Chris Pratt now has a Kennedy on his side.
Over the last week or so, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star has faced intense scorn from internet critics bent on finding fault with an innocuous Instagram post in which Pratt celebrated his wife, Katharine Schwarzenegger, and the “healthy daughter” they share.
Pratt was slammed by some who suggested the description of the child he has with Schwarzenegger was a jab at his ex-wife, Anna Faris, and their son, who was born prematurely and has dealt with a litany of health issues. The 42-year-old celebrity responded to the unfounded backlash by turning to God, telling his fans it “felt amazing” to take a break from social media by going on a run and listening to worship music.
“God sat there right next to me,” Pratt said via an Instagram Story posted Friday.
Now the well-known celebrity’s equally famous mother-in-law, Maria Shriver, the former fist lady of California and a member of the Kennedy family, is standing up for her son-in-law.
“I want to remind you today what a good man you are and what a great father you are to Jack and Lyla,” wrote Shriver in the comments section of Pratt’s Instagram post. “What a great husband you are to Katherine, what a great son-in-law you are to me, and what a great sense of humor you have.”
“Rise above the noise,” she added. “Your family loves you. What a beautiful life. I’m proud of you.”
After facing attacks from social media users and news outlets that slammed Pratt for “promoting sexist ideas about marriage” and making “cruel” comments about his son, the actor said he felt “upset and depressed.”
The “Jurassic World” star said he didn’t initially want to go for a run or listen to Christian music. But, after doing so, Pratt admitted being in a much better headspace.
“It felt amazing,” he said. [It] felt like there was another in the fire standing next to me. … That moment really captured me. And so I just want to say, all glory to God.”
“Get some exercise, maybe listen to some good worship music, and/or maybe get the Word in because it really helped me this morning,” Pratt added.
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