As the old cliché says, a mother’s work is never done. Even if our views on domestic labor have changed since the 1950s, those words still ring true: Whether you need dinner, clean underwear, or a hug, mom probably has you covered.
One mother, however, didn’t stick solely to stereotypical housework. She took up blogging, but one of her controversial online photos, quickly took on a life of its own. Once that happened, she had no choice but to face the music and answer for her actions.
On the surface, Sia Cooper might look like any other mom with two children and a loving husband. This Mississippi native, however, has a life story that’s anything but ordinary.
Growing up in Mississippi, Cooper didn’t have the happiest childhood. Comments from her mother damaged her self-esteem and, over the years, those cruel words started to take their toll.
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As a teenager, Cooper would sneak meals in her bedroom, hoping to avoid her mother’s ire. But that wasn’t the worst of her problems; serious issues were on the horizon.
Cooper developed an eating disorder and even battled suicidal thoughts as a teenager. While she eventually moved away from home, things didn’t get easier. The problems just manifested in a new way.
Cooper then found herself in an emotionally abusive marriage “because [she wasn’t] taught [her] own worthiness.” She would eventually divorce that man, though, and enroll in nursing school; it was a new chapter of her life.
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School, however, brought its own set of challenges. While Cooper wanted to be a nurse, her studies soon proved to be challenging. Real life didn’t stop just because she was a student.
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Between the stress of school and her time crunch — Sia worked part time in addition to her studies — Cooper started to overeat. More often than not, she found herself indulging in junk food.
Eating fast food took a toll on Cooper’s waistline; before long, she was feeling overweight and unhappy. One day, however, she had enough and decided that something had to change…
After watching Food Inc., Cooper changed everything. She started eating healthier, exercising, and eventually lost almost 50 pounds. That wasn’t the only thing that happened, though. Another change was coming…
She started blogging about her fitness journey! Cooper kept writing throughout life changes and developed a following; after she gave birth to her son, she left her job to become a stay-at-home mom and blogger.
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Eventually, Cooper became a certified personal trainer and started sharing her fitness tips. Just like that, Diary of a Fit Mommy was born. Things were still far from perfect, though.
As a social media influencer, Cooper felt pressure to look perfect; she started editing her pictures in order to keep up an image. Over time, though, she came to one major realization.
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Eventually, Sia realized that she was hurting her followers by promoting an unrealistic body image. From then on, her Instagram only showed her real life, complete with every single imperfection and flaw.
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While that was a noble sentiment, it also caused new problems. When Shia showed off her flaws, she invited Internet critics into her life. They honed in on one specific post…
One day, Cooper decided to share a photo of herself in a bikini; she had previously felt self-conscious about posting it, but, in the spirit of body positivity, decide to give it a go…
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At least one commenter, however, didn’t care for the photo. “To show your gains you don’t have to show your behind like that,” they wrote. “You are a mother, think about what your children see.”
While the comment could have dented Sia’s confidence, she wasn’t deterred; if anything, she felt stronger than ever before. She returned to Instagram, ready to share her side of the story.
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Cooper started by explaining that everyone, including mothers, deserve to feel comfortable in their own skin. “Since when were moms supposed to hide their bodies,” she wondered. But that wasn’t all she wrote…
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Sia also explained that the commenter’s “think of the children” logic didn’t hold water. While her kids might not notice an Instagram post, Cooper wanted them to see something more important.
“I want my kids to see a mother who’s body positive,” she explained. “I want my kids to see a mother who’s confident in her own skin.” That, ideally, would have a ripple effect.
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“So mamas, put on your bikinis,” Cooper concluded. “You’ve earned it. Every woman deserves to feel comfortable in her own skin without society’s judgy opinions.”
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Cooper’s “mom-shaming” experience on social media, unfortunately, is actually quite normal. She’s far from the only mother who felt the wrath of the Internet after sharing a seemingly harmless decision…
Her friends and family know her as Alecia Beth Moore, but you probably know her as Pink, the vibrant, multi-talented singer of the 2000s and beyond. And as even base-level fans have probably gleaned, Pink is no stranger to all things weird and wild.
