Candace Cameron Bure will fiercely protect her family, especially from attacks on social media.

The Full House star defended herself after receiving a plethora of negative comments on her family’s Christmas photo this year.

“You know, people forget that—yes, I’m a celebrity—but I’m a real person,” Bure said on an episode of  Daily Pop. “I was simply sharing a family Christmas card. And it’s so strange to me that people have the audacity to write horrible and negative comments. Like, you would never say that to someone’s face.”

She said that photo is her sharing the best of her family. Anyone with a negative opinion can “keep your mouth shut” according to Bure.

Bure continued to speak candidly about her family with Yahoo! Life, discussing the ways the pandemic has effected her family and marriage this year. She said she worries abut her kids, especially as they all reach important milestones in their lives. She also discussed how spending so much time with her husband, tested their marriage.

“It got really hairy after the first few months, like bad,” she said. “All the things that we have avoided for years talking about, they all surfaced and they were in our face and it was unavoidable to actually have these discussions with one another and work through the real deal crap.”

Bure credited her children for helping to hold her relationship together.

“My children were the biggest influence in helping my husband and me work through it,” she said. “And since then, the relationship has grown even closer and tighter. There’s always hills and valleys, no matter what. But when you come out of the valley, it is like, hallelujah. You feel like you can accomplish anything.”

She said she also found a silver lining to the whole situation since she was able to spend bonding time with her family that they wouldn’t have had.

“We cooked almost every meal at home during the pandemic,” she said. “We kind of went through the pages of a cookbook and cooked something new every day. And that was really fun, and fun to do together as a family. And then also playing board games and cards. They’ll go down as some of the best and most fun memories with my family.”

Bure met her husband, Valeri Bure, in 1994 at a celebrity charity hockey game. Bure said her Full House costar, Dave Coulier pulled her aside at the game and said, “I met this really cute Russian hockey player and I want to introduce you.”

The couple went on their first day the next day and within a year, they were engaged and living together in Montreal where Valeri was playing for the Canadiens.

The couple got married in 1996 and had their first child Natasha, two years after. Their son Lev was born 18 months later and Maksim was born two years after that.

Bure has spoken in the past about the ups and downs of marriage, especially when it comes to parenting and job changes (Valeri retired from hockey in 2005 and focused on Bure Family Wines).

“The reality is the glue for us is Jesus,” she noted to People in 2018. “It’s the Bible. You know, when there are arguments or we’re compromising and in ways, it’s always like, ‘Well, let’s just go back to the Bible.’ It’s the foundation for us.”

Bure’s faith has not saved her from internet backlash though. In Sept. 2020, Bure posted a photo of her and her husband where he grabbed her boob. Fellow Christians were quick to call her out for showing too much publicly, but Bure didn’t let the trolls get to her.

“I was like, ‘You know what guys? 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,'” she said on Confessions Of A Crappy Christian Podcast in November.

Bure’s relationship seems to be doing great as she turned 45 on April 6. The couple will also be celebrating 25 years of marriage in June.

This past year “totally tested us but in the best of ways,” Candace told Us Weekly in November. “We both travel so much. So we were like, ‘This might be the most amount of time we’ve actually spent together in years. This is either going to make us or break us.’ And you know what? It’s made us.”

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