Being a father in Hollywood is no easy task. Not only do celeb dads have to worry about the day their children bring their dates home but many also focus their efforts into shielding their kids from the prying eyes of the public. In the latter case especially, most celebrity dads do everything they can to ensure their kids’ privacies are maintained.
In both situations, however, there are some celebrity dads that are so overprotective that most of their fans don’t even know they have kids! In the case of one eleven-time Grammy award-winning celebrity dad, in particular, no one would actually guess he has four kids with triplets among them!
Despite being in the spotlight, not all celebrity dads want their kids to grow up with paparazzi following their every move or tabloids reporting on their latest potty-training achievement. Among these overprotective dads, we also can’t forget about the ones who are already plotting for the teenage years by strategizing the ways in which they’re going to ward off any potential suitors. One famous musician celeb dad already knows he’s merely going to offer a potential suitor a record deal to get him to go away! With that being said, let’s have a look at 20 of the most overprotective celeb dads.
20 Donald Glover
Surprise! If you didn’t know Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has kids… then you do now! In fact, the 35-year-old is actually the proud papa of two little ones with the second being born quite recently -- at the beginning of 2018. While he never even so much as speaks about his kids, he did tell Billboard this:
“It’s something everybody grapples with: why we’re programmed the way we’re programmed. A child is information. You’re programming this thing.”
“At the end of the day, all you can really do is plant a seed that you’re not going to see grow into a tree,” he also continued.
19 Ben Affleck
No dad (or mom for that matter) looks forward to the day that their kids start dating. For dads, the concept of their daughters dating and bringing a date home is one that is particularly hard to think about but most share the same game plan as Ben Affleck.
When asked about his plan on what he would do when his daughters, either Violet or Seraphina, first brought home a date, he gave an answer that many dads can relate to. According to Ok Magazine, he said he is already “practicing the rocking-chair” routine, which includes the usual accessory of the firing kind.
18 Mark Wahlberg
Back when the band One Direction was at the height of its popularity, Mark Wahlberg showed his protective side upon describing what he would do to Harry Styles if he met him in real life. As reported by OK Magazine, he joked that he was going to get physical with the lead member of the band. It has yet to happen but it’s still a sentiment that many parents and especially dads share once their daughters start to go through the usual tween and teen obsessions. Boy bands aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be but it won’t be long until the next one comes along.
17 David Beckham
As easy-going as David Beckham may seem, he is actually a very overprotective dad when it comes to his daughter Harper. Don’t forget that out of his four kids with Victoria Beckham, Harper is the youngest and only girl!
Not too surprisingly, when the topic of dating came up, David Beckham said according to OK Magazine, “Absolutely not! She’s going to be like Rapunzel, up in the tower.”
With three big brothers and an overprotective celebrity dad, things are certainly going to get very interesting for Harper once she reaches her teenage years but there’s still a long way to go until then.
16 Kanye West
Given the ordeal Kim Kardashian went through in Paris two years ago, it’s really not all that surprising that Kanye West would be extra-protective of his children. Esquire reports that he said:
"One of the things was just to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my child's mother. As simple as that."
In fact, neither Kanye nor Kim spare any expense when it comes to keeping their children safe as they spend upwards of $100,000 per day on 24-hour security protection that includes military personnel. They actually have up to 30 security guards patrolling the grounds all day long!
15 Ryan Gosling
Just like Donald Glover, Ryan Gosling is another one of those celebrity dads who has vowed to keep his kids out of the media’s spotlight.
In an interview with GQ, he said, “Eva’s the dream mother, and they’re dream babies, and it’s like a dream that I’m having right now. I’m dreaming it all.”
He also went on to add, “So I feel so lucky… When you meet your kids you realize that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve… My life [has] changed. And thank God it did."
14 Channing Tatum
Just like David Beckham, Channing Tatum may seem all laid-back and friendly but don’t you think that applies to his one and only child, his daughter, Everly!
While promoting the movie White House Down in 2013, he opened up about fatherhood by telling US Weekly,
"I'm pretty sure that something about the [head of state] makes the stakes a little higher, but to me as a new father, nothing is more important or [worrisome] than protecting a daughter."
Now that is daughter is going to be six years old soon, he most certainly is not looking forward to the tween or teenage years! But something tells us he’ll be just fine.
13 Ashton Kutcher
Just mere months after the birth of his first child, Wyatt Isabelle, Ashton Kutcher tweeted back in 2015:
“Why is it so hard for publications to respect that I would like the identity of my child kept private for safety reasons? Pls honor that.”
Since then, he has been on a mission with Mila Kunis to keep the kids away from the media’s prying eyes. While it hasn’t been easy and there are certainly a number of pictures of the couple’s children online, he has stood by one simple thought. As he told Huffington Post this:
"My wife and I have chosen a [job] where we're in the public light," he adds. "But my kids have not, so I think they should have the right to choose that."
12 Ryan Reynolds
That’s right! While Ryan Reynolds is all jokes on his own social media channels and in interviews, he’s nevertheless super protective when it comes to his two daughters, James and Inez Reynolds.
In an interview with David Letterman, Ryan famously mentioned that while he used to say he would do anything for his wife Blake Lively, his priorities have massively shifted since having kids.
“The second I looked into that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if [anything ever happened], I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.”
Something tells us she approves.
