Things we are so grateful for while we're pregnant or carrying around that newborn: #1 When we tell the friends to "put the camera" away, they generally do. #2 When we want to hit the grocery store in our sweats, we can. #3 When we actually leave the house, we're not greeted by a hundred flashing photographers, the whole of TMZ, and a bunch of screaming fans. And yet, human nature makes us that tiny bit nosey.
Cardi B actually has to make videos of herself telling the world that any social media pics of her baby are "fakes." Now that Jessica Simpson has announced baby #3 is on the way, it's goodbye to privacy. The twins pregnancies of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Angelina Jolie? These poor women didn't get a minute of peace. Buzzing around celebs like flies, the paparazzi might be a welcome career boost for the likes of Paris Hilton, but when celebs become moms, the tables turn. Chrissy Teigen probably wishes that she could grab milk at Walmart in peace. Blake Lively has to fight the cameras every time she leaves the house. Kylie Jenner was so worried that the stress of the paparazzi would affect her baby's health, she disappeared off the face of the earth for a whole nine months.
The paparazzi are smart, though. They camp out, they lie low, and when the time is right, they pounce. From the grocery runs to the blooming bumps, they've got it all on camera. Here are 20 celeb moms who had absolutely no idea that the paparazzi were there.
20 WHEN THE PAPARAZZI NEED TO BE ON "TIME OUT"
Jessica Alba's face said it all here when the paparazzi were hot on her heels during a Beverly Hills grocery trip. This actress just wanted to stock up on supplies and stay under the radar. Not a chance. Jessica and her youngest daughter, Haven were snapped hundreds of times during the trip, and Jess likes things private.
"I will not allow my children to become Hollywood child stars," Jessica told The Daily Mail while she was pregnant in 2011. "People know enough about me." Jessica has been spotted adding oranges and watermelons to her cart, plus eyeing up fresh soups.
19 MOMMY SEES YOU, MOMMY FED UP
How on earth Disneyland handled a Kardashian visit, we don't know. In May 2018, Kim Kardashian treated North and Saint to a day of fun with her sister, Kourtney Kardashian and her kids. The press was all over them. Newspapers broke down Kim's spandex shorts and Yeezy sneakers, while fans scrutinized this mom's body language.
"Mommy, why are you famous?" North asked Kim at 5 years old. "We have a TV show. We have a TV show," Kim replied.
Kim has admitted that her kids have "no clue" they're famous. North West may receive Fashion Week invites, but this mom just wants to enjoy being a mother.
18 THE CAP'N CRUNCH STAND-OFF
Chrissy Teigen is all kinds of mom goals. The mother of two has the best recipe books around, the most realistic attitudes, and no– she isn't afraid to update her social media while breastfeeding. When Chrissy was papped in the grocery store with little Luna, Refinery29 ran an entire article breaking down the contents of her cart.
What did we learn? Eggs, red potatoes, scallions, and San Marzano tomatoes were all in the cart. Chrissy's super-balanced attitude to food includes healthy staples, plus kid-friendly treats. Cap'n Crunch and Frosted Flakes here were close to Chrissy's pregnancy cravings– she mixed Cap'n Crunch Berries with Fruity Pebbles. Zero clue about the cameras, though.
17 THE TODDLER STAND-OFF
If you've got one on the way, prepare for many of these moments. If you're dealing with it right now, we 100% get it. "Yup, I'm just going to stand here for absolutely no reason. Want me to move? We'll discuss it my way." Toddlers have an adorable (but slightly irritating) way of hitting pause at the least convenient moment. Once they're on a roll, there's no stopping them.
Angelina Jolie had no idea that she was being papped here back in 2003 with her adopted son, Pax. Many years later, in 2017, Pax told People that his mom is "a wonder."
16 THE MOMENT "NOT A CLUE"...
Charlize Theron has become so famous, it's impossible for this actress not to be papped. The Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road star has been vocal about the struggles of adoption, but being snapped at every possible moment isn't what she signed up for.
"People keep saying: Oh, you're a single mom," she told Ellen DeGeneres. "And I'm like, actually, I'm not. I got two boys helping me out." Charlize has compared the paparazzi to being attacked. "I am very grateful," Charlize told The Independent about her career, but she added: "It does mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article."
