© PA Photo/Philippa JamesClemmie Hooper
The husband of a woman at the centre of an Instagram trolling scandal has broken his silence.
Clemmie Hooper, the face behind the Instagram account Mother Of Daughters, was forced to apologise after internet detectives worked out she was behind a fake profile that was spreading nasty rumours about her friends on a gossip site.
The midwife had been trolling her friends for eight months on the Tattle Life site - even branding her own husband Simon a "class A t-----" in a bid to cover her tracks.
And now Simon Hooper, who posts as Father Of Daughters, has spoken out about the matter.
Writing on his Instagram page, he said: "So, some people in this corner of the internet may want to know my response to what's happened over the last couple of days.
"Frankly, I'm in a crap position as I only really have 2 options - 1) To stay silent to protect my wife & knowing that if I do, the silence will be deafening or 2) To comment on something I had no knowledge of.
"It's not a fun place to be. And yet fun is what I came to Instagram for. I don't take myself or life too seriously, but when something like this happens I have to acknowledge it and in all honesty, I'm feeling both angry & a bit sad.
"I can't condone or fully understand why Clemmie did what she did. Make no mistake about it - she made some bad choices - I just wish she could have spoken to me about this before it all got too much.
"Actually, If we're wishing for things, I wish it had never happened in the first place. I've seen first hand what 3 years of being attacked online can do to a person and the dark places it can drive you to - I guess whereas I can happily ignore it all, she couldn't & ended up getting lost."
He added: "To be clear, I'm not here to defend my wife's actions or provide excuses because I have none.
"What I do know is that online actions have real world consequences - this has impacted our family & it will take some time to recover.
"That said, away from these squares, the world keeps spinning, the leaves are turning & we have 4 girls that need their parents. I'll be here tomorrow doing what I do."