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Now that Pink has a baby girl, she's trying to figure out how to shield 3-week-old daughter Willow from the stalkerazzi who prey on celebrity moms. In a new post on her blog, the singer explains why selling her first baby photos to People magazine was, ironically, the best way to protect Willow's privacy.
The 31-year-old Grammy winner says that she and husband Carey Hart, 35, made the decision to release their private photos "due to the unsettling, surprisingly aggressive and unsafe measures that the paparazzi seem to be willing to go to in order to secure that 'first shot' of our daughter -- stalking us, chasing us in cars and sitting outside of our home all day and night." She writes that she wanted her little girl to be protected from media attention, "but unfortunately, this media climate doesn't seem to provide for that."
Pink discloses that she and Hart have donated all the money from the sale to children's charities, including the Ronald McDonald House and Autism Speaks. The singer goes on to express her frustration that there are no laws in place to protect the children of celebrities from being stalked by people with cameras.
"In EVERY other country that I recall, children's faces are blurred out in magazine photos," Pink declares. "Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behavior to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? ... Why are celebrities/public figures having to seek restraining orders to keep strange grown men with still and video cameras from sitting perched outside of their children's pre-schools and elementary schools, preying on little innocent kids?" she asks.
"It's one thing to harass and stalk us, the adults, the celebrity that signed up for this life," she acknowledges, "but children should be protected and safe. There should be a clear distinction between us."
We've seen this same kind of frustration recently from other celebrity moms, including Tori Spelling (who got in a car accident after being chased to her children's preschool by a photographer) and Nicole Richie (who's been attempting to take legal measures against the paparazzi who target her children). Unfortunately, they have little recourse against the guerilla tactics of celebrity photographers. Now, Pink is trying a different tactic: appealing to her fans to stop supporting unlicensed photos of her family.
"We don't want our little girl's picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people," Pink writes in a passionate plea to photographers and fans. "In the face of camera lenses as long as my arm and flashbulbs as bright as the sun, Willow is powerless. All she has to protect her is us. But that's not all she has; she has you."
Of course, the irony is that we look at celebrity baby photos because we like seeing our favorite celebs being adorable and happy with their children. It would be a perfectly innocent pastime, if photographers only respected the boundaries of the families who support their living. It definitely seems like some legal intervention is due.
In happier news, Pink and Carey seem to be doing great, and that first (licensed!) family photo could not be more adorable. "We are absolutely blissed out in love over here!" Pink writes on her blog. "Carey is a natural, (I knew he would be) and I finally found out what love really means. Don't worry, I'm not writing an album full of sappy lullabies. Not yet, anyways?"