Emma Willis has praised her son Ace after a picture sparked a social media frenzy.
The Voice UK host was inundated with messages after she uploaded an image of the nine-year-old wearing a blonde wig and pink crop top.
Emma, who is also mum to Isabelle, 11, and four-year-old Trixie, received a lot of praise for the snap for ‘breaking gender stereotypes’.
Now she has defended her son, with Busted star husband Matt, against any critics in a new interview.
Speaking with The Sun’s Fabulous magazine, Emma said: “Say what you want about me, I’m big enough to take it on the chin.
“But when you get comments like that regarding your children, it just makes the Hulk want to come out and scream at the world.
“I’m so protective of my kids and this was just a young boy expressing himself the way he wants to. I thought: “Did you not watch ’80s dance movies? All the boys wore crop tops and it was cool!”
The 44-year-old TV star said of her son: “He is very individual, he dresses the way he wants and he’s really happy doing that. Why would I try to suppress that?
“The response was a big eye-opener, because for me, it’s just Ace, he’s my son and that’s the way he’s always been.
“So it did massively make me start thinking about stereotyping and how bonkers it is that a boy, just because he has long hair and is wearing pink, is mistaken for a girl.”
Emma admitted she was surprised by the response and how that has “ignited something” within her.
“It is absolutely fascinating… and shocking,” she told The Sun.
“I’ve gone down a rabbit hole to be honest, and because of Ace it’s ignited something in me… You should come to the Willis household – I’m the one changing light bulbs and Matt’s the one mopping!”
Earlier this month, Emma shared a powerful post to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.
The Instagram image featured all three of her children, with their faces hidden, each showing off their individuality and own style.
Emma said at the time: “Expressing themselves for #childrensmentalhealthweek.
“Raised in exactly the same way, yet all completely unique. My teenager before her time, my boss lady baby and my rainbow boy.”