It is very hard for kids born to celebrities to have a normal childhood. The spotlight shining on their celebrity parent shines on them, too. The entertainment world wants to know everything about a celebrity’s life, including their whereabouts and their families. Some celebrities do not mind putting up pictures of their kids on social media and fans can often see how these kiddos are growing up and the celebrity's parenting style. They will even share every moment of their lives with their children, including baby bump pictures and the first pictures of their newborn babies.
However, other celebrities are overprotective of their young ones. The most some will do is announce that they are expecting and request that the public and fans give them privacy while they prepare to welcome their little one into the world.
Celebrities who want total privacy will even move from their homes and start living in places where they can get complete privacy; they won't even step out with their kids, just to keep their lives away from the limelight.
On the other hand, many media houses will want to be the first ones to obtain and release photos of celebrity kids and they will go to great lengths to acquire them. Therefore, many celebrity moms have to get overprotective of their kids and do everything possible to keep their children’s lives away from the limelight.
Here are 20 of the most overprotective celebrity moms.
20 Amal Clooney
Lawyer and Mother of two, Amal Clooney has had a tough time keeping her kids away from the spotlight. When she found out she was expecting, her husband, George Clooney hired former secret service agents to heighten security in all their homes. The couple formally announced the birth of their twins Ella and Alexander in July 2017.
They never revealed any photos of their twins on any social media platforms until they were leaked by a magazine in France. Amal and her husband reported that the paparazzi had climbed on a tree near their home in Italy and illegally took pictures of the twins. Thereafter, they announced that the photographers and the magazine company that was responsible would be prosecuted because the safety of their kids demanded that they take such action.
19 Beyoncé Knowles
The world was overly excited when singer Beyoncé Knowles and husband Jay- Z announced the birth of their first daughter Blue Ivy on January 2012 and then again on July 2017, when they announced the birth of their twins Rumi and Sir Carter.
Beyoncé has a reputation of sharing photos of her kids once they are born and then proceeds to keep them off the limelight. She was especially very protective of her first child and admitted in an interview with E! News that, “I think for us, protecting our daughters is so important and … keeping things on our own terms, so I will still be protective and make sure Blue Ivy has a childhood and a great time.”
UK singer Adele is also one of those overprotective moms. She is a mother of one and after her son was born, she refused to share even his name. Adele kept telling the press at the Golden Globes that revealing her son’s name felt too personal. She was later spotted wearing a gold necklace that let the cat out of the bag: Angelo.
Aggressive paparazzi also managed to photograph her son illegally, and the songstress got her lawyer to sue the agency responsible. Her lawyer released this statement; “Many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published expressly against his family's wishes." Her son won the suit and was awarded a five-figure sum.
17 Emily Blunt
Mother of two, Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski are both in the limelight and have always wanted to keep their children far away from it. Emily admitted to Brampton Guardian that having kids has affected her decision on the kind of projects to undertake. She added that she must always think of how a certain job will affect her daughters.
The couple even admitted to Marie Claire, “We don’t like dropping our daughters to school because we want to protect them at all cost.” The stars, who are both actors, are also concerned about the fact that they do not get to spend a lot of time with their kids because of their busy jobs in Hollywood.
16 Jennifer Lopez
It is hard for celebrity moms to live a normal life and even harder when they do not want their children to be in the public eye like them. JLo once admitted to Vanity Fair that she has been good to paparazzi and she only asks that they refrain from taking pictures of her children or getting too close to their faces.
However, the mother of twins, Maximilian and Emme confessed that she is always paraded with paparazzi, despite her wanting to be left in peace with her kids; that was where she drew the line with tolerating paparazzi. She also rarely shared their pictures on social media when they were younger but now that they are older, she occasionally features them on her social media pages.
15 Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is one tough mama bear. Gwyneth has two children, Apple and Moses Martin, and has always been very protective and strict with them from the time she had her first born daughter. The actress and her ex-husband put in a lot of effort to protect their little one from the limelight.
