Kerry Washington isn’t comfortable sharing photos of her kids with the public, so she shares them with her therapist.
The 42-year-old American Son actress revealed this during an upcoming interview on Sunday Today with Willie Geist. She admitted that like most parents who utilize social media, she has times where she wants to let everyone see her kids (including daughter Isabelle, son Caleb and a 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship of husband Nnamdi Asomugha). However, the notoriously private actress says when she gets the urge, she just reaches out to her “shrink.”
“I have moments where I take pictures or videos of one of my three amazing kids and I wanna post it online, and I tend to just send it to my parents or my shrink instead,” she said in a sneak peek obtained by PEOPLE. “I’m like, ‘My kids are so cute and I don’t wanna post about them, so look at how cute they are!”
The star actually revealed that she has a secret Instagram somewhere on the Internet where the photos are stored.
“I have a private Instagram for my shrink and he loves it!” she joked. “It’s not great when I get parenting feedback, incidentally, based on something he heard me [say] in the background of the video.”
Despite her best efforts though, a photo of Washington’s family ended up on the Internet earlier this year. The adorable brood was dressed in Nigerian traditional attire at a party.
Washington has said in the past though that she doesn’t share images of her children online, making the decision with her firstborn, Isabelle, because she wanted them to decide for themselves when they are older how they want to be introduced to the public — if that’s what they desire.
“I want her to be able to make those decisions in her time,” she said in 2016. “She already has a lot to navigate in life as the daughter of an actor and a former football player. She should be able to enter this world in the way that is right for her.”
Whether it’s her marriage or motherhood, Washington isn’t sharing any of it — at least, not with us.
“I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me,” she told Glamour a few years ago. “I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me.”
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