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Pink Makes A Statement About Baby Pictures

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Pink Writes Open Letter

Pink feels very strongly about keeping the privacy of her newborn baby in tact.

In fact, she just released a lengthy letter on her website explaining why she and her baby daddy feel this way, and it makes a lot of sense. They decided to release photos of the little one on their own, to a publication of their choosing, and will donate the money they get from selling the images to help those in need!

Such a great idea, plus then the world gets a glimpse of the kiddo! Not only that, but having seen the newborn, the new family hopes that it'll lessen the frenzy over trying to get a pic.

Sounds like a tough idea with how crafty the paps can be, but we're willing to bet that they can pull this off.

Here's what she said in the letter, placing a lot of the blame for being hounded squarely on those who buy the magazines to see the pictures:

To whomever cares:

We are absolutely blissed out in love over here! To our fans and friends all over the world, thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes throughout this time in our life! Carey is a natural, (I knew he would be) and I finally found out what love really means. Don't worry, I'm not writing an album full of sappy lullabies. Not yet, anyways?

In the interest of full disclosure: (AND BECAUSE I TELL IT LIKE I SEE IT)
Due to the unsettling, surprisingly aggressive and unsafe measures that the paparazzi seem to be willing to go to in order to secure that "first shot" of our daughter–stalking us, chasing us in cars and sitting outside of our home all day and all night, as new parents Carey and I decided that we would release personal photos of our Willow, and donate all of the money to charity.

We will be donating the money to children's' charities, among them one of our favorites, the Ronald McDonald House, an organization that houses and cares for the families of sick children so they can be together during treatment, as well as Autism Speaks.

Like any parents, we believe our little girl deserves the right to have privacy and be protected, but unfortunately, this media climate doesn't seem to provide for that. I feel so grateful that after many years of hard work, music and motorcycles have elevated both Carey and me to such a place that the public has supported us in building our life and lifestyle together. We recognize that celebrity has its upsides and downsides and do our best to manage just being people without hiring stylists and bodyguards before one of us goes to the store to buy some milk. I've seen some photos of myself that make me smile and some that make me less smiley. But you see, it's one thing to harass and stalk us, the adults, the celebrity that signed up for this life, but children should be protected and safe. There should be a clear distinction between us.

In EVERY other country that I recall, children's faces are blurred out in magazine photos. Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behavior to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? Why is this acceptable to any of us? Why is this even legal? These are questions I ask myself as a new parent. Why are celebrities/public figures having to seek restraining orders to keep strange grown men with still and video cameras from sitting perched outside of their children's pre-schools and elementary schools, preying on little innocent kids? After all, if a stranger was sitting outside of a school taking photographs of random little girls and boys, wouldn't he be arrested? Or, at least in Philadelphia, he would have to face a more primal sort of recourse. But because it's the child of a celebrity, somehow it's okay? I'm just not sure what is wrong with us as a society, that we do more than tolerate this, but our appetite for it seems insatiable. We buy these pictures. We buy these magazines that publish these paparazzi pictures. WHERE DOES IT STOP?

Here's the bottom line: we don't want you to take our little girl's picture. We don't want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. We don't want our little girl's picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people.

Carey and I are new parents. We know we have so much to learn in our new role and are thankful for the family and friends around us. Not a day goes by that we are not grateful to the universe and to our fans and friends who believe in us–and to our foes, too (our best teachers)–for the incredibly interesting privileged lives we get to live each day. But this is about our daughter who just got here. In the face of camera lenses as long as my arm and flashbulbs as bright as the sun, Willow is powerless. All she has to protect her is us. But that's not all she has; she has you.

To anyone out there that buys a magazine, or goes onto a website to look at pictures of other people's children, may you at least think for a second about what you may inadvertently be supporting. We are so appreciative that people are interested in seeing our daughter. We WANT to share our joys with you, but as parents (and new parents), we should be able to govern these decisions, shouldn't we? And to be clear, I'm speaking directly to these "stolen" photographs–paparazzi photos.

So when you see our middle fingers up in all of our pictures, now you know the motivation. It's all we can do to stop images of a newborn baby from being printed without our consent. Can you imagine a world where they would blur out our middle finger to protect a "consumer" over blurring out an innocent child to protect their integrity and privacy?

