Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are no strangers to posting details of their lives on social media, as they regularly share sweet snaps of one another as well as the odd bit of good-natured husband-wife teasing.
One area of their personal life they’re keen to protect is the privacy of their children: James, six, Inez, four and Betty, one, who don’t feature in their parents’ Instagram posts. It’s for this reason that Blake has reacted to paparazzi pictures being taken of her kids and published by a tabloid newspaper.
A now deleted post by the Daily Mail Australia showed an image of Blake out walking with her kids, and she took to the comments to set the record straight about the “dark” and “frightening” context behind them.
As per the account Comments by Celebs, Blake said:
“You edit together these images to look like I’m happily waving. But that is deceitful. The real story is: My children were being stalked by men all day. Jumping out. And then hiding. A stranger on the street got into words with them because it was so upsetting for her to see."
Blake added when she calmly approach a photographer to speak to him: "He would run away. And jump out again at the next block,” Blake added.
Blake then explained she posed for a smiling image as a means to get the photographers to leave her children alone.
“The photographers who would speak to me, I was able to agree to smile and wave and let them take my picture away from my children if they would leave my kids alone. Because it was frightening,” she said.
She implored the tabloid should listen to followers, who - according to Blake - understand how "dark" and "upsetting" paparazzi culture is. "Please stop paying grown ass men to hide and hunt children. There are plenty of pictures you could’ve published without the kids. Please delete. C’mon. Get with the times," she said.
The tabloid post in question has since been deleted, but Comments by Celebs reposted Blake's impassioned words after being tagged by the actor.
Writing on Comments by Celebs’ repost, Blake thanked the account for sharing and urged followers to take action.
“One simple thing people can do is stop following and block any publications or handles who publish kid’s pictures. Feel free to report them. Or send a dm sharing why you don’t follow them. But it’s a simple way of only aligning with publications who have morality. And so many do,” she said.
“All are trying to service an audience. So if that audience makes it clear they don’t want something - like photos of children obtained by men frightening and stalking them - the publication or account will do what the audience wants. It’s the only way that so many have already stopped. Because the people demanded it. So thank you to everyone who’s made that difference already. And thank you again for sharing. It’s f**king scary.”
Cosmopolitan UK has contacted the Daily Mail for comment.
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