15 TURNS INTO "WAIT A SEC..."
Once bitten, twice shy, right? Catch her off-guard once, but Charlize Theron knew that something was up here. Charlize was papped with her adopted son, Jackson here– and don't think it ends there. In 2016, Charlize found herself being slammed after she allowed her 4 year-old son to dress up in a Frozen dress and blonde wig.
"He got really disappointed because he saw me in my sweatpants one day with the white hair on," Charlize said about her son visiting his mom on the set of Snow White and The Huntsmen. People then made cruel comments to Charlize about her parenting.
14 THEY BUZZ AROUND KHLOE KARDASHIAN
Khloe Kardashian has had the media swarming over her ever since her baby daddy drama, just days before True was born. While Khloe and Tristan Thompson are moving past TMZ's reports of him not being on his best behavior with another woman, the press hasn't left Khloe alone.
Khloe was so upset by this pic, she "vowed" to get back in the gym after it knocked her confidence.
Khloe looks amazing. Her body language here is saying: "protect the baby," though.
13 THEY BUZZ AROUND KYLIE JENNER
Kylie Jenner probably knew that this was coming. After hiding her pregnancy in what Kim Kardashian has called "the best-kept secret of our generation," Kylie announced the arrival of Stormi Webster in February 2018. With a record-breaking 18 million likes on Instagram, Stormi became a celebrity the moment she was born.
Despite the electronic gates and metal detectors that The Sun has reported keep Stormi safe, the paparazzi managed to get this pic of Kylie being a hands-on mom. No $12,500 "Stormi Strolls." Kylie was just being a regular mom. "I'm learning so much about myself and life," Kylie said about being a new mother.
12 WHEN MILA KUNIS SHOWED THEM GLOW GOALS
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been total marriage goals since 2015. This couple are now total parent goals. While Mila has been criticized for "raising her kids poor," this girl knows what poverty is like. Moving to the US as a child with just $250 for the entire family, Mila doesn't want her kids to know "ketchup soup for dinner."
When the paparazzi snapped a pregnant Mila with their son, Dimitri, Mila showed the press that she can out-glow anyone. It must have been super disappointing for the magazines– no blotchy face, no awkward pose. Just Mila looking #PregnancyPerfect.
11 WHEN THEY REALLY COULD HAVE HELPED OUT
We have no words for this. Having random strangers offer to carry our stuff can get a bit much when we're pregnant, but at least they offer. Kym Johnson wasn't on Dancing With The Stars here. She was carrying twins and about to pop. When Kym's 2018 Beverly Hills shop turned into lugging gallons of water, the paparazzi didn't offer to help. They papped.
Kym conceived her twins via the IVF treatment that she told People was a "miracle." We learned about her French fries cravings and her first-trimester sickness. Could it have hurt the paparazzi to stop for one minute and help a pregnant woman out?
10 KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN CAN HANDLE THE CAMERAS
Kourtney Kardashian is probably the most photographed mother in Hollywood. With her recent breakup and her baby daddy, Scott Disick dating a 15-years-younger Sofia Richie, the lens is sharply focused on this mom. Kourtney is made of strong stuff, though.
"That's Kourtney's style," Kim said about her sister's attachment parenting philosophies. Kourt's kids co-sleep, but dairy and gluten is off-limits.
Kourtney has been papped with her kids getting ice-cream and lounging on yachts in Europe. Choosing to have her kids feature on KUWTK, Kourt clearly isn't afraid of the media. Still, give this time-strapped mom a little bit of privacy?
9 JENNA DEWAN TAKES PRECAUTIONS
Jenna Dewan has been front-page news ever since calling it quits with Channing Tatum following 9 years of marriage. Jenna is a mommy to Everly, who was in her mother's arms here as they went to a baby class together. Look carefully at her body language. Jenna might not be looking at the cameras, but she is protecting her daughter for whatever might be floating around.
"You give life. It's everything," Jenna told Women's Health in 2018. This dancer and actress has raised controversy for flaunting her femininity post-baby, but Jenna insists that motherhood isn't about "leaving yourself behind." When you're a celeb, it's about hiding your kid, though.
8 THE CAMERA-READY BIG BANG MOM
You'll recognize this mom from The Big Bang Theory. Amy Farrah Fowler is a nerdy neurobiologist on the biggest sitcom around, but the real mom behind the character is just as smart. Mayim Bialik is a real-life neuroscientist with 2 kids and a huge mom following.
