Obviously it is their parents who are celebrities, and that is what makes their births highly anticipated events. Some of the darlings even cause controversy. Or would that be the parents who cause the controversy?
After the birth of their daughter North in 2013, pundits wondered what Kim Kardashion and her husband, rapper Kanye West, would call their second child. The name Saint has not disappointed, even if it has caused another rapper, Saint West to announce that he was quitting music. Is he quitting in protest, one wonders? Only he can say.
Then we have the other babies like Sasha, son of Shakira and Gerard Pique, whose births registered only with die-hard followers of celebrity news. The births of Silas of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake or even Pauline of Vin Diesel fall under that category. While the first two didn’t mention who their children are named after, Vin Diesel has confirmed naming his daughter after his late co-star and best friend, Paul Walker.
“There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting the umbilical cord. I knew he was there,” he is reported to have said.
But the most anticipated birth of the year, at least in the United Kingdom, was that of Her Royal Highness Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The names, according to many observers, “honoured tradition.” That didn’t mean that expectant British parents rushed to call their daughters Charlotte. Sasha Miller, the managing editor of the website BabyCentre recognised that while it was “a lovely name,” there would be “fewer babies being called Charlotte” in the months that followed the birth of the Royal Highness. “Parents don’t want to be labelled as having been influenced by others in their baby name choice, particularly by such a high-profile family.”
The baby whose birth, or rather whose birth “sometime in the summer,” is causing controversy, but not for him or his parents, is the baby of Chelsea Clinton. Upon hearing the announcement, Hillary Clinton’s team posted on her site, “7 ways Hillary Clinton is just like your abuela,” or grandmother in Spanish.
Instead of appealing to the Hispanic community, she is obviously targeting. The move has backfired and Twitter is trending with a NotMyAbuela hashtag. For many, it smacks of desperation.
Celebrity babies then, like their parents or even their grandparents, do have a hard job, unlike other non-celebrity babies who can just be babies. Between photo shoots, announcements of their births on Twitter and magazine deals, it is indeed a hard job being a celebrity, baby or otherwise.