Blake Lively to the paparazzi: ‘You freak me and my kids out’

As Kaiser covered last week, Blake Lively is pregnant with her and Ryan Reynolds’ fourth child. She announced it just by stepping out with an obvious bump. I like when celebs do a pregnancy or birth announcement simply by showing up somewhere; it’s very chill and low-key, though Blake seems like she is neither of those things. Since her Gossip Girl days, Blake has always seemed like someone who likes to make a big deal of things, but on her own terms: no full dress shot from their plantation wedding, no baby photos until Ryan’s Walk of Fame ceremony, announcing their third daughter’s name in a Taylor Swift song… But now she’s rightfully irked that the paps are loitering outside their home for candid bump shots. Blake posted a bunch of baby belly shots (some looked like they were from the other babies) on Instagram and said the paps were freaking out her and her kids.

Blake Lively is sharing photos from her fourth pregnancy — in hopes that these photos will take some power from the paparazzi waiting outside her home.

The A Simple Favor star revealed Thursday that she was expecting her fourth child with husband Ryan Reynolds during her appearance at the 10th Annual Forbes Power Women’s Summit. On Saturday, she took to Instagram to post photos from her pregnancy, which included pics of her exposed pregnant belly, as well as shots with loved ones like Reynolds, her close friend and collaborator Taylor Swift and sister Robyn Lively.

The Gossip Girl alum captioned the post, “Here are photos of me pregnant in real life so the 11 guys waiting outside my home for a [unicorn] sighting will leave me alone. You freak me and my kids out.”

Lively, who has long spoken out against paparazzi who photograph children, added, “Thanks to everyone else for all the love and respect and for continuing to unfollow accounts and publications who share photos of children. You have all the power against them. And thank you to the media who have a ‘No Kids Policy’. You all make all the difference. Much love! Xxb.”

[From Yahoo! Life]

I’m guessing this was at their pied-à-terre in New York City and not in their very fancy Westchester town. They live about half an hour from my hometown, which is commutable distance for office workers, but probably inconvenient for paps. It sucks that the little girls were scared and I hope that the paps weren’t too aggressive in trying to get photos of Blake. Aside from scaring the kids, the rest of message is a bit surprising coming from Blake. Since Gossip Girl and her subsequent push to be a movie star, Blake’s always struck me as a celeb who really wants to be famous, who is very eager to be seen. And it doesn’t seem like that has changed even though she’s a lot less visible since marrying Ryan and moving to Pound Ridge. She usually looks thrilled when they go out. Like, I was kind of surprised she didn’t lean into the whole celeb mom thing that so many others have done, but maybe Ryan wasn’t into it. Also surprising to me? The timing of the pregnancy announcement. Blake has a lot of siblings so I’m not surprised they’re having a fourth, but the sequel to A Simple Favor was just announced four months ago. I wonder how far along she is? She was good in that role and seemed to have fun with it, so I hope it’s just filming next year, but Deux Moi said it’s on hold.

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  1. equality says:

    You can want to be seen yourself but want privacy for your children. There should be more laws about photographing children, even if they are in public.

  2. Noki says:

    So she never tried to rebrand the antebellum business? She needs to get on the Goop and Jessica Alba train because her acting ia appalling. Though i will say i did enjoy The Age of Adeline.

  3. Emmi says:

    It should be illegal to photograph kids like that, it’s just ridiculous.

    But Blake has no issue with her kids being photographed in general or more broadly, paparazzi in general. She – like most celebs – just want to control the when, how, and where.

    • Woke says:

      I think that’s fair for celebrities to want that kind of control. The problem is when they want to hide things that should be in the public domain.

    • Trillian says:

      Well, that sounds completely reasonable. Just because you’re okay or even happy being photographed at one time doesn’t mean they have the right to take pictures whenever they want?

    • equality says:

      Don’t you like to control when, why and where people photograph you or your family?

    • Emmi says:

      Not sure why anyone’s upset, I explicitly stated that this sh*t should be illegal.

  4. Teddy says:

    She was amazing in the film A Simple Favor. I had also thought of her as a lightweight actor but not after that. I like her vibe. More power to her for fighting the paps. There’s a huge difference between enjoying a red carpet and the sanctioned stalkerism of the paparazzi world.

  5. HandforthParish says:

    This is so confusing to me as I haven’t seen any pics of her kids in years, and didn’t even know she was pregnant?
    It looks like a very disingenuous of showing off some thirsty pregnancy underwear photos. In the guise of being spontaneous and raw (hence the goofy last one).

    I’m getting increasingly overly cynical with her and her husband.

    • Mimi says:

      I agree with all of this. I consume a lot of pop media and I’ve never seen a single photo of her kids. I only see photos of her when she’s at an a event or promoting something. Is she really a major paparazzi target?

      • Smalltowngirl says:

        A couple years ago there were some pap shots of her with the kids while walking down the street ane she and the kids looked obviously stressed and unahppy and she went off on her social media about the situation.

        She and Ryan definitely have hit some outlets with cease and desissts and I think she has a friendly arrangement with a few magazines to give them good shots in agreement for not posting pics of her kids.

    • MissM says:

      Honestly Blake is so thirsty I feel like she made up some garbage about paps being outside of her house to give her an excuse to post these pics. Or her PR team decided it would be a good way to garner up some attention since her initial pregnancy reveal didn’t get her very much attention. Its pretty well known that her and Ryans socials are run by other people with the help of writers, including her and Ryan’s posts “roasting each other”.

      • Lee says:

        I agree, I think she’d love a whole pregnant Vogue spread but Ryan doesn’t seem to be into those things so he probably always said no, so she used her own social media.

    • Bean says:

      She specifically says the paparazzi are lurking outside her house and freaking her kids out. It would definitely freak my kid (and me) out to have guys with cameras outside our home.

  6. K. Tate says:

    @teddy I’m going to watch A Simple Favor, thank u. I see articles on this person and I am sure that she is good at something. I just never can get a bead on what that thing is.

  7. Ranter says:

    Do all women not get stretch marks when pregnant? I got them when I was a teen just from growing taller.
    How do celebs avoid stretch marks? Or is it photoshop or surgery?

    • Anners says:

      Funny – my friend and I were discussing stretch marks the other day! I honestly think it’s genetics – most people get them from growing (my friend’s son is the slimmest kid I’ve ever met and he has them all over his back from growing about a foot in the past year). I think there are some people who are genetically blessed and somehow avoid stretch marks (and cellulite, and wrinkles, and, and, and…) or have the $$$ to laser off anything they dislike about themselves. Alas, I’m neither genetically blessed nor wealthy. Sigh.

    • Owlsyn says:

      I didn’t get stretch marks with my pregnancy but I am a heavier person so I didn’t really gain weight so much as redistribute it, lol.

      My ex, on the other hand, had some serious body changes before I met him and he had craaazzyyy stretch marks on his sides. It looked like he survived a werewolf attack.