Ever wondered what it would be like to be a celebrity? Sure, the lavish lifestyles they lead sound appealing, and it wouldn’t suck to break bread with Ryan Gosling and Leo DiCaprio annually at the Oscars, but how would it be to have one’s private life constantly shared and scrutinized, most of the time without approval?
The details of the lifestyles of the rich and famous are often broadcast far and wide on entertainment news programs, in gossip magazines and all over social media. Some stars aren’t shy, and welcome the world into their personal, private lives. Others wish to keep their time in the public eye and their private lives separate from each other.
Being a public figure can be particularly difficult for the ladies. All a female celebrity has to do is eat a big lunch, and everyone begins to speculate she has a baby on the way. Usually, by the time a pregnant celeb reveals she’s expecting, the whole world is already aware, or at least pretty sure, she has a bun in the oven. How, then, do some celebs manage to make it through an entire pregnancy, and often the deliveries of their babies without their baby joy being discovered? Some turn to baggy shirts and big handbags, while others just stay out of sight until their pregnancy has passed.
It may surprise you to learn that the 15 famous folks on the list below were able to hide their pregnancies, surrogacies or plans to adopt a secret for long periods of time, some even right up until their babies arrived and beyond. Pretty impressive, ladies!
15 Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes and her beau Ryan Gosling were able to keep Eva’s pregnancy with their second daughter a secret until just one month before the baby was due to arrive. The two are known for being mum when it comes to their private lives, so this one isn’t really that big of a shocker, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Mendes and Gosling are the proud parents of two daughters: Esmeralda Amada and Amada Lee.
After her second child arrived, Mendes shared of the couple’s choice to give their second daughter the same name as their first, “My grandmother’s name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest. We had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn’t feel like those names were her…I actually told [Ryan Gosling], ‘This is common in Latin culture, so it wouldn’t be crazy.’…When we looked at her, we thought, ‘Aww, Amadita.’”
Of her experience so far as a mother of two, Mendes said, “My little one is still an infant, and right now it’s really about surviving those nights and trying to enjoy this time as much as possible with them, and start the bond between Esmeralda and Amanda.”
14 Alexis Bledel
Alexis Bledel and her husband, Vincent Kartheiser are known for being uber-private. We’re not sure how they pulled it off, but Bledel was able to make it through an entire pregnancy and the delivery of her son without anyone outside of their inner circle being the wiser. One of her Gilmore Girls castmates was the one who spilled the beans about the news of her new arrival, most likely without her permission.
Scott Patterson broadcast the exciting news of Bledel’s secret baby to the world in an interview with Glamour magazine when used the M word (mother). Gasp. He said of making another season of Gilmore Girls for Netflix with Alexis, “It was great to see her. She’s really blossomed as a woman and now she’s a proud new mother and married and happy…We’re comparing notes because my son is about a year and a half older than her young son. I’m showing her photos and videos and what to expect. We’re just really enjoying each other’s company.”
13 Anna Paquin
True Blood actress Anna Paquin and her on-screen and off-screen love Steven Moyer hid the exciting news that they were expecting twins for quite some time. During filming of their show, a stunt double helped to hide the fact that Anna’s belly was expanding. In addition, the ultra-cool couple kept the genders and names of their twins top secret for months after the babies arrived.
Paquin and Moyer have since revealed that they had one of each: a girl named Poppy and a boy named Charlie. So perfect! These adorable monikers were totally worth the wait. Anna and her man are often seen out and about toting their twins in strollers or baby carriers.
Paquin is a forward-thinking, openly bisexual woman, and recently tweeted her feelings on marriage and motherhood. She bravely shared, “Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender.”
12 Sandra Bullock
While most are aware that Sandra Bullock adopted her son Louis in 2010, the secret adoption of her second child was kept largely under wraps until everything was certain. In 2015, the actress adopted a 3-year-old girl named Laila after first fostering her. She chose to keep Laila’s adoption a secret until it was finalized, and has admitted, “It felt very much like witness protection.”
Bullock also shared, “From the ruse I had to construct so that Louis didn’t have to lie to his friends at school, to the stories I constructed for friends and coworkers as to why I was absent all the time, the subterfuge was pretty elaborate. But there is always the chance that the bonding process wouldn’t happen or that the CPS [Child Protective Services] workers would feel I wasn’t a suitable match. So I had no problem lying and fabricating stories to keep things on lockdown.”
