Lauryn Goodman has lashed out at Kyle Walker after the Manchester City and England defender unveiled a pair of bespoke football boots bearing the names of each of his children – except their young son Kairo.
Walker, who is expected to represent his country at the European Championships this summer, shared an image of the tailored Puma boots with Instagram followers on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Premier League season.
But he sparked an outcry after followers noted that they bore the names and birthdates of Riaan, Reign and Roman – his three children with long-term partner Annie Kilner – while overlooking 13-month old Kairo, his son with Goodman.
Outrage: Lauryn Goodman has lashed out at Kyle Walker after the Manchester City defender unveiled a pair of bespoke football boots bearing the names of each of his children – but omitting their young son Kairo
The 30-year old footballer conceived his youngest child while involved in a short relationship with Goodman during a temporary split from Kilner in February 2020.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, a furious Goodman slammed Walker for using his young son as a stepping stone to attack her, while also condemning Kilner for her own perceived attacks.
Sharing a picture of Walker’s new boots, she wrote: ‘In a time where mental health has been at the forefront showing the implications and damages it can cause. Your “fathers” latest post has absolutely shocked not only me, but everyone to the core.
Youngest son: The 30-year old footballer conceived his youngest child while involved in a short relationship with Goodman during a temporary split from Annie Kilner in February 2020
Furious: Taking to Instagram on Monday, a furious Goodman slammed Walker for using his young son as a stepping stone to attack her, while also condemning Kilner for her own perceived attacks
‘Things posted to the internet are there forever and Kairo has been abused by you & your partner for far too long. He is 1 years old. He is an INNOCENT baby. No matter anyone’s opinion on me. Kairo has done NOTHING & he does not deserve any of this let alone publicly.’
She added: ‘I speak for the many women that are silenced. Believe me when I say, there are SO many more women in my situation. More than you could ever imagine and a LOT of women have dm’d me finding comfort in me not being silenced. They praise me for standing my own ground and not hiding Kairo.
‘Why should he be hidden? To give you a quiet life? Never. There is keeping him private for his own protection (which is needed after the lies & stories that have been sold from your partner) and then there is ignoring his existence. The latter will never happen. He is not going anywhere. Get used to it.
‘Kairo Walker. You chose me to be your mum. To fight your corner. I’ve got you son. I will NEVER let you down. Ps @pumafootball called they decided to have some morals & correct your boots .. (they should morally remove those current boots.)’
Sparking outcry: Walker sparked an outcry on Saturday, when he unveiled his bespoke Puma boots bearing the names of his children – but omitted his youngest son, Kairo
The TV personality later insisted she was happy to exclude Kyle from their son’s life, but questioned the potential implications his recent post might have on Kairo as he grows older.
Addressing followers in a series of Instagram stories, she said: ‘I just think certain things should be kept private, especially when it comes to children, and we don’t particularly care if Kyle is in Kairo’s life at all.
‘I think doing what he’s done is disgraceful, I think it’s going to cause a lot of issues for Kairo when he’s older. To do it to a one-year old is vile, I don’t know how you could do that to an innocent child.’
She added: ‘I personally don’t want Kyle in Kairo’s life, but that’s my opinion. I’m obviously aware that Lauryn’s his mum and Kyle’s his dad and they will make their own decisions, but I just think that when we are adults we can make better decisions, and also I think things can be kept private.
‘I just don’t get why that had to be publicly done. He’s such a gorgeous little boy as well.’
Footwear: The Manchester City ace took to Instagram to show off the footwear, which included the names of the three children he shares with on-off partner Annie Kilner
A large number of the sportsman’s 1.8 million followers took to the comments section in droves to slam his ‘disgusting’ snub, prompting those in charge of his social media account to delete comments.
But as the comments piled up, England right-back Kyle, a native of Sheffield, eventually had the comments switched off altogether.
Deleting comments makes YOU look even worse than you already do,’ wrote one. ‘Own up and be a man about it. You’ve messed up massively. OWN… IT.’
Stated another: ‘Ignoring the existence of your youngest child?! You must [be] so proud of yourself!! Men like you absolutely disgust me.’
Offspring: While Riaan, Reign and Roman had their names and dates of birth emblazoned on his boots, 13-month-old Kairo wasn’t included
There they are: The names of Walker’s three eldest children were visible on the new boots
‘If only you were as quick to look after and care for Kairo as you are to delete your comments,’ wrote a third disgruntled social media user.
Another commented: ‘Absolutely disgusting missing 1 of your children off your boots, and now deleting any comments about it. Can’t handle the truth.’
