17 Celeb Couples Who Were Really, Really Good at Keeping Their Baby News a Secret
They never confirmed their relationship, pregnancy or baby news, but in September 2018, PEOPLE confirmed via a birth certificate that actress Rashida Jones and her rumored beau, Vampire Weekend lead vocalist Ezra Koenig, had a son named Isaiah the month prior.
Karla Souza surprised her fans by announcing she welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Gianna, with husband Marshall Trenkmann, whom she wed in 2014. The star shared the first photo of her newborn on Instagram in April 2018, writing, “God blessed us.”
“We welcome our healthy baby girl Gianna, and we couldn’t feel more blessed in this moment,” Souza posted on her Instagram Story.
Anna Kournikova and her longtime love, singer Enrique Iglesias, welcomed twins — a boy and a girl — they named Nicholas and Lucy in December 2017. The news came as a surprise to fans since there were no signs on social media that the couple, who have been together for more than a decade, were expecting. “They basically only hang out with family and very close friends,” a source, who “saw [Anna’s] cute belly,” told PEOPLE. “They mostly keep to themselves.”
Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was already dad to son Cristiano Jr., welcomed twins — a boy and a girl — in the summer of 2017, he announced by sharing a sweet photo to his Facebook page in June. The babies, named Eva Maria and Mateo, were born via surrogate — ahead of Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez’s own announcement that she was expecting the couple’s first child.
Three years after Sandra Bullock began the process to adopt her second child, the world found out about Bullock’s journey to bring then-3-year-old daughter Laila into her little family, which already included then-5-year-old son Louis. “When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here,” Bullock told PEOPLE in 2015.
Two years after welcoming twin sons Cy and Bowie, Zoë Saldana and husband Marco Perego Saldana welcomed their third child together, son Zen, in February 2017. “Marco and I are elated to share the news of the birth of our son Zen,” Saldana wrote on Instagram, announcing the family’s big news. “We couldn’t feel more blessed with the new addition to our family. #threeboys… oh boy!”
Amy Smart and husband Carter Oosterhouse announced the arrival of their first child Flora, carried by surrogate, in December 2017 via social media. The baby news came as a surprise as the couple had not publicly revealed their plans to start a family. “After years of fertility struggles I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her,” Smart wrote on Instagram, captioning a sweet mother-daughter photo.
In April 2017, Sutton Foster’s rep revealed she and husband Ted Griffin adopted a baby girl named Emily Dale, who was born that March. “Our lives are forever changed, and our hearts are exploding,” Foster said.
During a speech honoring Davis at a 2011 ELLE Women in Hollywood event, Octavia Spencer spilled the beans that her The Help costar became a mom “like, two days ago.” And she was right! Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon welcomed daughter Genesis that year — a few months after revealing they were planning on adopting.
This private pair managed to keep Alexis Bledel’s pregnancy and their son’s birth under wraps for months, and their baby news would probably still be a secret if it weren’t for her Gilmore Girls costar Scott Patterson. “She’s really blossomed as a woman and now she’s a proud new mother and married and happy,” he told Glamour. “We’re comparing notes because my son [born July 2014] is about a year and a half older than her young son. I’m showing her photos and videos and what to expect.” Bledel’s rep later confirmed that she and Vincent Kartheiser welcomed a baby boy in the fall of 2015.
Just like the first time around, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling managed to keep it mum that they’re expecting a sibling for their daughter, Esmeralda. Someone sign these two up for the CIA – they’re really good secret-keepers!
The couple of our teen dreams (it’s Blair from Gossip Girl and Seth from The O.C.!), Leighton Meester and Adam Brody, didn’t let on to the fact that they were expecting their first child together until, well, they stepped out with undeniable evidence. They welcomed daughter Arlo in August 2015.
Megan Fox didn’t just keep her pregnancy a secret – for a bit there, she kept the father a secret, too! Fox stepped out on a red carpet to promote Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – in the midst of her divorce from husband Brian Austin Green. After a day of rumors, the paternity of her third child was confirmed to be her estranged husband, with whom she reconciled during the pregnancy.
When Queen Bey makes an announcement, it’s always big. And when she debuted her baby bump at the VMAs in 2011 – when she was already five months pregnant – it was really, really big.
She was hitting up red carpets (even the 2012 BRIT Awards) when she was five months pregnant – but until Adele was just two months away from giving birth to son Angelo, no one had any idea that the songstress and longtime love Simon Konecki were expecting. She eventually announced the news on her website.
While filming period piece Burke and Hare, Isla Fisher had to keep her baby bump under wraps in a corset – which made it easier to keep it a secret altogether! Her costar Simon Pegg, she says, wasn’t even tipped off by her intense morning sickness. “[He] has no observational skills at all because I had the worst morning sickness. I was totally ill and I think he just thought I was some bulimic actress from Hollywood and he just ignored it,” she said. “He never asked!” She was pregnant with daughter Elula, her first child with husband Sacha Baron Cohen, at the time.
Best way to keep a secret? Get out of town, if you ask Ali Larter. When she and husband Hayes MacArthur were expecting son Theodore, Larter decided to leave the country for a little alone time. “It was a very private time for me and my husband and something that I just wasn’t ready to share, so we actually left the country for a while,” Larter later said of her pregnancy. “This was something that I wasn’t ready to share yet.”
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