Myka Stauffer Apologizes For Being ‘Naive’ After Giving Up Autistic Son — Fans More OUTRAGED
YouTuber Myka Stauffer initially received tremendous backlash after she announced that she would be rehoming her adopted autistic son Huxley. She and her husband James originally posted a video where they cried while speaking about this decision. She was slammed on social media largely due to the fact that the couple was making money off of videos featuring the child. Now, Myka has spoken out about the backlash she received and tried to clear up rumors that she only adopted Huxley for the money.
Myka Stauffer Apologized For Causing Uproar For Giving Up Son Huxley
Myka has four biological children, one from a previous relationship and three with her husband James. The couple adopted Huxley, a 2-year-old boy from China, in October 2017 and documented the journey on YouTube. They were told by the adoption agency that Huxley had a brain tumor and brain damage. Later on, he was diagnosed with autism. The pair were open to adopting a child with special needs which is why their decision to rehome him caused such a stir. In the YouTube video, Myka said that Huxley had other special needs that they weren’t aware of and posed a threat to their other children.
In a lengthy statement posted on her Instagram account, Myka apologized for the controversy she created and the hurt she caused. “This decision has caused so many people heartbreak and I’m sorry for letting down so many women that looked up to me as a mother,” she said. The YouTube video announcing that the couple rehomed Huxley has since been deleted. “I can’t say I wish this never happened because I’m still so glad Huxley is here and getting all of the help he needs,” Stauffer continued in her Instagram post. “I also know that even though he is happier in his new home and doing better that he still experienced trauma and I’m sorry, no adoptee deserves any more trauma.” She called herself “naive, foolish, and arrogant.”
Myka Spoke About The Monetary Gain They Made From The Childs Video Appearances
Peoples initial criticism of Myka was that she was using Huxley’s adoption for monetary gain. She addressed this in her apology. “While we did receive a small portion of money from videos featuring Huxley and his journey, every penny and much more went back into his care,” she said. “Getting Huxley the care and services he needed was very expensive and we made sure he got every service and resource we could possibly find,” she continued on to say after removing all of Huxley’s photos from her Instagram account. “We love Huxley and know that this was the right decision for him and his future. Praying that Huxley only has the best future in the entire world,” she finished off the post.
And as you could imagine, people are not happy about this apology because they feel like Myka is only trying to save her image.
One Twitter user said the Stauffer’s actions make her sick.
Another said that if the Stauffer’s really cared and were sorry, they would have given the money made from their videos to Huxley’s new family.
The critical tweets kept on coming and Myka is being slammed for saying she wasn’t prepared to take care of a son with special needs.
Do you think Myka’s apology was genuine or do you think this whole thing was just an attempt to make money and gain more publicity?