For many celebs, having a baby is just another way to get attention. Surprisingly for a few others, they do everything to keep the secret that they are having a baby under wraps so tight that they would be worthy taking over Alcatraz.
Others like Kylie Jenner keep their pregnancies a complete and utter secret for the sole purpose of garnering more views, likes and comments on their social media accounts, but luckily, those celebs are few and far between.
For most celebrities who have chosen to keep their pregnancies out of the spotlight, the choice boils down to separating their working lives from their private ones.
Over the years, many celebs have actively hid their whiffs of morning sickness, blossoming bellies and pictures of their newborns either on their own or with the help of their fellow cast members. They didn’t do this for attention, but rather to ensure that their kids grow up somewhat “normal” without the glaring media attention. Here are 15 celebs that did everything they could to keep news of their pregnancies and babies as secret as possible. Even when tabloids were on the verge of finding out and exposing them, most of them just ramped up the secrecy to maximum level.
Anna Kournikova’s secret pregnant has been a total conundrum to fans who follow her on Instagram. No one suspected a thing, especially since her social media presence remained the same. But hardcore fans did notice that something was amiss when she went from posting regular pictures of herself working out with her body on full display to nearly all of a sudden, all the pictures being either focused on her dogs or her face. In one picture in particular, she is seen working out by stepping on some elastic bands and although it’s a full body picture, it still would have been impossible to know if she was carrying because of the bagginess of the shirt.
In all actuality, the famous couple wasn’t just expecting one baby, but turns out the remarkably stunning duo had twins, a boy called Nicholas and a girl named Lucy.
All of a sudden, Christiano Ronaldo went from being the father of one, to the father of three and then just months later, the father of four. Going from one to four in just a couple of months must have been hard for him to get used to, but even the media was none the wiser. In fact, the media speculation since the news has been much more cynical.
Despite having been linked to many beautiful women throughout the years, speculation has always abounded about Christiano’s sexuality. Nonetheless, he shocked the media with the announcement of this first son in June 2010, but never revealing the identity of the mother. Just recently in June 2017, he all of a sudden posted a picture of twins, once again refusing to reveal the identity of their mother. Even weirder is that his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to their daughter just a couple months later in November 2017. No one knows for sure the true story behind all these kids and it’s one secret that he seems resolute on keeping for as long as possible.
Everyone is undeniably fed up of hearing about Kylie Jenner and her secret pregnancy at this point, but it’s still worth a mention given that it happened recently. Speculation has been running wild for the past couple of months about whether Kylie was pregnant or not and fans finally got confirmation on the day of the SuperBowl LII 2018 when she started off a lengthy message on Instagram by saying: “I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions," she wrote on Sunday. "I understand you're used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.”
#SorryNotSorry but we just don’t believe her. There are lost of other ways to keep stress low during pregnancy and keeping it secret isn’t one of them. More importantly, the Kardashian-Jenner clan doesn’t do anything just randomly, it’s 99% sure that the momager had a major input on the timing of the announcement.
Everything happened super quickly for Joseph Gordon Levitt. Fans and gossip mags went from wondering if he might be gay, to all of a sudden talking about his marriage to Tasha McCauley and subsequent birth of their first child. But both the marriage and the pregnancy were complete and utter secrets, which only make sense given the actor’s private nature.
He explained the secretiveness by saying: “I get up in movies and I play other people, so when the audience is watching me in movies, I don't want them thinking about me and who I'm dating, and blah blah blah.”
Lucky for him, his wife Tasha, who is the co-founder and CEO of robotics company Fellow Robots, has zero interest in being in the spotlight. In fact, they didn’t even announce the birth of their second son in 2017. Fans only caught on to the news when he was pictured with the new bundle of joy while at an outing at the park.
