Want to know what Shilpa Shetty’s son Viaan looks like? How about Aishwarya Rai’s daughter Aaradhya? Curious fans are in luck: the social networking site Twitter is awash with photos of Bollywood’s newest mothers posing proudly with cuddly newborns.
The catch? The babies in the pictures aren’t theirs. These popular photos are all fakes, and they’ve been spreading like wildfire due mostly to both Shilpa and Aishwarya’s defiance of the popular celebrity trend of selling baby photos to the media.
Just days after Aishwarya gave birth to her daughter Aaradhya, thousands of fans on Twitter began circulating a doctored photo of Aishwarya holding her daughter in the delivery room. It’s unclear why anyone would fall for the pic–it was so obviously (and poorly) photoshopped that only the most naive viewer would think it real. Amitabh Bachchan was annoyed enough by it to discuss it with fans on Twitter, and congratulated a follower who was able to find the original photo for him.
Not long after that another photo of Aishwarya appeared, this one showing her holding a baby and smiling happily into the camera. It was a lovely photo–Aish was bathed in a soft yellow light and was obviously delighted at the child in her arms. Twitter yet again went crazy over it despite the fact that the photo was years old–the child Aish was holding was actually her nephew.
Shilpa has fared no better–a photo allegedly of her and her son Viaan has gone viral, much to her annoyance. In fact the star was so perturbed by the fake that she issued a statement about it, declaring, “There is a picture doing the rounds, claiming it’s my son and I. Just want 2 say that’s a picture of my niece Shyana and me taken a year back.”
Sadly this is the price stars pay for not being as revealing as fans want them to be. Neither Shilpa nor Aishwarya want their children’s faces splashed across newspapers and websites, and that’s perfectly understandable, but fans are so desperate to see these star babies that they’re willing to believe–if only for a moment–that these mislabeled photos are real. It’s all part of the unfortunate reality of being a film star: fans feel entitled to know everything about their favorite actors, and privacy goes out the window for all but the most careful celebrities.
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