Candace Cameron Bure is reflecting on backlash she received from Christian fans who took issue with a photo of husband Valeri Bure cupping the actress’ breast on Instagram.
The “Fuller House” star, 44, discussed the September incident on the “Confessions of a Crappy Christian” podcast, where she revealed that they decided to take photos shortly after the couple had lunch with their newly-engaged son, Lev.
“At the very end of it, he had his arm draped around my shoulder, and then the very last picture he grabbed my boob,” she said. “And I said, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so funny, can I please post this?’”
While fans initially laughed off the photo with Bure, she was soon met with critics deeming the pic “inappropriate” coming from a Christian woman.
“’Oh that’s so inappropriate that you posted that as a Christian. You should be more modest,’” she said of some of the comments she received. “I’ve been married for 24 years. I’m a Christian, my husband’s a Christian and I’m really proud that we’ve managed to stay married for 24 years. And the fact that we have fun and we flirt together, this is part of what makes our marriage work. This is something to be celebrated as a Christian.”
“Sex doesn’t stop once you get married,” she continued. “Sex is the blessing of marriage and I hate when Christians are like, no, you have to pretend like you’ve never had sex, and we only know that you’ve had sex three times because you’ve had three children. If we are to promise ourselves for one another and preach saving yourself for marriage, then sex needs to be celebrated within marriage.”
The interview echos Bure’s initial defense of the pic, which she shared on Instagram shortly after being called out by followers.
“For all of the Christians that are questioning my post with my husband’s hand on my boob — my husband of 24 years — thinking it was inappropriate, it makes me laugh because it’s my husband. We have so much fun together,” she said at the time.
“He can touch me any time he wants, and I hope he does,” she continued. “This is what a healthy, good marriage and relationship is all about.”