Emma Willis says she still gets hate for son Ace breaking gender stereotypes in pink crop top

Emma Willis has revealed she still gets hate for allowing her son to wear pink.

The television presenter, 46, who earlier this year had fans in hysterics after accidentally making 'x-rated' biscuits, posted a photo of her son Ace two years ago that sparked debate.

In the snap, her now 10 year old son can be seen with long blonde hair, wearing a pink crop top, with the caption "My little style icon".

Two years later, there is still a furore over the image. Speaking to The Sun, she said: "Unfortunately, [the hate] is still there – both from parents and other children. I think it's probably easier [than it would have been 20 years ago], but it's still there.

"It's such a shame. It's going, but the stereotypes that are ingrained in us from years back are so hard to shift.

"And it's not: 'Come on, you should just accept it'. It's like: 'What does it matter to you? It's just a colour. It's just hair. That kid is just expressing themselves how they want."

She continued: "Children should be encouraged to express themselves, to play and to experiment with colour and clothes. What harm are they doing?"

As for her son, the reaction online doesn't seem to have bothered him.

"He did say jokingly: 'I think you will find it's me wearing those clothes!," she said.

Emma shares son Ace with her Busted star husband Matt Willis, 39, whom she married in 2008.

They also have two daughters, Isabelle, 12 and Trixie, six, together.

While Emma's post sparked hate and outrage from many, several others commended her and Matt for encouraging their son to break gender norms and stereotypes.

And she has always been defiant in supporting her son for however he chooses to express himself.

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"I think it's a really individual, personal thing. You know, my son likes what he likes, and far be it for me to stop him expressing himself or experimenting however he likes with clothes," she said last year in another interview with The Sun.

"I see it as hair is hair, clothes are clothes and colour is colour. And, you know, if my son wants to wear a pink top, I'm certainly not going to stop him.

"Let kids explore. Kids love exploring. And they don't just have to explore in the dirt with worms and spiders, they can explore with colour and clothes and hair. I just let him be him."

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