11 Dave Grohl
As the lead singer of the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, is certainly no stranger of the kind of environment that musicians tend to attract, especially via the groupies and backstage activities. Although he’s now a dad of three, there’s no doubt about the fact that the 50-year-old has seen a lot in his time and he knows the kind of reputation usually precedes musicians. As such, his words aren’t all that surprising. According to Esquire, he said,
"If my daughter ever comes home with a musician, I'll pull him aside and say, 'I'll get you a record deal if you stop [hanging] around with my daughter.'"
10 James Corden
James Corden is everywhere: all over TV with his late-night show and all over our social media feeds with his hilarious Carpool Karaoke clips and epic rap battles but there’s one thing noticeably missing from his famous persona… his kids! Not only are pictures of his kids are scarce but he rarely talks about them too. But don’t think he never lets his kids outside! In this picture, a fan actually caught Corden on a Disneyland trip with his kids.
One thing is for sure though: Corden wasn’t exactly all that pleased with having his picture taken at the most magical place on earth.
9 Matt Damon
Just like James Corden and many other celeb dads, Matt Damon is another celebrity who tries extra hard to keep his children out of the spotlight for their protection and privacy.
While he has shared a few stories here and there about his familial life, he’s notoriously private about all the details. You certainly won’t catch him sharing pictures of his kids baking cookies or playing with expensive toys à la Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
This initiative also ties into the fact that he’s on a mission to make sure his kids don’t grow up spoiled after witnessing how some communities live around the world.
8 John Krasinski
Following the birth of his first daughter in 2014, John Krasinski famously tweeted this:
“Pics of kids should only come direct from parents. So I'm thrilled to introduce you guys to Hazel!!!"
Despite sharing the picture, he has been notoriously private ever since. In an interview with People, he also said:
"Even when [we] drop our 4-year-old daughter off at school, you don’t know what she’s gonna do that day. You don’t know if other kids are gonna be nice to her or if she [will get] in trouble for something. You just want to protect them at all costs."
7 Christian Bale
When it comes to Christian Bale, one thing is for sure: he is a super devoted method actor who takes his roles very seriously. But there’s another role that he takes even more seriously: fatherhood. In an interview with Esquire, the father of two shed some light as to the reason for which he never talks about his children, Joseph and Emmeline Bale.
“I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly. But it’s not what I’m about in terms of being an actor. I don’t want people to know about that.”
Aside from the fact that no one can understand how Pharrell still looks the exact same way he did twenty years ago, there’s another tidbit of eleven-time Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, and producer: the fact that he has kids. As it turns out, his son Rocket Ayer Williams is now actually about ten-years-old who became a big brother at the beginning of 2017 when –wait for it— Pharrell and his wife of 10-years Helen Lasichanh had triplets. However, no one actually knows their names as he has been keeping them out of the limelight. He did reveal to BET that he had about 12 nannies in rotation for the babies!
5 The Rock
Surely no one would actually expect Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to not be overprotective when it comes to his daughters? As reported by the Daily Mail, he funnily said,
'If Simone came to me and was like, "Listen Dad, I'm dating someone." I'd be like "OK cool, well bring him in."
'Then he comes in, "Hello, what's your name?" "Hi my name is..." [interrupts the conversation] Right there. What that is, is [I would grab him and he would go down.] Simone [would not be] in the room right now because she [would be] escorted out.
'You're fighting for your life. Stay down there. And that's how I would react.'
4 Dave Chappelle
Although Dave Chappelle’s name has been on the news lately a lot, fans will still be hard-pressed to find much information regarding either one of his three children. In fact, the stand-up comedian is renowned for having moved his family south of Yellow Spring, a village in Greene County, Ohio, which boasts a population of 3,487! According to Bossip, the reason for the move was primarily motivated by Chappelle’s yearning for privacy for himself and his family. As a result, pictures of his kids are very scarce. It will be very interesting to see if any of kids attempt to follow in his footsteps.
3 Justin Timberlake
Did you think Justin Timberlake is cool? Turns out he’s a little too cool for his fans as he keeps his kids away from the fans’ insatiable curiosity. People explained that after Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s son Silas Randall was born in 2015, “followers were only able to get a few glimpses of the newborn. The two have never shied away from talking about their love for one another but when it comes to their son, it’s rare that you’ll see the parents share a good look at his face.”
In effect, although the family does share pictures of the three of them together, they are very careful to never select one with a clear picture of his face.
Although the paparazzi have captured many pictures of Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s three kids, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir Carter, the fact remains that the proud daddy of three would prefer to preserve their privacies.
“Jay and I have always been very discreet when it comes to our relationship. Even after we got married nothing changed about that. I think that saved us a lot of trouble,” Beyoncé told Germany’s FHM magazine, according to People.
In general, the couple has kept details of their private lives under wraps and it’s no surprise that they take every measure possible to keep the kids out of the limelight – for the most part.
1 Dax Shepherd
As with many other celeb fathers on this list, Dax Shepherd is another one who prefers to keep his children with Kristen Bell away from prying eyes. Not only are pictures of their kids extremely scarce on the web, but they also make every effort possible to maintain their family’s privacy. As UPI.com reported, “The pair have been particularly vocal about a 'no kids policy' and recently asked their fans to boycott every publication that publishes paparazzi photos of celebrity children taken without consent.”
While they haven’t been successful yet, perhaps it won’t be much longer until laws are changed everywhere -- much to the joy of all the celeb dads on this list!