She welcomed her third child, a son, with husband Matthew Wolfenden a mere 9 weeks ago and as she puts it, is enjoying ‘being mum for a while’ during her maternity leave from Emmerdale.
Although reveling in life as a mum to her three boys; Buster, 9, Bowie, 3, and newborn Ace Gene, soap star Charley Webb recently had to endure nasty commentary from online trolls, who targeted her two eldest sons for their long hair.
Like any mother would, the 31-year-old actress, who is fronting McDonald’s new Happy Readers campaign, rightly fired back and urged social media users to ‘keep your opinions to yourselves’ in a bid to silence the negative commentary.
Speaking up: Emmerdale star Charley Webb hit back at cruel trolls who target her children and insisted that she ‘doesn’t have time’ for the negativity
Now speaking to MailOnline, Charley says that she ‘doesn’t have time’ for the negativity and warns that people need to learn to treat others with kindness, most of all online.
Speaking of the unwarranted commentary, in which tasteless trolls claimed her older boys ‘looked like girls’ due to their choice to have long hair, she said: ‘I just don’t have time for anyone like that.
‘I always find it so bizarre that anyone who be negative towards someone they don’t know, especially someone’s children that’s bizarre.
‘I sort of think that people should think more about what they’re saying on social media,’ she lamented. ‘I mean, kids are growing up with social media being apart of their lives and it terrifies me that people are taking their own lives just from someone sat behind a computer they never met.
Family: The Emmerdale star recently became a mum-of-three in July but had to endure nasty commentary from online trolls, who targeted her two eldest sons, Buster, 9, Bowie, 3, for their long hair
‘I can’t ever imagine writing to somebody and being negative saying. “I don’t like the way you look”. It’s just not normal.’
Standing strong against online negativity, the soap star doesn’t want to give the topic too much heed and admitted she doesn’t ‘care what they [the trolls] think’.
She continued: ‘I don’t tend to speak out much about it because part of me thinks when you do, you’re sort giving them what they want, giving them some sort of reaction. I’d rather not react.
‘However, some times things need to be said, “This isn’t OK” or whatever but I would say 90% of the time I just ignore it and think, “I’m not going to give you a reaction” because it’s so boring.
Bundle of joy: Charley welcomed newborn son Ace Gene with her husband Matthew Wolfenden in July
Romance: The soap couple have been together since 2007 and tied the knot in a surprise wedding in February 2018, after being engaged for nine years (pictured June 2017)
‘…I just don’t know how anybody’s got time to comment on anybody else’s lives. I’ve got time to think about my own and my kids and that’s it. I don’t see how my life is interesting enough for people to comment on it.’
Of course Charley doesn’t have time for the negativity, she just welcomed her third son in July with fellow Emmerdale star Matthew.
The pair initially met on set of Emmerdale, where they both work, when Matthew joined as David Metclaffe in 2006. The soap couple have been together since 2007 and tied the knot in a surprise wedding in February 2018, after being engaged for nine years.
And while she admits date nights are off the table until they adjust to life with three, Charley shared how much Matthew, 39, adores his role as a dad to their boys.
Although his passion for parenting does come with a cost for Charley, that cost meaning she’s in fact the strict one.
Parenting styles: And while she admits date nights are off the table until they adjust to life with three, Charley shared how much Matthew, 39, adores his role as a dad to their boys (Pictured in 2017)
Soap star: Charley has grown up on Emmerdale playing Debbie Dingle since 2002
‘I’m definitely the strict one,’ she admitted. ‘He’s the more laidback, the fun one. He’s very hands on as a dad and so involved with the kids.’
Charley has grown up on Emmerdale playing Debbie Dingle since 2002, when the then teenage character was fostered by Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Emily Kirk (Kate McGregor).
Her character has been involved in some of the biggest storylines on the Dales, most recently dealing with the death of Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox), which led to Debbie deciding to move to Scotland to start a new life.
With her on-screen life currently in Scotland, Charley has time to enjoy her maternity leave but it has also left the door open for her to return to the soap, which she has done after her past two pregnancies.
‘Guilt’: And although the Manchester native loves her work, she admitted that it doesn’t leave her immune from struggling with ‘working mum guilt’ when she has to leave her boys with their nanny
And although the Manchester native loves her work, she admitted that it doesn’t leave her immune from struggling with ‘working mum guilt’ when she has to leave her boys with their nanny.
However, Charley insisted that she’s always home to read a bedtime story to her boys, with Buster usually pushing for one of David Walliams’ children’s books, after a 12 hour shoot day.
‘I think there’s always those times where you struggle with mum guilt when you’re away all day,’ she said. ‘But I’m always back for their bedtime and I’m always back to read the bedtime story. I’m always back for that time so it’s really great.’
McDonald’s Happy Readers initiative aims to increase book ownership amongst children and encourage families to read together by offering a free David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children’s Book with every Happy Meal until the 15th October.
Story time: However, Charley insisted that she’s always home to read a bedtime story to her boys after a 12 hour shoot day