The daughter of a TV star has broken her silence after a photo of her and her stepdad caused a social media storm and made people feel "uncomfortable".
Brielle Biermann, whose mum is Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, 42, shared the sweet snap showing her sat on stepdad Kroy Biermann's lap to mark his 35th birthday.
The 23-year-old influencer gushed how she couldn't "imagine a life without your hardworking, selfless, loving, caring self" in the tribute she shared with her 1.3m Instagram followers.
She wrote: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most amazing father & man I’ll ever know.
"I couldn’t imagine a life without your hardworking, selfless, loving, caring self! I’m so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished. We had too much fun last night i forgot to post yesterday. Love love you dad!"
And despite the picture being perfectly innocent, many flocked to comment how the fact she was sat on his lap made them feel "uncomfortable".
“Why you sitting on your momma husband lap?” quizzed one.
Another said: "Honey No sitting in stepdaddy's lap, Don't you know better?"
One even claimed the image of the two of them was “triggering.”
“That’s a little uncomfortable she is an adult sitting on her stepfather's lap,” another said.
But not everyone agreed, some said it was “disturbing” to see people jumping to unfounded conclusions.
“Some of these comments are ridiculous! A child sat on her dad’s lap … what is abnormal about that! I cannot understand why anyone would teach their child not to sit on their fathers lap as some people have stated!” one wrote.
A second said: “Stunned at these comments. If you think sitting on her dads lap is perverted it says more about you than it does Brielle."
Brielle also responded to the questions about why she was sitting in her stepfather’s lap, saying it had been a funny moment during Kroy’s birthday celebrations.
“Honestly bc I had no where else to sit we were making jokes the whole time about him being Santa it was comedy,” she wrote in response to one comment.
Brielle's mum married Kroy in 2011 and the NFL player adopted Brielle and her sister Ariana two years later.
Kim and Kroy later welcomed sons Kroy Jr, 9, and Kash, 8, and twins Kaia and Kane, 6.
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