Pink has had enough with social media mom-shaming, so much so that she’s now decided to stop sharing her intimate family moments online.
The “Walk Me Home” singer, 39, told audiences on Monday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she would no longer be posting photos of her daughter Willow Sage, 7, and son Jameson Moon, 2, on Instagram.
It was a decision she came to after critics slammed her last month for sharing a photo of her kids interacting with a pelican, one that was snapped after Jameson had taken off his wet swim diaper. Though Pink had scribbled out her boy’s nude bottom half on the picture, trolls still went after her — putting her on the defensive. And despite a well-pointed rebuttal, the entire event inspired Pink to make a change.
“People went as far as saying someone should call child services because he didn’t have a diaper on and how dare I … some of the nastiest things,” Pink recalled on Ellen. “I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. It’s my proudest moment. I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve done in my whole life.”
“I just won’t share them anymore,” she said. “I won’t do it. I’m not posting pictures of them anymore.”
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Pink went on to explain that she didn’t even see the picture the way her critics had.
“I looked at it like, there was a pelican that flew into our room. It spent two hours with us … it was this incredible experience for my family,” Pink said. “And I have a 2-year-old [who] doesn’t like to wear wet swim diapers and at some point, he took it off. I don’t think like that! We’re a family. We live on a farm. My kids are naked, it’s what happens!”
She also clarified that she’s not against constructive criticism. “I understand people saying, ‘You need to be more careful because you are in the public eye and you should of thought of that.’ And they’re right. But there’s a nicer way to say that,” she told DeGeneres.
“There’s a kind way to be online. And I’m open to kindness,” Pink said. “Someone else taught me that the word ‘gypsy’ is derogatory and I’m not a person who uses derogatory language. I wrote back to them, ‘Thank you so much for being so kind and educating me. I’m editing it, I’m taking it down, and that word will never come out of my mouth again.’ There’s a way to do things!”
Ultimately, Pink admitted to DeGeneres that the decision to stop sharing photos of her kids on social media was coming at “a good time,” especially for Willow.
“She’s 7 now,” Pink said. “It’s probably time to pull her back from the world and let her live her best life.”
Both Pink and her husband Carey Hart, 43, frequently share photos of their kids to social media. Pink especially was well-versed in clapping back at haters.
“Sometimes I feel like I can change their minds,” she confessed to DeGeneres on Friday’s show. “I’m all about injustice. I don’t like injustice. I don’t like how brave people are anonymously. Rude, just mean … mean-spirited. So I go in. If I have time, I go in.”
Pink previously opened up to PEOPLE about her parenting style in April 2018’s Beautiful Issue.
“The thing about parenting is you never know if anything you’re doing is working,” she said. “That’s been the most humbling thing for me. In my head, I sound amazing and then I turn around and her eyes are completely glazed over. I have no idea. We’ll see.”
“I believe in affection,” Pink said of her parenting style. “I believe in needs being met and faith being implemented, and I believe in letting your kids know they can count on you, and that you’ll be there. My parents obviously did not believe in that and I worked out okay. I always tell Willow, ‘I’m going to teach you the rules so that you’ll know how and when to break them.’ “
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