Jason Kelce Addresses Backlash Over His Bagel in Wife's Birthing Video - and Kylie Responds (Exclusive)

The NFL star and his wife welcomed daughter Bennett in March

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Kylie Kelce/tiktok Kylie Kelce's TikTok of Jason Kelce while she was in labor

Jason Kelce stays focused on being positive.

Speaking with PEOPLE about his Amazon Prime Video documentary, Kelce, the Philadelphia Eagles center, 35, says that he and wife Kylie Kelce try to keep perspective when people criticize their parenting online.

"We're all about positive energy. I think I'm used to people criticizing me, so I don't respond that much. Kylie gets a little bit more defensive, especially when people come after my fathering skills," Jason, who shares daughters Bennett Llewellyn, 6 months. Elliotte, 2, and Wyatt, 3, with Kylie tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.

"We're just trying to have fun. Online, there's a way to interact like never before because of social media and all these forms of fan engagement. We like to have fun with it."

"We would rather make light of the situation," Kylie adds. "The same way that people thought that the TikTok of Jason during labor was funny. It's just really poking fun at the situation."

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"Did I think he should be standing by my bedside, holding my hands and staring at me the whole time? Absolutely not," she continues.

Laughing, Kylie adds. "If you could hear the audio on the bagel clip when he's trying to take a really big bite, you can hear me saying, 'Tell me about it. How is it?' Because I was living vicariously through him trying all the bagels."

"We find better energy in the idea of poking fun at it than taking it seriously and getting legitimately defensive," she concludes.

"And it could be worse, she could kill me," Jason jokes.

<p>Kylie Kelce Instagram</p> Jason Kelce with Wife Kylie and their three daughters

Kylie Kelce Instagram

Jason Kelce with Wife Kylie and their three daughters

Jason has shown he makes time for his daughters no matter the time of year, being spotted earlier this summer playing with the older pair on the field after training camp.

"@jason.kelce always stays late after practice to play with his daughters 💚," they captioned the video, captured by CBS' Jeff Kerr.

While most people found the moment endearing, a few commenters suggested that the center was just passively "playing fetch" with his daughters.

Kylie responded by reposting the video on her Instagram Story. "People in these comments saying 'He's playing fetch with his kids like they are dogs!'" she wrote.

"Just say you don't have toddlers," she continued. "If you listen, you can hear him counting. So technically, they are racing."

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