Ah, the age-old art of nose picking. We all do it. Anyone who claims they don’t is just plain lying. While many people may never admit it, at some point or another, all of us have just gotta get up inside of our noses and take care of business. Believe it or not, moms aren’t exempt from this unsavory habit. In fact, they are often the most serious offenders, and celebrity moms are no exception. Unfortunately for famous mamas, their every move, glamorous or no, is usually captured by some stealth paparazzo with a long lens camera.
More than a few celeb moms have been caught in the act of going a little too deep into their nasal passages. We aren’t shaming them for their actions. After all, the only one who is fit to judge is one who has never picked, and, as we’ve already stated, those who dare to declare they’ve never searched inside of their nostril with their finger for mucus is nothing but a fibber.
We would like to remind all of the moms out there currently envying celebrity mothers and their lives of glitz and glamour that being a star definitely comes with a price. Next time you’re blissfully scouring your schnozzle in the elementary school pick-up line, or at the playground, be thankful pics of your time spent mining for gold will not be captured and broadcast online for all the world to see.
The following 15 celeb moms were caught picking their noses. Sorry, ladies, but we’ve gotta help the regular moms of the world out by reminding them that famous mothers may seem to have it all, but they’re really just like the rest of us.
15 Mariah Carey
Like all famous mothers, Mariah Carey was caught in a moment of weakness by a camera. It's not clear if she's actually picking her nose, or just scratching an itch. The angle of the photo doesn't make things look good, but we'll give her the benefit of the doubt because her butterfly ring is on point.
The chart-topping crooner is the proud mother of twins Moroccan and Monroe. The father of her babies is her ex-husband, Nick Cannon. Carey has admitted to struggling with the dreaded "mom guilt" that plagues many mamas when she has to be away from her babies for work. She has shared, "I don't like to leave them."
Her darling duo is definitely growing up fast. Carey has revealed that Moroccan is already a talented athlete, and that the first time he tried skiing he had no trouble whatsoever staying up. "He's a natural," she bragged. What's Monroe excelling at? Apparently she's got knack for getting her way. According to Mariah, her daughter "has far surpassed me as a diva."
14 Britney Spears
Britney Spears is a talented pop star with killer dance moves. In fact, Spears is such a talented mama, we're going to pretend the above shot of her cleaning out her nasal cavity is nothing more than a new piece of choreography she's secretly working on.
Spears is the mother of two adorable boys: Jayden James and Sean Preston. She simply adores her sons, and has shared of her relationship with them, "My kids come first, always. There is nothing more rewarding than being a mom and watching my sons grow into young men. I am so lucky that I get to experience all of life's adventures with them."
Spears has also admitted, "The balance between work and my personal life can be a challenge [being a single mother]. I love watching them play sports and just running around with them. We have a lot of fun together. Becoming a mother and being with my boys has made me so much more accepting of myself. I'm their mom, whatever. That has been a really big thing for me over these last few years."
13 Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy is an actress and comedian known for her wild and sometimes raunchy sense of humor. Case in point: she seems to be quite aware that she's being photographed as she goes to town on her beautiful beak. McCarthy has one son, Evan, and recently wed singer Donnie Wahlberg. She has opened up about the difficulties she and her new man have faced while blending families. She told E! News, "Integration is not easy for any family, so it took baby steps in some areas."
She continued, "We [have] said, 'It's funny how we can see how each child is a blessing for each other.' Like Evan is so influenced by Elijah, Donnie's son who's his similar age. And how Elijah means to me in my life that I didn't necessarily get from anybody before. So if everyone can just realize that integration is for a reason and you look at it like blessings, it makes it so much easier to just accept what is and kind of go through those bumps and grinds with peace."
McCarthy has chosen to embrace every part of who she is, and has revealed, "I still have things I'm really insecure about, but I've changed by loving me — C-section scars, stretch marks, and all." Her advice for those struggling to love themselves? "Surround yourself with people who inspire you and return the favor by giving them the best of you."
12 Jennifer Lopez
Actress, singer, producer and fashion designer Jennifer Lopez is what many consider to be the epitome of class and style. However, even stars who always have it together have to clean out their noses. The above shot was snapped on the set of one of JLo's music videos, and it appears that whatever it is that's falling from the sky got up into her nostrils. Can't blame a girl for not wanting foreign objects in her sniffer.
Lopez has opened up about what has inspired her throw her heart and soul into whatever she's working on. She has shared, "My mom had three girls and her thing was to empower us, to make us feel that we could accomplish anything. No one had to take care of us – we could take care of ourselves. If we wanted to be president of the United States, we could do it. She was very intent on preparing us for the future …and now I think, wow, Lupe did an amazing job!”
The mother-of-two is intent on making the world a better place for her precious twins, Max and Emme. She has also stated, "When we support each other, that support comes back to you and becomes a beautiful cycle of great energy and great things.”
