Moms don’t get a day off, even when we’re exhausted and sick. Powering through those sick days seems to be par for the course when you become a parent, but sometimes you just have to let a few things go and focus on what’s most important: your family. Recently, singer and supermom Pink posted a message to fans on parenting while sick and every mom has been there.

Pink is currently on tour in Australia where she was forced to cancel one of her shows in Sydney due to illness. After the paparazzi attacked the singer for appearing to be vacationing instead of showing up for her gig, she had something to say about it.

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I don’t need to clear this up, but out of respect for my fans I will attempt it. I scheduled this tour meticulously, trying to do what was best for my children, while also putting on the best and most physically demanding and beautiful show of my life. This break in Byron has been scheduled since 2017, as a way to get outside the hotel and the winter and have some time with my children. I’ve already been sick twice (kids as well)on this Australian tour, but the first time we got sick, I was able to push through. This time, what these parasite paparazzi don’t show you, is two doctor visits in Byron on two consecutive days, antibiotics, steroids, Vick’s, nose spray, throat spray, more steroids, NyQuil, a screaming baby in the middle of the night, every night, while mama gives him warm baths and tells her daughter everything is fine. You can think whatever you want, it’s your right, but I have never taken advantage of any one in my entire life. I have never fucked off while disrespecting hard working people who spend money to come see me play. I have never phoned in a single tour, I have an impeccable record for not cancelling. I mother with everything I have whilst handling all the rest. The snark in this is unbelievable and makes me long for a nicer world. I’m doing the absolute best I can, and you can believe it or not. What they don’t show you in this picture is me drinking water and lying down while my friends try to entertain my 7 year old who is asking me why these creepy men are surrounding us and pacing back and forth and taking pictures of her every move. I will see everyone tomorrow whether I’m better or not, and the postponed show will be rescheduled. As I said, I’m sorry to the real fans who this situation has affected. Onwards and upwards.

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On Instagram Pink wrote, “I don’t need to clear this up, but out of respect for my fans I will attempt it. I scheduled this tour meticulously, trying to do what was best for my children, while also putting on the best and most physically demanding and beautiful show of my life. This break in Byron has been scheduled since 2017, as a way to get outside the hotel and the winter and have some time with my children.”

Unfortunately life found a way to throw in some road blocks, as it often does and both mom and kids have been under the weather. “I’ve already been sick twice (kids as well) on this Australian tour, but the first time we got sick, I was able to push through. This time, what these parasite paparazzi don’t show you, is two doctor visits in Byron on two consecutive days, antibiotics, steroids, Vick’s, nose spray, throat spray, more steroids, NyQuil, a screaming baby in the middle of the night, every night, while mama gives him warm baths and tells her daughter everything is fine,” she explains.

“I mother with everything I have whilst handling all the rest,” she continues. “I’m doing the absolute best I can, and you can believe it or not. What they don’t show you in this picture is me drinking water and lying down while my friends try to entertain my 7 year old.”

Every parent has been there, those never-ending nights nursing a sick child while being sick yourself. Those are some of the hardest moments and even when you make it through to morning, all of the day’s responsibilities are still there waiting for you. Sometimes you just have to let some of it fall to the wayside and take care of yourself, because if you’re not well, you can’t be the mom or person you need to be.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Pink via Instagram

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