Roberts says leave my kids alone

Julia Roberts and her baby Henry, in a slingJulia Roberts is asking the paparazzi to stop taking pictures of her children and other celebrity’s children. She wants to protect the privacy of her three kids—two-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, and six-month-old Henry—when she’s out in public. Roberts says, “I just feel like it’s so demeaning the way they behave, and I hate the fact that I even put any of my energy into thinking about it or being stressed about it. And really, more than anything, it just has to do with my kids. There’s no reason to take pictures of celebrities’ children other than for people to say, ‘Oh, they’re cute.’ I think magazines shouldn’t run pictures of people’s kids. I have a problem with that…I get pissed off, because I think that it’s inhuman to chase a woman with her children.” Roberts finds it hard to understand why people are so obsessed with celebrities, adding, “We’re all the same. Why can’t we get on board with this? That we’re all the same? Some have cooler jobs. My stomach still drops when I turn and see someone with a camera.”

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  1. Nancy • November 8, 2007 @ 12:01 PM

    I agree to the part about taking photos of the children. I don’t think that anyone should be chased down by photographers, not just mothers with their children. I do not understand why people are so obsessed with celebrities either. I would not go as far as saying that celebs have ‘cooler’ jobs, maybe at times they do,but I think their jobs are just higher paying. Personally, I would not want to be a star, I would rather my children and I have our freedom!!

  2. Arnold • November 8, 2007 @ 11:24 PM

    Celebrities are fair game for the press and so are their families and friends. The press is looking for a unique angle that another photographer hasn’t captured. The press are blood suckers as are the Celebrities and we are suckers for eating it all up.

  3. Anonymous • November 9, 2007 @ 1:23 AM

    In fact the very same publicity that celebrities shun is the same publicity that makes them rich. Their names and faces is what partly draws audiences to see a movie.

  4. JB • November 9, 2007 @ 9:23 AM

    Celebrities may be “fair Game” as you say…they chose their life. Their children are not. Leave the kids alone. Celebrity children don’t chose their life. It may be handed them on a silver platter, but not by choice. No wonder we have troubled young people like Brittney Spears and Lindsey Lohan. Imagine if they were left alone to recover from whatever demons they have.

  5. Jayni D • November 9, 2007 @ 10:59 AM

    I don’t believe anyone is ‘fair game’ for the press. No matter how you make your living, you are entitled to a private personal life. Yes, celebrities are naturally more in the public eye, but most of them didn’t choose their careers based on that…they act because they love to act and that is where their talents lie.
    I don’t believe it’s fair to judge people you don’t know. Many, many celebrities love their jobs and that’s why they do what they do; not to be in the public eye. That is one of the unfortunate side effects of celebrity.
    Yes, there are limelight hogs (Paris Hilton, anyone?), but those celebrities who wish not to be hounded by the press every time they go out in public ought to have their wishes respected.

  6. Jayni D • November 9, 2007 @ 11:02 AM

    Also, it takes talent and lucky breaks and often many years to become a star; not all actors are famous and rich. Therefore, I think it’s unfair to say they got into the business for the wealth and perks.

  7. TT Appu • November 9, 2007 @ 11:05 AM

    Society did not learn her lesson with Princess Dianne, and neither did the paparazzi.

    Society, on account of what human nature is, requires a god/goddess to worship, and the paparazzi royally feeds into that need.

    I love Julia’s spunky acting and when I see a movie with her acting in it, I usually make it a point to see that movie; particularly when it represents a worthwhile morale that needs to be exposed to our culture, or represents a true story, worth telling.

    Princess Diana did the right thing by preparing her children to face the public, on account of their parents’ status in society.

    Julia needs to recognize her place in society, that unavoidably have consequences for her family. She made that choice, and therefore, deal with the side effects, and help your children to adjust to such conditions. It’s either that, or retreat to private life, and . . . quit acting.

    Julia, thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    With the paparazzi, I would give them a reasonable warning, and failing that, pull a spray gun out of my purse and spray the lenses of their cameras with some paint, that would make it difficult to take further pictures.

    TT Appu.

  8. Elaine • November 9, 2007 @ 11:06 AM

    Robert’s modesty & feined confusion as to why people would get obsessed with celebs and not realize we’re all the same sort of glares with fake naivity or, might I imply….dumbness?? Humans contain this little morsel of makeup called “self esteem”, so from the time we are children, most people always look up to someone that they want to be like. Actors take us into the land of make-believe, emotion, and glamour. Most of us would want to be dripping rich, exceptionally good looking, brainey, talented, loved, popular, begged by others to come work for them, someone who can make their kids, family and friends proud of them, sought after by the opposite sex…..or even the same sex…. so, such people ARE greatly admired, even idolized when they have it all. Why all the confusion about that on Julia’s part??? Duh!! Umm….no, we are not all the same as she thinks. We’re not on board with that because most of us have missed the boat in many of those areas……not talented, or good looking, or particularly intelligent, etc.. all, and more of the above mentioned goodies.

