Vanessa Hudgens Slams Paparazzi for 'Exploiting' Family's Privacy With Baby Photo Leak

'Our family's privacy was disrespected," said Hudgens.

Vanessa Hudgens has publicly expressed her disappointment over the unauthorized release of photos capturing her exit from the hospital after giving birth to her first child. The 35-year-old star took to an Instagram Story on Thursday, July 4, to share her thoughts on the invasion of privacy that marred what should have been an intimate family moment.

Hudgens, known for her roles in various films and television shows, including the recent Bad Boys: Ride or Die, found herself at the center of media attention when tabloid websites such as TMZ and Daily Mail published images of her being wheeled out of the hospital. These photos served as the initial confirmation of her child's birth, a reveal that the actress and her husband, professional baseball player Cole Tucker, had intended to make on their own terms.

In her statement, Hudgens said, "We're disappointed that our family's privacy was disrespected and exploited during this very special time due to the greed of a long lens camera feeding the media." Despite the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the announcement, she added a positive note, stating, "Despite all of that, mom dad and baby are happy and healthy."

The actress, who first revealed her pregnancy at the 2024 Oscars in March, has been relatively private about her personal life. Her relationship with Tucker began in 2020, with the couple announcing their engagement in February 2023 and reportedly tying the knot in Tulum, Mexico, in December of the same year.

This incident rekindled conversations about celebrity privacy and paparazzi etiquette. Many fans and fellow celebrities have rallied behind Hudgens, urging greater respect for personal boundaries, especially during life's most important moments.

The leak of these photos has overshadowed what would have been Hudgens' first official announcement of her child's birth. Details such as the baby's name, sex, and exact date of birth remain undisclosed, as the couple likely wished to share this information on their own schedule.

This situation comes at a time when Hudgens has been experiencing professional success, including her recent win on Season 11 of The Masked Singer. In a May interview with E! News, she shared her enthusiasm about motherhood and her plans to introduce her future children to her body of work, saying, "I'll show my kids all my work. That's why I chose things along the way in my career. I wanted to make sure that when I did have kids, there would be something for them to watch at every age."