Sunrise: Edwina Bartholomew slams sexist claims she ‘abandoned’ her children


Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew slams sexist claims she ‘abandoned’ her children to travel to London to cover the Queen’s funeral

Edwina Bartholomew has hit back at sexist trolls who accused her of ‘abandoning’ her young children so she could travel to England to cover the Queen’s funeral.

The Sunrise newsreader joined co-anchors Natalie Barr and David Koch in London to assist with Channel Seven’s round-the-clock reporting on the historic event.

But some cruel social media users said accepting the overseas assignment so soon after returning to work from maternity leave wasn’t fair on her son and daughter.

Edwina Bartholomew has hit back at sexist trolls who accused her of ‘abandoning’ her young children so she could travel to England to cover the Queen’s funeral. (Pictured: Edwina with daughter Molly, two, and six-month-old son Thomas)

Edwina defended her decision in a column for The Daily Telegraph on Thursday, saying her children were in ‘very good hands’ with her husband Neil Varcoe. 

She wrote bluntly: ‘You should know that although my kids aren’t with me, they are in very good hands, just not mine.’

Shutting down the idea that mothers need to be full-time caregivers, Edwina sarcastically added that Neil ‘lives in our house too and also cares for our kids’.

The Sunrise newsreader joined co-anchors Natalie Barr and David Koch in London to assist with Channel Seven's round-the-clock reporting on the historic event

The Sunrise newsreader joined co-anchors Natalie Barr and David Koch in London to assist with Channel Seven’s round-the-clock reporting on the historic event 

But it wasn’t all trolling, because the mother of two was pleased to receive an outpouring of support from fellow working mothers. 

‘Working mums are clearly in the same boat as me with chaotic households,’ she wrote.

Edwina shares her two children, daughter Molly, two, and six-month-old son Thomas, with husband Neil, a journalist and media executive. 

She has been candid and upfront about motherhood with fans, recently admitting it can be a bit ‘overwhelming’ at times.

Some cruel social media users said accepting the overseas assignment so soon after returning to work from maternity leave wasn't fair on her son and daughter. (Pictured: Edwina with her husband Neil Varcoe and daughter Molly)

Some cruel social media users said accepting the overseas assignment so soon after returning to work from maternity leave wasn’t fair on her son and daughter. (Pictured: Edwina with her husband Neil Varcoe and daughter Molly)

The Channel Seven reporter announced her pregnancy live on Sunrise last year.

‘In developing news, news that will be developing for the next six months, we will be having another baby,’ she said.

In her final message on Sunrise before starting her maternity leave, Edwina confirmed she was due on February 21.

She recently returned to Channel Seven's Sunrise after taking five months' maternity leave

She recently returned to Channel Seven’s Sunrise after taking five months’ maternity leave

Edwina and Neil announced the birth of their son Thomas in early March

Edwina and Neil announced the birth of their son Thomas in early March 

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