Aaron Rodgers was missing from his family’s Christmas pictures.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback seemingly skipped the holiday celebration with his family, according to social media posts from his brothers Jordan Rodgers and Luke Rodgers.
Starting on Dec. 17, the family began posting pictures from their holiday celebration in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Last Sunday, Luke posted a family selfie on Instagram with Jordan, their parents Ed Rodgers and Darla Rodgers and Jordan’s fiancée JoJo Fletcher, who he met on season 12 of The Bachelorette.
On Christmas Day, Jordan posted a photo with Luke and their dad celebrating the holiday together. Jordan captioned the pic, “You know you’re family when you all have the same idea for Christmas presents (and same face for the photo @thelukerodgers ) Bellies Out! Merry Christmas #bellyfannypacksarein #ithink.”
Aaron wasn’t in the picture and didn’t post on social media on Christmas, so it’s not known where he spent the holiday. The Green Bay Packers had a game over the weekend, but Rodgers is currently injured and Brett Hundley stepped in as quarterback during the game against the Minnesota Vikings.
During Jordan’s time on The Bachelorette, rumblings of the Rodgers family’s estrangement from Aaron began to surface. Then in Jan. 2017, Ed talked to The New York Times about the family being in the spotlight after the show and his relationship with Aaron, saying, “One in the news is enough for us. Fame can change things.”
He also confirmed that, at the time, Aaron hadn’t talked to his family since 2014, a “few months” after he started dating Olivia Munn.
Aaron and Olivia called it quits earlier this year.
In response to questions he received about his family during a Jan. 2017 press conference, Rodgers said, “I just don’t think it’s appropriate talking about family stuff publicly.”
Published at Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:33:54 +0000Lewis Hamilton Sorry for Telling His Nephew “Boys Don't Wear Princess Dresses!”
Lewis Hamilton‘s main objective, if his Instagram bio is to believed, is to “inspire, spread love and live every day to the fullest.” But the four-time Formula One World Champion seemingly did the opposite on Christmas, as he publicly shamed his young nephew in his Instagram Story.
In the video, which has since been deleted, Hamilton looked into the camera and said, “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew.” As the camera panned to a young boy, he asked, “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas? Boys don’t wear princess dresses.” The boy laughed at Hamilton’s outrage.
Another video showed Hamilton’s niece (wearing a fairy costume) and his nephew (wearing a princess dress) chasing him around the house and hitting him with their wands. “You better stop whooping me,” Hamilton laughingly told his two young relatives. “Imma whoop your ass!”
Hamilton may have deleted the initial video, but it’s being widely circulated on Twitter:
As a result, many people are criticizing Hamilton on social media:
Lewis Hamilton publicly bullying a child for simply expressing themselves (at Christmas no less), shows how ridiculously insecure and behind the times he is. This racing driver needs to get up to speed….
— Sarah O’Connell (@SarahO_Connell) December 26, 2017
Oh @LewisHamilton you wally. It?s videos and attitudes like that that really don?t help. Even in jest. I am sure all the privileged straight cis males will make it all about gays overreacting. Sigh.
— Darren Bell (@darren_bell) December 26, 2017
Just watched the footage of @LewisHamilton having a go at his son for wearing a princess dress. “Why are you wearing a princess dress? Boys don’t wear princess dresses!” Made me feel sick. Attitudes like that need to be binned. Poor kid.
— Billy Lunn (@billysubway) December 26, 2017
Having once been a little boy who twirled around in dresses I can confirm that the best gift a parent or any relative can give is to not bat an eyelid.
Anything else will do damage stretching far beyond childhood. @LewisHamilton
— Patrick Strudwick (@PatrickStrud) December 26, 2017
I hope @LewisHamilton properly thinks and apologises to his nephew for that video. Thinks about why it is so horrible, and considers donating to a charity which supports LGBT youth. That video is a video so many of us have experienced. Gross. It sticks with you
— Travis (@travisalabanza) December 26, 2017
Lewis Hamilton has proved himself to be a bit of a cock this year
— Con O’Neill (@cononeilluk) December 26, 2017
Amid backlash, Hamilton issued an apology in a series of tweets. “Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realized that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post. I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should,” he told his 5.21 million Twitter followers. “My deepest apologies for my behavior as I realize it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalize or stereotype anyone. I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgment.”
A few Twitter users suggested Hamilton should take a page out of Brian Austin Green‘s book, as one of the actor’s sons often has often worn princess costumes, too. “My son, he’s 4. I’ve heard from some people that they don’t agree. They don’t agree with him wearing dresses,” the Beverly Hills, 90210 star said on Straight From the Source in September. “To them I say, ‘I don’t care.’ He’s 4 and if he wants to wear it, then he wears it. It’s dresses or goggles or slippers—whatever. It’s his life. They’re not my clothes…I feel like at 4, at 5, that’s the time he should be having fun. He’s not harming anyone wearing a dress. If he wants to, awesome. Good on him.”
(Originally published on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at 7:35 a.m. PDT.)
Published at Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:15:00 +0000