Halle Berry recently posted a lovely photo of her son and daughter on Instagram, but among the thoughts well-wishers shared in the comment section, one stood out to her — and she had to respond.
The photo in question shows 8-year-old Nahla and 3-year-old Maceo lying side-by-side, but their faces are largely cropped out. For Berry, this was a privacy issue. But one commenter wondered why she wouldn't show the full image.
Berry stood firm, responding, "I've noticed you have said this several times now, so let me be clear — I'm not at all ashamed of my children. I try to find creative ways to incorporate them into my feed because they are the biggest part of my life, but I also work very hard to keep their identities as private as I can considering they are only children."
This might have seemed an obvious and well-talked-out issue — in 2013 Berry and Jennifer Garner spoke passionately to politicians in California about the need to protect their children from invasive paparazzi, helping to prompt passage of a law that subjected youngsters to undue harassment because of their parents' jobs — but apparently not everybody got the memo.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard spoke publicly about the topic in early 2014, urging fans not to buy magazines that publish paparazzi photos of celebrity children.
The discussion led multiple media outlets (including TODAY) to abstain from publishing nonofficial pictures of celebrity children.
But Berry, who only joined Instagram this past March, had more to say to the person who questioned the reasoning behind not showing her children.
"It's my belief, and I’m not criticizing others who have different beliefs, that it's my job as their mother to protect their privacy as best I can," she wrote. "When they grow and they're of age and they want [to] share their images on the Internet, that will be for them to decide, not me. Feel me?"
We do, Halle! We do.
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