Star: Gwen Stefani only ‘jumps into mommy mode’ when cameras are around


I sometimes wonder if Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Garner are two sides of the same pap-strolling coin. Where I feel like Garner uses the happy-family photo-ops to prove how “normal and relatable” she is and how her marriage is, like, totally solid. But what is Gwen trying to accomplish if we believe that she has a hand in organizing at least some of these pap strolls? Is she simply doing the same thing, “look at my normal family, I’m such a hands-on mom!” The thing is, just because Gwen and Jen want to show us that side of their lives, it can still be true. Jennifer Garner DOES seem like a great, hands-on mom, as does Gwen. Anyway, Star Magazine says Gwen organizes these pap strolls despite the fact that “babysitters” are doing all of the heavy lifting of child rearing.

In front of the flashes, there’s no doubt that she looks like a seriously hands-on mom. But according to a source, the pop star Gwen Stefani parenting isn’t quite so picture perfect behind the scenes.

“Of course Gwen loves her kids, but it’s her babysitters who do most of the work,” dishes the insider.

Since Gwen and her husband Gavin Rossdale, are so busy with their careers, the nannies are the ones who prepare meals, set schedules and help their three boys—Kingston, 9, Zuma, 6, and Apollo, 1—with school projects. Still, you wouldn’t know it from the way Gwen jumps into mommy mode whenever the cameras are around.

“She always starts holding hands or horsing around with the kids in front of the paparazzi,” says the source.

Though after 25 years in showbiz, can you blame Gwen for knowing a good photo op?

[From Star Magazine]

I feel like this is very working-mom-shaming. I’m sure Gwen and Gavin have full-time childcare help, probably two nannies or more for three growing boys. I believe those nannies probably do help raise the kids. But that doesn’t mean Gwen is an absent mother or anything – she works a lot AND she spends a lot of time with her kids. And where’s Gavin in this? I feel like he doesn’t work that much anymore and he’s spending a lot of time with the kids too. Eh. So, what do you think? Was this just a mean mom-shaming article from Star or is there some kind of conspiracy where Gwen only shows affection to her children when the cameras are around?

OMG, Apollo is beautiful.



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  1. minx says:

    So, we’re to believe she only holds hands with her kids when the cameras are around? Not buying it.

    • Annie says:

      What on earth is that monstrosity that she’s wearing in the first picture? That hideous dropped crotch white thing? Doesn’t the woman own mirrors or have friends who will tell her she looks ridiculous?

      • Stoned Housewife says:

        What do you think she should be wearing? I think she looks great and have always loved her style. I am going to assume she is happily wearing what she wants and has friends and owns mirrors.

      • lisa says:

        shes so busy she wears an adult diaper and special pants to save time

      • LA Juice says:

        oh those pants..gahhhh! You know, regarding the point made about Jen Garnder and Gwennie playing/manipulating the paps (or any celebrity for that matter) I say- good for them! Write your own stories ladies, god knows those faq-wads invading your space will take and sell any photo of you they can for any narrative some horrible trash rag can dream up.

  2. daisyfly says:

    They come to Hawai’i a lot, and she’s super hands on with her kids. We’re relatively pap free here unless they travel WITH the celebrity *cough cough trashdashians* so celebrities tend to be more themselves here.

    Apollo looks like his dad which makes me sad. I wanted Gavin’s lookalike babies, damnit! Heifer stole my sperminator!

    • carol says:

      How does she keep her skin looking so flawles!!! And I don’t think I have ever seen her with a tan.

      • qwerty says:

        Heavy make-up. She said herself she’s always wearing it, even around the house.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Totally working mom shaming. Does he only jump into “dad mode” when the cameras are around? She a bad mother because someone else makes their lunch? Ugh.

    Btw, those pants. No.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. And arguably when someone’s doing the work of making lunches and stuff like that, she can be present for the kids in more meaningful ways.

      Also agreed about the pants. I’ve never been a fan of her style, she never really looks comfortable to me and these pants, baggy as they are, look not only hideous but difficult to wear.

      • Betsy says:

        I know you didn’t mean it to sound that way, but can you see how calling lunch-making and similarly quotidian activities unmeaningful could be construed as stay-at-home mom shaming? So because I am there doing every little thing all day, the time I spend with my kids isn’t meaningful?

      • Esmom says:

        I definitely didn’t mean it that way. I spent many years at home with my kids and know what hard work it is. I was coming from also knowing what it’s like to work full time and raise kids, when doing things like making lunches makes your day that much more hectic. I would have loved to have someone lighten my load.

    • kcarp says:

      I am not shading the little one not his fault, but that little outfit in the top pic is ridiculous.

      My brother saw a picture of himself dressed in something similar and he asked my dad, “Why did you let Mom dress me like that?”

  4. shannondipity says:

    Definitely working mom shaming.

  5. Chloe says:

    I read an interview with Gwen a couple months ago and she admitted she had a lot of help at home with nannies, cooks and maids, at least she owns up to it, she and Gavin always look like their children are their world.

    • Franca says:

      It’s so refreshing that someone actually admits to having help.

      But I wonder, why do they need 2 nannies? That’s seems like a lot.

