In May of 2017, Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr announced their pregnancy to fans and to the world. Now, little baby Memphis is just three months old.
And yet both parents are now being parent-shamed for … taking a vacation?
Brittany is hitting back at parent-shamers and telling them to get lost.
After a slew of gorgeous vacation photos (which you can see below), Brittany uploaded what looks like another sweet photo of husband and wife … until you read the captions.
“Much needed vacay. [sun emoji] Just a word of wisdom for all the parent shamers… vacations are ok for new parents to take.”
Sad that she had to make that statement in the first place.
“Sometimes after being pregnant for almost a year, cooped up in a house for weeks at a time, you need a little sunshine and adult time.”
And she sets some boundaries.
“IT IS NOT OK to leave your ignorant comments.”
A lot of celebrities really do see the comments — some of them, anyway. Think before you type, folks.
“If you don’t agree with something, PLEASE… do me a favor and unfollow me. You will NOT be missed [black heart emoji]”
But she gives a shout-out to her most supportive fans.
“And for all the sweet, positive, happy people… we love you and thank you!!”
Sweet baby Memphis (the human pictured) was born on December 1st, 2017. He just crossed the three-month threshold a few days ago.
Bonding time with one’s baby is important.
And, obviously, neglecting a baby in any way would be cruel and inexcusable.
But Jason Aldean and Brittany did not just lock the baby in their house with some loosened jars of baby food in his crib and hope for the best.
Obviously, they left him in capable and loving hands — as many parents do — and took a break for themselves.
They love their child.
In fact, Brittany posted a message about missing him before the two of them had even reached their destination.
Posting a photo of herself looking at a picture of her baby on a plane, she wrote:
“Haven’t even left Nashville and I miss him so much it hurts.” [teal heart emoji]
However, though the comments under that photo were mostly positive, there were negative remarks.
Some were neutrally so, like confessions from other parents who don’t feel like they would have been able to leave their babies for any amount of time.
Those who decided to lay into Brittany and Jason for “abandoning” their baby … really went overboard.
Some fan comments, however, affirmed that not only was taking a vacation okay (which it is), but that it’s actually a responsible thing to do as parents.
“A healthy, happy parent is a good parent. Take care of you and your relationship!”
And another, on a different vacation photo:
“One of the BEST things you can do for your child is take care of their parents!”
Parents who are emotionally drained or are on edge are more likely to make mistakes or may even grow to resent their own child.
Those who can should absolutely go on vacation.
(When the kids are older, many of them will prefer when the parents go on vacation without them)
This couple went through a lot in 2017, and pregnancy and childbirth were only part of that.
Remember, many of the Vegas shooting victims were Jason Aldean concert-goers. That had a powerful emotional impact on Brittany and Jason.
More than most, these two needed some time off for their overall well-being.
There are countless genuinely bad parents in this world who deserve people’s ire. Not a happy vacationing couple who’ve done nothing wrong to their sweet baby.
If Jason Aldean wears blackface again and teaches his baby that it’s okay, the parent-shamers can feel free to go off. In the mean time, just …. be nicer.
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Very tastefully, Saturday Night Live had Jason Aldean on to play a moving tribute to the Las Vegas shooting victims.
Now, his wife marked their somber return to Las Vegas with a powerful photograph.
Remember — Jason and Brittany aren’t just symbols of the shooting because so many victims were Jason’s fans. They themselves are survivors.
First, we have to talk about Brittany’s harrowing experience during the shooting itself.
This was doubly — actually, triple-y scary for Jason Aldean’s wife. She wasn’t just worried about herself or her husband or the crowd.
Brittany Aldean is pregnant, you guys.
In the aftermath of the terrorist shooting, Brittany posted about her experience to Instagram — and it’s clear that her pregnancy and her unborn child loomed heavily in her mind.
“When the gunfire started, I was not with Jason, but with some friends in a tent close to Mandalay.”
As if a shooting isn’t bad enough already — not being with your loved one but knowing that they’re out there is even worse.
“As you can imagine my first instinct was to run to him and his was the same.”
Of course it was!
“As we laid behind equipment onstage with some of our road family, bullets flying past… all I could think was ‘I never even got to hold my baby.'”
A terrifying thought.
We get that she’s famous and so some people don’t want to feel sorry for her, but remember that everyone experiences terrorist attacks the same way. It’s a war zone.
“We all made sure the others knew we loved them and then ran for cover where we stayed for the next couple hours. (Not knowing if there were multiple shooters, where the bullets were coming from… NOTHING)”
Remember, we know a lot about the shooter now, but at the time they didn’t even know how many attackers there were.
“We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us.”
We all understand.
“Took me a while to be able to write these words… thank you to everyone who has reached out to Jason and I… Means the world to us.”
Some people never find the words. And that’s okay.
Now, Jason and Brittany have returned to Vegas and shared a photo that would almost seem innocuous if you didn’t know the context.
Brittany shared this caption:
“Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met… fighting the toughest battle of them all… for their lives.”
She thanks the fellow survivors in Vegas.
“You have helped us try to begin the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget. #vegasstrong”
That’s a moving message.
She kept it short, but that seems appropriate. She’s already shared her experiences. And we’re sure that she doesn’t want to talk over other survivors.
The couple’s response in general has been very encouraging.
Jason Aldean went onto SNL, as we mentioned, to perform Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”
That surprise performance was powerful, emotional, and a very appropriate tribute to the victims — those who made it and those who didn’t.
It’s all part of the long, long healing process.
Quite frankly, though, until we know a lot more about the shooting and resolve some of the public’s unanswered questions, we don’t know how anyone can truly heal.