Hilary Duff opens up about post-baby-body shaming and the challenges of being a first-time mother, dealing with ‘Mom guilt’ and whether or not she plans to marry again after divorcing husband, Mike Comrie.

Hilary Duff

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The 28-year-old actress and singer is speaking out about her life circumstances, which have put her in the public eye. She’s the mother of a now three-year-old child, Luca, Cruz Comrie. She and her husband, former NHL star, Mike Comrie divorced earlier this year. Of late she’s been reviving her career as a recording artist, having released a new single, ‘Breathing Room.’

She spoke with Redbook on a variety of topics including the way the media reacted to and scrutinized her post-baby body. In fact, she took issue with the entire concept in general and the “debut” of such in particular. She said, “After I had Luca, I went out to, like, the breast-pump store—I was still huge—and I just had a comfortable outfit on.”

Continuing her reflection, she added, “And the next day [in the tabloids] it was like, “Hilary debuts post-baby bod!” And I was like, “That’s not a debut! That’s an errand!” It was such a happy time that honestly I didn’t care; it wasn’t until later that I realized how mean and invasive it was.”

Yes, we’ve all seen those headlines, and the paparazzi photos that accompany such “articles.” Finally, we’ve reached a point in our culture and society in which we have language for such, and it’s body shaming. It’s important for celebrities to speak out and to denounce it for what it is.

Hilary Duff has always been one to call out the media for this. She told Healthmagazine, Everyone was so hard on me because it took me a year and a half to get my body back!”” She added, “There is way too much pressure on women these days. It took me a whole 10 months to build a baby.”

And of course, when one is a first-time mother, one just might have other priorities than fitting into a certain clothing size so as to get media to applaud! In the new interview with Redbook that she’s facing challenges as a single mother. She said, “”It’s hard to say that you really can have it all. I think you can to a certain degree, but fully loaded, pedal-all-the-way-down is tough. You’re missing out on something, either on the career or on the family. When I’m really busy with work, I feel extremely guilty.”

She also shared her thoughts on marriage, and opened up as to whether she sees it as part of her future. She told the publication, “I don’t want to say I wouldn’t get married again, but it’s not important to me.” She went on to say, I don’t feel I would need to be married to have another child. If I felt strongly enough toward someone or if someone felt strongly about it, I might say okay. But it’s not essential.”

As always, we can count on Hilary Duff for broaching these topics with candor and honesty and for reminding the public that while fame and wealth have their merits, when it comes to such daily struggles, as having to confront post-baby body shaming, or setting daily priorities as a parent, celebrities are not immune.

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