A former Coronation Street star has shared her sadness after her daughter was told she is “too fat” to play with another child.
Paula, who played Kylie Platt on the ITV soap from 2010 until 2016, said it made her “head spin” that her four-year-old little girl Penny had been called the name.
Taking to Twitter, the soap star, 35, said she wanted to speak out on Mental Health Awareness Week to urge other parents to teach their children to be kind.
She tweeted: “#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek My 4 year old daughter came home last night and said that a child not much older had said she was too fat to play their game.
“Made my head spin. Let’s teach our children to be kind.”
She later added: “My motto and what I always instilled into my girl ‘have courage and be kind.'”
Her comments left her Twitter 233,000 followers shocked, with many replying to the tweet to share their sadness over the child’s mean comment.
One commented: “Wow they are getting younger, I had a situation last week where my son was pinned to the floor by 3 kids while the 4th was kicking him, they are 9. My son has special needs too.”
“Oh my gosh that’s dreadful. I’m so sorry to hear this, hope your daughter is ok. Sending hugs,” another replied.
A third posted: “I agree with you. We need to teach our children to be kinder. The comment makes my head spin too.”
“That’s awful 🙁 – NOBODY is too big or too small to play a game, Paula,” a fourth said.
Another agreed; “That’s terrible Paula.. sorry your daughter had to go through that. Like you say parents have to teach their kids to be kinder.”
Paula is also mum to a six-year-old son called Arthur with her fellow actor husband Tom Shaw.
Her character Kylie, who was married to David Platt, left Corrie when she was stabbed to death outside the kebab shop by Clayton Hibb.
Kylie had just bought champagne to celebrate a new start for her family in Barbados with her half sister Becky McDonald.
After Kylie died David, who is played by Jack P Shepherd, went on to find love with Clayton’s mum Shona Ramsey.
Since leaving Coronation Street Paula has had roles in the UK tour of Kinky Boots as Lauren, and a role in Call The Midwife.