People magazine on Wednesday. Although it is something most celebrity parents do, the singer explained on her website, she and Carey Hart made the conscious decision to have magazine photos published after the paparazzi had made it unsafe for her and her baby to go out.
In a lengthy message, directly to the paparazzi, Pink’s maternal instincts had kicked in. She explained her displeasure over the flashbulbs, and explained her photos were going to a good cause.
“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 all night, as new parents Carey and I decided that we would release personal photos of our Willow, and donate all of the money to charity,” she wrote on her website.
“We will be donating the money to children's' charities, among them one of our favorites, the Ronald McDonald House, an organization that houses and cares for the families of sick children so they can be together during treatment, as well as Autism Speaks,” she added.
Pink, 31, continued to express she didn't want her and her husband's fame be a factor in their daughter's early life because she didn't ask for it.
“Like any parents, we believe our little girl deserves the right to have privacy and be protected, but unfortunately, this media climate doesn't seem to provide for that,” she said. “We recognize that celebrity has its upsides and downsides and do our best to manage just being people without hiring stylists and bodyguards.…I've seen some photos of myself that make me smile and some that make me less smiley. But you see, it's one thing to harass and stalk us, the adults, the celebrity that signed up for this life, but children should be protected and safe. There should be a clear distinction between us.”
“In EVERY other country that I recall, children's faces are blurred out in magazine photos. Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behavior to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? Why is this acceptable to any of us? Why is this even legal? These are questions I ask myself as a new parent,” she continued. “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[?] After all, if a stranger was sitting outside of a school taking photographs of random little girls and boys, wouldn't he be arrested? But because it's the child of a celebrity, somehow it's okay? I'm just not sure what is wrong with us as a society, that we do more than tolerate this.”
“We don't want you to take our little girl's picture. We don't want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. 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. Carey and I are new parents. We know we have so much to learn in our new role and are thankful for the family and friends around us....But this is about our daughter who just got here. 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.”
“We are so appreciative that people are interested in seeing our daughter. We WANT to share our joys with you, but as parents (and new parents), we should be able to govern these decisions, shouldn't we?” she said.
“I've never shied away from a controversial opinion because of the fear of bad press,” she concluded, asking to put an end to paparazzi craziness.