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Tyra Banks has been in the public eye since the mid-90s, first as a Victoria Secret Angel, and then as a world-renowned supermodel.
But that doesn’t mean she wants to subject her family to the same public scrutiny.
Banks recently had a child via surrogate with Norwegian photographer Erik Asla and has worked hard for over a year to keep her little boy out of the spotlight.
The “America’s Next Top Model” creator decided it was finally time to share a photo of her son, York, with the world back in June to celebrate Father’s Day:
However, during a recent candid interview with Seth Meyers, Banks confessed that she regrets posting the photo altogether:
“It wasn’t so much that I was itching for the world to see him,” she explained to Meyers on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” last Thursday, but she felt that pressures from paparazzi motivated her to upload the pic.
According to the interview, Banks and her father were caught by nosy photographers during a family Father’s Day outing. While she tried her best to shield her son from the lenses, she was worried that the paparazzi snuck away with revealing shots.
So, in order to combat the press, she decided to beat them to the punch. She explained:
“I pull over the gas station after they get the shot, I text his dad and I’m like, ‘I’ve got to put this picture out before the paparazzi. I don’t want them to make money off our child and have the first picture.’ So, I posted the damn picture.”
It seems her strategy was misguided.
The next day came and went, and no paparazzi photos surfaced on the internet. And now, she regrets sharing her growing boy with her 5.2 million Instagram audience:
“The next day, there ain’t no paparazzi pictures, ’cause mama knew how to hide that camera. She’s a supermodel for a reason! And so now his picture is out there and I didn’t need it to be!”
There’s no doubt that she’ll be keeping her family life under wraps going forward.