Famous parents are finally saying enough is enough when it comes to creepy paparazzi photos of their kids, and People has responded to the request for a change of policy with what is seemingly the most wishy-washy, off-target commentary they could come up with.
The magazine has announced that they will only publish photos of celebrity kids that their parents, in theory, agree to, such as at red carpet events. They claim they will no longer be using paparazzi photos of children, except for occasional “rare exceptions” (read: whenever they feel like it).
Is this response really any better than the magazine just ignoring the issue altogether and shamelessly continuing to fill their pages with Suri Cruise pictures like they always have? Keep reading »
My pregnancy with my first daughter was blessedly uneventful; this one, however, was indeed an event. It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter love, safety, and nourishment for nine months. On Valentine’s Day, she gave her life and placed her in our arms. Her immediate and extended families have supported all of us along the way. They crowded the hospital room this weekend and shared in our joy. We are all bonded for life and our daughter has a bevy of grandparents, aunties, and siblings tied to her by blood and love. … Now begin the sleepless nights, anxious moments and inexpressible joy of new parenting. We strive to be worthy of the miracle we have received.
This weekend, I saw MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry tweet the above picture of herself and her newborn daughter and thought, Wait, did I just totally MISS that she was pregnant?!?! Then I incorrectly assumed she had adopted. But in a piece this morning on the MSNBC website, Melissa explained how she and her husband have in fact welcomed their baby girl via a gestational surrogate. Although Melissa was able to give birth to one daughter, who is now a tween, she has been suffering from uterine fibroids so severe that she had her uterus removed in 2008. Shortly after the hysterectomy, however, Melissa met the man she would later go on to marry, James Perry, and they wanted to have children together. They’ve been fortunate enough to have a gestational surrogate who was able to conceive their child through IVF. On Valentine’s Day, all the families welcomed a beautiful baby girl. I’m bummed MHP won’t be on Nerdland during her maternity leave, but who could want to take her away from that sweet little face? Congratulations, Melissa and James! [MSNBC]
“I felt really bad. I mean, I didn’t care too much for Kate or whatever, but I felt really bad for [13-year-old twins] Mady and Cara because I love them and they’re just put in this situation. It was like deer in the headlights. It just kind of proves my point of Kate bringing the kids out instead of her just sort of doing it herself. It all blew up in everyone’s face and I feel horrible for my children because now they’re going to have to deal with the public. By body language they were probably like, ‘What’s the moral thing to do and what does my mom want me to do?’ They were torn and they just shutdown. It was just a classic case of being silent. You get to a point where you are like, ‘I don’t know who to please. Do I please myself or do I please my parents — or my mother? [When asked if the twins were manipulated] In my heart that’s what I believe, that’s how I feel. Can I prove it? I can’t prove it, but you can’t take my feelings away from me. I feel that way.”
It’s been a few years since anyone cared about “Jon & Kate Plus Eight,” despite Kate Gosselin’s impassioned effort to shove herself and her children in the spotlight. After Kate dragged the couple’s twin daughters on “The Today Show” yesterday [second item] to parrot how ‘normal’ they are and both girls, tellingly, clammed the fuck up, Kate’s ex Jon Gosselin has actually emerged as the saner parent. Jeez, these poor kids. Can’t they just have a truly normal life and get off our TVs? (I’m sure Jon thrilled to see his ex-wife humiliated on live TV, though.) [US Weekly] [Photo: WENN]
“People ask, ‘Oh, well you’ve done some sexy material. Do you not want [your daughter] to see that?’ And I’m like, ‘My guess is if she’s anything like the other five billion people on the planet, she’s gonna grow up and enjoy sex, so I’m not gonna be shocked by that.’ I just think you’re setting yourself up for disaster if you try to keep them little. She’s gonna grow up. She has — newsflash! — a vagina, and she’s gonna figure it out one day, and more power to her.”
“Newsflash! A vagina!” should be Kristen Bell‘s new catchphrase. It’s refreshing to read about about a mother of a 10-month-old baby who is realistic, even supportive, of her child’s sexuality. And it’s an especially welcome counterpoint to all the parents, especially dads, who joke about how they’re going to scare away their daughters’ future boyfriends with a shotgun. [Us Weekly] [Image via WENN]
Beyonce and Jay Z’s little bundle of cuteness, Blue Ivy Carter, turns two years old today. Needless to say, in just 24 months, she’s had more fun than I have in my entire life. Let’s review just 10 of the reasons Blue has the best lifestyle… Keep reading »
How adorable are Sarah Michelle Gellar and her 3-year-old daughter Charlotte Prinze on their way to ballet class?! I couldn’t resit doing a Style Stealer for not just Sarah’s stylish-mom-on-the-go look, but also Charlotte’s little tutu and moto jacket combo (which I would totally wear myself but have dutifully recreated in kids’ sizes). Get all the shopping details for both looks after the jump! Keep reading »