Alicia Keys: “Motherhood Was a Big Part of Me Breaking Free”

Alicia Keys Covers Complex

Alicia Keys covers the latest issue of Complex to promote her upcoming album Girl On Fire. In the magazine, the grammy award winning singer open up about becoming a mother and why she named her 1-yeas-old son Egypt.

Keys admits that becoming a mother helped her grow into a woman.

“Motherhood was a big part of me breaking free. Before I gave birth to Egypt, there was a certain energy of wanting to fix things. Women want to clean stuff up before the baby comes. I refused to be in any circumstance that would give negative energy to this. That was what pushed me over the edge. It was becoming a woman. I was a girl, and now I’m a woman.”

The New York State of Mind singer named her son Egypt because she had a to the country that she remembers as a growing period in her life.

“I took an important trip for myself to Egypt. There were a lot of things that needed to change. I was not as experienced then, so I felt close to a breakdown. I went to Egypt, and I went alone. I sailed down the Nile and I saw the temples, the tombs, and the pyramids. It was powerful. It was very Cleopatra. When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, ‘Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life. Wouldn’t that be amazing as a name?’ Once he said that, I was like, ‘Yes.’ ”

Keys first album since giving birth, Girl on Fire will be released at the end of the month.

It’s not a departure. It’s growth. I love the way that I’ve been able to go deeper into my lyrics and my songwriting and go to a place I was too afraid to access before.”

To read the full interview visit Complex.

Channing Tatum: “I’m Ready” For Kids

Channing Tatum Covers People Magazine

The sexiest man alive is ready to have children!

Magic Mike star Channing Tatum who has been name Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine reveals that he is ready to start a family with his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

“I’m ready; I think she’s ready,” Tatum, 32, says. “The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we’ll see where we go after that.” 

“It’s really easy for us guys to say, ‘I want like 15 kids,'” he continues. “Jenna will be like, ‘Well you better get another wife!'”

Apparently, when the heartthrob heard he named the sexiest man alive he was shocked.

“My first thought was, ‘Y’all are messing with me,'” says Tatum. “I told Jenna after we’d been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they’d gotten skunked.” 

Says the actor: “She was like, ‘What?'” 

“Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now,” he adds.

Tatum is currently training to play an Olympic athlete in next year’s Foxcatcher.

Baby News: Reese Witherspoon’s New Son’s First Pic, Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Pregnant & Lots More!

Baby news, baby news, baby news

Baby news, baby news, baby news – no, the stork didn’t have a mental breakdown mid-flight, celebrities had too much time for rest and relaxation! On the latest cover of Life & Style, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton present their plans to have country music’s cutest baby this side of Carrie Underwood. Lambert’s shiny Hayden Panettiere lookalike face pops out under the chiseled chin of Blake. The tagline reads, “Blake & Miranda – We’re Having A Baby!” Are we now? Ah, break out the baby pink non-alcoholic champers and have a good ol’ country ho-down!

On the left side of the magazine, Reese Witherspoon poses withoutherspoon, but she does pose with her baby in a circle insert near her smiling “Ehmargerd, I don’t have a career anymore” face. Look, we’ll give it to the faded actress; the baby is cuter than a kitten rolled in toilet paper! Her lovely tagline reads, “Reese: First Pics Of Her New Son”. According to Life & Style, there’s also baby news regarding Gisele Bundchen’s bump – could it be binge eating and not a baby? – Giuliana Rancic’s latest baby milestone, and stories about Katie Holmes, Twilight, and the perfect bag (literally, the perfect handbag).

We’ve seen it time and time again here at Celeb Baby Laundry, babies sell faster than any hot cake and/or drama cake. The covers of magazines are usually filled to the brim with smiling faces and perfect couples holding their brood in a warm blanket. See, there are two types of people in Hollywood – the first type pops out more babies than a bored family in Kansas, and the second type subtly alerts the media that they have a growing tiny person inside of them. Both of these types do extremely well in the media arena, but the subtle and classy stars usually have the upper hand when it comes to baby popping.

Babies, babies, babies everywhere!

Nicole Kidman: “Having My Baby Has Been a Healing Experience”

Nicole Kidman Covers Dujour Winter Magazine

Nicole Kidman covers the winter issue of DuJour magazine while giving a candid interview about her past life with Tom Cruise, finding love with Keith Urban and how becoming mother healed her.

The Academy Award winning actress admits she lived in a bubble and became very dependent during her nine year marriage to ex-husband Tom Cruise.

