Sharing on your terms. Days after Blake Lively announced that she and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, were expecting baby number 4, the Gossip Girl alum realized that photographers were clamoring to see her bump, so she shared the photos herself.
“Here are pictures of me pregnant in real life so the 11 men waiting outside my house for a sighting will leave me alone. You scare me and my kids,” she shared via Instagram in September 2022.
She added: “Thank you to the media who have a ‘No Children Policy.’ You all make all the difference 🙏♥️. Lots of love!”
The baby bump photos show the Betty Buzz founder glowing as she poses with her baby bump. Pal Taylor Swift and her sister Robyn Lively appear in the snaps as does Reynolds, who married the Simple Favor star in 2012.
Lively and Reynolds share three daughters. Blake gave birth to her James in late 2014 before welcoming Inez in 2016. Betty was secretly born in 2019.
The Age of Adaline star prides herself on being able to give her girls a normal upbringing. “Blake and Ryan have done a great job of raising them away from the public eye and having as normal a life as possible,” a source explained exclusively to Us Weekly of the couple’s “protective” parenting style in June 2022. “They I have always wanted to make sure their children’s lives were kept private.”
Blake revealed her pregnancy while attending the 10th annual Forbes Powerful Women Summit on Sept. 15, posing for photos in a shimmering gold mini dress that showed off her growing belly. The “radiant” Shallows actress wasn’t “trying to hide” her pregnancy, gently cradling her stomach before heading to her panel, a viewer told us at the time.
“Blake is relieved the secret is out,” a source told Us exclusively after the big news. “He held on until he couldn’t take it anymore!” internal actions. “She loves dressing up as a baby bump and wanted to make a statement.”
Her September 17 Instagram post was the first time she opened up about being pregnant for the fourth time. Though they haven’t said much publicly, the Welcome to Wrexham star and California native have been open with friends about wanting a little boy.
“They are expecting a boy this time,” the source shared with Us. “But of course they just want a healthy baby, regardless of gender. … The timing is perfect because all of their children are two years apart, so they follow the pattern.”