His actions didn’t go unnoticed by Lauryn, who took to her own Instagram account to address the snub of her young son, writing: ‘Kairo has done nothing wrong apart from be adorable,’ as she thanked fans for their support.
She wrote: ‘Oh babe all of those followers you have but you have to turn your comments off. See this is the thing. Mums fight for their babies. Kairo has done nothing. Apart from be adorable.
‘Women are not scared to have their say. I may have less followers. But I’m a real person who will fight for Kairo until I am no longer here
Couple: The sportsman shares this three eldest children with Kilner
Speaking out: A large number of the sportsman’s 1.8 million followers took to the comments section in droves to slam his ‘disgusting’ snub
The reality TV star posted a shot of a handwritten ‘quote of the day’, which read: ‘No one ever notices when you’re being provoked, just when you retaliate.’
She also shared a series of supportive messages from fans, including one which read: ‘I commented on @pumafootball’s post and they’ve also removed all comments and turned comments off their post.
‘No matter what circumstances are with the parents it is NEVER ok to disown a child, people suggest he had no choice and we don’t know the truth, but in my eyes if this was the case he’d still care about Kairo and wouldn’t allow those boots to made out of respect. I stand by you, from one parent to another (sic).’
When contacted by MailOnline, a representative for Kyle Walker declined to comment. MailOnline has contacted a representative for Lauryn Goodman for comment.
Switched off: As the comments piled up, England right-back Kyle, a native of Sheffield, eventually had the comments switched off altogether
Lauryn has remained a single mother after she fell pregnant following a whirlwind romance with Kyle, whose team Man City clinched this season’s Premier League title.
She previously appeared to reference footballer Kyle’s absence as a father to their son, admitting at times she feels ‘drained, tired and lost’ and can feel like she doesn’t have ‘anybody to lean on’.
Meanwhile, a source told MailOnline that Lauryn has been house hunting in the sought-after area of Prestbury, where her ex Kyle lives.
The insider revealed: ‘Lauryn has been looking at houses in Prestbury, Cheshire. She is looking to have a fresh start after having her son Kairo Walker.
‘Lauryn has always loved Cheshire since spending a lot of time up there with her ex boyfriend, Dane Rashford.
Didn’t go unnoticed: His actions didn’t go unnoticed by Lauryn, who took to her own Instagram account to address the snub of her young son
Clap back: She wrote that ‘Kairo has done nothing wrong apart from be adorable’ in her post
Supportive comments: She shared a stream of supportive comments from numerous followers
Filter: The reality star also shared how she was informed that his comments were being filtered
Brief romance: Lauryn and footballer Kyle’s child was conceived during their brief romance
‘She still has a lot of friends up there and is excited to move. She is currently living between two houses, one in Hove and one in Knutsford.’
Lauryn recently confirmed she named her son Kairo, who she shares with her ex Kyle Walker, after previously referring to him as ‘Junior’ in her social media posts until now.
The social media star explained she chose the name after watching the Spanish TV series Money Heist and decided to name her son after the capital of Egypt.
She told Closer magazine: ‘I was pregnant in the middle of the pandemic so I got into watching Money Heist.
Doting: Amid the controversy and chatter, Lauryn dedicated doting posts to her sole offspring
Emotional: The brunette stated that she was ’emotional’ and ‘overwhelmed’ with the support
Questions: Lauryn said she has faced questions about why her son has his father’s surname even though she is raising him as a single mother
Quote of the day: The reality TV star, 30, posted a shot of a handwritten ‘quote of the day’, which read, ‘No one ever notices when you’re being provoked, just when you retaliate’
Inspiring messages: She took to her Instagram Stories to shave a series of inspiring messages
‘I really liked how all the characters were named after cities. That’s how I chose his name, Kairo, after Egypt’s capital but spelt with a ‘K’ to make it unique.’
Lauryn said she has faced questions about why her son has his father’s surname even though she is raising him as a single mother.
She explained: ‘Single mums have questioned why Kairo’s surname is Walker because they say they don’t want to give the father the satisfaction of them having their surname. It was a mutual decision to name him Walker and I honoured that.
‘I appreciate there was speculation, but I don’t feel I constantly have to justify myself for any decisions that are made with our son.’
While Lauryn acknowledged being a single mother can be difficult at times, she finds ‘inner strength’ every time she looks at Kairo.
Bad night’s sleep: By Sunday afternoon, she admitted to not having slept well the night before
Drained: She previously appeared to reference footballer Kyle’s absence as a father to their son, admitting at times she feels ‘drained, tired and lost’
Inner strength: While Lauryn acknowledged being a single mother can be difficult at times, she finds ‘inner strength’ every time she looks at Kairo