NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 03: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at the “Free Guy” premiere held at AMC Lincoln Sq on August 3, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)

Despite their immense fame and the public’s interest in their marriage, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have always tried their best to keep their three daughters, James, Inez and Betty, out of the spotlight. A few months ago, Lively blasted photographers and the tabloids for printing images of her out walking with her kids and now the actress has publicly commented on an Instagram account that posted a photo of the couple with their three children. 

“This is so disturbing,” Lively commented on the since-deleted post on the Hollywood Star Kids Instagram account, revealing she’s previously had personal correspondence with the account’s owners, who agreed not to post images of her children. “I’ve personally shared with you that these men stalk and harass my children. And you are still posting. You said you would stop. You personally promised me. This is not casual appreciation. This is YOU also exploiting very young children,” she wrote. 

“Please. Delete. Please,” Lively continued. “Some parents are ok with this. We. Are. NOT.”

After the post was deleted, Lively expressed her gratitude to fans who showed support by commenting on the account and by unfollowing it. “Thank you to everyone UNFOLLOWING accounts who exploit children,” she wrote on her Instagram Story. “YOU make ALL the difference. Thank you for your integrity. Thank you.”

Lively isn’t the only Hollywood parent to publicly try to prevent paparazzi from taking photographs of celebrity children. In 2014, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard spearheaded the “No Kids Policy,” through which media outlets agreed not to purchase and publish photos of celebrity children. But despite the agreement, many are still having to take matters into their own hands. This year alone, both Gigi Hadid and Sophie Turner have publicly begged photographers to avoid photographing their daughters. 

In July, Hadid wrote on her Instagram stories that her and Zayn Malik’s daughter, Khai, wanted to be able to see outside of her stroller when out with her mum and doesn’t understand why Hadid keeps the blinds down. “She doesn’t understand why she’s covered in the city, or what I’ve wanted to protect her from,” Hadid wrote. “I also want her to see the most amazing city in the world + the beautiful and diverse people that walk down the streets of NYC … that is, without the stress of the media circus that comes with parents who are public figures.”

“You know we have never intentionally shared our daughter’s face on social media,” Hadid continued. “Our wish is that she can choose how to share herself with the world when she comes of age, and that she can live as normal of a childhood as possible, without worrying about a public image that she has not chosen,” she added. “It would mean the world to us, as we take our daughter to see and explore NYC and the world, if you would PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE blur her face out of the images, if and when she is caught on camera.”

In May, fellow mum Sophie Turner also spoke out, posting a video calling it “disgusting” when “grown men” take photos of her and Joe Jonas’ daughter, Willa, without permission. “She is my daughter. She did not ask for this life, to be photographed,” Turner said. 

“It’s fucking creepy that grown old men taking pictures of a baby without their permission. I’m sickened, I’m disgusted and I’m respectfully asking everyone to stop following us around and stop trying to take pictures of our daughter and especially printing them. It’s disgusting and you do not have my permission.”