The country music star — who recently welcomed her first child, son Hayes Andrew, with husband Ryan Hurd — opened up to Andy Cohen on Wednesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” where she explained that she would be refraining from sharing photos of the couple’s 4-month-old son’s face moving forward amid criticism she’s received on social media.
“I’m gonna be a little more private about [Hayes],” Morris, 30, relayed to the radio host, adding that she’s not showing her son’s “face in photos on social media anymore.”
“It’s been so fun sharing photos of him, but I feel like … you know, I can take someone saying my music sucks or I’m ruining country music, but for some reason, the mother card, I can’t emotionally handle right now. So I was like, ‘I’m just gonna protect myself and him from it.'”
Morris recently received backlash for a photo, which shows the mother-son pair enjoying a pleasant day on the lake, lounging on a large car-shaped floating raft. In the pic, Morris and Hayes are donning matching swimsuits and sunglasses.
“Motor-floatin,'” Morris captioned the June 30 Instagram photo, which now has its comments turned off.
At the time, Morris’ husband Hurd, 33, came to the defense of his wife after a Twitter user asked, “Where is the baby’s life jacket???”
“I’d like to say, my wife usually doesn’t need me to defend her, but she’s a great mom, and my kid was not unsafe on a float in 1 feet [sic] of water being held by an adult with 5 people watching so she could get a picture,” Hurd asserted.
Morris echoed her husband’s comments in the interview on Wednesday, telling Cohen, 52, who also has a young son: “But I will say, he was completely safe. We were tied to a dock; I was in a foot of water on a float to get a photo.”
During their video conversation, Morris and Cohen agreed that “people are a–holes on social media.”
“They really are,” Morris said.
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Morris also explained her stance on the ongoing social media trend of mom-shaming and said getting the hang of parenting, in general, is something that takes time and repetition.
“Anyone that is a mother who is shaming another mother, it probably comes from just a deep insecurity in your own motherhood that you have to criticize someone else,” she said.
“Especially [someone who’s] brand-new at this. And we all feel like we suck in the beginning anyway.”