Every year, The Walking Dead fans eagerly await the latest season, but did you know that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is another one of those fiercely private celebrities? He is, except that majorly screwed up at a Supernatural convention in September 2017 when he let split that he was expecting a little girl with his long-time wife Hilarie Burton. He later posted to Instagram: “Whoever took this picture?? Caught a moment... thank you. We shall cherish.... I texted @hilarieburton right after I spilled the little girl beans... and, as usual... she was a rockstar. After all these years she's come to expect me to be a dope... thank god she gets it, and loves me regardless.”
That actually wasn’t his only slip-up as despite Hilarie Burton’s attempt at staying low-key during the pregnancy, he had hardcore hinted at the pregnancy just a week before at the 2017 Emmys. As annoyed as she may have been, it’s still somewhat of an endearing quality and shows just how eager the actor is at expanding their family. The couple’s first son Augustus was born in March 2010.
Known as being one of the most cryptic couples in Hollywood, it’s not exactly all that shocking that Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling would also keep their news of any pregnancy and baby as covertly as possible. After a couple of years of admitting to the public that they were an item, pregnancy rumors inevitably started swirling around, but the gorgeous couple still have no plans of revealing anything. Any time she went outside and there were paparazzi around, she made sure to cover up her baby bump and wore some rather baggy dresses. Even when confronted with the inevitable question on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as to whether she was pregnant, the actress denied, denied, denied.
Even after finally giving birth, Eva and Ryan still made no announcement of their daughter’s birth. They eventually spilled the beans and told fans that they named her Esmeralda Amada. Not too surprisingly, they kept the second pregnancy as big a secret as the first one, only recently revealing her name as Amada. While it might seem odd that both girls would share the same name, Eva explained to Latina magazine: “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. We came up with a few more, even that morning, and tried them out. We were like, ‘What about Viviana?’ But we just kept going back to Amada.”
Had it not been for the casual slip-up from Bledel’s Gilmore Girls co-star Scott Patterson, it’s almost 100% certain that the world still wouldn’t be privy to the knowledge that former Rory had become a mom. When asked what it was like to see “Alexis all grown up”, Scott, who played Luke in Gilmore Girls answered Glamour without realizing: “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.”
Oups! Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser later confirmed the news that they had welcome a son the fall season prior, but that “no further details are being released”. So how did they do it? No one really knows except for the fact that she definitely stayed out of the limelight during the pregnancy. No word if she may have given birth again, but anything is possible.
No stranger to being in the spotlight, Tyra Banks had her fans absolutely shook when she posted a picture of a little baby hat with a caption that read: “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.”
She had previously expressed her frustration on an episode of America’s Next Top Model on her struggle to conceive: “We're kind of going through this similar thing with IVF, and, you know, putting needles in your tummy every day and having to come to work and smile when you feel like you want to throw up and lay down — I can't believe I'm saying this right now!”
According to reports, she is apparently trying for a second baby with the help of a surrogate.
On December 31st 2016, Amy Smart shocked fans when she posted a picture of herself and her husband Carter Oosterhouse with a cute little baby in his arms. At that point, no one had any idea that the couple had even been trying for a child or that she might have been pregnant. But the reality of the situation was a little different and a month later she posted another picture to Instagram, elaborating: “Feeling so grateful to have her in my arms... after years of fertility struggles I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her.”
She hasn’t expanded on her fertility troubles since but we can only imagine the heartache that she must have gone through during all their years of trying.
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen as the definite queen and king of keeping babies secret. It wasn’t until their third pregnancy that tabloids finally caught on to the fact that the crazy secretive couple already had two kids. How did they manage to keep the first two pregnancies a secret for so long? They actually didn’t keep it a secret from just the public but fellow co-stars as well. Isla later revealed that she couldn’t believe that her Burke and Hare co-star Simon Pegg never caught on to her morning sickness: "[He] 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," she said. "He never asked!" She was pregnant with daughter Elula, her first child with husband Sacha Baron Cohen, at the time.
It’s clear that the secrecy became too much as by the time she became pregnant with their third child, they didn’t bother hiding anymore. She was even seen stepping out with her large baby bump a couple of times.
