Hilary Duff says she struggles to ignore mom-shaming on Instagram: 'Bullying seems to be at an all-time high right now'

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  • Hilary Duff, who’s currently pregnant with her second child, recently spoke with INSIDER while promoting her new partnership with Jif Peanut Butter’s second annual „Imagine If, With Jif“ initiative.
  • Duff, who is currently pregnant with her second child, spoke with us about receiving unsolicited parenting advice and mom-shaming on Instagram.
  • There are times when it really frustrates me and other times when I’m like, ‚What? Why would you say that?'“ she said. „Sometimes I’m like, ‚That’s unfair. That’s not nice.'“
  • She said that writing rude comments on social media is bullying — and that she hopes to teach her children respect and compassion.

Hilary Duff has been in show business since age 10, so the former Disney Channel star and current „Younger“ actress has accumulated her fair share of fans — and critics.

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„I feel like people are just using [social media] as their outlet to voice their opinions when no one really cares. I don’t,“ Duff, who’s promoting her new partnership with Jif Peanut Butter’s second annual „Imagine If, With Jif“ initiative, told INSIDER of receiving unsolicited parenting advice and dealing with mom-shaming comments on Instagram.

Duff added that celebrity mothers seem to get more hate than other female celebrities — and that women in general seem to get more of it than men. She described getting „a lot of backlash“ for simply eating raw fish while pregnant.

„It was quite fun to go through the comments. I was like, ‚Guys, come on,'“ she said. „It’s so wild. People come out of nowhere and just give you advice. I can be standing in line at Starbucks and someone has some advice for me.“

„The other day I was at a coffee shop, and someone was like, ‚Um, you’re going to have decaf right?‘ And I was like, ‚Nope. I am not.‘ Like, how do you know how many coffees I’ve had today? How do you know what my doctor said I’m going to do? And also, while we’re at it, don’t ask me if I have twins in there. OK?“ she continued. „It’s just so funny that people think [pregnancy] is an open invitation to come and voice their experience to you.“

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Duff is already a proud mom to 6-year-old Luca, a son she shares with her ex-husband Mike Comrie. She’s currently expecting a daughter with her boyfriend, Matthew Koma.

Read more: 7 things to know about Matthew Koma, Hilary Duff’s boyfriend and soon-to-be father of her second child

Duff told us that her second pregnancy has gone very smoothly — although, largely thanks to her scrambled hormones, she can’t always laugh off rude comments and criticism online.

„I think for the most part, I just don’t have time to read the comments, but I definitely see some of it. There are times when it really frustrates me and other times when I’m like, ‚What? Why would you say that?‘ It’s mostly just silly,“ she said. „I am also extremely hormonal. So there’s no way to let certain things come into my brain and exit immediately, like how I normally could handle it. Sometimes I’m like, ‚That’s unfair. That’s not nice.'“

„My parents were big on treating others the way you want to be treated yourself. On the subject of people making comments on Instagram or whatever — it’s bullying. Bullying seems to be at an all-time high right now,“ she continued. „Treat the world the way you want to live in it. That’s something I want to pass along to my kids.“

Duff’s choice to partner with the „Imagine If, With Jif“ initiative was inspired by her own experiences with motherhood.

The contest awards $15,000 to a young person to execute an impressive entrepreneurial idea. Last year’s winner, 8-year-old Charlotte Gould, was born with a cleft palate and used the money to launch a nonprofit called „Stitches by Charlotte,“ which creates personalized dolls for children undergoing medical procedures.

„The contest is all about creating and nurturing young, passionate ideas from kids,“ Duff told us. „I think that now more than ever, it’s celebrated to have a great idea; to be bold; to be unique and be different. And that’s really what this contest is all about.“

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