While the days of tracking celebrity pregnancies aren’t exactly behind us, some sneaky stars have managed to stay out of the spotlight long enough to welcome a new addition to their family in private. So, which stars have managed to keep their baby news a secret? Quite a few.
There are lots of reasons to want to keep baby news a secret. Many moms-to-be won’t disclose their pregnancies until they’re past the first trimester, and those facing high-risk pregnancies often prefer not to disclose it at all to the world at large. And for those welcoming new children via surrogate, the added layer of secrecy can help protect their surrogate’s privacy — a real point of concern where celeb-crazed paparazzi are involved. So when the world got word of these celebs’ baby news, our jaws dropped.
While celebrities have to accept that their own lives will be under some amount of public scrutiny, many (and many partners of celebs) don’t want that spotlight to extend to the whole family. To that end, stars will not only keep the news of the baby’s arrival under wraps, but they’ll keep key details, like their child’s name, out of the press for as long as humanly possible.
So in honor of Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake secretly welcoming baby no. 2, let’s take a peek back at all the other times our jaws dropped over celeb baby news. Here are all the stars who surprised us with a baby announcement over the years.
A version of this story was originally published January 2020.