspiration, earning a sea of praise from her fans.
Fearne was among a host of stars who shared sweet comments for Emma’s son, writing, “ I miss Ace! When does he make me this dress?
Fans praised the presenter for posting the photo at the time, with one saying: ‘Just show how far we have to go to break gender stereotypes. Pink is simply a color. The hair grows. Let children (or adults) wear whatever they want! ”
Reaction: Fans praised the presenter for posting the photo, with one saying: ‘Just show how far we need to go to break gender stereotypes
Another added: ‘What if this boy had nice long blonde hair and was wearing a pink t-shirt! Jesus! I bet he smiles a million more times a day, then you miserable ADULT judge commenting on this kid! # buy yourself a life. ‘
A third said: “Your son is an inspiration. From a mummy of a son who loves pink, Rainbows and her Elsa dress. He follows his own story and is not bound by stupid stereotypes in society. ❤️❤️❤️. ‘
Another wrote: ‘Omg, that could be my little boy! It is totally alternative … bracelets, ear cuffs, rose, teenage shorts when it’s cold, pink leopard and headbands and buns! It makes me beam with pride that he is so individual and clear about what he loves.
Big day: Matt and Emma married in 2008 and renewed their vows 10 years later in 2018