Fans had suspected that the 47-year-old was pulling a prank, but instead of being met with laughs, Spelling found herself receiving backlash and was accused of being insensitive to those struggling with fertility issues. She took to Instagram on Friday, April 2, to clarify her intentions behind the controversial stunt.
"Every week, magazine and press outlets ask if I am pregnant. To set the record straight, I am not," she wrote. "The fact is, after my fifth baby, my body didn't bounce back like it had before. That's when the constant questions of 'yet another' pregnancy first began. Unless you're in the public eye, it is hard to understand what it feels like to be body shamed so publicly. I feel like I have to constantly defend my body when instead, I should be honoring it for the miracle of life it game me five times."
The Stori Telling author, who revealed she had miscarried herself in the past, went on to acknowledge that "pregnancy is an extreme blessing" and said she "would never never intentionally poke fun at losing a child or not being able to carry one."
"My post was simply to turn the tables for once on the press. They constantly create wild and often hurtful stories about me, my body, and my family," she continued.
"For those of you that are hurt, I hear you. I love you. I welcome your stories and I will try my best to support you. Please accept this as a virtual hug to my entire community. T xoxo," she concluded.
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Spelling, along with her husband Dean McDermott, already share five children: sons Liam, 14, Finn, 8, and Beau, 4, and daughters Stella, 12, and Hattie, 9. She is also the stepmother to Jack McDermott, 22, who is her husband's son with ex Mary Jo Eustace.
On April Fools' Day, the So Notorious star made jaws drop when she posted a sweet snap of herself to Instagram, wearing a white crop top and floral kimono (sans bottoms), as she cradled her stomach.
"No. 6," she vaguely captioned the post.
"I really hope you aren’t using a pregnancy as an April fools joke considering there are so many women out there who wish they could have just one child. You have been blessed with 5, please have compassion and empathy. This is nothing to joke about!" one user commented.
"I hope this isn’t an April fools joke because that’s in such poor taste for those of us who have lost babies," another agreed.
"If this is an April Fools joke you’re gonna get so roasted 🙈," warned another.