'Modern Family' actress Sarah Hyland defends herself after being criticized for racy selfie with boyfriend

Sarah Hyland is defending herself after receiving criticism for a racy selfie she shared of herself with her new boyfriend from bed.

The "Modern Family" actress took to Instagram on Monday to post a selfie with boyfriend Wells Adams, who used to be a contestant on "The Bachelorette," which showed the couple spooning in bed with her dog.

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"Two more reasons to smile again. My big🥄& furry🥄," she captioned the smiley shot.

The couple, who started dating recently but haven't fully confirmed their relationship, received backlash for the photo, with many fans suggesting that the photo is too intimate to be sharing online. In response to the criticism, Hyland took to Twitter to share a lengthy statement defending her decision to post it.

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Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams together
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Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams together
Two more reasons to smile again. My big🥄& furry🥄
He puts up with me 😝❤️
"Hey Eleven.... Make him piss his pants again 😂" #strangerthings #happyhalloween
You be June. I'll be Johnny.
Back lit AF
Me: I look like Jim Morrison! Sarah: You look like your Mom #happyhalloween
Demogorgons. They chill as fuck. #beefsquashed #strangerthings #happyhalloween
#strangerthings have happened #happyhalloween
11 hangin' out with a 10 #strangerthings

"Hey guysssss. I'm explaining myself again! Aren't you so happy???? Isn't this what twitter is for???" she wrote alongside a handful of screenshots.

"Every once in a while I'll go through my direct messages from to see what you're saying and respond," she wrote alongside a screenshot of an Instagram direct message she had received. "I woke up too early to go to work this morning and saw this."

"You can go out with whoever you want," the DM said. "But there are limits. Do not you know that some private things must stay private and not be shared with the whole world. KEEP YOUR SEXUAL LIFE PRIVATE. We do not necessarily need to know all the details of your personal life."

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See photos of Sarah Hyland with her ex, Dom Sherwood:

Sarah Hyland and Dom Sherwood on Instagram
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Sarah Hyland and Dom Sherwood on Instagram
Take me back to Paradise City. #coachella w. @domsherwood 2 years ago
It's getting all wintery here in Toronto ... thanks for keeping me warm @kanukmtl
Always sad to leave that smile.
I'm not comparing at all... 😏.... just feeling gushy @domsherwood
#fbf really miss driving two hours to places we've never been and adventuring w/ @domsherwood
Happy Valentine's Day @domsherwood! This picture is from our very first one spent together 2 years ago taken in one of our favorite places to be. Wish we could be there now ❤
"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other" Happy Birthday @domsherwood ❤ Thank you for inspiring me on a daily basis to be a better person. To not take things too seriously. And to remember the little things. You're my rock. 💋
Sad to say I will not be attending the sag awards today for some health reasons. So I leave you all with an adorable picture from last years @sagawards. Ps. You know my dress was gonna be turnt too 💁🏼
What really happens at the #goldenglobes with @domsherwood ❤
All I want for Christmas is..... to be able to eat all the pizza in the world and still have abs without having to workout.... oh yeah and you 😉❤️ @domsherwood
How I feel about my amazing cast of #modernfamily being nominated for an 8th time! #sagawards #luckylady
I've heard it's #internationalkissingday So let's go #waybackwednesday to #coachella last year with the crew @domsherwood @laurasamuels8 @imthekatie @itselliotknight @keiynanlonsdale & @elainac5 ❤️🌻☀️ (there was a selfie stick in the car waiting for us... We had to try it out. Don't judge)
Post Easter snow bunnies. ❄️🐇❤️ @domsherwood
And awards season comes to an end.... ❤️
This weekend @domsherwood and I rescued a little baby puppy. Now Barkley can have a sister to annoy the crap out of him 😈 Meet Boo!
Bucket list: Niagara Falls? Check. Take an annoyingly cute picture with your best friend in front of it? Check. Be even more annoying and post it on Instagram? Check. 😑

"Not putting her on blast," Hyland responded in her next tweet. "She just brought to my attention that that picture I posted might have been inappropriate since we're in bed. So I just have to say I'm so sorry ... FOR POSTING AN ADORABLE PICTURE [BECAUSE] CARL WAS ACTING LIKE THE NUGGETIEST SNUGGLW [sic] BUG! Couldn't let that moment pass without a picture."

"The only things I share about my [life] with you all is through Instagram and Twitter," the actress continued. "I do want my privacy. Especially in relationships. I've made the mistake in the past on being way too open and talking way too much about them. This time is different. It's special. And I will share what I [deem] 'appropriate' on social media because I still want you all to be updated. Because you guys are the greatest fans in the world. I even hate saying fans...because you're people. You're people who have had chronic illnesses, eating disorders, [troubled] family situations that 'Modern Family' helps you get through. People who share their stories with me and I love you all for that. So thank you for always [being] so wonderful."

"However," she continued. "This relationship's tea will only be spilled on social media... for now. Cause never say never and I don't want to be reminded in the future that I'm a 'hypocrite.' Ok. Gotta get ready for work. I LOVE YOU ALL!"

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