Two years after welcoming to the world twin sons Cy and Bowie, Zoe took to Instagram in February 2017 to share the news of the arrival of yet another son. After all, all good things come in threes right? They posted a picture taken from above of the twin sons sitting on a play mat next to their new baby brother and captioned the picture: “Marco and I are elated to share the news of the birth of our son Zen. We couldn’t feel more blessed with the new addition to our family. #threeboys… oh boy!”
Even more shocking is that she had just walked the Golden Globes red carpet just one month prior to the announcement, which left everyone wondering if she had carried the baby herself. But either way, oh boy indeed! Let’s hope they didn’t have too much trouble going from two to three, but we wonder if they might currently be keeping another pregnancy under wraps. It’s not too uncommon for couples to keep on trying for a girl and you just never know if they might be!
As far as keeping a secret, welcoming a baby via surrogate is perhaps one of the best ways to keep a pregnancy out of the media’s inquisitive eyes. Unless you’re Kim Kardashian (who used a surrogate for the sole reason of avoiding ruining her body further), the process of having a baby via surrogate is an emotionally difficult journey and we can only imagine Lucy Liu’s struggles. After a rep for the Elementary actress released a statement saying: “I can confirm that Lucy Liu is the proud mother of Rockwell Lloyd Liu, brought into the world via gestational carrier”, Lucy Liu took to Instagram to confirm the news herself: “Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In ❤!”
The actress has be notoriously private about her life though and only a handful picture can be found of her son on her social media accounts.
How did Kerry Washington manage to keep her pregnancy under wraps? Although she didn’t go through as much trouble during her second pregnancy, she definitely took a page out of her Scandal character Olivia Pope’s own handbook and laid completely low. She also had major help from the show’s producer, who very creatively hid her baby bump during filming.
As they didn’t want to write in her pregnancy into the story line in the beginning seasons, they opted instead to strategically hide her baby bump by having the talented actress stand behind lamps, couches and many of other big items. They of course resorted to having her hold lots of props like jackets and large handbags in front of her bump. The efforts paid off as no one was none the wiser until she finally gave birth!
The couple who is the epitome of #RelationshipGoals is all the epitome of secrecy. The usually outspoken pair tried to keep the news of their first pregnancy so fiercely under wraps that although there was mass media speculation, everyone was still left confused when Blake posted a picture of herself cradling a bump on her lifestyle blog Preserve. As there hadn’t been much proof that she might have been pregnant prior to that moment, fans weren’t sure if she truly was expecting a bundle of joy of if it was simply a “Celebration of Family” as she had also included pictures of other pregnancy celebrities.
They even tried to keep the news of their child’s birth a secret but failed miserably. Although their rep repeatedly declined commenting on the subject, Page Six finally broke the news of the little one’s arrival into the world. But the secrecy didn’t stop there. It wasn’t until their daughter’s first birthday that Blake and Ryan finally revealed her name as being James (for real). Rumors have recently been swirling that they might be expecting another, but it will probably be a little while longer until then as she just recently posted about losing all the baby weight from her first pregnancy.
That’s right, Donald Glover has a little Childish Gamino Jr. of his very own… two to be exact! The multi-talented actor and recently turned rapper welcome a second bundle of joy earlier this year. The proud dad recently confirmed the news that he now has two sons with his girlfriend Michelle. Even though they clearly tried really hard, they weren’t able to keep the first pregnancy as big of a secret as his baby mama was spotted grocery shopping with a huge baby bump. At the time, it was clear that she must have been very close to the due date, but no one had any idea of the pregnancy until then.
After the bird of the second baby, he was quoted saying: “I think my partner, she does all the hard stuff, to be honest. She’s just very supportive. I haven’t really had to change anything. But it’s given me definitely another perception on what life is. It gives me a lot of context.”
Sources: TheSun.co.uk, People.com, VanityFair.com, Glamour.com and HollywoodLife.com.