  9. Lee Ann • November 9, 2007 @ 11:49 AM

    Unless is an industry related photo-op, like on the red-carpet or press junkets/movie screenings, then fair enough. Snap away. But when it comes to their private lives with their families, leave them the hell alone. Ok, sure, they knew what they were getting into when they pursued being a celebrity. But let’s not forget, they are mere mortals too, and have a right to privacy like every one else. I think especially taking pics of Celeb kids is going over the top. It must be awfully scary for them being chased by frothing photogs.

  10. SUE • November 9, 2007 @ 11:57 AM

    I totally agree with Lee Ann!!

  11. Lizzie • November 9, 2007 @ 12:35 PM

    If you go out to a club, premiere, or awards gala, then you should be fair game as far photographers go. That’s part of the job.

    But photos taken at gas stations, restaurants, shopping, etc, really have no place. Their personal lives out of the limelight is none of our business.

  12. Elly • November 9, 2007 @ 1:13 PM

    Anyone who read this is adding fuel to paparrazzi’s fire by being on this site so we’re all guilty of it.

  13. ironic • November 9, 2007 @ 1:21 PM

    it’s ironic that this article is about Julia Roberts asking for privacy and then continues to post a picture with her and her baby.

  14. Lisa Dixon • November 9, 2007 @ 1:22 PM

    I total agree with Julia thery is no need for press to take pictures of her kids or other celebrites kids.

  15. Christine • November 9, 2007 @ 1:34 PM

    Children should be off limits period. It is too dangerous to be chasing parents with babes in arms, cars or strollers. How is that every justified???

  16. Arnold • November 9, 2007 @ 2:30 PM

    Please understand, the press does not care about being justified. Can you imagine how much a picture of the child falling out of a celebs arms would fetch.

    That shot would be on the front of all the sleazy tabloids that would sell off the shelf, I’m sorry to say.. The press is only catering to our demands. Like it or not that is the way it is.

    Not buying the tabloids or especially the products advertised in these rags would open some eyes. Also letting the sponsors know you will not buy there product because it is advertised in mags that sensationalize these pics and stories. .

  17. Deb Ellis • November 9, 2007 @ 3:35 PM

    I guess any of us would freak out with strangers coming too close to us if we were a celeb…look what happened to John Lennon among others…we forget, whenever celebs are out in public there is the bigger than (our) average fears that someone might approach them to do them harm. If I was a celeb parent out with my children, that fear would quadruple! Just because someone has a camera doesn’t mean they are real photographer/paparazzi or even friendly. They often try to ram or provoke celebs to get a reaction…now imagine if you had your baby in your arms. It is a legitimate fear and having money and fame shouldn’t mean you should have to get used to hiding out with your children…I think there should be laws about how close paparazzi can be to a celeb…that is what zoom lenses are for.

  18. xray • November 10, 2007 @ 4:21 AM

    what else is new — big shot celebrity wants the exposure, the fame and the mega bucks, then when they get it, suddenly discover they want their privacy back (now they have their fortune).

    her stomach isn’t the only thing that’s dropped lately — lol, she better make more movies or invest well so she keeps that eternally pickled dick clark kind of look. to me, she sure isn’t aging well…….

  19. Patricia • November 10, 2007 @ 6:43 AM

    Julia is totally right, she is the star not her children and nobody has the right to take pics of them without her permission. It is obsene the way the papparazzi chase the hollywood moms down while they are out with their kids. Living in Canada we don’t see that kind of stuff here, Vancouver and Toronto have lots of stars out walking about and they aren’t stalked chased or harassed and I’ve heard it said that’s why they love it here!

  20. sk8tergirl • November 10, 2007 @ 3:54 PM

    I totaly agree with Julia Roberts.

  21. Anonymous • November 22, 2007 @ 10:12 PM

    Go play in the street, Julia. Nobody cares.

  22. Lynwood Fincher • November 30, 2007 @ 3:54 AM

    Julia I think that you are Intell. enough to plan a program and a workable applacation to see that it’s taken care of. I admire the work you do, keep it up, We ‘Jawja’ people realize that sometimes we have to take care of things ourselves!!!!! If you’re ever local and need help(Georgia) remember the e-mail address!! Any where else, it might take a day or so to get going!!!!!!!!!!!! Feel Free, I think you have a tremendous talent, and expressiom. The impossible, we do right now, Miracle’s take 24 to 48 hours. Keep up the great work!!!! God Bless You and Yours.

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