According to People, the actress can wage war with the paparazzi just to protect her kids. She also admitted to People that she would do whatever it took to protect her kids especially when paparazzi follow her and she is with the kids. Gwyneth threatened them with these words; “I know my rights and believe me, I will have them arrested. I will stop at nothing."
14 Kristen Bell
Celebrity mama Kristen Bell has two adorable daughters Lincoln and Delta. She is an overprotective mama who has even taken a vocal stance against the paparazzi. After having their first child, Kristen and her husband Dax Shepard ran a campaign against the paparazzi for taking unauthorized pictures of celebrity children. Other celebrity parents also spoke up and supported their campaign.
They wanted the paparazzi to have some sort of regulations and lucky for them, the bill supporting this was approved. Since then the couple has seen a noticeable change in paparazzi behavior. According to Jezebel, Kristin even said this, "I feel a lot safer because I'm not followed at all now.”
13 Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis is a mother of two to daughter Wyatt and son Dimitri. When the firstborn daughter was born, the world had to wait a whole year before they could get a glimpse of the little one. Mila and her husband had made the decision to keep their kids out of the limelight before they even had them.
This overly protective mama has admitted in several interviews that she wants her kids to grow and live a normal life. The couple also never share pictures that show their kids’ faces publicly because they feel that being famous should be their kids’ choice — not theirs. The two are clearly all about protecting their children.
12 Julia Roberts
51-year-old producer and actress, Julia Roberts and husband Daniel Moder chose to move away from Hollywood, all the way to New Mexico, so that they could raise their kids away from the spotlight. Julia revealed to USA Today this, "We just want to have our family life and not have that intruded upon."
Julia rarely shares personal pictures of she and husband let alone those of their three children, Phinnaeus, Hazel and Henry. The star has admitted a couple of times that she would do anything to protect her children. She also told Extra this, “There is nothing you would not do to help, save, support and hold your child close.”
11 Kerry Washington
Actress Kerry Washington has always been tight-lipped about her personal life despite her public recognition on the hit TV show. Kerry has three kids with husband Nnamdi Asomugha which, she is very protective over. She never shares pictures of them publicly.
When she was expecting her first baby, the press had no idea she was pregnant until months later. When asked about this during an interview with ET Online, she gave this reason, "I want her to be able to make those decisions in her own time," and explained further that, "she already has a lot to navigate in life as the daughter of an actor and a former football player.” The press found out about her second son also after she had given birth.
10 Eva Mendes
Actress Eva Mendes and mama of Esmeralda and Amada, has managed to hide her young ones away from the spotlight since they were born. This overprotective mom likes to keep her life private. Her relationship with her now-husband Ryan Gosling was kept low-key when they first met.
The couple has always stayed silent about their children and personal life. Eva admitted in an interview with E! News that she feels guilty when she leaves her daughters to go to work. Recently, her acting has been put on the sideline for more mommy time. She also said this to Shape, "What people don't know about me is that I love being home. Instead of hitting the red carpet, I'd rather be with our girls."
9 Reese Witherspoon
This mama bear has been heard scolding paparazzi on the dangers of bad driving in an effort to take a few snaps of her and her kids. Reese Witherspoon, mother of Ava, Tennessee, and Deacon, may be okay with being in the limelight but does not like it when paparazzi invade her time with the kids.
Reese once criticized the paparazzi for invading her shopping time with her kids and on another separate incident; she exchanged a few words with a park employee who she felt had made inapt contact with her son. This overprotective mom is married to Jim Toth and the two are famously private about their relationship as well.
8 Charlize Theron
It's so hard for celebrity moms to step out in public with their kids without paparazzi following their every move. Actress and producer Charlize Theron has been a victim of this. Paparazzi once took some photos of her son while he was throwing a tantrum in a Los Angeles parking lot.