11 Penelope Cruz
The always stunning actress Penelope Cruz has two beautiful babies, Leo and Luna, with her husband, actor Javier Bardem. The photo above shows the star caught in a rare moment when she's acting like a human, yet, somehow, Cruz manages to make nose picking look elegant and even a little sexy. Impressive.
Her white ensemble complete with an ultra-chic hat give her pose an almost avant-garde feel. Heck, this photograph should be displayed in a museum somewhere. A good title for the shot might be "Exquisite famous mom picks her nose like a freaking boss."
Speaking about her children, Cruz shared with The Guardian, "The biggest feelings I have ever experienced come from the way my children look at me. Being a mother is seeing life from a different point of view, as if you were a child again. Even your relationship with nature changes; it’s like you can see a tree through new eyes."
10 Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner is as lovely as she is sweet. She's the mother of three beautiful children with her ex-hubby, Ben Affleck. Her daughters, Seraphina and Violet, and her son, Samuel, are lucky to have such an amazing mother. Garner is one of those women who seemingly always has her sh** together, no matter what curve balls life throws at her. She was caught in the photo above with her hand very daintily placed near her nostrils. No biggie, and no judgement, Jen. We think you're simply the best.
Garner has shared many wise words over the years. But, one of her most quotable quotes may be, "People have pain - they do regrettable things, they feel shame, and shame equals pain." It is certain that through Garner's very public split from her former flame, Affleck, she took the entire thing in stride and stayed strong for her kids.
How does she keep her head up on the hard days? She once shared, "My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother's voice and smile."
9 Tyra Banks
Top model Tyra Banks recently revealed that she and her love, photographer Erik Asla, had welcomed a baby into the world via a gestational surrogate. Her son, York, is a celebrated new member of their little family. Banks shared with People magazine shortly after his arrival, "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 has never been one to shy away from telling it like it is. She's a strong woman, and credits her own mother for teaching her to take life one day at a time. Banks once shared, "One thing my mom used to tell me was to look to the other side, and know that my present is not going to be everything. So if I'm having a bad day, she goes, 'Just imagine tomorrow. This is going to be over. This is going to be done with.'"
Sure, Banks is undoubtedly picking her nose in the shot above, but she's smizing while doing so, and if the shot showed us her lower half, we're sure it would be revealed that she's also tooching that booty. She's a gorgeous mama whether she's striking one of her famous poses for the camera or totally oblivious to the fact that her picture is being taken.
Madonna is seen in the shot above mid-nose-pick...or itch. We'll never know for sure which one it was. One thing we do know for certain? Madge is not your stereotypical mother. She's admitted that her four children, Lourdes, Rocco, Mercy and David aren't always comfortable with the adult content often present in her music, and she's tried to shield them from the worst of it until they're old enough to be able to deal with her sexy songs.
The Queen of Pop has dished that, in the past, her children have come to see her at work at the absolute wrong times. According to the mother of four, “Every time my kids would visit me in the studio, it would just so happen that I'd be working on a song like ‘Holy Water’ or ‘S.E.X.,’ And I'd be like, ‘OK, just could — I’ll be — stay outside. I'll be right out.’”
Some of her offspring have an easier time dealing with her crazy ways than others. Madonna has revealed, "At this point, Rocco doesn't care. It just goes over his head. He's like, ‘Oh, mom. Mom's being mom.’ The other little kids don't really — they’re not tuned into that frequency yet. And Lo is horrified by all of it. She just wants me to be her mom."
7 Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson is the flawless and fabulous mother of two handsome lads: Ryder and Bingham. She's honest, she's real and she admits it when she makes a mothering mistake. She's also been caught in the photo above with her finger on her nose. It's important to note that her famous digit is not on the inside...yet, so maybe she really is as perfect as she seems.
After all, Hudson has revealed, "I'm big on manners. I'm big on politeness. I'm big on gratitude." Is it possible she's the one person on the planet who has never dabbled in the art of nose picking? We doubt it. Luckily, even if Hudson was about to go deep in the pic above, she doesn't really care about negative press. After all, she once boldly stated, "Never worry about bad press: All that matters is if they spell your name right."
Hudson is a wise woman, and often shares nuggets of advice we can all learn from. According to the actress, "Happiness is not something that just comes to you. It's an active process."
6 Pamela Anderson
Former Playboy centerfold and Baywatch beauty, Pamela Anderson, was caught in the act of picking her nose in the shot above. She's left absolutely no doubt in our minds as to what she is doing. Thanks, Pam, for helping us little people realize that even beauty icons have to go deep sometimes.
Anderson is the proud mother of two sons: Brandon and Dylan. Speaking about her oldest son, she recently gushed to Ellen, "He's not bad looking, he's gorgeous. I kept them [he and his younger brother] out of the spotlight their whole lives. He's 18. I thought I'd bring him to the Gunman premiere that he wanted to go to. And yes, it caused a lot of... He doesn’t need any more confidence... He got a lot of attention over that."
