Candace Cameron Bure isn’t shy about speaking out about her faith, despite the backlash over her comments about “traditional marriage.” That Full house Star, who describes herself as a “devoted Christian,” spoke to Fox News Digital about a tough year, including losing her TV dad, Bob Saget.
“I’ve had a very difficult year on a personal level, which has really shown me who my real friends are. Since losing Bob earlier this year,” Bure shared. “It felt like a big loss this year. If you have these friends who are there and showing up, I’m grateful. I am so grateful to my friends, my true friends and of course my family.”
Bure said God helped guide her through difficult times.
“My faith is so core and fundamental to who I am that sometimes I don’t acknowledge it verbally because it’s just my assumption,” she explained. “It’s like, well, ‘If you get Candace, you get Confidence.’ It’s one and the same. It’s with me all the time. It’s in everything I do.
Bure added, “I am very grateful for God’s protection and love.”
The 46-year-old actress has been in the headlines all week after making her comments about it Wall Street Journal sparked a backlash. In the interview, Bure spoke about leaving the Hallmark Channel for the Great American Family network, as the latter is more in line with her values.
“My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth,” he said A Christmas present Star, who has also been named the company’s chief creative officer, explained. “I knew the people behind Great American Family were Christians who loved the Lord and wanted to promote faith programs and good family entertainment.”
Hallmark is gearing up for the release of its first gay vacation film. While Bure declined to comment specifically on her decision to leave the network, she simply said, “It’s basically a completely different network than when I first came on because of the leadership change.”
Bure concluded that LGBTQ storylines will not be featured in their new home, sharing, “I think the Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at its core.”
After this remark sparked controversy, the fuller house defended himself on social media.
“All who know me know without question that I have great love and affection for all people. It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I was intentionally trying to offend and hurt someone. It saddens me that the media is often tempted to divide us, even on a subject as comforting and joyful as Christmas movies. But given the toxic climate in our culture, I shouldn’t be surprised. We need Christmas more than ever,” she said.
“To those members of the media responsible for using this opportunity to fuel conflict and hatred, I have a simple message: I love you anyway. To those who hate what I value and who attack me online: I love you to those who tried to murder my character: I love you. To everyone reading this, regardless of race, creed, sexuality, or political party, including those who have tried to bully me, I love you,” Bure continued. “And in the sole motivation of pure love, hope I want you to join me in sharing God’s hope for the whole world this Christmas season. Call that my Christmas wish.”
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