Papped While Parenting: 20 Celeb Moms Who Look Stressed Out


Celebrity moms seem to have it all. Many of them hire nannies to watch their children while they lead glamorous lives. However, there are a handful of stars that are more hands on when it comes to their children. The paparazzi seem to follow these families everywhere in an effort to snap pics for the tabloids.

There are those rare moments when we see a Hollywood mom looking a bit stressed by the parenting duties. It can’t be easy to deal with a toddler tantrum in front of photographers. These ladies are forced to parent in all sorts of situations as the paparazzi snap away.

From epic meltdowns to serious pouting, these celeb children push the limits of what their famous moms can take in public. Some of them negotiate with their crying kids while others handle the situation like a pro.

There are also moments when the children might be perfectly well-behaved but the paparazzi were the ones causing all the trouble. Many of these actresses work hard to protect their kids from photographers and are triggered when they feel like their children are being harassed.

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20 Kate Gosselin Was Totally Frustrated

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Kate Gosselin found fame on the TLC show, Kate Plus 8. The show followed the life of the mother as she raised her eight children. The reality star has been snapped by photographers in moments of frustration with her kids. Take, for example, this pic of her fussing at her daughters, Cara and Madelyn, in a parking lot.

Gosselin addressed her discipline style with Us Weekly, saying, “I am a very protective parent, as you probably know. It comes from a place of love. I do think that I care so deeply that I have been, at times, overzealous.”

19 Hilary Duff Handled A Tantrum

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Hilary Duff looked so stressed out when she was caught helping her son, Luca, deal with a tantrum. She spoke to Yahoo Parenting about raising a child in Hollywood, saying, “Being in the public eye, I get photographed almost every day or every other day and I’m often with my child. When he was 2, well that’s when children learn to throw tantrums.”

Duff continued,

“So I can’t help it if someone’s taking a picture when I’m taking him to get a haircut — and he [dislikes] haircuts and he doesn’t like the photographers and throws a tantrum and then there’s a headline: 'Can’t Control Her Child!'”

18 Khloe Kardashian Was Caught Off Guard

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Khloe Kardashian's daughter, True, was just three weeks old when the paparazzi snapped this pic of her and her mama out on a neighborhood stroll. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was totally caught off guard and admitted to People that she wasn’t happy with how she looked in the photographs.

“When I saw myself in those first post-pregnancy paparazzi photos, I couldn’t believe how big my booty looked!” lamented Kardashian. “I can’t wait to tone up again and get my body back to where it was.”

She’s totally gotten her groove back since then.

17 Angelina Jolie Sparred With Maddox

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Angelina Jolie was caught in a parenting moment with her son, Maddox, when he was just a toddler. By the looks of it, he was giving her a hard time. It’s so cute to see that little guy go toe-to-toe with his towering mom. Jolie opened up to People about allowing her children to choose their own paths.

“[My kids] all have a good rebellious streak that is wonderful and curious,” Jolie said. “I don’t want them to be perfectly behaved little people that just say what’s absolutely appropriate because I say so … they have to find themselves.”

16 Jennifer Garner Struggled To Cross The Street

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Jennifer Garner had a tense moment when she attempted to cross the street with her son, Samual. The little guy refused to walk and she had to move him along as he struggled in her tight grasp.

According to Today, Jennifer discussed her son when she was a guest on The Dr. Oz Show. “Of all my kids, he [dislikes the paparazzi] the most," she said. "He [really dislikes] them." Garner told Dr. Oz that Samuel counts “men with cameras” as one of his least-favorite things.

Shame! It must be so stressful for celebrity kids to see those men with cameras everywhere.

15 Jessica Alba Was Stressed Out At The Grocery Store

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Jessica Alba was snapped while out on a grocery store run with her daughter. By the look on her face, we can only guess that she was more than likely caught in a parenting moment with her little one. Although, she has been outspoken about how intrusive the paparazzi can be.

Alba opened up to Parenting about her daughter Honor asking why the paparazzi constantly follow and take photos of the family. “I tell her, ‘They’re just taking pictures Isn’t that silly?’ I don’t want her to have anxiety, so I tell her they do that to everyone, not just our family,” Alba shared.

14 Isla Fisher Wrangled Her Toddler

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Isla Fisher was captured dealing with a toddler meltdown and by the looks of it, the actress was totally in control of the situation. It’s rare to see a photograph of any one of her three children. She and husband Sacha Baron Cohen work hard to shield their kids from the spotlight.

She spoke about that decision with Today, saying, "They have rights, too. It’s a very conscious decision and truly I would feel really [bad] about myself if I used my family to sell something. It wouldn’t sit right with me. It doesn’t line up with my values."

13 Charlize Theron Dealt With A Parking Lot Meltdown

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Charlize Theron was caught in the throes of dealing with her son’s epic temper tantrum in a Los Angeles parking lot. The paparazzi clicked away as she struggled to lead her crying child into her SUV. Unfortunately, the tabloids had a field day with the image and plastered the pic on the cover of several magazines.

Charlize was labeled a “Monster Mom” after this incident but meltdowns are totally normal for most toddlers. In can’t be easy to work through such a stressful moment in front of the paparazzi. We totally felt for Charlize at this moment.

12 Kim Kardashian Faced A Fashion Show Tantrum

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Kim Kardashian is known for dragging her daughter North to fashion shows. Her little diva has been snapped often throwing all sorts of tantrums while sitting in the front row, as celebrities look on uncomfortably. Although, the reason she took North to the show in the first place is actually sweet.

“Kayne was so upset and angry with himself last year because he missed a lot of time with [North] due to his busy work schedule… that’s not happening,” an insider told Hollywood Life. “He made a promise to Kim and [North] that he’s going to be a hands-on father and he meant it. Wherever he goes, the family goes, including [North].”

