Kids' TV star mum-shamed over topless photo

Children’s TV presenter Sarah-Jane Honeywell has spoken about the ‘uproar’ she received from mums after posting a topless holiday photo on Instagram.

Sarah-Jane, who was sacked from CBeebies in 2011 after posing nude for a Peta campaign, said she has become used to mum-shaming over the years.

However, the 49-year-old, who shares Indiana, 5, and 9-year-old Phoenix, with her Hollyoaks actor husband Ayden Callaghan, revealed she didn’t expect the amount of backlash after her publishing her latest pictures.

She explained: ‘I had let my CBoobies out on a beach in La Manga and I posted a photo of myself topless on Instagram.

‘It was just the silhouette of my body and then another taken from behind – people were outraged.

‘My comments section was flooded with strangers concerned about my “poor boys.”‘

Sarah-Jane branded the response as ‘madness’ as she told The Sun that ‘they’re just boobs.’

She added: ‘I am constantly mum-shamed, I’ve come to expect it.

‘But I certainly wasn’t expecting such an uproar when I shared my snaps from our recent holiday to Spain.’

Last year, to mark the 10th anniversary of the campaign that got her fired from the BBC channel, Sarah-Jane recreated the shoot and shared the results on Instagram.

In the caption, she wrote: ‘It’s 10 years to the day that a picture was taken that changed the projection of my life completely. To celebrate the changes that #cancelculture propelled me towards, here is a similar picture taken on my roof today, 10 years later. This time though, I’m asking you to ‘Relate to what’s on someone’s plate’ #bekind #bekindtoyourself.

‘We are all in this together & we don’t have to get on but we can get along.’ 

Setting the record straight on her departure, she then claimed: ‘There is so much speculation about how “this picture” got me fired from CBeebies but the truth is there was already a producer that hated me & wanted to get rid of me. 

‘This picture merely lit the match to a bonfire that had already been built for me.’ 

Sarah-Jane previously said she felt ‘lost’ after being given the boot from CBeebies, stating: ‘I felt like I’d lost my identity really, so my whole kind of sense of purpose, identity, everything about me felt like it was slipping away.’

Explaining that she had also broken up with her then-partner at the time as well, she added: ‘I kind of lost my home, my job and my identity in a matter of six months.

‘It was really bizarre, but now I think it was a good thing. In fact, I know it was a good thing.’

Sarah-Jane shot to fame on shows including Higgledy House and Mighty Mites, which she presented alongside Justin Fletcher (Mr Tumble).

In 2021, she said Justin hadn’t spoken to her since the sacking, adding:  ‘I called and left him a message but to this day he’s never responded. We were the best of mates, so that really hurt.

‘I do understand it though, because as a children’s presenter he needs to protect his own image.’

Sarah-Jane now runs Lincoln-based children’s drama school, Curious Theatre School, which she founded with Ayden, and performs in stage productions.

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