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


Sunrise journalist Edwina Bartholomew hits out at 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 presenters Natalie Barr and David Koch in London to help with Channel Seven’s round-the-clock coverage of the historic event.

But some harsh social media users said accepting the overseas assignment so soon after returning to work from maternity leave was not fair to her son and daughter.

Edwina Bartholomew has hit out at claims she “abandoned” her children to travel to the UK to cover the Queen’s funeral. Pictured: Edwina with two-year-old daughter Molly and six-month-old son Thomas

Edwina defended her decision in a column about Daily Telegraph on Thursday, saying her children are in “very good hands” with her husband, Neil Varco.

She wrote candidly: “You should know that even though my children are not with me, they are in very good hands, just not mine.”

Shutting down the idea that mothers have to be full-time caregivers, Edwina sarcastically added that Neil “also lives in our house and takes care of our kids too.”

The newsreader wrote an emotional column Thursday to provide context to the criticism

The newsreader wrote an emotional column Thursday to provide context to the criticism

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

“Working moms are obviously 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’s been candid and open about motherhood with fans, recently admitting that it can be a little “overwhelming” at times.

Edwina shares her two children with husband Neil Varcoe (pictured)

Edwina shares her two children with husband Neil Varcoe (pictured)

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

“In developing news, news that will develop over the next six months, we’re going to have another baby,” she said.

In her final announcement on Sunrise before starting her maternity leave, Edwina confirmed that she is due on February 21.

She recently returned to Channel Seven's breakfast show Sunrise after taking five months off on maternity leave

She recently returned to Channel Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise after taking five months off on 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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