BY Dollita Okine, 2:40pm March 08, 2024,

Halle Bailey finally speaks out on why she didn’t tell the world she was pregnant 

Halle Bailey. Photo Credit: Instagram

Hollywood singer-actress Halle Bailey has finally shared her reasons for choosing to hide her pregnancy. She gave a heartfelt acceptance speech as one of the recipients of the recently concluded 2024 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

“We are Black women in entertainment, and although we signed up for the challenges of the spotlight, in this current climate, that spotlight burns brighter, hotter, and uninterrupted, whereas the scrutiny of its magnification leaves no concealment,” the 23-year-old said Thursday while reflecting on her career and the birth of her son, according to People.

She talked about how she had grown over the previous eight years in the spotlight and how she had also experienced the negative aspects of it, citing the racist backlash she encountered after it was revealed that she had been cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

Even though the role changed her life, she said “it cannot compare to the biggest joy of my life. And that was becoming a mom to my perfect little angel, Halo,” referring to the birth of her son, whom she secretly welcomed last year.

With tears in her eyes, Bailey explained that she had kept her pregnancy a secret out of “a place of protection.”

“There was no way in hell I was going to share the biggest joy of my world with anyone. Halo was my gift. He is the greatest blessing, and I had no obligation to expose him, me, or my family to that.”

“With the state of the world and the place it is in with men trying to force their will on our bodies, no one on social media, and for damn sure, no one on the planet, was going to tell me what to do with my body or what to share with the world,” she expressed.

The “Grown-ish” actress remained silent about her pregnancy with her boyfriend DDG in 2023 until she revealed their first child’s birth on Instagram in January.

She also said in her speech how some of the most powerful women in her life encouraged and supported her choice.

“Do y’all remember when Prince Z David Marley [Zion David Marley], who came from a queen named Lauryn Hill, entered the world? Do you remember how private Beyoncé was about her pregnancy? We have that right. Every woman in the world has that right to choose what to do with their bodies and what to share with anyone or everyone.”

Finally wiping away tears, Bailey conveyed her gratitude to the people who stood by her side, saying, “Thank you to some of the strong women in my life, like my beautiful sisters standing here on the stage with me for setting examples in resilience, confidence, and independence.”

Per USA Today, among the other four honorees present were “The Resident” writer Nkechi Okoro Carroll, “The Afterparty” TV executive Kathryn Busby, and “The Color Purple” Oscar nominee Danielle Brooks.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: March 8, 2024


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