Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds have officially welcomed their second child into the world. James, the couple’s daughter and firstborn, now has a younger sibling. Details are still to come on when and where Lively gave birth to baby number two, as well as the name and sex of the child.
According to E! News, the privacy Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds maintain regarding their second child is nothing new. The birth of their first child was not reported until nearly three weeks after the fact. James was born on December 16, 2014. The public, however, had no knowledge of her exact birthday until one year later, when Reynolds publicly wished his daughter a happy first birthday. The photo accompanying this post revealed no more of baby James than her feet emerging from the bottom of her famous father’s baby carrier. This remains the most the public has seen of baby number one although she is now almost two years old.
Both Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have kept James out of their vast spotlight, opting to keep her face out of any pictures posted on Instagram and any of their other social media handles. Their fans, unlike those of so many other celebrities in the age of social media, never see photos of their family or any baby-related activities on the part of the parents. While their policy of privacy may not account for the occasional paparazzi shot of the family, including baby James, Lively and Reynolds have even been fairly successful in avoiding these unwanted photographs.
In fact, the privacy Blake Lively maintains regarding her children has increased this time around. When pregnant with James, Lively happily announced the news to the public on her lifestyle site, Preserve. Her second pregnancy, however, was never mentioned until her growing baby bump forced the news.
With both babies, Lively and Reynolds, a former Sexiest Man Alive, likely had offers pouring in to announce the births as many other A-list parents have, with a magazine cover of the couple and their newborn. However, glamorous and lucrative a cover could have been, Lively and Reynolds have drawn the line quite clearly at photos of their children. Stories about the horrors and happiness of parenting are the most their fans can hope for.
As Lively explained in Marie Claire UK last summer, she and Ryan Reynolds want their child to experience a normal, private upbringing much like their own and give her the option of choosing between a public or a private personal life. The couple do not want their children bound by the sometimes less desirable effects of the profession they chose before becoming parents.
Blake Lively also told Marie Claire in July 2016, during her second pregnancy, that to her, family is “the thing that I feel most protective of and the thing that I feel is the most exposed when I feel exploited.”
Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Are Lively and Reynolds right to keep baby James and her younger sibling out of the public eye? Do you think there is harm in celebrities exposing photos of their children to the public, or do you think the fans who keep celebrities in demand should be able to expect that nothing is off limits in a public figure’s life? Tell us your views in the comments! For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
By Grayson Turner