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    Eva Mendes Explained Why She Doesn't Share Photos Of Her Kids On Instagram And It's Sparked A Debate About Privacy

    "Since my children are still so little and don't understand what posting their image really means, I don't have their consent."

    Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling may have been together for nine years, but they remain one of Hollywood's most private couples.

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    The pair — who met on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines in 2011 and now share two daughters — rarely make public appearances together or speak about each other in interviews.

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    And when it comes to social media, Ryan avoids it entirely while Eva never posts photos of him or their kids on Instagram.

    Well, over the weekend, a fan of Eva's left a comment on her latest post asking why she never shares photos of her "immediate family".

    And Eva responded by revealing that she has "clear boundaries" to protect her private life.

    "I have always had a clear boundary when it comes to my man and my kids," she began her response. "I'll talk about them of course, with limits, but I won't post pictures of our daily life."

    Eva went on to explain that she's also decided against sharing photos of her daughters — Esmerelda, 5, and 3-year-old Amada — until they're old enough to consent.

    "Since my children are still so little and don't understand what posting their image really means, I don't have their consent," she explained. "And I won't post their image until they're old enough to give me consent."

    "As far as Ryan and I, it just works for us this way. To stay private, ❤️" she added.

    And shortly after leaving the comment, fans flocked to praise Eva for her stance, with many saying they'd do the same in her position.

    "It must be so hard to maintain any level of privacy with how famous you both are," wrote one fan. "Sometimes I feel like fans feel like they are "owed" information about celebs — people forget you are human just like the rest of us."

    "I believe that is a wise decision on your part," said another. "It not only sets you apart from the masses, and quiets the chatter, it provides you the opportunity to live in a way that is most authentic to you."

    Some people brought up the issue of privacy specifically, and praised Eva for waiting until her kids were old enough to consent to having their images on social media.

    Some even shared their own personal experiences of family members who have decided against posting photos of their children online.

    While others said they believed the age restrictions for Instagram should be applied to posting photos of children too.

    And when a fan thanked her for offering an explanation even though none was needed, Eva responded by saying she was happy to be honest and answer questions.

    Ellie Woodward is a deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Woodward at ellie.woodward@buzzfeed.com.

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