Emmerdale star Charley Webb has told online trolls who say her sons look like girls because of their long hair to "try keeping it to yourself".
The 31-year-old star, who plays Debbie Dingle in the ITV soap, said she was tired of listening to people who "think they have a right to have an opinion because of social media".
Webb took to Instagram in response to trolls who hit out at her and her three sons over their long hair making them "look like girls".
The veteran soap actor has three sons with co-star Matthew Wolfenden — Buster, aged nine, three-year-old Bowie and two-month-old Ace.
"I get asked so many times on here why my kids have got long hair," she wrote to her 320,000 followers.
"We like it and more importantly they like it. I absolutely don't feel like I need to explain it to anyone who has an opinion but I just think life would be so much easier if we all just focused on our own lives."
She continued: "It's not important to us what you think of how our kids look. Or how we look. Or their names or whatever it is you might want to comment on.
"I was always taught, if you've got nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. Try practicing it peeps.
"There's enough awful stuff in the world without being mean to each other."
Webb has previously opened up about the pain she suffered during her third pregnancy after contracting symphysis pubis dysfuntion (SPD).
Charley Webb, Emily Simmons and Sheree Murphy arrive at the Little Black Dress charity auction at the Urbis centre in Manchester Saturday 25 March 2006. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo Credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA.
Charley Webb arriving at the National Television Awards 2006, the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Charley Webb (right) and Jenna-Louise Coleman arrive for the British Academy Television Awards, held at the London Palladium, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 20 May 2007. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
(left to right) Charley Webb, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Sammy Winward arrive for the TV Quick and TV Choice awards 2008, at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London.
Jeff Hordley and Charley Webb arriving for the 2009 British Soap Awards at the BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London.
Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden arriving at The Sun Military Awards 2011, also known as The Millies, The Imperial War Museum, London.
Charley Webb arriving at the Pride of Britain Awards 2013, The Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Charley Webb (right) and Lucy Pagerter arriving for the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Charley Webb (left) and Matthew Wolfenden arrive at the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2015 at The Savoy in central London.
Charley Webb attending the British Soap Awards 2016 at the Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Soap. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Charley Webb and Matthew Woldenden attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 31st October, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Pride. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire.
Matthew Wolfenden, Charley Webb, Zoe Henry and Jeff Hordley attending the British Soap Awards 2017, held at the Lowry Theatre, in Salford, Manchester. Photo Copyright should read Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Charley Webb (left) and Emma Atkins attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Sheree Murphy, Charley Webb, Zoe Henry and Jeff Hordley attend ITV Palooza!, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Tuesday October 16th, 2018.
Charley Webb (left) and Emma Atkins attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
The cast of Emmerdale with the award for best Serial Drama in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Charley Webb and Emma Atkins attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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Webb and Wolfenden married in 2018, having dated for more than 10 years.
She joined the soap as a teenager in 2002, while 39-year-old Wolfenden arrived as David Metcalfe in 2006.
The couple can both still be seen as part of Emmerdale, which airs seven episodes a week on ITV.