LAURA WHITMORE took to social media over the weekend to call out a journalist asking for details about her newborn baby.
The exchange - in which Whitmore called the journalist "vile" - was posted on the Irish presenter's Twitter account on Sunday.
The 36-year-old took offence after the aforementioned journalist emailed Whitmore's agent to say her outlet was running a story on the name of Whitmore's baby, and wondered if Laura or her husband Iain Sterling had "a few lines" for them.
"I hope you're keeping well in these crazy times," journalist Niamh Walsh wrote.
"We have been told by a number of sources that Laura and Iain have named their daughter Stevie Stirling (a nod to Stevie Nicks ... It's a lovely name and very fitting).
"We are planning to publish this tomorrow and we would love to include a few lines from Laura and Iain as to how they settled on the name for their baby girl."
While the email seems fairly innocuous, Whitmore wasn't happy.
Vile. My agent received the below email... Niamh Walsh I’m sure you have better and more pressing things to write about than guessing a child’s name and pressuring someone to talk about it either way! I’ll talk about my child on my terms when I choose. pic.twitter.com/XeBUym1ydc
— Laura Whitmore ⚡️ (@thewhitmore) May 1, 2021
She posted a screenshot of the message, slamming the behaviour and accusing the journalist of "pressuring" her to talk about her baby.
"Vile," she wrote.
"My agent received the below email ... Niamh Walsh, I'm sure you have better things to do than guessing a child's name and pressuring someone to talk about it either way!
"I'll talk about my child on my terms when I choose," she added.
While some defended Whitmore's right to privacy, many social media users were quick to criticise her response, arguing that it was unnecessary to name and shame a journalist for doing their job, and doing so rather politely.
"Laura Whitmore being the head of the 'be kind' police following Caroline Flack's death only to send her followers after a female journalist for 'politely' asking her AGENT for confirmation of her baby's name is just a bit :/ to me," wrote on Twitter user.
"[Laura Whitmore] is a student of journalism, a former showbiz reporter, has done a few pregnancy photo-shoots with the media, but God forbid the media ask her about her baby's name, I don't get it," wrote another user.
"I don't get the abuse trending at Laura Whitmore," wrote another. "She obviously is a new mother feeling protective of her child."