Actress Kate Winslet in legal battle with fathers' rights group

While many people might endure criticism about their parenting choices from their family and friends, it’s not often that you encounter such criticism from the general public. Unless you’re a celebrity, that is. From actors to professional athletes, being in the public eye means that your personal life is constantly thrust under the microscope and oftentimes judged by people who don’t know the full story. Such is the case for actress Kate Winslet who is currently fighting back against a fathers’ rights group who has criticized her for her children’s living arrangements.

The criticism from the fathers’ rights group stems from an article in the November issue of Vogue magazine in which Winslet discussed her parenting choices of her three children: a 13-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy from two separate previous relationships and a newborn boy with current husband. In the article, Winslet addressed the rumors that her children, because they all have different fathers, must be miserable with such instability and explained that they do not go back and forth on a regular basis but rather live with her. For some of our readers, this parenting choice demonstrates a general regard for the children’s best interest and would be commended by most. But this isn’t how one fathers’ rights group interpreted it.

In an advertisement released recently by the U.K.-based group, which is currently at the center of a potential defamation lawsuit, the group judges the actress based on her comments made in the Vogue article and accuses her of denying her children the right to see their fathers during the upcoming holiday season.  Winslet is fighting back though, saying that the ad is misleading.  It also doesn’t tell the entire story, explained one of her ex-husbands in her defense.  And as many of our readers know, judging someone without knowing the full story can often lead to more problems in the end.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Kate Winslet Targeted By Fathers' Rights Group Over Parenting Arrangements," Cavan Sieczkowski, Dec. 19, 2013

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