Pink has always established herself as a one-of-a-kind member of the pop music world. Her songs, hair-styles, on-stage acrobatics (which continue to defy gravity), and edgy songs have solidified her as a boundary-pushing hit-maker.
Still, after 20 years in the business, even pop stars have to grow up. In a ten-year span, Pink married Carey Hart and had two children, Willow, 8, and Jameson, 3. Like most stars, Pink updates fans on her family life in a very revealing way.
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Among the sea of celebrities on Instagram, Pink’s openness on social media stands out, especially when it comes to her family. Of course, this has also opened her up to trolls who endlessly criticize her parenting skills.
She has posted many down-to-earth photos of her kids, from them enjoying happy taco nights to cozy days in pillow forts. These posts are usually greeted by supportive fans who enjoy seeing the behind- the-scenes pics of Pink’s life. Others are not quite so supportive.
Many sweet family photos, including one of Pink breastfeeding her daughter and one of her husband riding on a dirt bike with his son, have garnered significant backlash from people who want to voice their opinion about Pink’s parenting skills.
The backlash seemed to come to a head when she posted a picture of her children at the beach. Instagrammers were quick to point out, and criticize, that her son was partially nude, therefore making the photo “inappropriate.”
This was the last straw for Pink. “There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there,” she began before launching into a lengthy response aimed towards her haters. She then deleted the photo, but her rebellion against the haters wasn’t over.
She announced on Ellen that she would no longer post photos of her children online. With the controversy she stirred up on a daily basis, it was no surprise that Pink decided to stop posting about her kids. For the most part, she stuck to her guns.
But she has recently posted more subtle photos of her family while they enjoyed the European portion of her Beautiful Trauma tour. She couldn’t have known, despite her subtle Instagram posts, that she’d soon encounter one of her biggest controversies yet.
It all started when her family embarked upon the Berlin leg of her tour. As her Instagram posts implied, the trip began normally enough: The family did the kind of sightseeing many tourists do in international cities.
However, the trouble really started once she posted the photos of her family sightseeing. They went to a restaurant where Pink could show off her bartending skills, and they visited some historic Berlin landmarks…including the Holocaust Memorial.
This particular photo showed her kids running through the Holocaust Memorial. Of course, the combination of Pink’s young children plus the historically-tense subject of the Holocaust was fodder to Pink’s internet trolls, who were ready to attack.
Her children were called “disrespectful” for running through the memorial. “This is one of the most sacred pieces of ground on the planet. It should be treated as such,” someone commented. And it only got worse.
One person even wrote that Pink needs to “Teach [her] children to respect everyone,” and that in the past she has only done so when she “can make money off of it.” Such harsh comments begged the question: Would Pink respond to the hate?
Some people were not only criticizing her parenting skills, but even her behavior as a Jewish person. For some, the decision about what to do would have been easy: If she was to quietly delete the photo, the backlash would have disappeared…
…but Pink isn’t one to do something quietly. In response to the backlash, she wrote: “These two children are in actuality Jewish, as am I and the entirety of my mother’s family…to me [this photo] is a celebration of life after death.”
Despite the aggressive backlash, the comments were also overflowing with support from fans. One person wrote how “[Pink] can honor and celebrate her history however she wants,” while another simply commented that “Kids make sad places better.”
Even the designer of the Holocaust Memorial has spoken on how people should behave when they visit. “A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground,” he said, debunking the claims of some haters who slammed Pink for allowing her kids to run around a “gravesite.”
More times than not, Pink is able to brush off the hate…and deliver a scathing burn or, at the very least, a memorable last word. “Please keep your hatred and judgement to yourselves,” she said simply in response to the backlash.
Pink’s not the only celeb mom in the hot seat. Once you become a mom, there are certain activities that may need to take a back seat to new responsibilities. Kim Kardashian learned to spray tan a little less after her first child, North, ended up with bronzer on her mouth post-breastfeeding!
