Cassandra Thorburn has given her first interview since splitting from Today Show presenter Karl Stefanovic earlier this year.
Speaking to Fairfax, the former journalist would not comment on her separation from Stefanovic but said she was feeling “good”, before adding: “It was a shock.”
The interview comes in the wake of a Facebook post the 44-year-old wrote, which spurned an opinion piece about why women should never give up their jobs following childbirth. Thorburn responded to the opinion editorial with an open letter addressed to working mums and published on PopSugar.
The mother of three said she believed the criticism from those outside her life was unjust.
“I don’t think I deserve the criticism,” she said.
The media initially circled around the news of the separation but soon focused on her as a former professional and current stay-at-home mum.
Thorburn refuted the idea full-time motherhood indicated any lack of intelligence.
"Just because I am a stay-at-home mum now it doesn't mean that I don't have a brain," she said.
The mother-of-three went on to defend the post she made to Facebook where she recognised the part she played in the Today Show's recent ratings success.