Jessie James and Eric Decker
Pictured: Jessie James and Eric Decker, who welcomed their third baby this week, attending the 2016 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8, 2016. Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT


  • Jessie James Decker opened up about the "ridiculous" comments her vacation photos garnered last year
  • She said that her kids are active and that "genetics" play a big part in their ripped bodies
  • James Decker said she is "proud" of her children and will not "apologize"

Jessie James Decker is still "confused" by the backlash she received last year over her kids' ab muscles.

On Thursday, the singer revisited the "ridiculous" comments her Thanksgiving vacation photos showing the defined ab muscles of her children — Vivianne, 8, Eric Jr., 7, and Forrest, 4 — garnered in November 2022. At the time, some social media users accused her of editing abs on her children in the photos, while others suggested she was overtraining her kids with husband Eric Decker.

"You know what's really funny is there are times where I will post something on Instagram and I will be like, 'That may cause this but whatever' or 'That may be taken in a funny way, I don't care.' I literally posted that and didn't even think twice," she told Us Weekly while promoting her partnership with Heluva Good! Dips Thursday. "So hours go by and all of a sudden I'm like, 'Wait, what?' Like, I couldn't believe the reaction. I was so confused, but there was never one moment where it upset me."

Shortly after she uploaded the photos two months ago, James Decker clapped back at the internet trolls who called her children's physiques "strange" and "weird." She reminded her followers that they are "healthy fit kids" who are "super active" and asked critics to stop leaving mean comments about her children's appearance because it was "unkind."

James Decker reiterated this sentiment in her latest interview and explained why her children have ripped bodies.

"I think if anything I was like, 'This is so wild.' My kids are athletic, they are outside and genetics have a big play," she said.

The songwriter added that she will not "apologize" for her "extremely active" kids — especially since her and her husband's siblings all had six packs growing up.

"For me, [the backlash] was ridiculous. I'm proud of them and they're very active and they have their passions with sports and performing and, like, let's encourage that," James Decker told the outlet.

The "Should Have Known Better" songstress said her daughter is focused on gymnastics training at the moment. She slammed those criticizing a child for being "physically elite and fit" and instead called for people to "encourage and lift up that she works so hard at something she loves so much and has a dream."

In a post on Instagram back in November 2022, James Decker defended herself against accusations of Photoshopping abs on her children or overtraining them.

She said that the claims only show how "bizarre our world has gotten regarding the body and what's normal and what's not."

"We preach about body positivity and acceptance but my kids having a mass amount of genetic and built muscle from athletics is 'weird'? I want to raise my kids to feel proud of their bodies," she wrote.

"Let's not pick and choose what we normalize regarding bodies and be accepting of all people and children," the celebrity mom added. "If we wanna do 'better' then do better. I'm proud of my children and encourage them to live their dreams. So we'll see y'all at the 2032 Olympics, and wearing Bubby's jersey in the stands and dancing at Forrest's rock concert."

Jessie James Decker
Singer Jessie James Decker shops game day entertaining essentials in the home aisles at a local Target store in Clark, New Jersey, Nov. 14, 2016. Getty Images/ Jason Kempin