Chris Pratt has the internet in a split. The Guardians of the Galaxy star sparked criticism from social media users for not mentioning his ex-wife Anna Faris – with whom he shares 10-year-old son Jack – by name in a Mother’s Day tribute. On May 14, Chris posted a photo of himself with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, mother-in-law Maria Shriver and mother Kathy Pratt on Instagram.
“Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there,” Chris — who is also a father to daughters Lyla, 2, and Eloise, 11 months, with Katherine — wrote in the caption. “Extremely grateful to Katherine today. You are a great partner. You have given me such a blessed life. Our two daughters are so lucky to have you and you are the best stepmother to Jack.
The 43-year-old then thanked his own mother for providing “so much love, light and laughter” over the years, before referring to Maria as “Mama G.”
“I’m lucky to have you as a mother-in-law,” he added. “And to all the other moms in my life, I’m so thankful for everything you do — thank you so much.”
While many fans loved the post, several commenters disagreed that he didn’t explicitly wink at Anna, whom he split with in 2017 after eight years of marriage. “That was a very nice acknowledgment from the mothers in your life, wife, mother, mother-in-law,” one user wrote. “but it wouldn’t have killed you to acknowledge your first child’s mother by name, like really!”
Another commented: “I literally wished my ex-wife a Happy Mother’s Day today. Why wouldn’t you do that if you have children in a blended family?” However, amid the backlash, Chris’s defenders pointed out that the actor’s message included a line recognizing “all the other mothers” in his life, including Anna. One fan also mentioned the “double standards” of Chris being criticized, while Anna “never made a Father’s Day post about him after they broke up.” “If it’s your ex-partner, you shouldn’t involve them in anything unless you see fit,” the commenter added. “I would do the same.” This wasn’t the first time one of Chris’ Instagram posts sparked an internet debate. In 2021, some people thought the Parks and Recreation alum was insensitive to Anna – who gave Jack a premature birth – when he praised Katherine for giving him a “beautifully healthy daughter” in a love letter.
“She helps me with everything,” he wrote at the time. “In return, I occasionally open a jar of pickles. That’s the trade. Her heart is pure and it is mine.”
Chris later called out the “f–ked up” negative comments he received for that post. “My son is going to read that one day and it’s etched in digital stone,” he told Men’s Health last year. “It really bothered me, dude. I cried about it.”
Earlier this year, Katherine also weighed in on the online scrutiny Chris endured. “I see what people are saying,” she told The New York Times. “But I just know it’s so far from reality.”
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