Most of us love following our favorite celebrities around, whether in person or just via social media, TV, magazines, or other types of media. Some of us follow them simply because we love them and we want to know how they are doing, while others follow them around for selfish reasons, which in most cases are more destructive than constructive. Celebrities are always a source of juicy rumors, especially when we think they are getting fat, cheating on their spouses, or having children.
Wanting to know so much about our celebrities is usually a way of reassuring ourselves that the celebs who have great performances on screen are just normal people, like you and I. Furthermore, finding out to some degree that we might be better than them in the slightest possible way is always a delight of many, which is one of the reasons negative content about these celebrities spreads faster than wildfire.
Some paparazzi dedicate their lives to taking images of celebrities when they least expect it and in the most compromising of situations – images that they sell to media houses for tidy sums. Some paparazzi go overboard and follow the celebrities and their children everywhere they go, images that are not only illegal, but also very disturbing to the celebrities.
Most celebrities hate seeing images of their children on any platform without their consent, because such popularity limits the extent to which their children can enjoy life like other children whose parents are not celebrities. Can you imagine always fearing to drop off your child at school, because you never know whether someone will kidnap them and ask for a ransom for their return? Or, even worse, just because they know you are a rich celebrity? Such is the horror that celebrities have to live with if they do not protect their children from their fame.
Here are celebrities who have their reasons for wanting their children to grow up without having to deal with their parent’s fame, celebrities who would do almost anything to protect their little ones.
15. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have been dating for six years now, a relationship that they have kept below the radar for a very long time. These two celebrities are without a doubt one of Hollywood’s power couples, since both have had lustrous acting careers that date back to the 90’s. This couple has two children, Esmeralda Amanda and Amada Lee, born in 2014 and 2016 respectively. It is amazing how Eva and Ryan kept their pregnancy a secret for seven months, only making the official announcement when Esmeralda Amanda was almost born. The same happened in Amada Lee’s case, with the couple waiting until almost the delivery to share the good news with the world. The same way this couple keeps their relationship and the birth of their children a secret, they have kept the lives of their children private in every way. Since these two are famous, they do not want their fame to hurt their children in any way, because fame has a way of ruining young lives.
14. Erykah Badu
Erykah Abi Wright popularly known as Erykah Badu is a singer-songwriter, DJ, recording producer, actress, and activist. Most famous for her music, Badu’s most preferred genres include soul, Neo soul, hip-hop, R&B, and funk, and she has been a part of Kedar, Universal, Motown, and Control Freaq Labels. Badu has three children, Seven Sirius Benjamin, Puma Sabti Curry, and Mars Merkaba Thedford, who she loves very much and prefers to let them have a normal life away from the media and paparazzi. Seven Sirius’ father is OutKast’s André 3000, Puma Sabti’s father is West Coast rapper The D.O.C, and Mars Merkaba’s father is rapper Jay Electronica. Although she talks about her children in almost every interview she takes part in, Badu is always careful when releasing any photos of her kids, because she wants her private life to remain private. Erykah once went all guns blazing on Twitter against Jay Electronica who posted images of her and their baby daughter without her consent, a sign of how fierce she can be when protecting her children from the negativity that can result from fame.
13. Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
Although Kerry Washington has been acting since 1994 and appeared in many great films and series, her starring role in Shonda Rhimes‘s series Scandal is what truly gained her international recognition. In Scandal, Kerry Washington plays the role of a character by the name Olivia Pope, who is a very good crisis management expert in Washington and happens to be having an affair with president Grant. It seems Kerry Washington learnt how to keep secrets from Olivia Pope, because she is a pro when it comes to keeping her personal life private. In June 2013, Washington’s marriage to Nnamdi Asomugha, a football player, was considered a surprise by many, and that was just a sign of how she was going to handle her family life. Although her public figure and roles on TV made it hard for her to hide her pregnancies, Washington and Asomugha intend on raising their two children Isabelle Amarachi born in April 2014 and Caleb Kelechi born in October 2016 away from all the publicity and fame of their careers.
