Blake Lively continues to speak out against the paparazzi and the publications that work with them after a “terrifying” experience with her three daughters.
Last weekend the former Gossip Girl star went to Instagram to call the Daily Mail Australia for publishing photos edited to make it look like she was having a fun day out in New York City with the three girls she shares with husband Ryan Reynolds: James (6), Inez (4) and Betty (1). In response to the paper’s caption that greeted her as a “hands-on mama” [who] expertly arguing with her three children, Lively told Lively that, in reality, “my kids were being stalked by men all day long. Jump out. Then hide.”
She added that it is “dark and disturbing that you pay people to stalk children. Please stop paying grown men to hide and hunt children.”
The 33-year-old’s statement received an outpouring of support, prompting her to share more about the “damned scary” situation and beg readers and other publications to “put their foot down to the terrifying exploitation of children. ” One action she suggested was to block or report accounts that share pictures of children.
While the Daily Mail Australia Instagram account no longer has the photo of Lively and her children, other publications and accounts continue to share them. This has led Lively to speak out again on Tuesday in a follow-up post.
In response to an Instagram account calling her a “supermom” for carrying Betty while pushing her older daughters in a double stroller, she clarified that she was only doing this because she felt threatened and wanted to protect them.
“Since some publications keep telling you lies so you don’t unfollow them… Yes, I’m a great mom. But nobody holds a big baby in one arm while pushing a double pram – with one hand – holding a 4- year old and 6 year old in the stroller unless they are in a threatening scenario. I’m not that impressive. I mean, if that didn’t tell you everything…”
In a direct response to the account, she added: “Please delete. Please don’t buy pictures of men stalking children. You can tell from my face, even under my glasses, that it was very disturbing. There’s a reason I holding my baby and pushing the others, don’t want anyone [to] walk. So I had them all in my immediate safety in that scenario that felt dangerous as a mother. Please represent the truth here.”
Lively isn’t the only famous mom to take a protective stance against members of the paparazzi. Earlier this month, Gigi Hadid posted an open letter to Instagram Stories asking photographers, the press and fan accounts to blur her daughter Khai’s face in all images. And in May, new mom Sophie Turner shared a blistering statement in response to her daughter Willa’s shooting.
“It’s damn scary that grown old men take pictures of a baby without their permission,” Turner wrote. “I’m nauseous, I’m disgusted and I respectfully ask everyone to stop following us and stop trying to take pictures of our daughter and especially not to print them.”