The Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington gave birth to her second child on Oct. 5, a son she and husband Nnamdi Asomugha have named Caleb Kelechi.
But that was two weeks ago, and this is the Internet-and-24/7-social-media-sightings age.
It was the same story with the birth of her first child, daughter Isabelle Amarachi, who was born about two weeks before TMZ got wind of the infant’s arrival.
And you better believe that everyone had been putting out feelers for Washington’s whereabouts as she entered the final weeks of that pregnancy, too.
Yet the star of one of the most popular shows on TV, model, activist and subject of much style envy managed to have both of her kids cloaked in the peace of relative secrecy.
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Basically, Washington just knows that if you want something, you have to go forth and grab it—and in these cases, that something has been privacy.
The 39-year-old actress has figured out that keeping a low profile when it matters is possible if you’re so inclined. It’s this savvy that allowed her to practically elope in June 2013 with surprise fiancé Nnamdi Asomugha, whom she had never been photographed with before saying “I do” to being his lawfully wedded wife.
The news of their top-secret wedding was known about a week after they tied the knot in Blaine County, Idaho.
The other reason why Washington may be so good at ducking the cameras when she so pleases is that she reached the tip-top of the Hollywood food chain after many years of more subtle fame—and therefore hasn’t spent 10 years being followed as some of the more ingenue, got-their-start-on-the-WB-and-married-famous types out there have.
Everyone wants a picture of Kerry on the red carpet (especially because she’s inevitably one of the best-dressed stars on it every time) and she’s in no way a shrinking violet, attending award shows, doing talk shows, vocally supporting Hillary Clinton this summer and appearing on Real Time With Bill Maher on Sept. 16, just two and a half weeks before giving birth.
And nobody noticed her baby bump!
Incidentally, Nnamdi Asomugha is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
Louisiana-born Nnamdi also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. For many years he was considered one of the best shutdown corners in the NFL.