Stars Whose Kids We Rarely See
These famous moms and dads have worked hard to keep their kids out of the spotlight
Jacqueline Laurita's Son: CJ
The former Real Housewives star shared rare photos of son CJ, who celebrated his 18th birthday over Memorial Day weekend. Laurita posted a carousel of pics in May 2020 on Instagram, including several never-before-seen ones from recent years.
"Although CJ never lets me post pictures of him, it's his birthday today, so he said it's ok!" she captioned the post. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CJ!!"
"CJ has been such a pleasure to raise and he has brought so much joy to our lives. He's kind, considerate, patient, loving and has an awesome sense of humor!" she continued. "My wish for you CJ is to have the ability to strive for your dreams. Never lose hope or faith in yourself or the world. Keep all things in perspective. Always be honest and fair with yourself and others. Have trust and faith in God and in yourself."
Natalie Portman's Kids: Aleph & Amalia
We rarely get to see the mom of two's children, so it was a real Mother's Day treat when the Oscar-winning actress posted a sweet throwback shot of herself cuddling up with son Aleph, 8, and daughter Amalia, 3.
In the sweet photo, Portman cradles baby Amalia while getting a hug and a kiss from Aleph.
Bethenny Frankel's Daughter: Bryn
Frankel usually keeps her daughter Bryn out of the spotlight, but on her 10th birthday, she celebrated with an Instagram post dedicated to her "Peanut."
Frankel wrote in a tribute to her only child, "Peanut, I love you so much. You have given me ten years of joy, inspiration, laughter and absolute love. You bring meaning to my life every day. You are such a sweet, loving and sunny person that shines light on everyone around you. You are loved. I wish for you health and happiness and that you continue to do what you love and what makes you happy every day and let your free spirit fly!"
Sandra Bullock's Daughter: Laila
Bullock likes to keep her private life private, but she made an exception when she and her daughter, 8-year-old Laila, appeared on Red Table Talk to surprise a nurse on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The star, 55, surprised April Buencamino, a nurse manager for the COVID-19 unit at California's Adventist Health (White Memorial) Hospital, where Bullock, her partner Bryan Randall, and her two children, Laila, 8, and Louis, 10, donated thousands of KN95 masks to healthcare workers.
After inviting Laila to thank April, she proudly told the group of her daughter: "She’s our world superhero. She’s the one who’ll save the world in our family, so she’s ready. She’s ready to join you out there April in a few years!"
Heidi Klum & Seal's Daughter: Leni
While the supermodel has long kept her four children — whom she co-parents with ex-husband Seal — out of the public eye, she shared a sweet throwback photo of their oldest daughter, Leni, on May 4 in celebration of her milestone 16th birthday.
"Happy sweet 16 Leni 🥳❤️🌸☀️💃🏼🕺🏼🌈🦄🍣🍩," the Making the Cut star, 46, captioned her cute post. "My kind ❤️loving ❤️smart ❤️ funny ❤️ beautiful Leni 🥰 I am proud to be your Mom ❤️."
Klum welcomed Leni in May 2004 — and by December 2009, the adoption process for Klum's (now-ex-) husband Seal had been finalized.
Erika Girardi's Son: Tommy Zizzo
"People say we look alike," she captioned the shot of the young police officer.
"No, you can’t comment," she added with a laughing emoji, referencing her decision to disable the comments section on the post.
While the reality star, 48, has often spoken about her son from her first marriage, Zizzo has never made an appearance on RHOBH, and likely won't anytime soon.
"Probably not," Girardi said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last year. "I don't think so, no. You know he has a private life; he's a police officer."
Tiger Woods' Kids: Sam & Charlie
The golf superstar's kids with ex Elin Nordegren (Sam, 12, and Charlie, 11 - pictured having a "Masters' Champions dinner" with their dad and his girlfriend Erica Herman) are occasionally seen supporting their dad at competitions - or vice versa, as when Woods caddied for Charlie in January.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Kids: Apple and Moses Martin
The Goop founder's 15-year-old daughter Apple gets photo approval before anything is posted to Mom's socials - which may explain why she and her 13-year-old brother Moses (dad is Chris Martin) make such rare appearances.
Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves' Kids: Livingston and Vida
The actor's kids (Livingston, 7, and Vida, 10; older brother Levi, 11, is not pictured) are seldom seen, but it made sense to enlist them to help make his virtual Bingo game for an Austin, TX. senior center a family affair.
Lauren Conrad's Son: Charlie
The mom of two usually shares photos of her sons' profiles but she shared an adorable close-up of her youngest as a special treat.
