After being eviscerated online over the weekend, Stacey Soloman has released some beautiful images of her family vacation in Jamaica.
The 34-year-old has two children from previous relationships: Zachary, 15, and Leighton, 11, as well as Rex, four, Rose, two, and newborn Belle with husband Joe Swash.
Joe has a 16-year-old son, Harry, from his relationship with his ex, Emma Sophocleous.
The X Factor judge received outrage from trolls this weekend after posting photos of a 20-person family vacation she purchased as a Christmas treat for her loved ones.
Stacey is sticking to her guns after reacting to the internet warriors by declaring, ‘those who matter don’t mind, those who mind don’t matter,’ and has proudly uploaded more gorgeous holiday images.
As Stacey and her family stood on the beach in elegant attire, they looked to be having a lovely vacation.
The TV celebrity appeared to be having a good time at the beach, as she kept her hair beach-swept and natural and wore a gorgeous satin slip dress.
In one shot, she adoringly cuddles her two youngest children, Rose and Belle, while in another, the entire family is in focus, with Joe grinning out towards the camera, equally enamoured with their team trip.
Joe and Stacey spent a lovely time apart from their children when the clock struck 2024 and fireworks exploded into the night.
‘🥂 Happy New Year 🥂And Hello 2024… from my family to yours,’ Stacey began in a lengthy caption on the photos.
‘Firstly, I just want to say, thank you for all of your kindness in 2023. I’m so grateful for this platform & all of the happiness and friendship it brings. I can’t wait to share another year with you, and I hope I can bring a smile or some comfort in to your 2024.
‘But most of all, anything that maybe wasn’t right or didn’t sit well or you wished you could have done or that you held back from last year, I hope you go and get it this year.
‘It’s definitely time to let go of the negativity or those people trying to put you down and GO AND DO YOU! You deserve it. Let this be YOUR year. And say f**k it to anyone or anything that pulls you away from the love & happiness you deserve.
‘Love you all to the moon and back. 2024 let’s do this!!’
Trolls were outraged by Stacey’s Christmas photos over the weekend, accusing her of flaunting her money at a time when many families are struggling.
User Beth said it is ‘a big thing when you’re taking a lot of people on a holiday over the festive period when there’s going to be families etc sitting paining themselves for being unable to afford Christmas. I personally think she didn’t need to post it on Insta and could have just enjoyed a private family holiday.’
And Keelz Smith argued: ‘I just wonder when lots of people are struggling financially to even get through Christmas, whether this really needs to be shared. I think people forget that posting everything on social media is optional.’
But Stacey’s posts at the weekend also came with a flurry of support from her fans, who hit back at trolls.
Kirsty Clayton asked why ‘people are being so jealous of them,’ saying ‘we all work hard but Stacey started off being a single parent and going without’ before getting her big break, and that she and Joe ‘are allowed to go on holiday and have quality time together with the family.’
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Katie Katherine admitted she was ‘jealous’ but ‘I can guarantee if I … saved up enough to take everyone I loved way I absolutely would be showing it off … people in life can afford things others can’t, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t let people be happy.’
Tasha Carroll agreed ‘It’s really nice to share on social media, it’s not rubbing it in people’s faces it’s just being proud of the journey she’s come on.’
She added: ‘I think it’s absolutely amazing to be able to treat the people closest to her and the ones that have been on her path with her to all of this.’
Joe and Stacey married last year after six years of dating.
The pair met during the tenth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2010.