Kareena Kapoor to Katrina Kaif: Why are we obsessed with celeb pregnancies?

One thing that we know and appreciate about Kareena Kapoor is her eagerness to openly share every aspect of her life with her fans. In recent times, she has spoken openly about not being pregnant and continues to share her excitement about bringing up her kids Taimur Ali Khan and Jahangir Ali Khan with actor-husband Saif Ali Khan. The family recently returned to Mumbai after a 40-day vacation in the UK and Italy, and Kareena made sure to document their entire journey on Instagram. Read more: Kareena Kapoor Khan opens on baby number 1. 3 Rumors, Ask ‘Am I a Machine?’

Recently rumors surfaced that Kareena was pregnant with Saif and their third child. Although it’s not clear where these pregnancy rumors came from, Karina is pretty sure pasta and wine were the culprits. She recently posed for a picture in London with Saif Ali Khan and a friend wearing a black tank top. Some fans noticed – and froze at her apparent baby bump seen in the photo.

In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Kareena spoke about the picture that led to the media’s rush with the pregnancy story. Karina said, “That picture was morphed! My stomach looked like it, and I went ‘Oh my god, is it like that? Or maybe it’s wine and pasta, I don’t know!’ I was on 40 days off, I don’t know, I lost count of how many pizzas I ate. That’s all, I had to take it to my stride, and say ‘Chill, it’s ok, we are human too’. “

Some social media users commented on a post on Instagram shared from her fan account and asked if Kareena Kapoor was ‘pregnant again’.

Kareena is a seasoned professional when it comes to making headlines. Although she may have a habit of reading false reports about herself, instead of ignoring the rumors of her pregnancy – as most are justified in doing – the actor did one better. She wrote a pregnancy denial declaration and shared the better part of her recent vacation to Instagram after dodging tabloid stories and assumptions about her alleged pregnancy.

On July 19, Karina took to Instagram Stories, directly addressing the speculation about her personal life and setting the record straight, writing, “It’s pasta and wine guys… Calm down… I’m not pregnant … Saif says that he has already contributed a lot to the population of our country …” Saif and his ex-wife, actor Amrita Singh, have two children – daughter Sara Ali Khan and son Ibrahim. Ali khan. While Sara is an actor, Ibrahim is working as an assistant director under filmmaker Karan Johar.

We are taking control of our narrative about this age of women. It is inspiring to see this change unfold before our eyes, where tabloids with false claims are being called out for their behaviour. While it allowed Kareena to speak her truth and gave her a platform and voice, social media has completely changed the game for women in Bollywood, as we have seen over the years. With an insatiable thirst for celebrity pregnancy announcements, baby bump photos, and a general fascination with celebrity relationships and bodies, sweeping decisions are now taking place on an even wider scale.

On July 19, Kareena Kapoor took to her Instagram stories to directly address her pregnancy speculations.

Like Kareena, many other women including actresses Aishwarya Rai, Bipasha Basu and Katrina Kaif have faced the same sexist scrutiny on social media. Since their wedding in December 2021, tabloids have regularly sparked rumors about Katrina having a child with actor-husband Vicky Kaushal. Katrina is one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood, and yet, strangers keep discussing about her pregnancy status.

After Katrina recently shared pictures from her birthday from Maldives, her child-free status was checked in the comments section of her post – ‘Is she with baby?’ or ‘isn’t it?’ Sample some of the news headlines on Katrina’s alleged pregnancy in recent months: ‘Pregnant Katrina Kaif trying to deal with mood swings and shooting schedule’, ‘Katrina Kaif is pregnant, announce fans as she reunites with Vicky Kaushal’ Returns from Maldives’ and ‘Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal to announce pregnancy on actress’s birthday?’ Earlier in May, a news report claimed that Katrina was ‘two months pregnant’. Katrina’s team also pointed out that the rumours were fake.

Yet, in the context-free vacuum of the Internet, none of this matters. Because when it comes to public opinion, every married actor in Bollywood is – or should be – with a child. Just ask Bipasha Basu or Aishwarya Rai, who are reportedly hiding their pregnancy. Haven’t you read the recent headlines like ‘Pregnant Aishwarya Rai Aaradhya Bachchan (her daughter with actor-husband Abhishek Bachchan)’ or ‘Pregnant Bipasha Basu hid her baby bump in an oversized dress’? good for you.

Katrina Kaif was recently in Maldives for her birthday. Some reports had claimed that the actress would announce her pregnancy during the visit.

In many ways what we are seeing is a story as old as time. Over the years, veteran actor Rekha has also faced speculation about her pregnancy, and even addressed questions about not having children in a magazine cover interview. In a conversation with Filmfare in 1984, Rekha said, “I regret not getting married, not having children…”

Kareena also opened up about being the subject of false headlines in her recent interview with Hindustan Times. “What do you mean ‘Is she pregnant? Is she having another child?’ Am I a machine? Leave the choice up to me,” she said while talking about how people assume a woman is expecting, the minute she gains a little weight.

Why are we as a society out of celebrity pregnancies? The way famous women are treated by the media reflects the pervasive culture of sexism. We’ve long made it our business to learn everything we can about celebrities. Earlier it was their house and their marriages. Then this was his love life. Now we have taken it a step further. Personal things like pregnancy, motherhood and fertility are casually discussed in social media and gossip columns.

Sonam Kapoor recently did a maternity photoshoot with fashion designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.

Case in point – ever since Sonam Kapoor announced her pregnancy in March via Instagram and an artfully shot photoshoot featuring herself and husband Anand Ahuja, what she didn’t discuss is the actor’s maternity style Yes, more has been done for that. Sonam is not wearing a tented dress. She is not wearing maternity jeans. Instead, she’s flaunted her baby bump and even flaunted her naked belly at every turn – in crop tops and bodycon dresses to pregnancy photoshoots with top designers like Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.

However, Sonam’s style choices are just the beginning. In constantly dressing to face the world with the physical reality of her pregnancy, she has gone far beyond just making a fashion statement. By dressing to show off her baby bump, Sonam is essentially saying ‘I am still a person, and I am my person’.

In a recent interview, actor Richa Chadha shared her approach to dealing with the speculations about her life and body, especially the pregnancy rumours. The actor gave advice to women on how they can deal with people who have something to say about becoming a mother. Richa said in a video shared on Instagram account Be Badass, “Look ladies, whenever someone asks you ‘are you planning to have kids’ or ‘are you pregnant’, all you have to do is Must say, ‘I enjoy the process, but I’m not so sure of the result. Another pretty revolutionary step.


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