THE mother of one of Britain’s most pampered toddlers has hit back at the cruel trolls, saying she was just trying to do her best for her child.
Kasey Akram, 32, revealed her lavish spending on her son Jareem, one, to The Sun on Sunday last weekend.
The single mother – who is on benefits – said she spends large sums on the toddler each month, including designer clothes, a gold mannequin and expensive bottled water.
Hundreds of people commented online after the story was published, with many criticizing Kasey’s parenting.
But the Sheffield mum has now hit back and says she just wants the best for her son.
Kasey said: “I’m just one person and people passed judgment in a split second when I’m a good mother just trying to give her a better childhood than I had.
“I’m far from a crook and it’s my choice, yes I could spoil him but he has good manners and says please and thank you.
“I’m a mother raising a man, not a boy – and a gentleman at that.”
She does not think she is abusing the benefit system at all since she lives alone as a single mother.
Kasey has previously said she spends up to £1,000 a month on Jareem, buying him designer items including a solid gold mannequin, Versace chains and Gucci trainers.
She finances the purchases through the benefits she receives and with the help of her ex-husband who pays for some high-end products.
Many reacted to Kasey’s story online, with comments such as “good luck as a teenager” and “I want to know what benefits she has so I can apply for the same ones.”
But Kasey countered by saying she doesn’t drink, smoke or go clubbing – and if the recipients stopped doing that, they too could afford to treat their children the way she treats Jareem.
Although she previously worked as a model, she is now looking forward to training as an end-of-life nurse and is starting a university course in healthcare in September.
Kasey said: “I had a baby in the middle of a pandemic where I was locked in an apartment and went through scans and labor on my own, I just want to give her the best and everything I never had.
“I don’t go out, drink, smoke or take drugs, I don’t go clubbing – I wear charity clothes and I could spend my money on much worse things.
“A lot of people say they’re struggling but I don’t get it – I’ve never had a credit card or a loan or been in debt in my life.
“If you have a credit card on benefits you are instantly going to be in trouble, you have to be smart and savvy.
“I source my outfits from charity shops and Vinted and if you buy fresh food you can cook in batches and save money on non-fresh food.
“Smokers, drinkers, clubbers and partiers spend big and I don’t do that – if they wanted to buy designer clothes, they could.”
Before Kasey had Jareem, she lived in a hostel and had to sleep on the streets.
She says she has gone between having a lot and having nothing – but wants Jareem to “have it all”.
She said: “I’m going to college and it’s not that I don’t want to work – it’s that he’s too young for me to work and I can’t legally go back to work without paying a nanny or daycare .”
Kasey tries to lead by example and says she often gives to people in need, especially at Christmas when they hand out pies and sandwiches together.
The doting mum added: “All her old toys go to the local doctor’s office, we donated her old bed to charity and some of her old clothes.
She has college in sight for Jareem’s future and says that if he ever becomes “disrespectful or demanding” it will be corrected immediately.
She said, “What parent wouldn’t want the best for their child.”