'Okay to have a life': Fitness influencer Ashy Bines defends leaving infant daughter with husband for girls trip
LOS ANGELES: A popular influencer has blasted trolls who criticized her for taking a weekend trip with her girlfriends while leaving her baby daughter at home with her husband.
The 33-year-old Ashy Bines left four-month-old Tala and her son Taj, six, with husband Steven Evans to go party with friends across states. The fitness guru faced some backlash after she posted a series of photos and videos to Instagram Stories of herself partying with her pals during the trip. She subsequently defended herself in an Instagram post on Saturday, October 8, saying it was a difficult decision to make.
"Moments before I balled my eyes out at the airport leaving my baby nearly 48 hours," she captioned a gallery of photos of herself with Tala, "I've got this! Feels like an arm is missing but dad is sending me loads of videos and nailing solo dad life lol! So lucky to have my family." She continued, "I know judgment has come flying my way leaving her for 48 hours BUT hear me out. I LOVE my baby but also LOVE my friends. I LOVE my baby but also love travel and variety. I LOVE my baby but also love doing fun things just for me. I LOVE my baby and fully trust and love Steve having his bonding time with the kids and can enjoy myself knowing they are happy and safe."
"One DM this morning was, 'How COULD you leave your baby with Steve for that long that's so wrong,'" Ashy revealed. "I think it's wrong for other women to think it's wrong, to send such a message, and also why would I have children with someone I don't trust? Wrong to leave my kids with their dad? If a dad went away for 48 hours he's never even questioned?"
"Mummas let's be kind to one another and not project or send hate to another mum who's doing her thing. Might not feel right for you and that's okay, we all do exactly what feels good for us," she insisted, adding, "This message didn't upset me at all, not in the slightest, but did inspire me to write this caption to have a conversation or create awareness for mummas, and remind other mums it's okay for you to have a life and enjoy other parts of your life, not just mum life, OR just need a break."
Ashy treated her fans earlier this year by revealing the name and gender of her daughter a few days after birth, considering she did disclose neither throughout her pregnancy. Tala was born on June 19, 2022, at 1 pm, weighing a healthy 9.1lbs and measuring 53 cm. "24 hours with you. We couldn't be more in love if we tried," the influencer mum captioned the post.
Ashy, who tied the knot with Steve in 2014, is known to share health and fitness tips with her thousands of followers on social media, the Daily Mail reported.