Amber Wright was like any other proud parent when she took to Instagram to show how happy she was with her son Brixton after his football game in Utah.
In the video uploaded on the social media platform, it shows the mother and son embracing, but he is picking her up and she has wrapped her arms and legs around him.
This footage divided viewers, with some supportive and understanding while others took issue with how affectionate she was.
Wright has defended herself and now Brixton has issued a response too.
Posting in the comments on his mum’s video, he replied: “Some of you need Jesus. She’s my mom I did pick her up she didn’t jump on me it was a hug get the f*** over it for real.”
Then further down, he responded directly to someone else telling people to leave his mum ‘alone’ before calling her his ‘hero’.
Recently, the single mother took to Instagram again to share a text message from Brixton – in which he shared that his father had sadly taken his own life last year.
To honour him, he wore the number 44 jersey which is the day and month that he died – April 4th.
The text message reads: “My mom is my hero. I was just giving her a hug after the game and I did pick her up. She did not jump on me. My mom’s been the only person there for me my whole life.
“I grew up with an alcoholic dad who would just come and go when he wanted. He was great when he was sober but he wasn’t, he was just so dark and different.
Brixton explains that he never really showed up to any of his football matches while his mum has been at every single match.
He continues: “My dad ended up committing suicide last year and this year I changed my number to 44 because it was his death date (4/4/21). It was her first time seeing me wear it in person so obviously she was very emotional and so was I. All it was was a big hug from me to her.”
In the caption for the post, Wright says that she ‘will hold her head high’ as she continues to raise Brixton before signing it off by calling him her hero too.
People in the comments are offering their support to the pair.
One person writes: “My son is six and calls me beautiful all day long. Boys love their mamas, nothing wrong with that.”
Someone else comments: “Leave this family alone. They just hugged why does it matter how it looked to everyone else and what it really meant for these two? We as people need to do better and worry about what’s going on in your own lives.”
“You owe no one no explanation/apologies young king. You and your mom are blessed to have each other,” adds a third.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
In the UK, the Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected] or heading to the website to find your nearest branch.