Michelle Heaton gets real about mum shame after her son suffered a panic attack

Michelle Heaton has opened up about being shamed by other mums after she was filmed calming her kids down in public.

Michelle is mum to gorgeous kids - seven-year-old daughter, Faith, and five-year-old son, AJ with her husband Hugh Hanley. 

The 39-year-old was on the street with her little ones when they burst into tears.

When she was calming them down, a stranger came over to give her opinion and Michelle realised she was being filmed. 


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She told new! magazine that AJ suffers from anxiety and was having a panic attack. 

She said, ''Because he can’t wear his glasses when he plays football, he got upset about going to practice. Something happened in him and he just couldn’t calm down.''

She continued, ''It’s difficult when that happens. He hyperventilates, he cuddles me and then he goes into the corner and it just goes on forever. I know not to ignore it, but equally, I have to let him ride it out.''

She added, ''So AJ was having a breakdown, he couldn’t catch his breath, then Faith started picking her nose and that started bleeding, so there was blood all down her top, which made her upset, and I was crouching there looking like I couldn’t handle it!''


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Michelle revealed that stranger approached her and said, '‘I’m so happy it’s not just us normal people who have problems with their children – you have no idea how happy that’s made me.''

The former Liberty X singer said, ''Anyway, four girls were hanging about watching all of this and filming it. I’m disappointed I did it, but I still meant what I said. I said, ‘How dare you watch and judge me? If you guys ever have the pleasure of having children, see how you like it if someone judges you for dealing with your son’s anxiety attack. You’d be distraught. So thank you very much.’ Then I probably said something a bit horrible – but I won’t repeat it. ”

She continued, ''When it comes to being judged as a parent, it’s hard when people have opinions. I try my best. And I struggle. And it’s hard to get the balance. I’m the best mother that I can be. The last thing I want is to be judged.”

What do you think - was Michelle overreacting or were those girls being judgemental?




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