Why Do We Care So Much about Celebrity Pregnancies?
Pregnancy is beautiful and people feel a connection to expecting women. Add to the equation a celebrity and you have millions of interested people worldwide wanting to know every little detail. It is probably because of the added scrutiny from paparazzi that celebrity women wait to announce their pregnancies until they are in the third trimester. Even when women are obviously pregnant (think J. Lo and Angelina Jolie), they avoid the obvious and carry on as if they weren’t pregnant.
This leads to many questions why these celebrities choose not to just say, “I’m pregnant!” when everyone already knows they are. I think it comes down to privacy. When women are pregnant they are anxious and highly hormonal, not to mention they want to keep the details private. This is not unlike other women, but being a celebrity makes being pregnant even more stressful.
Think about it. For any of you who have ever been pregnant, or had a pregnant spouse, you know how upset it made you (or your partner) if some random person came up and put their hands on your belly. This happens all the time and pregnant women are outraged that people feel they have the right to invade someone’s personal space to such a degree.
Now, multiply that invasion by millions of people worldwide who believe they have a right to know all the details and want to basically “put their hands” all over the celebrity’s pregnant belly. Obviously, this could be quite irritating and frustrating. Not to mention make pregnant celebrities even more protective of their privacy.
That’s why I think celebrities do their best to hide their pregnancies and then wait to confirm it. The longer they can keep themselves out of the limelight the better.
Angelina’s Baby Bump
Over the last few months there has been a great deal of conversation about Angelina being pregnant. But, if you search Google you can see that the paparazzi were guessing she was pregnant as soon as three months after Shiloh was born! Any slight bump, which could have been a bad angle, meant she was pregnant again. Any loose fitting shirt or dress meant Angelina was carrying the second child of Brad Pitt. Of course, when nothing else happened there were no more pregnancy rumors.
Now, pregnancy chatter is really ramping up.
After that large tent of a dress Angelina wore to an awards ceremony the chatter started that you could make out a pregnant belly underneath. The gossip websites were going wild with the pregnancy and the fact that the Jolie-Pitt brood could be growing yet again.
Then, at another awards show, Angelina showed up in a really tight fitting black mini dress. This dress obviously showed off quite a large bump on the usually ultra thin Angelina. So, what does this mean? More than likely it means she is four to six months pregnant! But, the couple hasn’t confirmed anything yet so nobody will know when to expect a biological brother or sister for Shiloh.
Of course, there are rumors she is not that pregnant and that it is twins, making her bigger early on. If you remember, there was speculation of twins when she was pregnant with Shiloh. Only time will tell and it is possible that if she is pregnant with twins she will confirm that towards the very end of her pregnancy like J. Lo did. But, the question still remains. Is it any of our business? Many people believe that it is, but most celebrities believe that it isn’t! Why is this the case?
Basically, celebrities are in the public eye. And, the public has long demanded to know everything about celebrities. There is a fascination and obsession with celebrities in this country and even more so when they are pregnant. Just think of how the paparazzi continually have “bump watch” photos? For the pregnant celebrities this must be a nightmare, but the public eats it up so it is a vicious cycle.
I believe that a celebrity’s pregnancy, or anyone else’s for that matter, is none of our business unless that individual chooses to share the news. Of course, my opinion won’t change the way pregnant celebrities are stalked for photographs, but the public in general could. Simply think about the celebrity’s right to privacy and how you would want to be treated in that situation. That might help turn things around a bit.
Of course, the paparazzi scrutiny doesn’t end after the pregnancy with magazines paying millions of dollars for the first photos of celebrity progeny. But, that is another story for another time. The moral of this story is to give pregnant women, celebrity or otherwise, the privacy and personal space they deserve.