Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the highly acclaimed Americanah, dropped a bombshell during her latest interview with the Financial Times. The writer revealed that she had given birth to a baby, which shocked many of her fans.


“This is the first time I’m saying it publicly. I have a lovely little girl so I feel like I haven’t slept … but it’s also just really lovely and strange,” she shared.

“I have some friends who probably don’t know I was pregnant or that I had a baby,” Adichie added. “I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy. We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood. I went into hiding. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”

The author may have a point as one search on YouTube renders hundreds of birthing experiences. In the celebrity sphere, an expectant star is sometimes viewed as selfish if she refuses to give her fans a daily update on her pregnancy. It seems that the barriers of privacy as they pertain to parenthood have blurred with the development of social media.

BCK Asks: What do you think? Do you view celebrity moms who keep their pregnancies private as selfish? Would you do the same if you were in their shoes?

Share your thoughts below!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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Comments 3

  1. WhateverGal says:

    OK nice

  2. TLC says:

    Agreed. Everyone should have the right to protect their child’s privacy. After all, the child didn’t ask for stardom and society can be so cruel.

  3. Jacenana says:

    I can respect her need for privacy. Not everyone wants their personal life on display to the public. I applaud & respect Kerry Washington for protecting her child’s safety and well-being. We have NEVER seen Isabella, doubt if we’ll see the new baby either.

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