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Blake Lively has shared the first photos of her baby bump on Instagram.
She addressed the paparazzi in her caption, saying that she only shared the photos so that the press waiting on her doorstep to get the first photo of her bump would leave her alone.
Wanting to take control of the story, Lively said: “Here are pictures of me pregnant in real life so the 11 guys are waiting outside my house for a [unicorn] the sight will leave me alone. You’re scaring me and my kids.”
She confirmed she was expecting her fourth child last week.
She called out photographers and reflected on what an invasion of her privacy it was to wait outside the door waiting to get paparazzi shots.
In the photo carousel, she also shared sweet photos of her and husband Ryan Reynolds, plus a picture of her and her longtime best friend Taylor Swift.
She has hit out at the press before. As early as 2021, she called Daily Mail Australia and accused them of stalking, harassing and intimidating her and her three children.
She has also been called out E! News to share photos of their children without consent. She said: “This is so disturbing. I have personally told you that these men are stalking and harassing my children. And you are still posting.”
“You said you would stop. You promised me personally. This is not a casual estimate. This is YOU also exploiting very young children. Please. Delete. Please. Some parents are ok with this. We. Are. NOT .”
She has always been adamant that she does not want pictures of her children shared online without her consent – an understandable and natural request from a mother whose line of work means she lives in the public eye.
Ending her latest post, she said: “Thank you to everyone else for all the love and respect and for continuing to unfollow accounts and publications that share pictures of children,” she concluded in her caption. “You have all the power against them. And thanks to the media that has a no-kids policy. You all make the difference. Much love!”
We’re with Lively on this one – media pressuring celebrities to share pictures of their bodies or their children just for traffic is not okay.
We hope that Lively speaking out like she has will prevent the paparazzi from acting so heartlessly in the future.