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Jennifer Lawrence made it clear she didn't want her child to be forced into the spotlight as she shared her desire to 'protect their privacy for the rest of their lives'.
Lawrence herself was just a teenager when she began getting credited roles in film and TV, and it wasn't long before she became known across the globe as Katniss Everdeen, the Hunger Games character she took on at the age of 20.
In the last 10 years, the actor has gone on to star in other major films such as Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and Joy, and has become one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood.
For many actors, it's a dream come true, but with big success comes a lack of anonymity and, often, privacy. As a result, Lawrence admitted she was scared about sharing her child with the world while speaking to Vanity Fair during her pregnancy last year.
She explained: "If I was at a dinner party, and somebody was like, ‘Oh, my God, you’re expecting a baby,’ I wouldn’t be like, ‘God, I can’t talk about that. Get away from me, you psycho!’ But every instinct in my body wants to protect their privacy for the rest of their lives, as much as I can."
Lawrence went on to explain she doesn't want anyone to automatically feel 'welcome into [her child's] existence', and said that starts with 'not including them' in the public part of her work.
The actor confirmed the arrival of her first child while speaking to Ellen DeGeneres last month, when the Ellen Show host, who used to live in the house now occupied by Lawrence, said: "Now I live next door to you, and I'm looking at you living in my house with a brand new baby. By the way, I do hear you sometimes talking to him, and it's really cute."
A few days later, Lawrence was spotted with her child and her husband, Cooke Maroney, as the family made a rare public outing in Los Angeles.
The mother could be seen pushing the baby's pram, with a source telling Page Six the scene 'seemed like a very normal errand run'.
Lawrence has not confirmed the name or gender of her baby and does not appear to have shared any pictures of the child online, indicating her desire to continue to protect the privacy of her child.
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