Kerry thinks people are being too harsh to Stacey

Kerry Katona has defended 7-months pregnant Stacey Solomon after she was snapped smoking.

Stacey, 22, faced a public backlash after she confessed to puffing on between 1 and 3 fags a day but Kerry, 30, reckons people should leave her alone.

‘It’s absolutely ridiculous how much stick Stacey Solomon has been getting for smoking while pregnant,’ says Kerry.

‘When I was pregnant doctors told me that if not smoking stresses you out, having the odd one is okay because stress is more damaging to the baby.

‘She only smokes Silk Cut which aren’t even like having a cigarette because you have to puff so hard!’

Stacey, who already has a son Zachary, 3, was dropped from Foxy Bingo‘s 2012 Celebrity Mum Of The Year shortlist and was removed from the judging panel – a position she was given after she won the title last year – because of her actions.

But Kerry thinks the former X Factor contestant has already been punished enough.

‘It’s wrong to strip Stacey of her Celebrity Mother Of The Year title, but I’m glad Iceland has stood by her,’ says Kerry.

‘In the olden days people smoked non-stop and drank brandy all day and all their kids turned out fine!’

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Anna Duff