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Ferne McCann harassed by ‘mummy trolls’ online as she embraces being single mum

Ferne McCann's show First Time Mum is in its fourth season, tracking the ups and downs of motherhood.

Even though the 29-year-old beauty prides herself on her honest and upfront approach to parenting, it hasn't stopped cruel trolls from having their say.

Ferne revealed she recently returned to Twitter after a temporary break, where she sees the bad – and good – sides to social media.

She said: "I'm back on Twitter, I don't know if that a good idea or not. Of course, you get the occasional troll who'll tell me Sunday should be in a coat or the car seat is the wrong way around.

"The 'mum police' do come out in full force, but at this stage, I've grown a pretty thick skin to the trolls. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't read it and it didn't affect me, but I've seen it all now."

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She went on: "I've literally read everything that anyone could possibly say about me. I don't focus on the negativity, I just focus on the love and support, otherwise, you'll just get really depressed and it will really affect you."

The former TOWIE star also opened up about embracing the label of "single mum" now that her adorable daughter Sunday is two years old.

Ferne admitted while she was pregnant, she shunned the title, as she needed time to process facing parenting alone.

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She explained: "When I was pregnant and when I gave birth I had a real issue with people labelling me a single parent and a single mum. I can say now that I hadn't come to terms with that myself.

"I really struggled to even look at people raising a child in a partnership, I felt like I was robbed of that. I just thought 'why can't I be a new mum?'.

"Now I actually embrace being a single parent, I love being a single parent. I've found it super rewarding. People ask whats the toughest thing about being a single parent – the clues in the title, you're doing it on your own."

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Though she's adjusted to life as a single mum, Ferne is still open to meeting a new man, as she's dipped her toes back in the dating scene.

She said: "I'm open to meet someone. I want to meet someone for me first but of course, I'm going to take Sunday into consideration because we come as a package, a wonderful package I think."

Ferne McCann: First Time Mum airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on ITVbe.

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