Heather Rae El Moussa Responds to Mom-Shamers Accusing Her of Favoring Her Son Over Her Step-Children

Heather Rae El Moussa has received her fair share of criticism from mom-shamers since welcoming her first child with Tarek El Moussa in January. The couple gave birth to a happy baby boy, Tristan, on January 31 and took to their social media accounts to share their first photos of the little guy in February.

While she has only been a mother for four months, Heather Rae has already had several encounters with mom-shamers on the internet. She recently opened up about those encounters during a follow-up interview with TODAY – she requested the follow-up to talk exclusively about the recent mom-shaming.

For example, she has seen an increasing amount of users asking her why she spends much more time with Tristan – compared to her step-children, Taylor, 12, and Brayden, 7 (Tarek’s children from his past marriage to Christina Hall). Of course, Heather Rae had a practical and reasonable reason for this. 

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“Taylor and Brayden are in school all day, and I’m home with Tristan. I can capture moments with Tristan easily,” Heather Rae El Moussa told TODAY.com on June 5 – adding that she doesn’t see Taylor and Brayden as much due to Tarek’s 50/50 custody agreement with Christina. Meanwhile, Tristan is all hers.

“They’re also busy with sports and tutoring— they always have something going on. I blink and it’s 8 o’clock at night. So when we’re all together, the last thing I’m doing is standing around taking photos with all three kids,” she continued – adding that Taylor is older now and doesn’t always want her photo posted. 

Heather Rae also received backward comments from mom-shamers after giving new mothers advice on how to reduce ear pain and ear-popping while flying with a newborn. Her advice? Breastfeed the child on the way up and down – it should result in a happy baby who giggles instead of cries while on the plane. 

Social media users were quick to note how difficult that would be when flying coach – citing that she took a private flight and had the necessary privacy to breastfeed the child whenever needed. Heather Rae defended her advice and argued that she was just trying to help new mothers with a common problem. 

Heather Rae El Moussa Says the Mom-Shamers Didn’t Stop There

During her follow-up interview with TODAY, Heather Rae El Moussa opened up about a second instance where she was mom-shamed on the internet – and it came during the same trip as the breastfeeding comments (from above). This time, they were criticizing her for her use of a nanny while traveling. 

“It was a three-day event and we brought all three children. For us, it’s very important that we involve the kids with our work because we want them to see what we’re doing and travel with us,” she explained – adding that she couldn’t spend every waking moment with her son because they were throwing the event.

While she admitted to needing help, she explained how she was running up and down from the stage to the room her son was in to spend time with him during the event. When she wasn’t with her son, the nanny was keeping him company. The family had a fun time on the trip and the event was a success.

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“As a working mother, I need to be able to have help so that I can do the things that I need to do. I’m very proud of what I do, but I need help. I can’t do everything. I’m not Superwoman and I can’t be in two places at one time,” she said – denouncing all the mom-shamers for judging those doing everything they can.

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