      • ell says:

        maybe so the children have more 1 to 1 attention, idk. i also find it refreshing when celebs admit to having help, because really they all do. and if anyone could afford it, I’d think they’d have help as well.

        also it’s not that bad; I grew up with nannies because we were 3 and my mum was working full time. my mum was still very much hands on when she was around, and i didn’t love my nanny more than my mum. so there really is no shame in it.

      • Birdix says:

        Probably one nanny to get the older kids from school to wherever they need to go and one to focus on the baby. So that everyone is covered. they aren’t necessarily full-time nannies. plus some nannies are better with babies, some with older kids (can help with homework, etc).

    • Petee says:

      She is a probably the most grounded celeb’s out there.She works a lot.Gavin has been touring and promoting the new Bush album.

  6. lisa2 says:

    So sick of every celebrity that has a nanny or babysitter getting the tag.. OH they love their kids but the nannies raise the children.

    any mother that uses or has used Daycare or has a grandparent helping should feel offended. Every working mother I know has some kind of help. If you are not a working at home mother then yes you have help; be it daycare, neighbor, grandparent or family member.

    I have someone that I pay to clean my house 2 days a week.. I work; I like a clean home; and I’m tired when I get home and house cleaning is the last thing I want to do.. but I am the person that runs my home.. I have a yard man that takes care of my yard.. So do the majority of my neighbors. Everyone has or needs help at some point. Why is it such an issue when it comes to celebrity mom. Are people jealous because they can’t afford that kind of help. Why all the finger pointing.. THEY ARE NOT DOING THE HEAVY LIFTING.. Why do people care. If I had that kind of money I would hire people too. Wouldn’t mean I’m not parenting my children.

    • Luca76 says:

      Thank you!!! When people complain that rich women (they never talk about the men) have nannies it’s the equivalent looking down on a rich person that drives a Mercedes instead of a Subaru.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes. All very well said.

    • JenB says:

      Well put! Couldn’t agree more!

    • bondbabe says:

      I was going to say the same thing…then I need to be working-mom shamed too!

    • Josefa says:

      Totally agree. These kind of articles drive me insane. She pays for help because she can. Good for her. If you don’t wanna raise YOUR kids like that it’s YOUR problem.

  7. Jess says:

    I think this is total BS, I’m sure she has help and is busy with work but this is just mommy shaming! Isn’t she still nursing Apollo?

  8. Jen43 says:

    They are trying to make something out of nothing. I hate when anyone insinuates that a woman is a bad mother. Those are fighting words.

  9. Lucy2 says:

    Definitely working mom shaming. If they both are very busy with their careers, and hire people to help with day-to-day tasks like cleaning, cooking, and organizing, that means their free time can be spent as quality time with their kids.

  10. Alex says:

    Definitely shaming. Do we shame working moms for sending their kids to daycare so they can work? No? Ok then.
    I’ve actually run across her before with her kids before and while she had a nanny she was very present and engaged. Basically like any other mom that has extra help.
    While I do think some celebs dump their kids with a nanny I don’t think she is one of them. I think she loves being a parent.

  11. kri says:

    This is BS. She has always seemed to be a great mom, and say what you will about Jen G, but she seems to do her best, too. I don’t shame any parents that can afford help-it’s not easy. so many of my friends have kids, and I see them struggle. I am sure they would hire someone for help if they could. No shame in that.

  12. JustCrimmles says:

    Seeing as so much of Gwen’s identity has always been being wife and mom, I seriously don’t buy that she’s any sort of stay in bed mom. She just happens to have a very demanding job, and there should be no shame in having/needing help. It takes a village, no?

  13. Syko says:

    She always looks very relaxed and comfortable with her kids, unlike some people who use kids as fashion accessories. And when did Kingston get so big? Wow!

  14. Gill B says:

    I agree, this is a total mom-shaming story. Poor stuff.

  15. Green Is Good says:

    How come DADS don’t get this kind of parent shaming crap? Just pisses me off.

  16. Jayna says:

    Let’s shame a working mom and angle a story out of it. I have no doubt she’s very involved with her kids. All working moms have help in one form or another.

  17. ell says:

    definitely working mum shaming BUT, lmao at gavin working. has he ever even worked? he used to be in a band I’ve never even heard of, and most definitely doesn’t exist anymore. what is it that he does now??

    • BrandyAlexander says:

      Actually, they are still together and put out an album (cd, now?) last year. I don’t know that he works as much as she does, but he does still work.

      Also, I saw No Doubt headline one of the nights at Rock In Rio a few months ago, and her performances are amazing!

  18. A says:

    When will she stop bleaching her children’s hair!?

    • Camilla says:

      + 1
      That was my first thought. Her own hair is quite overprocessed and that’s fine cause that’s her choice, I’m not sure it’s so wise for kids though. At least not over such a long time.

  19. Zigggy says:

    Those pants make me want to retch.

  20. Miran says:

    I feel like Zuma was born yesterday, when did he get so huge??? Apollo doesn’t even compute in my brain.

    • Denise says:

      I didn’t know she had a third either! There’s certainly no doubt about the paternity of an of them, Gav’s little doppelgangers.

  21. Kristen says:

    Seriously if I had that much money I’d have a zillion nannies too. Being able to afford help doesn’t make her a bad parent.

  22. emma says:

    totally mom-shaming