Sunrise reader Edwina Bartholomew hits out at sexist claims she ‘abandoned’ her children to travel to London to cover the Queen’s funeral
Edwina Bartholomew has hit back at sexist trolls who accused her of ‘abandoning’ her young children so she could travel to England to cover the Queen’s funeral.
The Sunrise newsreader joined co-presenters Natalie Barr and David Koch in London to help with Channel Seven’s round-the-clock reporting of the historic event.
But some cruel social media users said accepting the overseas posting so soon after returning to work from maternity leave was not fair to her son and daughter.
Edwina Bartholomew has hit back at sexist trolls who accused her of ‘abandoning’ her young children so she could travel to England to cover the Queen’s funeral. (Pictured: Edwina with daughter Molly, two, and son Thomas, six months)
Edwina defended her decision in a Daily Telegraph column on Thursday, saying her children were in “very good hands” with husband Neil Varcoe.
She wrote bluntly: “You should know that even though my children are not with me, they are in very good hands, but not mine.”
Dismissing the idea that mothers have to be full-time carers, Edwina sarcastically added that Neil “also lives in our house and takes care of our children as well”.
The newsreader penned an emotional column on Thursday to provide context for the critics
But it wasn’t all trolling, as the mother-of-two was delighted to receive an outpouring of support from fellow working mothers.
“Working moms are clearly in the same boat as me with chaotic households,” she wrote.
Edwina shares her two children, daughter Molly, Thomas, two and six months, with husband Neil, a journalist and media manager.
She’s been candid and candid about motherhood with fans, recently admitting it can be a bit “overwhelming” at times.
Edwina shares her two children with husband Neil Varcoe (pictured)
The Channel Seven reporter announced her pregnancy live on Sunrise last year.
“Developing news, news that will develop over the next six months, we will have another baby,” she said.
In her last post on Sunrise before starting her maternity leave, Edwina confirmed that she was due to give birth on February 21.
She recently returned to Channel Seven’s Sunrise breakfast show after taking five months of maternity leave
Edwina and Neil announced the birth of their son Thomas in early March