"I don't know why you can't stop using them [our children] to posture via Instagram," said Megan Fox to Brian her ex-husband.
As anyone who has been in a long-term relationship would understand, it is not always sunshine and daisies. Relationships have their ups and downs, and sometimes, the worst of it gets the best of the two people involved. When people grow at different paces but have to lead a life together, it may often seem quite difficult for partners to come to terms with change, or simply be there for each other when needed. However, when there are children involved, parents have a responsibility to ensure that their kids are not affected by their differences. This may not always be easy, and when you're in the Holywood spotlight, it can be all the more difficult. The recent tiff between actors Megan Fox and husband Brian Austin is a clear example of this.
Megan Fox, 34, and her husband Brian Austin Green, 47, separated almost a year ago, and have been co-parenting three children despite the split. Matters between the two ex-lovers escalated quite recently after Green posted a photo of their child, Journey, from Halloween on his Instagram. The photo looked innocent enough but Fox read more into it.
"Why does Journey have to be in this picture?" Fox commented. "It's not hard to crop them out. Or choose photos that they aren't in. I had a great Halloween with them yesterday, and yet notice how absent they are from my social media. I know you love your kids. But I don't know why you can't stop using them to posture via Instagram," she said.
"You're so intoxicated with feeding the pervasive narrative that I'm an absent mother, and you are the perennial, eternally dedicated dad of the year," she continued. "You have them half of the time. Congratulations you truly are a remarkable human! Why do you need the internet to echo back to you what should be inexhaustibly evident in the way your children love you?" wrote the Transformers actress.
While fans are divided on who is right and are hotly debating it on the former couple's Instagram pages, Austin's previous ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend have spoken out in favor of Fox.
Vanessa Marcil, who was married to Austin from 1999 to 2003 and is the mother of their 18-year-old son Kassius, wrote on Instagram, "The truth always comes out in the end," adding, "#ImWithYouSister."
The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles actor's ex-girlfriend, model Courtney Stodden, who dated him after his break up from Fox, also opened up. She said she's "proud" that the Jennifer's Body actress was speaking up.
"Brian seems to use his kids as a flex. During my time spent with him, when I was over at his house, his kids were never there," Courtney claimed in a lengthy Instagram statement on November 2. "They were always with Megan. She wasn't an absent mother. And yet, like she says - she doesn't plaster them all over her social. There were times Brian would tell me that he couldn't see me because he had his kids - and I later found out that this wasn't true, he was actually just seeing other women at those times," she added.
She added that he posted photos of his children to "protect his image" as a "doting single dad." She added that when she posted a video of them together, he was exposed as a cheater to multiple women. "The whole experience was a bit gross," Courtney concluded. "Women and children are not props. How long until men realize this?"
Austin has not responded to Fox's criticism of him and insiders have revealed that she did it publicly after "she reached her breaking point and has had enough of Brian's games," as per E!News. "She is incredibly frustrated that he's trying to make her look like a bad mom and decided to call him out on it. She especially hates that he's using the kids to try and get back at her," said the insider.
Austin has also allegedly used his children to make snide remarks about his ex-wife, who has been dating actor and rapper named Machine Gun Kelly.