Thank you for letting me say my peace. Do I expect this letter to change the world? No. But if it plants a seed of awareness, if a politician or an activist or a legislator or a teacher or police officer is prompted to even think about it–let alone engage, I have done my part on behalf of my daughter. Not surprising that lesson one from me to my daughter is to let one's voice be heard.

I've never shied away from a controversial opinion because of the fear of bad press. My music and my fans and I connect year after year because I talk TO them and, man, do they so beautifully talk TO me. This is such a meaningful dialogue in my life. To all of my friends out there, I love you and I appreciate your help with this, and this happy little family cannot wait to visit your countries again and play music and rejoice in all the beauty that we share and have shared together all over the world.

We'll call it a playdate!!!!! Xoxoxoxoxooxoxox

the new parents–learning as we go.
? kisses, besos.

P.S. baby poop really isn't as bad as all the guys out there think. Careys' already been pooed on, and he's still breathing. Ahhhhh, ain't love grand?

We can understand all of that, but she's right that this probably won't change the world's thoughts about it. Also, she can't place all of the blame on outside sources, because this fame is a part of the life she chose — but she's definitely going about this the right way to sway people about making the right decisions!

Regardless, we know we'd LOVE to see pictures of the baby, because babies are adorbs and we're super happy for you guys. Plus is it really much different from a non-famous person saying they just had a baby, and the person they're talking to saying, "Congratulations! Do you have a picture in your wallet??"

Might be on a larger scale, but we'd say it isn't that far off. And we agree that once a picture is released, it'll all calm down!

Hope all is well, and congrats Pink!

Do U still want to see the baby??

[Image via WENN.]

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27 comments to “Pink Makes A Statement About Baby Pictures”

  1. 1

    "Plus is it really much different from a non-famous person saying they just had a baby, and the person they're talking to saying, "Congratulations! Do you have a picture in your wallet??"

    IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PEREZ. In that situation the person is being asked directly and has the choice to choose whether or not to show that person a picture. As a paparazzi taking a picture and putting it in a magazine - the entire world gets to see the picture without permission.

  2. 2

    I looooove how Perez defends the tabloids. Hmm… could it be because he posts photos of celebrities' children all the time?

    P!nk is 100% right about all of it. It is disgusting that these children are being harassed simply because they're parents work in the entertainment industry.

  3. 3

    1st bitch

  4. 4

    pleaseeeeeee.these up & coming celebs beg to get into any publication…..then.sorry i,m famous now……pleaseeeeeeeee.leave us aloneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,,,

  5. 5

    so in other words she is still negotiating for big $$$ and has since been she announced she was pregnant
    celebs don't wait until after the birth-they begin shopping baby pics around way before the birth
    so obviously nobody is willing to give her the amount she wants or we would have already seen the pictures
    not everyone gets the big bucks like Brad & Angelina but I guess she seems to think her's are worth a whole lot too

  6. 6

    GO Pink! Couldn't have put it better myself. I think its so wrong the way we treat celebrity's children. Like her letter said, THEY didn't choose this life.

  7. 7

    I love Pink, however she said it herself - her lifestyle comes with ups and downs and the paparazzi ain't gonna go away. She chose to be a celeb so she must deal with the consequences. I don't get why all the fuss over a fucking baby picture though.

  8. 8

    Good for Pink, and really its not the same, Perez, as some random person on the street asking another random, non-famous person to see a picture of their baby. The stakes are much higher for celebrities and their kids. That's the point of Pinks letter. Paps will endanger am infants safety to get that first shot and that's the difference. For them, its all about catering to the highest bidder. Regular folks on the street don't have to deal with that aspect of it. So again, good for Pink for speaking her mind on this.

  9. 9

    Pink is MARRIED. Please do not refer to her HUSBAND as a "baby daddy."
    He is the legal father and their union is recognized by the state.

  10. 10

    Re: Robdawg – you missed the point. It isn't about the "fucking baby picture" it is the measures they take to be the first to get the pictures. If it were your newborn being surrounded and put in harms by pushy photogs you would have a different opinion.

  11. 11

    "WE UNDERSTAND WHY SHE DOESN'T WANT THEM OUT, BUT WE WANT TO SEE THEM ANYWAY, BECAUSE BABIES ARE ADORBS!" You shallow loser, Perez, I have never been more disgusted with you than I am now. You are a crass, pathetic, sad human being. You're not entitled to the pictures of the babies of complete strangers. You don't walk up to people in the train and ask them for pictures of their children - because you very well know they'll bust your teeth for being such a creeper.

