Celebrities can’t seem to avoid pregnancy rumors — regardless of whether they’re parents or even want children in the first place — but sometimes, enough is enough.
With the intrusive thirst for celebrity baby announcements, bump photos, and a general fascination with the female body, some Hollywood stars are setting the record straight.
For example, one morning, Paris Hilton woke up to thousands of text messages congratulating her on a faux pregnancy — with triplets! — months after sharing that she and now husband Carter Reum had started their IVF process. While Amy Schumer refuted she was pregnant when fans misconstrued her body language in a photo, and long-time pregnancy rumors left Jennifer Aniston “fed up,” she described in a 2016 essay. “I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat,’” the actress wrote in HuffPost.
Inquiring about someone’s assumed or actual pregnancy is never risk-free — the subject could make those who want children but experience infertility feel sad or in other cases, a person who is pregnant might not be willing to confirm something that personal. And let’s be honest, more often than not, pregnancy curiosity is usually tied to judgment over a person’s weight, which is no one else’s business.
These celebrities are working their hardest to correct false rumors, so let’s take them at their word! When they’re ready to share, we’ll know it.
Kourtney Kardashian is open to having more children — in 2018, the mother-of-three revealed she had frozen her eggs for “safety” — so naturally, her engagement to Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has excited fans. But the KUWTK star has been on the defense for years — in 2020, when a follower wrote, “She’s pregnant” under an Instagram photo of Kardashian wearing a bikini, she replied, “This is me when I have a few extra pounds on. I actually love it. I have given birth three amazing times and this is the shape of my body.”
And in December 2021, when an Instagram user asked, “Not to be that girl but… is that a preg belly” under a photo of Kardashian in a bikini, she replied, “Are we really gonna do this every time I post a photo?”
Although Paris Hilton wants “two or three” kids with husband Carter Reum (and yes, she has already picked out baby names), pregnancy rumors flew in July 2021. “I also woke up to about 3,000 texts, all my iPhones are blowing up…everyone wishing me congratulations and so happy for me and, yes, I’ve heard from people I haven’t heard from in years,” she said on her podcast This Is Paris. “…It’s a busy day today so I haven’t answered anyone yet, but yes, I am pregnant with triplets. … I am so excited for motherhood.”
Jennifer Garner has three children — Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 9 — with her ex-husband Ben Affleck and fans keep questioning whether a fourth pregnancy is in the cards. “…I mean every week, is she? Is she pregnant? Is she? It’s still happening, I’m 48 and I’m single. And it’s still happening so you might as well take that bull by the horns,” the actress told the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast in March 2021.
Halsey welcomed a child in 2021, whose name is Ender, with partner Alev Aydin, however a few years prior, the singer had denied pregnancy rumors. In 2019, when Halsey referred to a “secret” on Twitter, followers assumed it was baby news. “People think my last tweet is me hinting I’m pregnant, which means I’m either: a. Gaining weight B. Acting weird than usual,” wrote Halsey. “Jokes on u, I’m doing BOTH! However, STILL not pregnant!”
Britney Spears said she might want more children (she and ex-husband Kevin Federline share sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15) with her fiancé Sam Asghari. But for now, she deals with pregnancy rumors — in 2021, a topless Instagram photo of Spears stirred questions.
“No guys … I didn’t get a boob job in just a week … nor am I pregnant,” she responded. “I have boobs in these pics cause I devoured food!!!!”
In 2015, three years before giving birth to daughter Stormi whom she shares with partner Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner was denying tabloid pregnancy rumors. “People been thinking I’m pregnant for 8 months now,” she tweeted. “CLEARLY I’m not pregnant!” The year prior, Jenner had tweeted, “I’m not trying to become a rapper, I’m not getting married, & I’m not pregnant…” referring to her former relationship with rapper Tyga.
Jenner hid her first pregnancy from the masses and she and Scott have just welcomed their second child, a little boy.
In 2018, actress Lili Reinhart set the pregnancy record straight when an Instagram photo had fans gossiping about her future with now ex-boyfriend Cole Sprouse. “It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant,” she wrote on Instagram. “Nope. Not pregnant. This is just my body. And sometimes I’m bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight.”
The Riverdale star continued, “My weight fluctuates constantly. It comes with being a woman and should be celebrated, not criticized.”
While Amy Schumer and husband Chris Fischer planned to give their two-year-old son Gene a sibling, the couple decided to stop IVF in the summer of 2020. Before then, Schumer battled a pregnancy rumor — in 2018, some fans assumed she was expecting judging from her body language in photos to promote her clothing line with stylist Leesa Evans.
“I am not pregnant. I am not pregnant. I’m sorry, my friend said that… it looked like I was pointing to a bump or something, but I’m not,” Schumer clarified on social media. “Leesa Evans and I have created a clothing line for all sizes and shapes at a chill price point. That’s what I was trying to allude to, but thank you for thinking of my womb.”
Pregnancy rumors have haunted Jennifer Aniston since her divorce from Brad Pitt, but in 2016 the actress published her defense called “For the Record” in HuffPost. “….I am not pregnant,” she wrote. “What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of “journalism,” the “First Amendment” and “celebrity news.”
Aniston, who at the time was married to Justin Theroux, said the fixation pointed to another problem. “If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues,” she wrote. “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing” adding, “The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.”
Hailey and Justin Bieber do want children — “I can’t wait to have my own,” the model told Vogue Arabia in 2018 — but in the meantime, Hailey shuts down the rumor mill repeatedly. “I’m not pregnant. So please stop writing false stories from your ‘sources’ and focus on what’s important a.k.a., the election,” she wrote on Instagram in 2020.
And in 2021, when Justin captioned an Instagram photo of the couple, “Mom and Dad” Hailey clarified in his comments section, “I think you should maybe change this caption to Dog Mom and Dad before anyone gets it twisted.”
In 2022, Jordyn Woods posed for a photo carrying what looked like a small shoe box, prompting a fan to comment, “Are you preggy?”
The model quickly replied, “It was a gift card box. And no I don’t want kids right now nor am I pregnant.”
In 2017, Eva Longoria addressed curiosity about her body. “I saw some pictures of myself really fat on a boat and I have to tell you all I did was eat cheese,” she said on Snapchat. “Everybody is saying I’m pregnant and I’m not. I was just lactose intolerant apparently. I just had to share because my whole family is calling me asking me if I’m pregnant. Yes, I look pregnant, but that was just a ball of cheese in my stomach…everybody gets bloated.”
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