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You might think there’s nothing that can stop a powerful and imposing athlete like Serena Williams, but think again! During one Twitter rant, Williams admitted her frustration with trying to figure out her child’s stroller!
When it’s early in the morning and you have multiple little ones sprinting around the kitchen demanding breakfast, it’s easy to mix up names every now and then. Jennifer Garner admits her memory has floundered on more than one occasion!
Modern Family star Julie Bowen mastered the skill of driving while pumping milk after having twins, and it led to an embarrassing situation one afternoon. While in bumper-to-bumper traffic, officers approached her vehicle while the pump was still attached to her!
When the Younger star Hillary Duff brought her two-year-old son Luca into the ornament section of Bloomingdale’s, she quickly learned he might be better off away from breakable items. He wasn’t as well-behaved as she’d believed!
No matter how hard you try to stick to a rigid diet, you have to take what you can get sometimes. Carrie Underwood has admitted that plenty of her “meals” have consisted of leftover food her kids didn’t finish. Bon appetit!
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No matter who they have as parents, most kids hate when their moms or dads try to act “cool.”Reese Witherspoon’s kids are all in their teens and especially dislike her use of words like “lit” and her rapping along to Drake.
While many Hollywood moms might try to act as if their lives are perfect, Chrissy Teigen’s fans know just how blunt she can be about motherhood. One candid bit of info she shared was that she fell asleep with her breast pump on!
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It’s hard to keep your thoughts in order when you’re required to remember a million things. Khloe Kardashian learned this when she tweeted about her baby’s one-month birthday only to realize she made a mistake about the date!
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Finding time to be intimate with your spouse when you have a full house can be impossible. Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard were having a little alone time when both of their daughters raided the room! Luckily they played it off like smooth criminals.
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Kids can be temperamental, and Blake Lively and hubby Ryan Reynolds know this all too well. In fact, they candidly expressed on social media that living with their kids’ mood swings was similar to spending time with a substance abuser. Yikes!
While planning a road trip with her daughter Wyatt,Mila Kunis made sure she was over-prepared for any sort of emergency. However, immediately after pulling out of the driveway, she gasped when she realized she never buckled Wyatt in!
In an interview with People magazine, Christina Applegate admitted she sometimes just stands in her home amidst the chaos of her kids and thinks, “I’m not doing any of this right!” Rest assured there are millions of moms thinking the same exact thing.
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Any parent will tell you it’s hard to go back to work after having a kid. For actress Olivia Wilde, becoming a mom came with an overwhelming desire to ditch the fast-paced Hollywood life to play “endless rounds of Itsy Bitsy Spider” with her young one.
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Even though she’s fulfilled by her career, Halle Berry admitted feeling the pangs of guilt for spending way too much time away from her kids while working on different projects.
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Kids have a special ability to push parents to the brink of madness sometimes. Back in 2013, Nicole Richie tweeted about one tension-filled morning where she and her husband Joel Madden had gotten into five different fights before nine in the morning due to their kids.
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There was one time this superstar was so frazzled she only time for either showering or feeding her baby! Her hubby swooped in at the last second, the baby ate, and Tyra Banks got to bathe!
When country singer Kelly Clarkson first shared photos of her child Remy on Twitter in 2016, she attached the quote, “Meet Remy, our newest edition to the family!” But, “edition” should have been spelled “addition.” Whoops, mommy brain!
Obviously women are strongly urged to avoid alcohol during pregnancy, and The Hills star Heidi Pratt was no exception. After 10 months of sobriety, she admitted to being completely deseperate to get back to drinking wine.
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Whether you’re a celebrity mom or not, raising kids is no walk in the park. The big difference with children who grow up in Hollywood is the way they spend cash as they get older. Some of them are really, really good at it…
1. Koraun Mayweather: For what it’s worth, a quick scroll through Koraun’s Instagram account shows that he and his controversial dad have a great surface-level relationship. But it also reveals how he likes to spend his old man’s money…
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Yep, Koraun’s Instagram is the equivalent of a dirty magazine for car enthusiasts. Post after post shows the 18-year-old posing with cars worth well over $100,000. Hey, when your dad gets punched in the face for a living, it comes with perks.