11 Uma Thurman
Actress Uma Thurman didn’t exactly hide her third pregnancy, but she was very private about the whole experience. In addition, Thurman and her ex-fiancé Arpad Busson, didn’t reveal their baby’s name until months after she had arrived.
The beautiful name they settled upon was definitely worth the wait. Fans of the actress swooned when she finally revealed that the name selected for her newest bundle of joy was Luna. Thurman also has two children, daughter, Maya and son, Levon Roan with her ex-husband Ethan Hawke.
Thurman has said of motherhood, “I love and adore being a mother. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.” She has also shared, “Motherhood definitely took the focus off of my work. And I didn’t mind. I had a few panics when I thought that if I wanted to work I couldn’t get a job anymore and then I would get one once in a while and it would make me feel better.”
10 Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo’s second daughter, Sienna May arrived via surrogate, and it was not revealed that Pompeo had a child until months after the baby’s arrival, partly to protect the privacy of her gestational carrier. The Grey’s Anatomy actress shared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “She was born two months ago. I’ve done it before. The covert thing is kind of fun. This baby was born via surrogate, so I felt an obligation to keep the surrogate’s privacy. That was of utmost importance to me.”
The actress has since welcomed another baby, a boy, Eli Christopher. It is still unclear exactly when he was born. Pompeo introduced him to the world in December of 2016 via Instagram with a shot of his father, Chris Ivery snuggling him and the caption, “Chris Ivery just fell a notch…I’ve got a new guy.”
9 Megan Fox
The stunning mother of three Megan Fox managed to keep her third pregnancy a complete secret until she broke the news of her impending arrival at 2016’s CinemaCon. Fox has three sons with Brian Austin Green: Noah, Bodhi and Journey.
She has said of how being a mother has changed the roles she accepts, “It changes your perspective about being overly sexual in a film when you have a baby. I’m going to be more cautious about choosing films because I’m already thinking about when he’s in school and his friends are going to be showing him my photo shoots with me in a bikini and he’s going to be horrified. So that will deter me from making some of the choices I made before.”
Fox keeps it very real when discussing what life as a mom is really like. She shared, “When you have babies, you don’t really have a life. You’re home a lot. You don’t sleep. Every minute is dedicated to someone else, so you don’t even get to poop alone.”
8 Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks welcomed her new baby via a gestational carrier after a long struggle with infertility. The former supermodel announced the arrival of her new son on Instagram, posting an adorable photo of a tiny beanie, accompanied by the caption: “The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.”
Tyra shared with People magazine, “We are so excited for our new baby boy bundle of joy. The journey to now has not been an easy process, as I’ve shared before. But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father, Erik.”
Banks continued, “As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day. My hopes and dreams are filled with well wishes that they get to feel what my little treasure…feels like in my arms.”
7 Laura Linney
Emmy winning actress Laura Linney gave birth to her first child, a son named Bennett Armistead, in January of 2014. She was 49 at the time of his arrival, and chose not to broadcast her pregnancy just in case things didn’t work out.
She shared on Live with Kelly, “I was an older mother-to-be, and it had taken me a very, very long time to have a child. so I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy.”
Linney continued, “I just was very quiet about it — I didn’t hide it intentionally, I just didn’t advertise it…I was going to the theater when I was eight months pregnant, no one said a thing. I mean, I wasn’t hiding! Then, when I actually had the baby, this big deal was made about, ‘She was secret, secret, secret!’ I just didn’t have a sign that said, ‘Hi, I’m pregnant now.'”
6 Lucy Liu
Elementary star, Lucy Liu welcomed a son via surrogate, and let the world know by posting an absolutely adorable pic of herself snuggling her new son on Instagram. The actress is known for sharing details of her personal life on her own terms, and this situation was no different.
Her baby boy, named Rockwell Lloyd, turned one this past August. Liu said of the occasion, “This has been the most incredible year.”
Liu’s choice to use a gestational carrier and raise her son on her own has been met with some criticism. Of the haters, she’s said, “I just went ahead and did it … I didn’t realize there was criticism until after I sent out the information that I had my baby through a gestational carrier and my friends said, ‘Don’t listen to what some people are saying.’ I didn’t realize people were saying anything negative!”
