Eastenders Star Kellie Bright Hits Back At ‘Sexist’ Criticism Over Having A Baby Aged 44

Kellie Bright Baby: The Eastenders star has hit back at the 'sexist' criticism she's received for having a baby aged 44. 
Credit: @kelliebright/Instagram

EastEnders star Kellie Bright, who plays Linda Carter in the iconic BBC soap, is hitting back at the ‘sexist’ criticism she’s received for having a baby aged 44. 

The actress and her husband, Paul Stocker, have faced criticism online after confirming they’re expecting their third following IVF treatment.

Addressing the backlash, Bright has said that if she was a man ‘no one would bat an eyelid’.

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She told OK! magazine: “First of all, if I was a man having my third child at 44, no one would bat an eyelid.

“Don’t forget my husband is much younger than me. He’s in his thirties, so he’s still running around after the kids, which is great.”

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She added: “We met when I was 31 and I didn’t want to jump straight into having kids.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the TV star explained that the couple had been planning on having babies ‘at the end of her thirties’, however, this didn’t go to plan as they had ‘fertility struggles we didn’t expect’.

Kellie Bright
Kellie Bright used IVF to become pregnant with her third child. Credit: @kelliebright/Instagram

Bright and Stocker are already parents to two sons, nine-year-old Freddie and four-year-old Gene.

Although their firstborn was conceived naturally, the couple used IVF to have their second child. This left them with three more embryos. However, the first two weren’t successful. Incredibly, the third and final one was and they are now preparing to welcome a baby in the summer.

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They reportedly began trying for their third child in 2019. However, their plans were put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.

When announcing the news to her EastEnders bosses, they were apparently ‘brilliant’ and made sure she had the time off.

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Written by Aimee Walker

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