The 26-year-old was inundated with cruel comments after posting the picture on Instagram this afternoon.
Sam later changed the caption and deleted the word “lover” and replaced it with heart emojis.
The picture showed Sam planting a kiss on the toddler’s lips during their holiday in the Maldives.
One troll commented: “This is wrong!”
Another said: “Why would you even think lover? If anything it's kisses with my love?”
While a third added: “Probably edit that, it’s not right to call your little boy your lover.”
Many of Sam’s fans defended her however and said the bond between her and Paul was “beautiful”.
Sam is also mum to daughter Rosie with her boyfriend Paul Knightley.
The former Towie star isn’t the only celebrity to come under fire for kissing her children on the lips.
David Beckham was targeted by trolls after he shared a sweet photo of him kissing daughter Harper, seven, while ice-skating in London last month.
One follower commented: “I don’t care what anyone says if a dad kisses a child on the lips it’s completely wrong smd.”
Another told David: “I feel like a kiss on the cheek is better than that n the lips. The lips is just weird.
One added: “She's your daughter. .why are you kissing on her lips..?..that's ur wife kiss…”
Reacting to the disapproval from some fans, David said: “I got actually criticised for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day.
“I kiss all my kids on the lips.”
David also has sons Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, and Cruz, 13, but said his eldest son is the only one he would think twice about kissing in public.
He continued: “Brooklyn maybe not. Brooklyn's 18, he might find that a little bit strange.
“But I'm very affectionate with the kids. It's how I was brought up and Victoria, and it's how we are with our children.
“We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and we're very affectionate with them.”
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