Charlize admitted to The independent this, “I want to shield him from the spotlight. Obviously, I understand the media attention,” she said, “I also feel like I want to do everything in the world to protect this very innocent little boy, who is going to have an awesome mom but she has a sucky job that everybody wants to know about.”
7 Sandra Bullock
54-year-old actress Sandra Bullock is an overly protective single mom who will do everything and anything to keep her kids safe. Her two adorable kids Louis and Laila both born in New Orleans, Louisiana are adorable. According to InStyle, she also faces challenges with paparazzi. "I had to figure out how to hide the kids' faces because there was a bounty on our heads," she told the magazine.
Sandra recently took on a protective mother role in the film Bird Box where she admitted in an interview with KTLA News that she very much related to the role. This is what she said, “I now realize what it feels like to be afraid every single day because I love my kids to the point where I am a little neurotic in what is happening out in the world.”
6 Halle Berry
Halle Berry is super protective of her daughter Nahla and son Maceo. She has never shared photos of her kids’ faces on social media. She once responded to a fan that the reason she hides her kid's face is that it is her job as a mother to protect her child's privacy and that her children can decide if they want to share their images or not when they grow up.
This A-list star has even quarreled with paparazzi for getting too close to her daughter. According to The Guardian, she said, “We're moms here who are just trying to protect our children. These are little innocent children who didn't ask to be celebrities. They didn't ask to be thrown into this game and they don't have the wherewithal to process what's happening.”
5 Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff has always been an overly protective mom to her two kids, Luca and Banks. Just after she gave birth to her firstborn son, Luca, Hilary would explode at the paparazzi whenever they got too close. She admitted this to The Huffington Post, “It’s tough because people take our pictures every day; there’s paparazzi outside our house every day,”
Hillary also confessed that she finds it difficult to raise her kids in Hollywood with all the media attention. She decided to take a more relaxed approach after the birth of baby Banks and has been sharing her photos, however, this does not mean she is still not a mama bear.
4 Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks went through a lot to have a child and when she did, she was not about to show him off to the limelight. The former supermodel refrained from sharing any photos of her son for at least a year after she gave birth, and did everything possible to protect and keep him off social media.
Tyra later posted his photo on her social media account but regretted doing so. She believed that paparazzi had stretched their preying hands and illegally took photos of him, but as it turned out, they never had a good picture to use. At least no one made money out of her son’s first picture.
3 Natalie Portman
Hollywood star Natalie Portman is an overly protective mom to two kids, Aleph and Amalia. Natalie who is married to Benjamin Millepied likes to keep her personal life very private. She also strives to protect her kids from all the negativity that is out there.
Natalie said this to Business Insider, “It feels like the last thing you want to do.” She continued, “It’s so much unwanted interest in your privacy that you don’t want to invite any more.” She went on to say that she worries about online trolls, “You see the amount of negativity that goes on that is really, really intense, and I feel lucky that I came of age before all of that came on.”
2 Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate may be used to paparazzi but she does not like it when paparazzi take photos of her daughter, Sadie Grace. Back in 2012, she twitted about how she wants her daughter to live a normal life without paparazzi following and taking pictures.
Christina has even confessed that paparazzi had become so intense that she might have not chosen a job in the spotlight, had they followed her like that when she first started as an actress. The 47-year-old-mom rarely posts pictures of her kid on social media platforms. In an interview with People, she said this, “I love my kid more than I’ve ever known is possible.”
1 Alexis Bledel
Former Gilmore Girls Star Alexis Bledel is much like other overprotective celebrity moms out there. When she was pregnant, she and her husband Vincent Kartheiser never publicly shared any news about her pregnancy until she had the baby. Pictures of her bundle of joy do not even exist publicly.
Alexis barely talks about her personal life—let alone her son’s—when she is being interviewed. Her co-star Scott Patterson was the one who spilled the beans about her marriage and about her being a new mother. With today’s media platforms it is impressive how some celebrity moms like Alexis are able to completely stay out of the limelight just to protect the privacy of their little ones.