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Gemma Atkinson insists ‘kids need germs’ as daughter, 3, share lollipop with dog

Gemma Atkinson has insisted 'kids need germs' after fans criticised her for letting daughter Mia, three, share her lollipop with the family dog.

The 37 year old, who shares her three year old daughter with her fiancé, Strictly Come Dancing pro Gorka Marquez, 31, spoke out a day after she shared the video of Mia and her pet dog Norman.

In the clip, Mia held out the lolly to her four legged friend, who then licked it, Mia could then be seen taking the same lolly and putting it back in her mouth as Gemma wrote: “Sharing is caring."


Fans at home were not happy with the situation however and launched a string of negative comments at the former Hollyoaks actress criticising the behaviour and demanding it “unhygienic.”

Gemma however was quick to clap back at her critics as she took to social media to defend her stance on the subject.

"A lot of anger today about Mia sharing a lolly with Norman,” she wrote.

“KIDS NEED GERMS. If you think that's bad, you should see me wrestling with her to not open sanitary bins in public loos!

“Or when she used to share her dummy with other kids at nursery, or when she comes home from nan's covered in mud from playing [in] the park.

“Also, dogs have bacteria in their mouth, but not as much as humans [thumbs up emoji],” she concluded.


In a story post immediately after the first response, Gemma then went on to share a photo of Mia cuddled up alongside Norman on the sofa as they relaxed together after a long day of playing.

“Also, they share beds and cushions… just like I did/have for 27 years, and I’m ok (ish),” quipped the star in her final say on the matter.

The latest backlash from followers isn’t the only time trolls have targeted Gemma in recent weeks, as she was also subjected to a string of foul abuse last month as she shared a video of her workout routine online.

While the actress received plenty of positive messages supporting her workout and her message – some online users were feeling far less kind.

The mum-of-one was told by one commenter that she was only working out 'to keep Gorka' while another cruelly said: "Her bloke will cheat on her if she stops training”.

But following the abuse, Gemma hit back at the trolls while sharing some of the messages to her Instagram story.

She wrote: "We seem to have gone back a few decades [face palm emoji].”

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