Of being a single mom, Liu said, “I don’t really raise [Rockwell] by myself. I have a lot of friends and a group of people who help me. It’s important to ask for help. If you can manage on your own, that’s fine, but people shouldn’t feel that they have to be alone while doing it.”
5 Kerry Washington
Scandal star Kerry Washington was able to hide her first pregnancy while on the set of her hit show by wearing loose-fitting clothing and carrying large purses for a solid four months before news of her impending arrival was broken by US Weekly. Washington shared of filming with a bump, “The first five episodes you’ll see me standing behind some flowers, and then I might stand behind flowers just for fun so it doesn’t stop immediately, but I don’t need to anymore.”
On waiting to find out what she was having the second time around, she joked, “I had no idea what I was having. I said I hoped it was human. That turned out to be right. It’s a human boy.”
Washington now has two children: son, Caleb Kelechi and daughter, Isabelle Amarachi with football star hubby Nnamdi Asomugha. She has said, “I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life. It’s a trip more wonderful than I could have imagined.”
4 Heather Morris
Glee star Heather Morris kept her first pregnancy a secret from most until after her baby arrived. The star was three months pregnant in the show’s Season 4 finale. If you watch it back closely, you may be able to detect a hint of her bump. The actress was actually written out of the show’s script at the time of her pregnancy so she could have the time she needed to deliver and bond with her baby. Her son, who arrived via C-section is now a lively three-year-old. She welcomed her second child, son, Owen in February of 2016.
Of being a working mom, Heather has stated, “Working moms are the best kind! They’re so thankful and humble to have time with their children…When they get home, they still make time and do wonderful activities with their kids.” Morris continued, “Creating that quality time is important.”
3 Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher has three beautiful babies with her hubby, the hilarious Sacha Baron Cohen: daughters, Olive and Elula and son, Montgomery.
Fisher managed to keep her second pregnancy with Elula a secret while on the set of the film Burke and Hare, despite her propensity to get sick. She shared of the experience, “It was troublesome. I was always secretly unlacing my corset and trying to not puke in front of everyone.” The star continued, “But [co-star] Simon Pegg has no observational skills at all because I had the worst morning sickness, I was totally ill and I think he just thought I was some bulimic actress from Hollywood and he just ignored it. He never asked!”
Fisher has said of her husband and children, “Family is 100 percent my top priority. So I’m much more comfortable doing supporting roles right now. And often, they’re the most interesting. You get to be a character actress.”
2 Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera has one son, Josey, with her husband Ryan Dorsey. While expecting, she was very private about her pregnancy, possibly due to the prior abortion of Dorsey’s child she allegedly underwent after the two briefly split in 2010.
On motherhood, Rivera has shared, “I still feel like the same me but…now I have different priorities. Having someone else to look out for other than myself is a really beautiful thing, it gives you a whole new dimension of joy, and elevates your life in so many ways.”
The former Glee actress has also said, “Being a mom, which I love, certainly changes your priorities. As much as I love singing, dancing and acting I really want to find a new balance between my work and my family life. My son Josey is now my number one priority, which eliminates all those long location projects.”
1 Marilyn Monroe
The iconic actress Marilyn Monroe once said, “Having a child, that’s always been my biggest fear. I want a child and I fear a child.” Monroe never realized her dream of having children before her tragic death in 1962 at the age of 36.
Exclusive images were recently sold at an estate auction of the late Frieda Hull, a known friend of Monroe’s. The 6 photos were sold to Tony Michaels for $2,240. Michaels claims he spoke with Hull about the images before her death. He says Hull referred to them as the “pregnancy slides” and took the secret behind them with her to the grave.
Michaels shared with DailyMail.com “…she told me the story behind them, that Marilyn got pregnant by Yves Montand. It wasn’t a guess or a presumption, it was something she knew for sure, she was very close to Marilyn. As far as she was concerned Marilyn was pregnant in the summer of 1960 and the slides prove it.” Monroe was married to Arthur Miller at the time the photos were allegedly taken.
It is believed the actress lost her baby due to unknown causes during a hospital stay soon after the pictures were taken. Despite the possibility of this painful part of Monroe’s life, she always kept a positive outlook.
Monroe famously said, “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” On another occasion, the model and actress shared, “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
Sources: Romper.com, DailyMail.co.uk, J-14.com, Mom.me, Glamour.com