These days, it's not just the paparazzi that celebrity parents have to worry about. On social media, even *their own parents* may overshare, despite a celeb's best efforts and boundaries. (And yes, I am 100% talking about Emma Roberts's mom.)
So, here are 18 celebrity parents who have opened up about keeping their children off of social media and out of the public eye:
2.Another JoBro couple who are extremely serious about the privacy of their child: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The couple waited a full year to show even a little bit of daughter Malti's face on social media. "I've been really protective of this chapter of my life with my daughter," Chopra shared withVogue. "Because it’s not about my life only. It’s hers, too."
3.Celebrities who want to keep their children's faces off of social media not only have to manage their own posts but the posts of those in their immediate orbit as well. For example, Emma Roberts has had to do damage control twice thanks to her own mom. Most recently, Roberts's mom posted a snap of her and ex Garrett Hedlund's son Rhodes on Instagram.
4.Mindy Kaling is also a fan of keeping her kids out of the spotlight. Her reasons aren't just that of a celebrity, either. First and foremost, she's concerned about her children's ability to consent to their faces being plastered across the internet. "I have no judgment for people in the public eye who share photos and videos of their children," the actor told People in an interview, "My sense is that [my kids] have no real consent right now to do that. … I feel like I might as well wait until they get old enough so they can tell me if they want to be part of my social media or not."
5.John Krasinski is another member of The Office cast who aims to avoid the spotlight with his kids. He and wife Emily Blunt don't believe photos of daughters Hazel and Violet should be shared by the press. "Pics of kids should only come direct from parents," Krasinski posted to Twitter with a snapshot of newborn Hazel along with #NoKidsPolicy. Blunt herself is not on social media, and the couple also famously delayed sharing the entirety of their careers with their daughters in order to keep them further shielded from the spotlight.
6.Like Blunt, Mila Kunis also chooses to stay off social media, but she and husband Ashton Kutcher have been extremely open about their reasons for keeping their children's lives private. "We don't share any photos of our kids publicly because we actually feel like being public is a personal choice," Kutcher said on the Thrive Global Podcast, explaining their decision. "My wife and I have chosen a career where we’re in the public light, but my kids have not."
7.Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha don't share many details publicly about their children. You won't find publicly-released photos on the internet of daughter Isabelle, son Caleb, or Asomugha's teenage daughter from a previous relationship.
8.In their now infamous sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex, aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, addressed several issues related to their personal privacy. With regard to their two children, the couple expressed a desire to share only what they were "comfortable" with instead of an unfettered media circus.
9.Ever the superstar that she is, Rihanna called out paparazzi for sharing images of her first-born son with A$AP Rocky before they did. "We get to decide as parents when and how we do that. End of story," she told British Vogue about the ordeal.
10.Another singer in the spotlight who wants to keep her son firmly out of it? Adele. Opening up during a Vogueinterview on the topic back in 2016, the Grammy winner said, "We need to have some privacy."
11.Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have never been shy about sharing their own lives with the public, but when it comes to their kids, they have a strict no-photos policy. "My feeling is that I chose a career in the public eye. I chose to be quoted, I chose to have my picture taken. I don’t know them yet. I don’t know if they will want that. So, I really don’t have the right to choose for them," Bell shared in an interview with Romper.
12.Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are another superstar couple who — famously quiet as a couple themselves — like to keep their children's private lives under wraps. In addition to not posting photos or information online about their two daughters, Esmerelda and Amada, Mendes has also shared that she's more selective about which roles she takes on in an effort to protect her girls.
13.Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are notoriously outspoken when it comes to protecting their children's privacy. Most recently, Lively took to Instagram to confirm the news of baby No. 4, complete with real-life photos of her bump, in an effort to dispel paparazzi who were waiting outside of their home. "You freak me and my kids out," the Gossip Girl alum wrote on Instagram.
14.Lively and Reynolds inspired another pair of celeb parents to follow in their footsteps. Take a look at Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid’s social feeds, and you won’t find any photos of daughter Khai. Though the couple is no longer together, they’re both insistent on privacy for their toddler. Speaking to Vogue in 2021, Hadid said, "I have friends who are public figures, and that's how they've gone about it. I've seen their kids really blossom in a different way."
15.In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Garner spoke out about her kids and their rights to privacy despite their parents' fame. "'We didn’t ask for this,'" Garner recalled her daughter, Violet, whom she shares with Ben Affleck, saying of the paparazzi. "'We don’t want these cameras, they’re scary. The men are scary, they knock each other over, and it’s hard to feel like a kid when you’re being chased.'"
16.Prior to Garner's testimony, she was introduced by Oscar-winner and mom Halle Berry, who championed the bill, citing extreme concerns about the paparazzi's treatment of her daughter. "We aren't just whiny celebrities," Berry said as she introduced Garner. "We're moms who are just trying to protect our children."
17.From the moment they announced their baby's birth, Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden have made it a point to express their desire for privacy. On Instagram, they shared, "While we are overjoyed to share this news, we also feel a strong instinct to protect our little one’s privacy."
18.And finally, George and Amal Clooney are another pair of famous faces on a mission to protect the privacy of their family. In 2021, George Clooney penned an open letter to the Daily Mail, asking the publication to refrain from posting photos of his wife and children, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.
Who are other celebs saying about their children's privacy? LMK in the comments!