Mayim has written the book: Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. Co-sleeping and zero sleep training are Mayim's methods, as is breastfeeding her 4 year-old. Mayim was papped on the subway here. She is looking at the cameras, but who's to say she was expecting them?
7 THE CAMERA-READY BABY WHO KNOWS WHAT'S UP
A secret agent in the making? Victoria Beckham definitely didn't have a clue that she was being papped during this 2012 grocery store trip. Her little daughter, Harper knew what was up, though. Victoria Beckham has a $450 million fashion empire to take care of– plus 4 kids.
"Being a mother is my greatest achievement," Victoria told The Independent in 2015. Harper is now a fashion icon in her own right, and the Victoria Beckham shoe line even has a Harper model. Victoria is actually quite shy. Being papped is part of life for this celeb mom, but she's got backup. Go, Harper!
6 WHEN DADDY IS THOR, THERE'S LOTS TO SMILE ABOUT
2018 has been quite a year for Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth. The Avengers: Infinity War actor earned an estimated $12 million for just one movie this year, plus he and Elsa are now parents to 3 children. With Thor for a daddy and a Fast & Furious actress for a mommy, these kids are bound to be papped– this pic of baby India was taken in LA.
Elsa met Chris in 2010, before he became Thor. They have a daughter, India Rose, and twins, Tristan and Sasha. In an interview with Vogue, Elsa admitted that fame puts "pressure" on family life.
5 WHEN MOMMY IS WONDER WOMAN, YOU'VE WON
It must be quite something to have Wonder Woman as a mom. Gal Gadot is the Israeli model and actress who shot to superstardom in Wonder Woman– Gal is now the face of Reebok and Revlon. Gal actually concealed her pregnancy during Wonder Woman.
Gal Gadot hid her pregnancy while filming Wonder Woman. The producers kept asking her: "Why are you drinking that potato water?"
Speaking to Glamour, Gal said: "I had this jug of water with huge pieces of ginger." The producers thought it was potato. Gal keeps a low profile as a mom of two, including during this ice-cream trip.
4 THAT TIME KIM K HAD BIGGER PRIORITIES
When Kim Kardashian is your mommy, you get to pull off "being a handful." At the age of 6, North West walked her first Fashion Show in 2018. North plays with mommy's makeup, she has $50,000 purses "to paint," and she has even asked her own mom why the family is famous.
Kim is nearly always camera ready. During this outing with North West in a ballet outfit though, it was the toddler needs that came first. Kim might seem like a hard-hitting businesswoman, but she has said that "family is everything." Kim gets up at 6 a.m. She checks on her kids first thing.
3 THAT TIME CLAIRE DANES JUST WANTED "ME TIME"
The third trimester is no picnic. It isn't for us, and it wasn't for Claire Danes– NYC's blistering summer heat and high humidity aren't the best match for the final month of pregnancy. Claire Danes announced the birth of her baby boy in August 2018. It's the second time around for Claire, but that doesn't make the pregnancy any easier.
Cooling off with a popsicle and battling the heat with a loose-flowing orange dress, Claire looked healthy here. The Homeland actress clearly didn't know that the paparazzi were there, though. Then again, she does play a super-sneaky spy on TV, so maybe she knew all along.
2 SURPRISES, EVEN WHEN THEY'RE CAMERA READY
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are pretty much the ultimate Hollywood parent goals. A beautiful mom, a beautiful marriage, two beautiful kids– but still the odd surprise. Blake, Ryan, James, and Ines were all dolled up for the cameras at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but even a glitzy event is risky as a parent.
"Having a baby is just living in the constant unexpected," Blake Lively said on motherhood
"You never know...when you're gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics." Speaking to LA Times, Blake admitted that kids are unpredictable. Blake is a hands-on mom who breastfeeds. Ryan changes the diapers!
1 SURPRISES, EVEN WHEN THE BABY IS AT HOME
Blac Chyna is a mom of two who spends her life being Insta-ready. The reality star's entire career sits on her ability to look her best at all times, but we all know that being a mom makes that tricky. Chyna looked like she'd had the shock of her life here, when the paparazzi got the better of the outspoken star.
Chyna has a baby with the rapper, Tyga, plus baby Dream with Rob Kardashian. Right now? TMZ is reporting that Chyna is "suing" the Kardashians after Rob & Chyna was canceled. Eep.
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