Comedian Katherine Ryan hits back at sexist trolls who expect her to put her career on hold
Katherine Ryan spoke publicly about her pregnancy earlier this week, as she proudly showed off her bump during a live recording of her Telling Everybody Everything podcast.
Since the announcement, Katherine says she’s received numerous messages – and applauded online trolls who expect her to put her career on hold as she expands her family.
Taking to Instagram yesterday, Katherine told her 723,000 followers that she would not be canceling her tour.
Shooting a video outside in front of a horse paddock, the Canadian comedian said, “I got a lot of really touching messages and a lot of rude messages.
“And a lot of messages – a lot of messages – asking if I’m going to cancel my tour.”
Katherine paused, to emphasize that she wouldn’t let it get to her, before continuing.
She said: ‘I’m just going to let this sexism take hold of me. I’m not going to let that affect my zen.
“No, I’m not canceling my tour.”
She followed up the video with a snap of her wearing a dark t-shirt, on which she wrote “Your dad is canceling his tour”.
Katherine is currently pregnant with her childhood sweetheart Bobby Kootstra, whom she reunited after 20 years apart when she visited Canada to film for the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are.
The couple went on to enter into a civil partnership as they tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in Denmark in 2019.
Katherine has a young daughter named Violet, from a previous relationship, who would love to become a big sister.
The beloved mom has been known to use emojis to obscure her appearance in order to allow her daughter to remain anonymous in photos she shares of herself online.
Fans are especially excited about the happy news from Katherine, as the actress previously asked people not to wonder if she was waiting.
Katherine doesn’t hesitate to discuss difficult topics, opening up to listeners about her experience of pregnancy loss on her podcast.
Speaking to fans, Katherine explained last April how she felt after finding out there was no heartbeat during a health checkup for her pregnancy in February 2020.
In the episode, titled “ Pregnancy Loss, ” Katherine asked listeners not to ask questions about the pregnancy, saying, “If you see me looking particularly fat, in the next year or two, please don’t reach out and be like ‘hey you and bobby should be having a baby’ or ‘are you pregnant?’ because…
“Don’t ask that of anyone. Until you see a baby crowning, don’t ask that question because you don’t really know what’s going on.”
Since the announcement of her pregnancy, fans have been delighted for Katherine and Bobby as they expand their family – they are reported to be expecting their child this summer.
Violet is said to delight Katherine fans when she announced that she was “very excited” to be a big sister.
Katherine’s UK tour titled Missus is set to run from November 2021 to May 2022, following the September 2021 release of her book The Audacity.