When Naomi Neo unveiled her hot new wheels, a flashy purple Lamborghini Huracán, on Instagram earlier this month, it sparked off quite a controversy online. Not only was the 24-year-old bombarded with comments that she was showing off, netizens also questioned her purchase at such “a sensitive time”.

Not that she didn’t see it coming. What she didn’t expect, though, was to be so affected by the comments that she “started feeling upset about something that was meant to make myself happy”.

All she wanted to do was to create content, ‘cos, um, that’s her job, but the comments were “very negative,” Naomi tells 8days.sg. “There was a guy who wrote an entire essay about the purchase, and others said the money could have been put to better use [like donating to charity] and it really affected me ‘cos I felt very accused or misunderstood.”

She then took to Instagram to stand up for herself. The expectant mum, whose second child is due in January, shared that she had been planning her purchase since last year, and while she did have second thoughts when COVID-19 hit, she decided to go ahead with it ‘cos she had finally found her dream car. Speaking to us today, she adds: “I want to use this opportunity to explain and answer the many questions people have been asking me, like why I need to justify my purchase, and [curiosity about] the car, like the price and why I chose this model.”

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