Blake Lively has blasted members of the paparazzi who "stalked" the actress and her three children with Ryan Reynolds during a recent outing.
The former Gossip Girl star denounced the predatory photographers in a now-deleted comment she left on a Daily Mail Australia Instagram post on Saturday, after she was pictured out with her young daughters, whose identities the couple has gone to great lengths to keep private.
"You edit together these photos to make it look like I'm happily waving, but that is deceitful," she wrote in a screenshot captured and shared on the Comments By Celebs account. "The real story is: My children were being stalked by a men all day. Jumping out. And then hiding (sic)..."
"Do you do background checks on the (photographers) you pay to stalk children?" she continued. "Where is your morality here? I would like to know. Or do you simply not care about the safety of children...?"
Lively insisted she only agreed to smile and wave for photos because "(the experience) was frightening... men would run away. And jump out again at the next block".
"Please stop paying grown a** men to hide and hunt children," the A Simple Favor actress pleaded. "There are plenty of pictures you could've published without the kids."
Lively and Reynolds share six-year-old James, four-year-old Inez, and 21-month-old Betty, and have long made a point not to post their images online to preserve their right to privacy.