Gwen Stefani Receives Massive Backlash After "Insulting" April Fools' Prank 3 years ago

Gwen Stefani Receives Massive Backlash After "Insulting" April Fools' Prank

The dust has settled on April Fools' for another year.

However, along with the hilarious pranks and far-fetched news stories were plenty of April fails.

As usual, some of the jokes were just a little off the mark, like this Google prank, and this bizarre Kildare Now "hack".

It turns out celebs enjoy a good April Fools' prank as much as the rest of us, but Gwen Stefani's joke did NOT go down well with fans.

Poking fun at the many pregnancy rumours surrounding her and her boyfriend Blake Shelton, the 46-year-old shared a picture of an ultrasound along with the caption "it's a girl" and loveheart emojis.

It's a girl ❤️?❤️gx

A photo posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on

Followers of The Voice judge were not impressed, and found the joke insensitive and "not funny".

One user wrote:

“This is not funny. For people who cannot conceive or have trouble conceiving or who have miscarried you should never joke about pretending to be pregnant and blasting it all over the world. I figured you would have more respect seeing you are a mother."

attends the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Gwen with boyfriend Blake Shelton

Another blasted:

“You think this is so funny. Have a care to women out there that are struggling with infertility. This is NOT an April Fool’s joke. This is some woman’s dream. I expected better from you.”

Another pointed out: "This sort of childish prank on April fool's day is so beneath you. This is the sort of stunt an 18 year old pulls for attention, not a beautiful woman. You are more clever, creative, and wittier than this. "

And:

"So many women struggle with infertility, including myself. It is not funny. I haven't been able to conceive for 7 years. I've been told by 4 different specialists, it will never happen. No IVF, No IUI, no injection works.

"You are the mother of gorgeous beautiful boys. You know how precious being a mother is. Please consider deleting this post. It's not funny. It's just insulting to your adult female fans.”

What do you think? Was this prank offensive? Or all in the name of fun?