Blake Lively has a few choice words for the paparazzi hounding her children

'Please stop paying grown ass men to hide and hunt children.'
Published July 19, 2021 12:19 p.m. EST
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Blake Lively is sending a message to the paparazzi that follow her and her children around just to get that money shot.

On Friday, the 33-year-old Gossip Girl alum shared a message on social media after a tabloid published photos of the actress and her three daughters James, 6, Inez, 4, and Betty, 1.

In a now-deleted post on the Daily Mail Australia's Instagram page, Lively was photographed pushing a double stroller while holding Betty on her hip. In the second photo, Lively was smiling and waving at the camera in a solo shot.

"Blake Lively is a hands-on mum as she expertly wrangles ALL THREE daughters while out in NYC," the now-deleted caption read.

Comments By Celebs captured the post before it was deleted and shared Lively's comment with its followers.

"You edit together these images together to look like I'm happily waving. But that is deceitful. The real story is: My children were being stalked by a man all day. Jumping out. And then hiding," Lively wrote.

Lively said that a stranger on the street got into an argument with the photographer because it was upsetting for them to see the paparazzi behave this way.

She continued, "When I tried to calmly approach the photographer you hired to take these pictures in order to speak to him, he would run away. And jump out again at the next block. Do you do background checks on the photograph[er]s you pay to stalk children? Where is your morality here? I would like to know. Or do you simply not care about the safety of children?"

The Shallows actress added that she made a deal with some photographers to take her photo away from her children as long as they agreed to leave her daughters alone.

"Tell the whole story @DailyMailAU. At minimum, listen to your followers. They too understand this is dark and upsetting that you pay people to stalk children. 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."

After Comments By Celebs shared the post, Lively thanked them for sharing her words and added some advice for others to follow regarding publications publishing photos of celebrity children.

"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 wrote.

Lively continued, "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," Lively concluded.

Lively had spoken out about sharing images of her children during an interview with Marie Claire UK in 2016 when James was almost 2 years old and she was pregnant with Inez.

"My husband and I chose a profession and a side effect of that is your personal life is public," she previously told the outlet. "Our child hasn't had the opportunity to choose whether or not she wants her personal life to be public or not. So in order to give her as much normality as possible, we want her to have a childhood like we had. We can't really throw her into the lion's den that is L.A., not that we really want to."

Lively isn't the only celeb parent who has spoken out about paparazzi taking pictures of their children.

In 2015, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis sued The Daily Mail and its website MailOnline after the publications published pictures of their then-newborn daughter, Wyatt.

The couple claimed that the publications wrongfully published photographs of the family at the beach without their knowledge or approval. 

The That '70s Show couple reached a settlement with MailOnline in 2017 and they all released a joint statement.

"Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and MailOnline are pleased to confirm through their legal representatives that they have reached a satisfactory resolution of their legal action, which includes an agreement to pixelate photographs of their daughter, Wyatt, their son, Dimitri, and any future children they should have together," the statement read.

Gigi Hadid wrote an open letter to the paparazzi about her daughter Khai's privacy and safety earlier this month.

Hadid was begging them to respect Khai’s right to privacy when the family is out in public.

“To the Paparazzi, press, and beloved fan accounts, you know we have never intentionally shared our daughters face on social media,” she wrote in an Instagram Story that was also posted to her Twitter account.  

“Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself with the world when she comes of age, and that she can live as normal of a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen."

“PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE,” she wrote in all caps, “blur her face out of the images, if and when she is caught on camera.”

TLDR; Paparazzi, leave the children out of the photos!


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