Louis Tomlinson Slams Paparazzi For Invading His Infant Son’s Privacy
Louis Tomlinson has had enough with the paparazzi invading his young son's privacy, and he's letting the media know via a scathing letter from his reps.
In a letter obtained by Entertainment Tonight on Friday (July 1), the One Direction star slams the tabloids for not respecting the space and safety of his 6-month-old son, Freddie Reign, who was born January 21.
"The persistent and increasing levels of paparazzi and media intrusions into Freddie's life of late are not only posing potential security issues but are also crucially invading the privacy to which Freddie is undoubtedly entitled as a child," reads the letter. "The levels of paparazzi attention on Freddie are intolerable and completely unjustifiable."
Released only days after the singer reportedly filed for joint custody of his son with Briana Jungwirth, the statement blasts the paparazzi for not allowing Freddie to live a "normal, private and protected childhood."
According to Tomlinson and his reps, the young child has been bombarded with photos and excessive media attention while in public, with the paps even following the baby when he is not with the One Direction band member. Photos have been taken during private and intimate moments of visitation between father and son, as well as during personal doctor appointments, Tomlinson claims.
The singer's plea for privacy for his infant echo the frustrations of many other celebrity parents, including Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who have been fervently vocal in the past about protecting their children from the flash of paparazzi cameras, even advocating for protective laws.
In 2014, the couple campaigned for celebrity entertainment publications to ban running paparazzi-lensed photographs of celebrity children. The call-to-action worked, with a number of media — including ET, Just Jared and PEOPLE — following Bell's lead.
"I feel a lot safer because I'm not followed at all now… It makes me feel like we all rallied and did something — the good people that were on the side of responsible parenting and passionate about child welfare spoke up and made a difference, and that is a really invigorating feeling," she told the AP about the campaign's success.
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