The cast of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation has been spending the week doing press for the new season of the show. While speaking to In Touch Weekly, both Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Deena Cortese opened up about dealing with mom-shamers on social media.
While Snooki has dealt with being mom-shamed in the past, she most recently was accused of having a favorite child. The mom-of-three fired back when someone suggested she favors her 7-year-old son, Lorenzo. She related that each of her children are different “in their own ways” and that she doesn’t show favor to one over the other. However, she also admitted that with three kids, it can be difficult to balance the time they get with her. The reality star explained that her oldest boy and her 5-year-old daughter, Giovanna, both want her “all to themselves.”
“When people tell me I favored a kid, I’m like, ‘You have no idea how hard I’m working to love each one of my kids equally.’ It’s very hard.”
This isn’t the first time Snooki has been mom-shamed on social media. Prior to the birth of her youngest son Angelo, the Jersey Shore star and her husband traveled to Disney with their kids. At the time, Snooki was pregnant and chose to use strollers for Lorenzo and Giovanna. She clapped back at shamers who told Snooki her children were “too big” for strollers by letting them know she uses them so she doesn’t have to “stress” about losing the kids.
Snooki’s co-star Deena gave birth to her first child CJ early last year and has had to deal with being shamed as well.
“I just had to address about my son’s foot condition. And I didn’t even think I had to … People are like, ‘Put on shoes, why doesn’t he have shoes?’ And I’m like, ‘Because he literally can’t put shoes on,’” she explained in the interview.
Earlier this year, Deena revealed that her son has metatarsus adductus, which is why he is often photographed without shoes on his feet.
While Deena admitted that the negativity is “difficult,” she also opened up about the positives of sharing her motherhood journey with her fans.
“There [are] other people that love to see our kids and are so great. So why are we gonna focus on the negative? Usually, I don’t,” she said.
The new season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, which is set to be Snooki’s final on the series, will premiere on MTV on Thursday night.