Clemmie Hooper‘s husband father of daughters Simon Hoooper admits he‘s in a ‘angry and sad‘

Husband of mummy blogger Clemmie Hooper says he‘s ‘angry and sad‘ and had ‘no idea‘ she set up a fake account on parenting site – amid accusations she trolled him and other influencers

The husband of the mummy blogger who went viral after admitting she created a fake account to defend herself and make negative comment about others has spoken out after three days of silence.

Blogger Simon Hooper, 35, from Kent, who shares four daughters with Clemmie, 34, and boasts 1 million followers on Instagram, admitted he is ‘angry and sad‘ in a post to his Instagram this weekend.

Describing himself as in a ‘cr** position‘, Simon said he wished she had spoken to him first, and while he made it clear that he was not defending her, but that he has ‘seen what three years of being attacked online can do to someone‘.

This came after Clemmie issued an apology on Thursday, and confessed to creating a false account online, amid allegations she posted negative comments about her influencer friends and even her own husband.

Taking to Instagram, Simon said in a video: ‘So after several days of silence I feel I probably need to address what‘s going on online regarding Clemmie.

‘So if you‘re interested I‘ve done a post, that‘s pretty much all I‘m going to say about it. I‘ll leave all the comments up so please feel free to comment. 

‘Despite what happens on social media – on this platform or any other platform the real world keeps continuing. 

‘The world keeps spinning, my kids need to be entertained and the dog needs walking so that‘s what I‘m doing.‘

His post, which features a picture of his dog being walked in the woods, reads: ‘ So, some people in this corner of the internet may want to know my response to what’s happened over the last couple of days. 

‘Frankly, I‘m in a cr** position as I only really have 2 options – 1). to stay silent to protect my wife & knowing that if I do, the silence will be deafening or 2). to comment on something I had no knowledge of. It‘s not a fun place to be. 

‘And yet fun is what I can to Instagram for. I don’t take myself or life too seriously, but when something like this happens I have to acknowledge it and in all honesty, I‘m feeling both angry & a bit sad.‘

It continues: ‘I can‘t condone or fully understand why Clemmie did what she did. Make no mistake about it – she made some bad choices – I just wish she could have spoken to me about this before it all got too much.‘

Describing the trolling Clemmie has experienced for years, he continues: ‘Actually, If we‘re wishing for things, I wish it had never happened in the first place. I’ve seen first hand what 3 years of being attacked online can do to a person and the dark places it can drive you to – I guess whereas I can happily ignore it all, she couldn’t. 

‘To be clear, I’m not here to defend my wife’s actions or provide excuses because I have none. What I do know is that online actions have real world consequences – this has impacted our family & it will take some time to recover. 

‘That said, away from these squares, the world keeps spinning, the leaves are turning & I have 4 girls that need their parents. I‘ll be here tomorrow doing what I do.‘

The post quickly racked up 35,000 likes and a mixed response from followers. 

One person wrote:  ‘Everyone makes mistakes‘, while another added: ‘Clemmie is human like the rest of us…everyone makes mistakes‘

However one added: ‘Imagine caring enough what other people thought of you to do the same to the people you know, though. 

‘She tried fighting fire with fire and set the whole place alight. All will be forgotten soon enough. That‘s the beauty of the fickle world of social media.‘

 Another added: ‘The fact that she turned to writing awful comments about people she claimed to be behind.‘

On Thursday Clemmie issued an apology after admitting to creating a fake account to defend herself and leave negative comments about others online – allegedly even posting negative comments about her influencer friends and even her own husband.

Clemmie Hooper, 34, from Kent, who has racked up almost 700,000 followers documenting her life as a mum-of-four under the user name , took to her stories today to confirm she had been posting under a false identity. 

She is thought to have been posting comments under the name ‘AliceInWanderLust‘ on discussion forum Tattle Life, a site dedicated to discussing influencers, which has come under recent fire amid claims it is encouraging bullying. 