"In case anyone needed some baby smiles today," Conrad wrote on Instagram, as many continue to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen's Girls: Frances & Winnie
Before Fallon's daughters became regular fixtures on the episodes of The Tonight Show that the host has been filming while social distancing at home, they rarely appeared on his social media.
"Buckets of fun in the Bahamas! 🇧🇸,” the father of two captioned the Instagram photo.
Tyra Banks' Son: York
The founder of ModelLand loves to brag about her four-year-old son with ex Erik Asla, but showing him on her social media is another. So we couldn't believe how grown-up he looked when she brought him to a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition in L.A. in February!
Nicky Hilton Rothschild's Daughters: Lily-Grace & Teddy
It's not often that we get the chance to see the adorable faces of Hilton Rothschild's two daughters, Lily-Grace, 4, and Teddy, 2, whom she shares with husband James.
The mom of two has rarely shared photos of her family over the years, and typically keeps her daughters out of the public eye.
On Feb. 24, 2020, though, she brought her daughters to an L.O.L. Surprise! event in N.Y.C., where they looked too cute in matching outfits.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' Kids: James and Inez
Lively and Reynolds also keep most photos of their kids to themselves, but it was a family affair when Ryan Reynolds was given his star on the Walk of Fame.
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds' Children
James and Inez were joined by a baby sister in 2019, but the family has yet to reveal many details, including her name ("all the letters in her name are silent,” Reynolds has joked).
One thing they did share? Their house is total chaos. "It’s like going from two to 3,000. [We] have so many children," Lively has said.
Sofia Coppola's Daughter: Romy
Coppola had a rare (photographed) night out with her daughter Romy at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2020 runway show during New York Fashion Week. Romy looked all grown up in an oversized blue sweater.
Coppola shares daughters Romy, 13, and Cosima, 9, with husband Thomas Mars.
Beck's Son: Cosimo Henri Hansen
Derek Jeter's Daughters: Story & Bella
Jeter had some special cheerleaders on hand to celebrate his election into the baseball Hall of Fame — daughters Story, 11 months, and Bella, 2.
The five-time World Series champion and wife Hannah typically avoid sharing photos of their children on social media, but included them in the celebratory video which shows Jeter learning the happy news over the phone.
Hannah opened up about her private family life in November of last year, telling Editorialist magazine, "[Social media] has never felt natural to me. I know it’s necessary in my industry, and I absolutely have to when it’s part of a contract. But a lot of people post their children and husbands, and for me that will never be the case."
"Both my husband and I have been in a place in our careers where we have to share so much. And we can handle it," she continued. "But when you love something so much, you want to protect it more than anything in the world. And for me, that’s my relationship, that’s my kids."
Anna Kournikova & Enrique Iglesias' Twins: Nicholas & Lucy
In celebration of the new decade, Kournikova shared an adorable video of her 2-year-old twins, Nicholas and Lucy, running on the grass in Miami toward a moving camera, before stopping in front of a mesh fence.
The famous parents don't often post photos or videos of their little ones, but when they do they certainly don't disappoint!
Katie Holmes' Daughter: Suri
It's a Christmas miracle! The Dawson's Creek actress shared a rare selfie of her and ex-husband Tom Cruise's 13-year-old daughter Suri Cruise on Dec. 26. Along with the sweet black-and-white snap, Holmes also shared a video that captured some snowy scenery as the pair appeared to head out on a Christmas getaway.
America Ferrera's Son: Sebastian
"I hope you get kiss attacked today by some bunny you love. 🎄Merry Merry & a Happy Happy to everyone celebrating the holidays!" the Superstore actress wrote on Instagram, protecting Sebastian "Baz" with a bunny face.
For Sebastian's 1st birthday, the trio donned matching mini party hats and covered baby's face with a smiling emoji.
Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves' Daughter: Vida
The Serenity actor and his wife rarely put their kids in the spotlight, but Alves shared a sweet snap of daughter Vida, 10, cuddling up to their purrfect pet in front of their Christmas tree ahead of the holidays.
Brian Austin Green's Son: Kassius
One year after Green's ex, Vanessa Marcil, claimed that their son, 17-year-old Kassius, was cut out of Green and wife Megan Fox's life, Green shared a photo of his eldest on Instagram. The two were celebrating a trip to the movies to see the the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Rise of Skywalker.
Ricky Martin's Daughter: Lucia
The singer posted a rare photo of his daughter, who shares a birthday with Martin and turns one on Dec. 24, looking precious in a lion towel.
