“Choosing to pursue an acting career made me a public figure, but my baby didn’t make such a choice.” -Hall Berry
Acting is a tough job for a kid, and no one knows it better than the people who dedicated their lives to the industry. While many celebrities help their children pursue careers in Hollywood, many have decided that it is best to keep their children out of the spotlight.
Here are 16 celebrities who have said they won’t let their kids become celebrities:
Drew Barrymore, who played in ET at the age of 7 and emancipated herself at 14, only lets her children become actors at 18.
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She told people, “If you want to be an actor [later] in life I would support it like that. Can you imagine me [a] mummy [who is] push your children out of there? That will not happen.”
On the 4D podcast with Demi Lovato, she also said that she is more concerned with setting the right boundaries for her kids than trying to be her “boyfriend”. She said, “I noticed that [my mother] and I was friends. We weren’t parent and child, and so I had to completely relearn what parent-child dynamics were, and I was both in myself. “
After a photographer walked into her private property in 2008 to take a picture of her young daughter, Halle Berry released a statement stating, “I’ve long since resigned myself to the fact that the decision to pursue an acting career turned me into a person public life, but my baby didn’t make such a choice and until she does I’ll do everything I can to keep her out of the public eye. “
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In 2013, she testified before the California State Capitol to support a law that would help protect her children from paparazzi harassment. She said paparazzi mocked her daughter with questions that she no longer wanted to go to preschool.
She said, “We’re not just tearful celebrities. … We’re mothers just trying to protect our children.”
In 2013, Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry testified at the California State Capitol to support a law punishing photographers who take photos or videos of children without parental consent because “[she] chose a public life [but her] three children are private individuals. “
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She said, “I love my children. They are beautiful and cute and innocent, and I don’t want a gang of screaming, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp everywhere we go every day to further traumatize my children.”
The bill came into effect later in the year.
Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz do not share pictures of their child because they “have a strong instinct to protect” [their] Little ones privacy. “
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In a joint Instagram statement, they said, “We’re not going to post pictures or share any further details other than the fact that she is really, really cute!”
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem want their children to “grow up as anonymously as possible”.
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When she first talked about her firstborn in public, Penelope told Vogue, “The fact that his father and I chose to do the job we do doesn’t give anyone the right to invade our privacy. “
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik purposely keep their daughter’s face off social media, and Gigi wrote an open letter to the press asking them to blur her face in paparazzi images.
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She wrote on Instagram: “Our wish is that she can decide how she wants to share with the world when she grows up, and that she can live a childhood as normal as possible without worrying about a public image that she didn’t vote. “
Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha are “really, really vigilant” about keeping their three children’s lives private because they “don’t want them to be exploited, especially in this social media world”.
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Kerry told InStyle, “These are their lives. But it’s not about pulling a Rapunzel and hiding her from the world in a castle – we don’t want that scares them. ”
Adele keeps her son out of the spotlight because she thinks it is “really hard to be a famous person’s child”.
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Your main concern is his privacy. She told Vogue, “What if he wants to smoke weed or drink minors or if he’s gay and doesn’t want to tell me, and then he gets photographed and that’s how I find out?”
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard always cover their children’s faces with Instagram pictures, because for them they “have no right to choose”, a life in public.
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Kristen said to Romper, “My feeling is that I chose a career in public. I chose to be quoted. I chose to have my picture taken … I don’t know if they will want that. “
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling do not share pictures of their children online because they “are so young and do not understand what posting their picture really means”.
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On Instagram, Eva said: “I don’t have your consent … I won’t post your picture until you are old enough to give me your consent.”
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego share pictures of their children on social media but never show their faces because they “are currently unable to speak for themselves or make a decision”.
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She said E! News: “I just don’t want in 16 years’ time, ‘You are so disrespectful. You invaded, you exposed me and I wasn’t ready.’ Even though they’re babies and in our care, it’s still their face. “
Leighton Meester doesn’t often post photos of her child or talk about motherhood very often because while she’s proud of her family, she’s also “really proud of the show and the work” [she does]. “
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She told Refinery29, “I think the perception is, you’re an ingenuity or an icon or you’re a mother. There is no in between. “
Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger chose to keep their daughter’s name a secret because they “have the The Walking Dead empire that has a lot of very intense fan base that goes with it”.
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Diane told People, “We had a couple [of] Incidents prior to their arrival that weren’t so fun and so my main concern is their safety. “
Erykah Badu doesn’t like people sharing pictures of their children without their consent, and in 2012 she called her ex, Jay Electronica, for posting her daughter and one of her other children on his Instagram.
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She tweeted, “I don’t like [you] post pictures of my daughters. Please do not do this again. This is the second time I’ve asked you, sir. Peace.”
Mindy Kaling doesn’t share pictures of her children’s faces on social media because she is “so concerned”.
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On the Today Show, she said, “I’m way too fragile. [My daughter will] be big enough and people will see them. Am I even doing the right thing? Maybe she’ll be mad at me later, but then I’ll be fine with it. “
She also decides to keep her father’s identity a secret. After the birth of her eldest, she told the New York Times, “I have a feeling I won’t talk to anyone else about it until I talk to my daughter about it.”
Finally, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher do not publicly share pictures of their children because they “feel that being public is a personal choice”.
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However, they have a “private social network” where they share pictures with the children’s grandparents.
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