12. Lauren London
Lauren London is a model, a TV personality, and a famous Actress. In addition to being famous for her different acting roles on TV, Lauren is famous for being one of the best celebrities when it comes to hiding her pregnancies and children from social media. London has two children, Cameron Lennox Carter and Kross Asghedom, Cameron’s dad is rapper Lil Wayne with whom they ended their relationship in 2009, whereas Kross’s dad is rapper Nipsey Hussle, with whom they have been in a relationship since 2013. Nicknamed the “Queen of Low key”, Lauren London was so private about her pregnancy that people all over the world were shocked to learn that the longtime couple had welcomed a son in August 2016. Although T.I. had accidentally mentioned that London was pregnant, the news of their first child together was too much of a surprise. Judging by how they handled their pregnancy, Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle are sure to keep Kross and any other children they might have as far away from celebrity fame as possible.
11. Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade is one of the best basketball players in the NBA, currently playing for the Chicago Bulls. Wade has always played for the Miami Heat since the 2003 NBA Draft where he was the fifth pick, a period during which he won three championships and featured in a good number of All-Star Games. Dwayne Wade is a wizard on the court and there is no question about that. However, when it comes to his relationships and personal life, people would consider Wade to be the luckiest man alive to be married to Gabrielle Union, but the unluckiest man when he chose to have a baby with his ex-girlfriend during a brief split with Gabrielle. Wade has three children, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade whose mother is his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, and Xavier Zechariah Wade, whose mother is Aja Metoyer. We would not blame Wade for wanting to keep his relationship with Metoyer below the radar or protecting Xavier Zechariah from too much publicity.
10. Simon Konecki and Adele
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is one of the most talented singer-songwriters we have today. 25 is the title of her third studio album which she released in 2015, an album that became 2015’s best-selling albums and broke the first-week sales record in both the UK and the US. Hello, which was 25‘s lead single became the first to sell more than a million digital copies within seven days of its release, and is still one of the most watched videos on YouTube today. Adele and Simon Konecki began dating in 2011 and had their first baby in 2012. Although Adele clearly shared information on her blog concerning her pregnancy in order to stave off paparazzi, she remained private throughout the pregnancy and intended to raise her child away from all the publicity and fame. Adele and Konecki even brought a case against UK based photo agency for invading their privacy when it published images of her son in 2013 when they were out on a family outing.
9. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is one of the best actresses in Hollywood today, with her roles in movies such as Monster, The Italian Job, Hancock, Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus, and Mad Max: Fury Road proving just that. Charlize is originally from South Africa, but obtained her American citizenship to gain dual citizenship. She is the first South African to win an Academy Award, which she won for her performance in 2003’s movie Monster. Theron is on this list because she has two children, Jackson Theron and August Theron, both of whom are black and are adopted. Some celebrities share every step of their adopting a child with their followers on social media, but no one knew that Charlize was adopting August until she received her. Although paparazzi’s follow these celebrities everywhere, Charlize has tried her best to keep her children out of the public eye. If her children will get famous, it seems as if Charlize wants them to get there on their own.
8. Halle Berry
Halle Berry is an American actress, film producer, and former fashion model who is one of the biggest and most influential celebrities in Hollywood. The fact that she is the only black woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award shows you just how good she is as an actress, with movies such as Monster’s Ball, X-Men film series, Swordfish, Die Another Day, Cloud Atlas, and The Call only proving just how good she is. Halle Berry has two children, Nahla Ariela Aubry and Maceo Robert Martinez, children that she had with her former partner model Gabriel Aubry and her ex-husband actor Olivier Martinez. Halle Berry is very active on social media, posting almost anything, including very sexy pictures of herself, however, she hardly ever posts images of her children. The most we see of her children are the paparazzi images where Halle Berry always seems to be hiding from them. Halle Berry does not want her fame to affect how her children grow up.
7. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
This space would not be enough to explain just how big Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are in Hollywood since they have starred in so many movies that ended up being great hits. However, Lively and Reynolds met while filming Green Lantern, the result being much more than just a very successful movie. After filming Green Lantern In October 2011, Lively and Reynolds started dating and got married in September 2012. Today, Lively and Reynolds have two daughters, James and Inez, who made a rare appearance as a family in December 2015 for Reynolds’s Hollywood Walk of Fame. These two girls were born in December 2014 and September 2016, both coming as a surprise to many, despite the two living under a spotlight. The short period that these parents have had their children is a sign that they do not want their children’s lives ruined by their fame.
