There are some celebrities who publicize their pregnancies to the point where it feels like we’re at every OB/GYN appointment with them. Then, there are these stealthy, black-ops couples. These parents are proof positive that it is possible to keep a secret in Hollywood.
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Gosling and Mendes managed to keep her first pregnancy hidden for seven months. There was no official announcement when their daughter Esmeralda Amada was born in September 2014, although TMZ did obtain a copy of her birth certificate. Mendes gave a low-key interview about motherhood that November. The couple also managed to keep the impending arrival of their second daughter under wraps almost until she was born. Once again, the news broke when TMZ discovered Amada Lee Gosling’s birth certificate. Gosling confirmed that he is, indeed, the father of two daughters while doing press for The Nice Guys, but he wouldn’t speak about it at length.
News about The Americans costars’ first child broke when sources told various media outlets they were expecting. Russell’s pregnancy was really confirmed by their co-star Noah Emmerich, who talked to Entertainment Tonight about the show having to shoot around her bump. She also mentioned this in The New York Times. The couple was so low-key about their impending baby, though, that no one really thought to check in to see if it had actually arrived. It wasn’t until Rhys and Russell were spotted in Brooklyn carrying their newborn—which is an excellent way for low-key, stealth baby parents to give paparazzi their fill while sending them the message that this is all they’re going to get (see also: Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale)—that the press thought to check in about that whole “Did she have the baby?” matter. Confirmed: She did.
If Kartheiser and Bledel, one of the most private celebrity couples out there, had their way, we would have never found out about their baby at all. It only came out when Bledel’s Gilmore Girls co-star Scott Patterson let it slip during an interview with Glamour that the actress is now a mother. The couple confirmed to People that they welcomed a son last fall, and that “no further details are being released.”
It may seem like we know everything about Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s daughter James (both her gestation and her arrival), but we really don’t. They only confirmed she was in the works when Lively posted a photo of herself cradling her bump on her erstwhile lifestyle site Preserve. Even that was somewhat cryptic. The Preserve post was a “Celebration of Family,” and had pictures of several pregnant women—Lively being one of them. In the post, she heralded “all the expecting mothers out there.”
They tried to keep their daughter’s birth quiet. Page Six broke the news of her birth even though Lively’s rep “repeatedly declined to comment, claiming the actress and Reynolds could not be reached.” Reynolds finally revealed the precise date she was born on her first birthday. The couple also tried to guard their daughter’s name like it was a secret of the realm that had to be protected at all costs.
Now, they’re being just as secretive about their potential second child.
In January 2010, just before the start of Bullock’s awards season run for her role in The Blind Side, which would eventually net her the Academy Award for Best Actress, she quietly adopted a son, Louis. In December 2015, Bullock revealed that she had adopted for a second time on the cover of People.
When news broke that Adam “Seth Cohen from The O.C.” Brody was dating Leighton “Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl Meester,” it was a match made in teen soap heaven. The couple has been fiercely private from the beginning, and when their relationship progressed to marriage, they tried to keep their nuptials out of the press. Then, Meester appeared with a visible baby bump in May 2015, sending the press rushing to confirm her pregnancy. As of today, Arlo Day Brody’s birth certificate is some of the only proof that she exists, along with some paparazzi photos of the family hiking together.
Did you know these two were a couple, or that they had a baby? Spoiler alert: They are, and they do.
Spotlight-eschewing couple Baron Cohen and Fisher have three children, and by the time Fisher was pregnant with their third, the only way word got around was when she pulled out of her role in Now You See Me 2. It was only confirmed that their baby had entered the world when the no-longer-pregnant Fisher attended a party in April 2015.
Adele was slightly more up front about her pregnancy than the rest of the celebrities on this list. She personally announced she was expecting in a post on her blog in June 2012, most likely to stave off the months of invasive paparazzi and intense speculation. “[P]lease respect our privacy at this precious time,” the singer wrote. She then remained out of the public eye for most of her pregnancy. It was up to a good ol’ anonymous source to tell the press that she’d given birth to a son.
Kerry Washington is amazing at keeping details of personal life a secret. One might even say that they’re . . . handled. She covertly married football player Nnamdi Asomugha in July 2013. Washington kept her first pregnancy concealed until she was about four months along, when a stint on S.N.L. made it hard to hide. She says we shouldn’t expect to see pictures of her daughter Isabelle, who was born in 2014, anytime soon.
As of May 2016, it’s rumored that Washington is expecting her second baby. In her typical stealth fashion, however, she’s just smiling and heading out on red carpets with strategically placed clutches.