Movie star Kate Winslet has become the target of a fathers' rights group criticizing her children's living arrangements, and now the actress is threatening to sue.
In the November 2013 issue of Vogue, the 38-year-old took on critics of her parenting. She has three children: Mia Threapleton, 13, with director Jim Threapleton; Joe Mendes, almost 10, with director Sam Mendes; and a newborn boy with husband Ned Rocknroll.
"People go, 'Oh, my God! Those poor children! They must have gone through so much.' Says who?" Winslet told Vogue. "They've always been with me. They don't go from pillar to post; they're not flown here and there with nannies. That's never happened. My kids don't go back and forth; none of this 50/50 time with the mums and dads – my children live with me; that is it. That is it!"
Fast forward to the holiday season, and Fathers4Justice (F4J), a U.K.-based campaign group for equal parenting rights, used Winslet in a Christmas advertisement.
— Fathers4Justice (@F4JOfficial) December 15, 2013
“We are running this advert as part of a campaign to highlight the sensitive issue of four million children waking up on Christmas Day without their father," F4J told the U.K.'s Mirror. "It is clear from what Kate says that she does not support ‘shared parenting.’”
Winslet's lawyers have threatened to sue the group for its "misleading and seriously defamatory" ad, the Telegraph reported.
The "Labor Day" star's ex-husband, Mendes, came to her defense, according to the Mirror. He said that, while he does support fathers' rights, the group knows nothing of his and his family's "personal circumstances."
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