Speaking about both of her boys, she continued, "They’re great kids. I’m really fortunate because it could have been a disaster... I mean, they’re genetically loaded. And I'm so proud of them that they’re such gentlemen, and they're good to their girlfriends and they spoil everybody rotten. And they spoil me rotten. They're just real sweethearts."
5 Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton, caught above with her finger dangerously close to entering her nose, has dated a string of famous men including Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino. Keaton never married, and has shared on the subject of never settling down, "I think it was just my whole life. How I responded first to boys and then to men. It had nothing to do with reality. Relationships are hard. You’re lucky if you find someone."
Keaton swore of men at age 50, and, that same year, adopted her first child, a daughter named Dexter. A few years later, she added a son, Duke, to her brood, also through adoption.
Keaton has raised her children alone, and is known in Hollywood as a strong, inspiring single mother. She may have started her family later in life, but she's one of those moms who's young at heart, and has no intention of slowing down as she ages. She has revealed, "Slowing down isn’t something I relate to at all. The goal is to continue in good and bad, all of it. The best part is that I’m still here and, because the end is in sight, I treasure it all more."
4 Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland was caught with her finger up her nose in the shot above, but still manages to look fly and fabulous as she does some digging. The former Destiny's Child singer is the mother of one son, Titan, with her husband and manager Tim Weatherspoon. His arrival was a magical one. Rowland has shared of the moments after his birth, "There was so much love in the room. I was speechless. He took my breath away."
Life after little Titan arrived wasn't always wonderful, but Rowland made it through. She has admitted, "Even when the baby was sleeping, Tim and I weren't! That first week, Tim would poke at Titan to make sure he was breathing. I was lax with a sleep schedule in the beginning, but once I read about how babies thrive on a schedule, we implemented one."
Rowland feels motherhood has given her new purpose in life, and greater confidence. She has shared, "I have always had maternal instincts, but as a mom you figure things out. Now I trust myself and feel stronger, like I can do anything." Her advice to other new moms is some of the best we've ever heard. She has advised, "Write on your mirror in lipstick: 'I had a baby. I'm a superhero.'"
3 LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes can't seem to fight the urge to pick her nose, as the above shot proves. Rimes doesn't have any biological children, but has embraced being a stepmom to her hubby, Eddie Cibrian's two sons, Mason and Jake.
She inherited the role at the young age of 28, and has taken it in stride. She has shared of the experience, "It takes a while, we’re not exempt because we’re in the public eye. It was quite the adjustment, it is for any blended family." Rimes rose to fame in the music industry at the age of 9, and never really enjoyed a normal childhood. Speaking about her stepsons, she has dished, "They’re fun. I didn’t have a childhood, so it’s amazing how much they’re teaching me about having fun."
When once asked if she and Eddie plan to have a child of their own any time soon, she joked, "Oh of course that’s going to come up! We practice a lot! I’ll take my time."
2 Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell, pictured above going deep into one of her nasal passages, is the mother of five children: Blake, Chelsea, Vivienne, Dakota and Parker. She and her daughter, Chelsea have had a strained relationship and are currently estranged.
Rosie is a polarizing celebrity who many love and many others love to hate. She's unapologetically who she is. On being famous, she has stated, "I think that once you open the door and allow people in on a certain aspect, it's very hard to then control how far that ripple effect is. So I think that the person who is known or famous has the ability to decide what they do or don't want to share."
Unfortunately, the paparazzi lies in wait to capture moments celebrities would most likely prefer were kept private. Like the times they're picking their noses. Rosie may not love living life in the spotlight, but she doesn't let things get to her. The actress and comedian has also mused,"You can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world, or walk through life afraid of anyone who thinks different than you and trying to convert them to your way of thinking."
1 Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff is seen above looking pretty darn fashionable and chic as she, er, itches her snout. The stunning star has one adorable son named Luca, and has spoken candidly about being a single mom who also has a career in Hollywood. She has admitted, "It’s hard to say that you really can have it all. I think you can to a certain degree, but fully loaded, pedal-all-the-way-down is tough. You’re missing out on something, either on the career or on the family. When I’m really busy with work, I feel extremely guilty.”
Duff doesn't always love the way she's portrayed, and shared of one experience with life in the spotlight she'd rather forget, “After I had Luca, I went out to, like, the breast-pump store — I was still huge — and I just had a comfortable outfit on. And the next day [in the tabloids] it was like, ‘Hilary debuts post-baby bod!’ And I was like, ‘That’s not a debut! That’s an errand!'”
Luckily, she was so in love with her new little man, that she didn't let the experience get her down. She continued, “It was such a happy time that honestly I didn’t care; it wasn’t until later that I realized how mean and invasive it was." Hope she's still riding that high and that the above photograph doesn't ruin her day if she ever sees it.