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Halle Bailey On Why She Chose To Keep Her Pregnancy Private

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | March 8, 2024 |

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | March 8, 2024 |

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Last night, Halle Bailey was one of the honorees at the 2024 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards. The other award recipients included Oscar nominee Danielle Brooks, screenwriter Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Kathryn Busby, president of original programming for Starz.

2023 was a huge year for Halle’s career; she starred in The Little Mermaid and The Color Purple movie-musical. But her personal life was also a big topic of discussion, especially on social media. In the fall, fans began speculating Halle was pregnant after she appeared at a bunch of events wearing flowy, voluminous dresses. The 23-year-old refused to confirm or deny the rumors. Then, in early January, she took to Instagram to reveal the recent birth of her son, Halo, with her boyfriend, YouTuber/rapper DDG:

Very sweet. A few weeks later, Halle went on social media and explained she kept her pregnancy out of the spotlight because she “just wanted to make sure [she] had a beautiful, private healthy time”. As is her right! When fans accused her of “gaslighting” them by keeping it a secret (um… what?), she replied, “I’ll never understand why you are mad I protected my own peace, wouldn’t you do the same?”

During her acceptance speech at last night’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards, Halle reflected on her career, becoming a mom, and being a Black woman in the spotlight, via PEOPLE:

“We are Black women in entertainment, and although we signed up for the challenges of the spotlight, in this current climate, that spotlight burns brighter, hotter, and uninterrupted, whereas the scrutiny of its magnification leaves no concealment,” she told the room.

“I’ve learned from that spotlight over the past eight years. I’ve also, if I’m being honest, been burned by it, too, as we all have.”

Halle was referencing the racist backlash she faced following the announcement that she’d been cast as Ariel in the live-action Little Mermaid.

Halle says the role changed her life, but it “cannot compare” to becoming a mom to her “perfect little angel, Halo.” That’s when she teared up, and explained that the decision to keep her pregnancy private came from “a place of protection”:

“There was no way in hell I was going to share the biggest joy of my world with anyone. Halo was my gift. He is the greatest blessing, and I had no obligation to expose him, me, or my family to that,” she shared.

“With the state of the world and the place it is in with men trying to force their will on our bodies, no one on social media, and for damn sure, no one on the planet, was going to tell me what to do with my body or what to share with the world,” she said.

Halle added that she was inspired by famous moms like Beyoncé and Lauryn Hill:

“Do y’all remember when Prince Z David Marley [Zion David Marley], who came from a queen named Lauryn Hill, entered the world? Do you remember how private Beyoncé was about her pregnancy? We have that right,” she said. “Every woman in the world has that right to choose what to do with their bodies and what to share with anyone or everyone.”

Halle is totally right. She didn’t owe anybody an explanation. Her body, her choice. Here’s the star’s post about winning her ESSENCE Award. Love that dress, by the way:

The 17th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards will air on OWN on March 15th.