11 Sandra Bullock Protected Her Son

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Sandra Bullock was photographed trying to protect her son, Louis, from the paparazzi. She’s another Hollywood mom that shields her children from the limelight. There are several pics of Bullock hiding her kids from photographers.

Sandra discussed with InStyle about how challenging it can be to adopt a child while living in Hollywood. "I had to figure out how to hide the kids' faces because there was a bounty on our heads," she said. "When you adopt a child, there's a placement period, and if something goes sideways, they have the right to take the child away. It's a tenuous, strenuous six months."

10 Mariah Carey Handled The Situation Like A Pro

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Mariah Carey handled a challenging mommy moment like the pro she is. The singer was posing for pics as she accepted her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame alongside her twins, Moroccan and Monroe. The little ones pretty much refused to behave and totally acted like kids.

During a photo op, Moroccan decided to cuddle up to his mama but the poor guy ended up being dragged away from his mom, kicking and screaming. Mariah just continued smiling and didn’t flinch while her son cried in the background. Now that’s a woman who knows how to give good face, despite her kid’s total meltdown.

9 Sarah Jessica Parker Comforted Her Daughter

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Sarah Jessica Parker was papped by photographers while comforting one of her twins as she walked through the streets of New York City. It’s refreshing to see that a celeb mom has to handle tantrums just like the rest of us and it’s obvious that she’s helping her little girl work through some big feelings.

Although, Parker admitted to Hola! Magazine that she usually loves walking around Manhatten with her kids, saying, "You can spend a day with your children and have an experience. They are the lens through which you’re seeing things. It’s all different colors and activity and structure and everything—art, literature."

8 Victoria Beckham Wasn't Having It

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Victoria Beckham is very experienced when it comes to handling unruly behavior. She was in total mommy-mode when one of her sons tried to resist walking alongside her. The mom of four simply pulled him along without batting an eyelash.

It’s rare to see any of her children acting out as she and her husband make it a point not to spoil them. According to Zap Gossip, she said: “Our children are very polite, respectful, they work hard, they have great personalities. We're in a privileged position, and the children are growing up to understand that. The only way we have ever spoiled them is with lots of love."

7 Reese Witherspoon Blew Up

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Reese Witherspoon lost her cool when photographers invaded her kids’ personal space. The actress was out shopping with her children, Ava and Deacon, in Los Angeles when she came across paparazzi. This wasn’t her only run-in with them, either.

Another incident was featured on YouTube in which Witherspoon berated the paparazzi about their reckless driving. She approached them and said, "Excuse me, I want to talk to all y'all," she yelled, adding that the cameraman's driving was "inexcusable." She insisted that they be more careful to prevent putting anyone’s life in danger.

6 Halle Berry Took Control

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Halle Berry was captured negotiating with her daughter, Nahla. The actress was seen coaxing her little girl while the paparazzi watched on. Chances are that she was having to talk her daughter through feeling intruded upon by photographers.

Berry testified at a congressional hearing to pass stricter laws protecting celeb kids from the paparazzi. According to Today, Berry said that at the time, Nahla "doesn't want to go to preschool any more. Why? Because these 25 grown men are there... We're moms here, just trying to protect our children."

Her testimony helped pass a new bill that prohibits tabloid photographers from harassing children.

5 Jennifer Lopez Won A Toddler Standoff

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Even Jennifer Lopez has to deal with toddler tantrums. The mom of two was snapped struggling to get her son, Max, out of a store. By the look of determination on her face, it seems like J-Lo totally has a grip of the situation.

According to Vanity Fair, Lopez had plenty to say about the paparazzi. “I really feel like I play so fair with the media all the time and I’m super gracious with everybody and all I ask is for them to stay away from my kids and that... when I [get] home, just let me go home. It’s disrespectful,” she said.

4 Britney Spears Needed A Moment

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Britney Spears was so stressed out that she had to take a seat in FAO Schwarz and collect herself after a stressful incident with her son, Sean Preston. She had just stepped out of The Ritz-Carlton in Manhattan when she almost dropped her eight-month-old baby as she walked to a waiting car.

The paparazzi blinded her with flashbulbs as she lost her footing and tripped. Luckily, a bodyguard caught her but Sean’s head flung backwards. She sat in exasperation and relief in the toy store as the photographers took this pic of Britney in tears. The paps just won't let up!

3 Heidi Klum Handled Hysterics

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Heidi Klum is the mom of four children so she knows exactly how to step in during a toddler meltdown. The supermodel was spotted in the midst of dealing with a serious tantrum in front of the paparazzi.

We don’t often catch glimpses of her kids because Klum doesn’t share pics of their faces on social media. She was a guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan and told Ryan Seacrest her reasoning. “It’s different when we do it — I feel like we’re grown-ups — but I want to try and keep them children [for] as long as possible,” she said.

2 Brad Pitt Took An Infamous Plane Flight

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The tension is obvious in this pic of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and their son Maddox. They had just landed from a flight that would change the course of their lives. According to a family insider, a fight had erupted between Pitt and Angelina and Maddox had stepped up to protect his mom.

An insider told People, “There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have.” The source says Pitt did not hurt his son, adding, “He is emphatic that it did not reach [that level], [and] that no one was physically harmed.”

1 Katie Holmes Dealt With A Pouter

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Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri were caught in a tense moment by the paparazzi. The famous little girl was seen sporting a serious pout as they walked down the street together. Katie seems to be taking Suri in stride and not paying much attention to her antics.

Holmes told Marie Claire that despite the fact that Suri is leading a privileged childhood, she actually requires her daughter to do chores. “She has to make her bed, she has to take her dishes to the sink, she has to put her clothes in the laundry - you know, that basic stuff,” Holmes insisted.

References: Today, People, InStyle, Parenting

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