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Jessica Simpson hits back at cruel criticism regarding her children

The star has three children with her husband Eric Johnson

Hannah Hargrave

Jessica Simpson was forced to defend herself against a troll who critiqued her parenting of her oldest daughter, Maxwell.

The Dukes of Hazzard actress and fashion entrepreneur shared an image of her nine-year-old on Instagram along with a lengthy message which riled one of her followers. 

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In the photo, her lookalike daughter was holding an Alexa and smiling for the camera.

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Jessica's caption explained the significance behind the snapshot: "Maxi told me the other day that she got an assistant named Alexa. I thought it was some imaginary friend or something she was bossin’ around and then I put 2 and 2 together and well her “assistant” pretty much knows everything.

"After prayers last night I told her to tell that woman in her clock 'Hey Ms. Alexa, ask Jessica Simpson to read her new story' and my voice started reading the newest essay I wrote TAKE THE LEAD out-loud! Mind blown! ,

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"She of course made fun of me for being stunned because they have quite the friendship ha."

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Jessica shared the photo and an explanation on Instagram 

While most of Jessica's fans acknowledged the sweet mother-daughter relationship and remarked on how alike they are, not everyone was so enamored. 

"Why use your daughter as a prop to sell stuff?" one person asked, to which Jessica replied: "I am not using my daughter to sell anything. She actually inspired the essay and helped me face a certain fear that I needed to face to be a better mother. This is not an ad for Ms. Alexa. It is just a cool way to listen to our story."

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Many fans leaped to Jessica's defense and told her not to listen to the negativity and to continue being a great mom to her children.

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Jessica recently sparked a more light-hearted debate with a photo alongside Maxwell, in which they were nibbling on bacon. 

In the caption, Jessica revealed one of her food secrets, as she explained: "My kids make fun of me since I only eat the tips of the bacon."

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The post ended up dividing her fans, as plenty agreed with her, but others voiced their love for the rest of the food item.

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One said: "I only eat tips too! Because they're crispy. I don't care for chewy bacon," and another enthused: "SAME!!!!!"

But there was a little bit of pushback, as one questioned: "Why?" and another commented: "Leaving all the stuff behind," and added a facepalm emoji.

Alongside Maxwell, Jessica also shares son Ace, eight, and daughter, Birdie, two with husband Eric Johnson.

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