Emma Willis has praised her son Ace for his “individual” dress sense, saying it is his way of “expressing himself”.
Emma, 44, shared a photo of Ace, nine, wearing a pink crop top, jeans, pink trainers and long blonde hair in October.
She captioned the picture: “My little style icon. (Ace, not Matt) #Acedit.”
Her Instagram picture sparked a reaction on social media, with many people praising the young boy for breaking gender stereotypes.
Emma defended her son against any critics at the time and opened up on the topic again in a new interview with The Sun’s Fabulous magazine.
The mum-of-three 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!”
“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 Voice host Emma said that some of the negative comments on the post of Ace served as an “eye-opener” for her.
She said: “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.”
She continued to say: “I’ve started following a few Instagram accounts that talk about these issues – @notonlypinkandblue and @lettoysbetoys are great – so it’s made me educate myself about the way other people see things.”
Emma and her husband Matt Willis are also parents to Isabelle, 11, and Trixie, four, and the pair keep their children’s faces hidden on social media.