  12. 6one9 says – reply to this


    ♥ P!NK!!
    Just let her enjoy her little girl without the PAPs following her everywhere“ITA!
    Middle finger to ALL pushy PAPs!! ☺

  13. 13

    Re: *Sloane – Yeah big money that's going to charity…or did you just skip over that part?

  14. 14

    she's right, she has the right, you're wrong, you're not a real journalist, you're ugly & jealous that you'll never have a baby, you're narrow minded & sick, posting pics of children that aren't yours or even associated with is just WRONG!!! stop making excuses for your pedophile behavior, you're a sick perverted 'man' & defending yourself on this one is useless, the people that count know better, you're sick & twisted

  15. Jaded says – reply to this


    Yes Perez, a pap running through the bushes of your home or racing around at top speeds in a car next to the one carrying you and your child are the same as a friend or acquaintance asking to see a picture of your newborn.
    How much cocaine have you been snorting off of Gaga's ass that you could actually think that it's the same thing?

  16. 16

    I simply adore pink. She doesn't take her self too seriously and is a class act. Her albums are unique and truly amazing. And she puts on one hell of a show- not to mention sings the whole show live even while doing acrobatic stunts!! No other "pop princess- or monster" holds a candle to pink!

  17. 17

    Really Perez, really? You really think that is the same?? I read this on her website last night. I agree with her 100%, and she has every right to protect her child. I think I'm gonna be taking a break from this website again. Cause IMO I think supporting websites like this are just as bad as supporting/buying the tabloids.

  18. 18

    I'm sorry but you must have just skimmed it, she said she understands that people want her picture, want Carey's picture, but the children did not! Pictures of Suri and Shiloh are everywhere, why? Because their parents are celebrities and signed up for that life style, not their children. I don't see you with hoards of pictures of Brad's parents, other then when they visit the celebrity couple or are with the children, why? Because they are not famous! Neither are these little five year old and even younger. You think it's appalling with the toddlers and tiaras, and here are these parents trying to keep their children from the lime light, from being projected into the world like that and you defend it that it's what they signed up for. You're a hypocrite.

  19. 19

    That's right Pink,protect ur cutie pie!!

  20. 20

    Just remember Perez…You made a mantra - that you wanted to be part of the solution not the problem…Be respectful — It comes down to, the kids are not famous and should be protected. ;-)

  21. 21

    Re: spiderpig125
    may be what she's saying now- but if that were truely the case all along I assume we would have heard about it before now
    and as "admirable" as stars make it sound-we end up paying for it in the long run
    where do people think the tabloids get the money from in the first place to pay the outrageous celeb prices for photos
    their prices go up at the checkouts and their sales go up (DIRECTLY OUT OF YOUR WALLET) to reimburse them- so we're paying for their generous donation to charity in the long run aren't we!
    Sarah Jessica Parker had right when she and Matthew Broderick just stood outside holding James Wilkie when he was born—no bidding war- no paparazzi hounding them to be the first to get the photo–everyone got it at the same time whch lessened the value and the interest so the tabloids didn't get a profit boost from them!!!
    admired them for that

  22. 22

    Re: *Sloane – She's already sold the pictures, that's why she posted the note. They are in this week's People magazine.

  23. 23

    So, as a "friend of Pink's" are you going to respect her wishes? I think that's the biggest question here. She's not begging for privacy for HERSELF, she doesn't care if you take her picture. It's her CHILD. And the money, as she stated if you'd bothered to read it, is going to The Ronald McDonald House and an Autism charity. She's not making a dime. Which Perez SHOULD HAVE put in his "article".

  24. 24

    Omg perez you are such a bloodsucker

  25. 25

    I like how, for the most part, the only people who comment are the haters. the rest of us read through all these entries and agree or disagree knowing that Perez is Perez and you can't help but love him : )

  26. 26

    Taking pictures of celebs is getting out of control! She is correct. Children should be off limits unless the parents expressly agree.

  27. 27

    You can tell Pink and Carrie are going to be great parents! They just want to protect their daughter! Perhaps they could revert some attention away from their daughter by bringing it onto themselves. A great way for Carrie to do this would be to flaunt his new role as daddy in daddyscrubs.com apparel! With our products any father can show off their title while being comfy and trendy! This way the new daddy will get some deserved attention!