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2. Lily-Rose Depp: It’s unlikely this starlet will be remembered solely as “the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis.” The 18-year-old has put together her own impressive resume already. Still, she’s had some interesting investments…
Lily-Rose’s fans scratched their heads after her father spent $7,000 on a couch owned by the Kardashians for her. Even more: after the hefty purchase, the leather couch reportedly just went into storage!
3. Reginae Carter: Gaskets across the planet blew when word came out that big-time rapper Lil’ Wayne spent $150,000 on diamond teeth. But that was nothing compared to what he shelled out for his daughter, Reginae.
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All you really need to know was that one episode of MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen—a show focused on really spoiled teenagers—featured Reginae. On top of a party with a $500,000 price tag, her parents gifted her a couple of cars that’d make Koraun Mayweather jealous.
4. Barron Hilton: Brother to Paris Hilton and heir to the Hilton family fortune, Barron—the baby in the center of this retro family pic—has put together quite a luxurious (and expensive) lifestyle, according to his Instagram. As a kid, though?
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While his sister flaunted her family’s money in front of cameras, Barron’s expenses came in a much more tragic fashion. Once, he drunkenly drove and struck a gas station clerk. The ensuing lawsuit cost the Hilton family $5 million.
5. Sofia Richie: Speaking of Paris… while Lionel Richie’s daughter, Nicole Richie, gallivanted around with the Hilton heiress, it was his second daughter, Sofia, who might have been even worse with her dad’s wallet.
Sofia’s done quite well for herself and she has her own successful modeling career, but Instagram posts show her living like a princess thanks to that “Stuck On You” money. All her posts show the envy-inducing vacations and luxury transportation she takes.
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6. Brandon Lee: With a mom like Pamela Anderson and a dad like Tommy Lee, Brandon could’ve spent his life poolside, waited on by only the best butlers. But while he’s pursuing a career of his own, he’s proven that he likes spending some of his parents’ money…
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Between private jets and photo-worthy vacations, Brandon sure knows how to spend some coin. Apparently, he knows how to waste it, too, a fact embodied by this Champagne bath. Sure, why not?
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7. Chet Hanks: The son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Chet didn’t spend Pop’s cash on luxury cars, trips, or the couches of reality TV stars. Instead, he used that Toy Story money for something quite tragic: drugs.
Exactly how much of the Hanks’ fortune Chet spent on cocaine is a mystery, but it must have been a lot because he reportedly did an insane amount of it. Since then, those who know him say he’s out of rehab and doing well. Good luck, Chet!
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8. The Willis girls: To say Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout Willis were under pressure and scrutiny as children would be an understatement. With Bruce Willis and Demi Moore as parents, it must have been freezing in that enormous shadow. But now?
No doubt about it, the sisters (Scout and Tallulah pictured here with mom Demi) turned out all right! But they were all known to be big partiers. While they’ve reportedly conquered their addictions, some say a good amount of money went into going out on the town.
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9. Robert Cavalli: Make no mistake, Roberto Cavalli knows how to make a fortune on fashion. His high-end clothing, perfumes, and leathers have padded his bank account since the ’70s, after all. His youngest son, Robert, on the other hand, sure knows how to spend it.
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Robert’s Instagram could easily be mistaken for a travel guide: the man loves hopping aboard a private plane and ending up somewhere luxurious. And who can blame him? They do say you should spend your money on experiences…
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10. Cazzie David: With his work on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David made his fortune thanks to some of the best comedy chops around. Judging by Instagram, his oldest daughter, Cazzie, likes spending some of that dough.
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You can guess two things about Cazzie: she loves her dad… and she loves the beach. As she slowly builds her own acting and writing resume, though, you’ve got to figure that Seinfeld money lets her practically live her whole life with a coconut drink in her hand.
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