6. Lucy Liu
Do you remember the movie Charlie’s Angels? This amazing movie made us realize just how beautiful and talented Lucy Liu was and continues to be. Lucy has continued to appear in films such as Kill Bill, Payback, Chicago, and she is the voice of Kung Fu Panda’s Viper among other great roles. In 1991, a breast cancer scare forced her to undergo a surgery for the removal of a lump in her breast, but further examination proved that the lump was benign. Lucy is very private about her personal life since she has apparently been in relationships with Zach Helm, George Clooney, Noam Gottesman, and Will McCormack in the past. Lucy has one child, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, who she brought to this world through a surrogate mother. After her son was born, Lucy immediately shared the joy of her new bundle of joy with the world, but has since kept him away from social media and her celebrity lifestyle.
5. Owen Wilson
If you love comedy, then you must be a fan of Owen Wilson, because he is one of the best rib crackers in film famous for his performances in Frat Pack comedies. A few of the movies where Owen was exceptional include Shanghai Knights, Starsky & Hutch, Wedding Crashers, Little Fockers, and Night at the Museum and so many others. Owen and his brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson are all actors, and the three have worked together a few times. Owen has two sons, Robert Ford Wilson who was born in January 2011 and Finn Lindqvist Wilson who was born in January 2014, both with different moms. Robert’s mom is Jade Duell, Owen’s former girlfriend and Finn’s mom is Caroline Lindqvist, Owen’s personal trainer. Owen might want his sons, especially Finn, to keep off the public eye, because Caroline Lindqvist was a married woman and the knowledge of Owen sleeping with a married woman is surely not what we would expect from him.
4. Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh
No need to ask whether you have heard the song Happy since almost everyone on the planet who has access to a radio station has heard of it. Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh got married in 2013, but they became parents in 2008 to their first child Rocket Ayer Williams. These two are masters at living a private life, which is the reason we have seen fewer images of Rocket than we would want. Furthermore, the handsome young man has three more siblings, who were born in January 2017, information that you probably might not have come across if you missed their September 2016 baby bump photos. It is highly likely that we will know very little about these children as they grow up, since up to now only a handful of people know their genders let alone their names or exact date of birth. Staying at home and enjoying the simple life, as their form of recreation is one of the contributing factors to their level of privacy.
3. Chris Rock
Christopher Julius Rock III is one of the funniest stand-up comedians you will ever come across, which is according to polls conducted by Central Comedy in the United States and Channel 4 in the UK. In addition to being a comedian, Chris Rock is an actor, a producer, a director, and even a writer, skills that have made him famous the world over. However, despite being so famous, he has a way of keeping his personal business private, especially when it comes to his children. Although Chris rock is going through a divorce with his wife of 18 years Malaak Compton-Rock, their love for their children is evident and they are doing everything they can to make the transition as smooth as possible for them. Chris has two daughters, Zahra Savannah Rock and Lola Simone Rock, girls that he tries his best to keep them away from the media and paparazzi as much as he can.
2. Hugh Grant
Hugh John Mungo Grant is one of the best English actors we have in Hollywood today, a career that he began in the early 80’s. Grant’s success in acting has earned him a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, as well as an honorary Cesar, not to mention the over $2.4 billion his work has earned him over the years. Grant’s “big break” came in 1994 after his appearance in the romantic comedy film Four Weddings and a Funeral, a role that set him up for the comical performances we know and love him for. Grant has an interesting personal life, where he has never married any woman, but has been in several relationships, including one with heiress Jemima Khan. However, Grant has four children, two with Tinglan Hong, a Chinese restaurant receptionist in London, and two with Anna Eberstein, a Swedish TV producer. What is interesting is that the two women were once pregnant at the same time, giving birth only two weeks apart. Grant’s reasons for wanting his children not to be famous might not be the same as most mothers’ reasons here, his reasons might be a bit selfish.
1. Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel
Vincent Paul Kartheiser and Kimberly Alexis Bledel got married in June 2014, after dating for about two years. Vincent and Kimberly are both celebrities who have acted in numerous films and it is through their acting that they met on the set of Mad Men in 2012 and started dating thereafter. It was hard for anyone to know about their relationship and engagement, because they preferred to keep their relationship private. These two prefer living a simple lifestyle over the Hollywood celebrity life, which was one of the reasons they sold their Brooklyn duplex penthouse in May 2016. If this couple had its way, information concerning their giving birth to a son in the fall of 2015 would not be out in public. Was it not for Scott Patterson, Bledel’s co-star in Gilmore Girls, letting the information of her friend’s status as a new mother, chances are that most people would still be in the dark about this.