“I was totally smitten—I fell madly, passionately in love. I was reeling with Tom. I would have gone to the ends of the earth for him. I was so impulsive and naïve… We were in a bubble, just the two of us. We became very dependent on one another,” she told.

In 2006, Kidman married husband Keith Urban whom she credits to changing her life.

“My life changed. He is a wonderful, caring man and he makes me feel secure. We don’t ever like to be separated.”

Having her children Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret completed her healing process and she insists she is happier than ever.

“Having my baby has been a healing experience. It took me so long to have a child. I feel enormous gratitude. Sunday has healed an enormous amount in me. It’s a very private thing, but she just has.”

“I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. I’m living in a friend’s house in Nice. My two daughters are with me, Sunday Rose, who’s 4, and Faith Margaret, who’s 2. My mother is about to fly in from Australia to babysit. Then Keith will be arriving…My family is with me. My family.”

To read more visit DuJour.

Isla Fisher: “I Never Had Any Body Issues During Pregnancy”

With her new movie Rise of the Guardians hitting theatres later this month, Isla Fisher has begun promoting the film by covering the December 2012 issue of Women’s Health magazine. The actress who stuns in a red mini dress on the cover opens up about her about losing the baby weight after having children, converting to Judaism to marry Sacha Baron Cohen and her career.

The mom of two admits she watches her weight, but losing weight after pregnancy wasn’t very hard because she breastfeed.

“I do watch my food. But I’ve been blessed in that I never had any body issues during pregnancy. I loved being able to eat whatever I wanted and the whole experience of giving life. And I never worried about losing the weight afterwards, because breastfeeding burns all the calories up so fast. Breastfeeding – that’s my big slimming secret! That and Spanx. Anytime anyone compliments me on my figure, I’m wearing my Spanx undies,” she tells.

The Australian born actress who is known for her beautiful looks insists she didn’t have a lot of confidence when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting dreams.

“I never had the chutzpah to just come to LA and make it. I didn’t have that confidence. I’m always surprised when I get a job. I never saw this in my horizon.”

“After doing that [Wedding Crashers], I had 12 months where I was auditioning three times a day and I didn’t get a single job. That was a real low point. But with hindsight, those movies turned out to be awful, so I dodged a bullet. If I’d got any of them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Moving to Los Angeles didn’t only propel her acting career, but also led her to finding her husband Sacha Baron Cohen. The couple married in 201o after Fisher converted to Judaism.

“It takes a couple of years of studying. I’ve always been really into family and food, so culturally it was the right fit for me.”

Although, the Wedding Crashers star has not forgotten her roots and keeps in touch with other Aussie natives.

”We can all do the accent really easily. And we all look great in a bikini. Including Russell Crowe – no one pulls off a bikini like Russell. I am sort of friends with them all. I just did a movie with Hugh Jackman [Rise Of The Guardians], and I catch up with Naomi [Watts] whenever I’m in New York.” 

Be sure to pick up the new issue to read the full article.

Selena Gomez Reflects On Fame, Speculates She’d Have Two Kids By Now If She’d Stayed In Texas

Selena Gomez Reflects On Fame, Speculates She’d Have Two Kids By Now If She’d Stayed In Texas

It’s hard to imagine Justin Beiber without his Disney star girlfriend by his side, but in a new interview Selena Gomez is doing just that. The 20-year-old actress and singer has made international celebrity status, starring on Disney Channel and releasing two albums. Her new movie shows her in a more mature role, as a troubled teen in Spring Breakers. In an interview with Glamour, Selena imagines what life would have been like if she and her mom hadn’t moved from Texas to L.A. to peruse acting.

I definitely didn’t appreciate it when I was little. I was frustrated that my parents weren’t together and never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me. I’m terrified of what I would have become if I’d stayed there. I’m sure I’d have two children by now.”

Pretty harsh words for someone who claims to have a strong mom. Despite the region, you’d expect her mom’s values to have some impact on her. She backtracked, “I love the people, and I’m glad I grew up there. It’s because of my mom that I can do things on my own. I like being professional. I like showing up on time. I like being good to people, and I know that I’m reflecting her at the end of the day.”

Selena was just named Woman of the Year by Glamour, and is an ambassador for UNICEF. She started on Disney in her early teens, and remembers the stress of the network: “I grew up in one of the biggest high schools in the world, and that’s the Disney Channel. Everybody was falling in love with each other or not liking each other, and it was exhausting. I was the shy one in the corner.”

Selena is currently filming a spin-off movie for her hit Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place, which will air in January. What do you think of her remarks? I have to say, it isn’t very flattering to her home town to say she’d be unprofessional, late, and an unwed mother. Or am I reading too much into it?