Dealing with parents on social media can be a landmine, as Emma Roberts discovered this year.
During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday evening, Roberts got candid about her pregnancy, which she initially was trying to keep a secret — until her mom accidentally confirmed the news to fans on Instagram.
"I was keeping my pregnancy pretty low key but unfortunately my mother has Instagram. Which, mothers and Instagram, it's a bad combination," Roberts said. "She definitely spilled the beans."
Earlier this year, after reports of Roberts's pregnancy broke, the actress stayed quiet, but her mom, Kelly Cunningham, revealed that Roberts was indeed pregnant by thanking fans on Instagram for their well-wishes. Cunningham having an Instagram, Roberts said, "led to interacting with my fans and just thanking them for all their pregnancy wishes. It was a disaster, and I found it all out on a plane, so I couldn't get to her. I couldn't call her or attack her."
"She was like, 'Thank you so much for the well-wishes! We're so excited,'" she added. "It was endless. My friends were sending me screen grabs. It was unbelievable. When I said to her, 'Mom, you revealed my pregnancy.' She goes, 'Emma, you announced it!' And I said, 'No I didn't. That was a tabloid.' She goes, 'Oh I didn't… that wasn't clear.'"
"We kind of laughed. We kind of got into a fight. I blocked her at one point," Roberts said, adding that it's a "good story to tell the baby."
The actress also told Kimmel about finding out she and boyfriend Garrett Hedlund were expecting a boy.
"I was convinced I was having a girl to a point where I said to my boyfriend, 'If it's boy you can name it,'" she said, laughing. "Meanwhile being like, it's a girl, who cares? Now I get to name it. Then when we found out, he was like, 'Oh yeah, so you said I get to name it!' And I was like, 'I did say that, didn't I? So funny that I said that.'"
Roberts confirmed the news of her pregnancy herself in August, with an Instagram post of photos of herself and Hedlund. "Me…and my two favorite guys," she wrote at the time.
Roberts told Kimmel that eventually, Hedlund picked out their baby's name, which she has yet to reveal.
"My boyfriend was playing very hard to get with me about the names. I was like, 'We're having a baby. You can tell me what you want to name the baby,'" she said. "And he was just very tight-lipped and then he did finally, he came up with a winner that was really good. All of mine got vetoed for various reasons, which I'm very upset about."
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