Ulrika Jonsson slams ‘publicity hungry’ Maisie Smith and Max George after ‘pregnancy’ prank
Ulrika Jonsson has slammed Maisie Smith and Max George following their fake pregnancy announcement.
Earlier this week, former EastEnders star Maisie, 21, posted a picture on social media while on holiday in Dubai of her cradling a somewhat swollen belly with a huge heart emoji across it. Next to her, Max, 24, was seen looking shocked, with his hand over his mouth.
Captioning the snap, Maisie wrote: "We've got some really exciting news…"
However in the next post, she revealed the couple were only joking, writing: "I just had the best five course meal of my life."
A lot of fans hit out at the couple for pulling a prank like this as many people struggle to conceive.
Ulrika, 55, is one of those not happy with the pair and branded them "publicity-hungry."
Writing in her column for the Sun, Ulrika said: "For all those die-hard fans who hang on every word and loved-up picture the couple post. It must have felt like an insult and a betrayal.
"What really got my goat was the fact that, once again, this publicity-hungry couple did it all for attention.
"This was all about creating a stir, getting noticed and making sure they kept their names in the news."
The couple's post was met with a divided response on social media.
One wrote: "It was hilarious. Anybody who follows her knew she wasn't, she's posted plenty of pictures drinking."
However, another didn't see the funny side, writing: "Doesn't matter, she shouldn't use pregnancy as a joke."
Another person wrote: “Pregnancy is not something to joke about when there are so many people that suffer everyday because they can’t have children.”
Someone else commented: “I love Maisie but as someone who can’t have kids this really hits hard. Pregnancy is no joke to people who can’t have kids."
A couple of days after the prank, Maisie and Max broke their social media silence and ignored the criticism as they continued to enjoy their holiday.
Sharing snaps of their trip, one picture shared by The Wanted singer Max to his Instagram story saw the pair enjoying a large milkshake with lots of cream and toppings as Maisie joked that she’s “never eating again”.
Maisie also posted a video of their romantic evening, showing Max dancing on the sand before Maisie panned the camera round to show several candle-lit tables, perfect for a lovely dinner under the stars.
Maisie and Max met while on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020 but their romance didn't blossom until two years later when they were on a cast trip to Portugal following the Strictly 2022 Live tour.
After going public with their relationship last year, the pair have since enjoyed several luxury getaways together including Lapland, Portugal, Mallorca, Crete and Cyprus.
Maisie recently dismissed concern over their 13 year age gap and said she is a "consenting 21-year-old woman".
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