Jess Wright insists ‘I have bills to pay’ as trolls slam her for glitzy events

Jess Wright has hit back at trolls criticising her for going out alone while baby Presley is so young.

The former TOWIE star has been on the receiving end of hurtful comments online and said that while her job as a TV personality might seem glamorous, it is first and foremost a means to support her family.

Speaking to OK!, she said: “I got a message the other day saying, ‘How dare you go out and about when your son is so young,’ just because I’d left the house without him.

“I’m like, ‘You have no idea what I’ve been through – and I have a mortgage to pay, too.’

"These people think just because we’re in the public eye and our job can seem quite glamorous, that we’re very privileged but we also have bills to pay.

“This is work, this is our job – what do you want us to do? Turn it down just because it’s going to upset you?”

The 37-year-old – who discovered she was pregnant days after tying the knot with business owner William Lee Kemp – gave birth to Presley in May by emergency c-section.

Preston’s birth was a traumatic experience for Jess. She was rushed in for an emergency C-section when her labour struggled to progress and Presley’s heart rate dropped.

The panic continued after he was born because he stopped breathing and his oxygen fell, at which point he was rushed off to the newborn intensive care unit. It wasn’t until five long nights later that Jess was finally able to leave hospital with her newborn.

Now that she’s come through the toughest of times, Jess is focusing on being the best mum she can be, and that means she’s back at work helping to support her family. Her new collaboration with My 1st Years has given her some much-needed focus.

She added: “I’m so proud of this. My 1st Years has been my go-to for baby gifts for my family and friends forever. I just love my work – I don’t think I could be a stay-at-home mum at this point. I’m the kind of person that needs that time to be able to fulfil my dreams as well as being a mum and I shouldn’t feel guilty about that.”

But like many working mums, Jess does feel guilty. “I do get a lot of mum guilt, a hell of a lot,” she says. “I was out with Presley past 6pm at a Marks & Spencer event – it was an amazing evening with all their Christmas stuff, which he was obsessed with because of the sensory. But I’m like, ‘This isn’t right – he needs to be at home with his routine.’ It’s a constant, isn’t it? You never feel like you’re doing the right thing.”

Jess Wright has launched her new collection, Jess Wright Baby at My 1st Years. You can buy the collection at


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