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Posting a statement online, Clemmie revealed the trolling she had experienced led her to set up the account, initially to defend herself, but in an effort to cover up her identity when other users began suspecting who she really was, she began posting negative comments about others.

Writing in the post, she wrote: ‘I know there are some rumours circulating and I want to take the opportunity to explain.

‘Earlier this year, I became aware of a website that had thousands of comments about my family and I.

‘Reading them made me feel extremely paranoid and affected me much more than I knew at the time. 

‘I decided without telling anyone else that I would make an anonymous account so that this group of people would believe I was one of them, so that I could maybe change their opinions from the inside to defend my family and I.‘

She continued: ‘It became all consuming and it grew bigger than I knew how to handle.

‘When the users started to suspect it was me, I made the mistake of commenting about others. I regret it all and am deeply sorry – I know this has caused a lot of pain. 

‘Undoubtedly I got lost in this online world and the more I became engrossed in the negative commentary, the more situation escalated.

‘Engaging in this was a huge mistake,’ she added. ‘I take full responsibility for what’s happened and I am just so sorry for the hurt I have caused to everyone involved including my friends and family.’

Though Clemmie has not revealed who the user was, other users on gossip site Tattle became suspicious when the user Alice in Wanderlust began posting from the same location as Clemmie, including Mauritius, and defending Clemmie. 

One post by the user Alice in Wanderlust accuses mummy blogger Candice Brathwaite of social climbing and using her ‘race as a weapon‘, while another questions the state of mummy blogger Bethie Hungerford‘s marriage, and brands Clemmie‘s husband a ‘t**t‘ – before denying the profile was set up by Clemmie.

Yesterday fellow mummy blogger Laura Rutherford, known as ‘that mummy smile‘, shared a picture of Alice in Wonderland, with a scathing caption calling for the person behind the fake identity to come forward. 

She wrote: ‘Dear Alice I don’t owe it to you to remain quiet.

‘You’ve goaded and encouraged trolls to tear my reputation apart for the last 8 months. Mine and a handful of other influencers- and for what gain?

‘No I won’t talk to you or discuss with you your justifications for online bullying. There is absolutely no justification for this behaviour.

‘As someone that is on this platform to support other women, talk about accountability and stand up for myself when people attempt to bring me down, I won’t stay silent.

‘How can I? That contradicts who I am and why I’m on here. It’s not even about the words that have been said. It’s the betrayal of trust. To say I’m hurting is an understatement.

‘What gives you the right to play with people’s mental health?

‘For so long I’ve had to grin and bear the derogatory comments, the angst of what people think of me, where the malice has come from. You’ve looked me in the eye and asked me how I’m doing when I’ve been at my lowest.

‘How dare you? I haven’t and never would wish anything bad on anyone.

‘You yourself have been at the hands of trolls and you know exactly what that does to you. This is your time to come forward and start doing the right thing by everyone that is affected‘.

And fellow influencer Bethie Hungerford, known as Hungermama, took to her Instagram stories ahead of Clemmie‘s confession to address the furore.

She said: ‘I’ve been debating all day what to do and say about getting trolled and bullied by a friend of mine online,

‘This person has admitted to the bullying to all of the friends she has tried to spread rumours about online… it’s not whether or not this has happened – it’s that it has and she refuses to take responsibility for her actions.

‘I’ve encouraged her to come forward and get in front of it and she hasn’t.

‘I’m not going to name any names, I’m putting the ball firmly in her court to come clean and acknowledge her wrongdoing and apologise to all of the people she’s hurt.’

Blogger Clemmie rocketed to fame when she began documenting her life as a midwife and mother to daughters Anya Rose, Marnie, Ottilie and Delilah on blog Gas & Air, before releasing two books.

The latest development comes as in recent months YouTuber Lorraine McPhee, Michelle Chapman and author Sali Hughes have all signed a petition to have the site taken down, accusing the forum of being a gossip site for trolls.

 

 

 

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