Helen Flanagan has hit out at "silly" mum-shaming trolls for criticising her Instagram pictures.

Helen Flanagan at the Pride of Britain Awards

Helen Flanagan at the Pride of Britain Awards

The former 'Coronation Street' star - who has kids Matilda, eight, Delilah, five and Charlie, two, with her ex, pro footballer Scott Sinclair - believes she is targeted by trolls because she "likes to dress sexy", but she insists women should be "celebrating themselves" rather than attacking each other online.

She told The Sun Online: "It’s because I like to dress sexy, it’s silly.

"I’m very much for women empowerment. I like women to feel confident, and I think women should celebrate ourselves."

Helen admitted she suffers from "mum guilty", even when she attends the odd event.

Speaking at the Pride of Britain Awards at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, she added: "Being a mum is really hard. It’s really tough, juggling everything.

"It sounds a bit silly, I know I only work on social media but I feel like you get such mum guilt as well. Even being here tonight."

In June, Helen told how she had a "sinking feeling" once when her daughter went missing.

She explained to new! magazine: “I must have turned my back for a second.

“I remember having this horrible, sinking feeling. I always keep an eye on my kids but I couldn't see her for about a minute.

“There's nothing worse than that, it's the worst, worst feeling ever. They are good with that but you need eyes in the back of your head.”

In May, Helen admitted she sometimes feels like mums can’t “ever win” in life.

She told The Sun newspaper: "As women I don't think we can ever win. I've got friends who don't work at all, stay at home.

"Then they feel bad they are not working. Then I've got friends who work all the time and they feel guilty because they are working all the time.

"I just feel as a woman you can never win. I do feel like the happier you are as a mum, the better it is for your child."

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