The photo is only the second Martin has shared of his daughter with husband Jwan Yosef. The couple are also parents son Renn, whose birth they announced on Oct. 29, and Martin's 11-year-old twin sons Matteo and Valentino.
Lily Allen's Daughters: Marnie Rose & Ethel
The singer, who is currently dating Stranger Things star David Harbour, brought her rarely-seen two daughters to the Frozen 2 premiere in London on Nov. 17, 2019. The girls were dressed as Elsa and Anna from the Disney film and posed on the red carpet with their mom.
Allen shares Marine Rose, 6, and Ethel, 7, with her ex-husband Sam Cooper. The singer and builder-decorator got married in 2011 and split in 2016.
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green's Kids: Bodhi Ransom, Noah Shannon and Journey River
Fox and Green do a good job of keeping their kiddos, Noah, 7, Bodhi, 5, and Journey, 3, out of the public eye, but every now and then we are gifted with a sweet family photo. Here, the family celebrates Halloween at Disneyland (complete with adorable costumes)!
Fox joked of the photo, "Halloween at @disneyland is always the most fun but can I get ONE family photo where everyone is looking at the camera and making a semi normal face ??”
Charlize Theron's Daughter: Jackson
Theron is mom to two daughters, Jackson, 7, and August, 3, but we rarely see photos of her children. The Bombshell actress recently shared this photo of Jackson with the punny caption, "We don’t wanna leaves 🍃"
Theron last shared a photo of her daughters in November 2016 in honor of World Adoption Day. Even then, the photo was only of their hands. Theron adopted Jackson in 2012 and August was adopted three years later.
Theron told PEOPLE in May, "Even when I was in relationships, I was always honest with my partners, that adoption was how my family would look one day. This was definitely not a second option for me. It was always my first.”
Jensen Karp & Danielle Fishel Karp's Son: Adler
Fishel's son Adler (pictured here with former Boy Meets World castmate Ben Savage) was born on June 24, 2019, four weeks earlier than expected. The new mom decided that she would not be posting photos of her son's face, explaining her decision in a lengthy Instagram post.
She shared, "Currently, @jensenkarp and I have chosen to keep Adler's face off our social media pages. We are two people who made a conscious choice to be in the public eye and share what would normally be private moments with the public. Adler isn't capable of making that choice for himself and until he is, we've decided to shield him from places where strangers can comment on him."
Fishel expressed that it was a difficult decision for the couple, because, "I wanna show you my baby every day. He's cuter than this 👼 but I worry about a couple things. 1. His safety. There are weirdos out there. Enough said. 2. Putting pictures and facts about him onto the internet that he doesn't have any say in. I'd like for him to be able to curate his own footprint on the internet in the future without being mortified we posted about his his fear of swimming or his first crush."
Diane Kruger & Norman Reedus' Daughter
In a 2019 interview with PEOPLE, Kruger said that she chooses to keep her daughter's name and face private for several reasons.
“Well first and above all, it’s safety,” Kruger said. “We have The Walking Dead empire which has a lot of very intense fandomship that comes with it.”
Elaborating about the challenges that come with admirers of her boyfriend’s zombie series, Kruger added, “We had a couple [of] incidences before her arrival that were not so fun to deal with and so my main concern’s her safety.”
“And secondly, she is an innocent, young, vulnerable baby and I think I just don’t understand why America doesn’t have better laws for children,” she continued.
Still, she has shared a few particularly sweet father-daughter moments, like this one in August 2019.
Amanda Seyfried & Thomas Sadoski's Little Girl
Behati Prinsloo & Adam Levine's Kids: Dusty Rose and Gio Grace
When babies attack! Prinsloo posted this rare photo of both Dusty and Gio to Instagram in August 2019, getting real about motherhood in the caption. "Here’s to the sleepless nights, bleeding nipples, crying, laughing, the highest of highs and lowest of lows and everything in between, i won’t change a single thing, being mom to Dusty and Gio keeps me strong, motivated and empowered," the Victoria's Secret model wrote.
Britney Spears' Boys with Kevin Federline: Preston and Jayden
In August 2019, Spears shared a photo of her sweet family at Disneyland. In case you were wondering why we don't see Preston, 13, and Jayden, 12, too often: "My boys are older now, so they don’t like their picture taken ever," Brit explained in her caption. It looks like they made an exception for their mom!
Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise's Daughter: Suri
Suri is growing up so fast (and is her mom's twin!). She's 13 years old, which means that she is officially a teenager, but her famous parents have done a pretty great job keeping her out of the spotlight.
Halle Berry's Kids: Nahla and Maceo
Berry is creative when it comes to posting photos of her children, only posting their backs or finding poses that cover their faces.