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Peter Andre’s wife Emily admits there’s a ‘stigma around being a young mum’ after she had her first baby at 24

MUM SHAME

PETER Andre's wife Emily has admitted there's a "stigma around being a young mum" after she had her first baby at the age of 24.

The 31-year-old star gave birth to daughter Amelia in 2014, marrying 47-year-old Peter the following year.

The NHS hero opened up about her own experiences with motherhood after Stacey Solomon revealed she felt "ashamed" when she welcomed her her first child at the age of 17.

Emily said: "Unfortunately, I think the stigma around being a young mum can still exist, but it’s wrong and nobody should judge you for the age you decide to have children. We need to support young mums.

"I was 24 when I had Millie, which I still count as quite young. That was hard at times, too.

"It’s really challenging and the last thing you need is people giving you dirty looks!"

However, she went on to add in her OK! magazine column that her experience was different to Stacey's, sharing: "Thankfully, I had a positive experience."

Emily also has four-year-old son Theo with Peter, and mused that not too long ago "being 24 would have been old to have your first baby" as she insisted that "attitudes have only recently changed".

In addition to Amelia and Theo, Peter is dad to 15-year-old Junior and 13-year-old Princess from his relationship with ex Katie Price.

Earlier this month, 31-year-old Stacey said she got "stares" while pregnant with first child Zachary, now 12.

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Speaking on Loose Women, she continued: "I just remember feeling so ashamed.

"I know that sounds awful but when I was pregnant with Zach, all I felt the whole way through was shame. I looked like a baby as well. I looked about six.

"I think people just looked and were like, 'ugh, why is she pregnant?' Maybe it's a bit of a trauma I just haven't addressed."

She was later forced to hit back on Instagram after cruel trolls targeted her for having three sons with three different men, with the star also mum to eight-year-old Leighton and baby Rex.

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