At first glance, the photo of Anne Hathaway's son may seem totally harmless. But sadly, Anne Hathaway no longer feels this way about it--even though it was a picture she shared on her own social media page.
On March 9, the famously private actress invited fans and followers into a special moment in which her 1-year-old son Jonathan watched a video of his mom giving a speech, in honor of International Women's Day. Though Hathaway aimed to make important points about womanhood and motherhood in posting the pic, she almost instantly felt like she had made a huge mistake.
JRS watching Mommy give her speech at the UN yesterday #forourboys #forourgirls #forthefuture #loveislove #parentsareparents #paidparental #iwd #ppl @unwomen A post shared by Anne Hathaway (@annehathaway) on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:43am PST
JRS watching Mommy give her speech at the UN yesterday #forourboys #forourgirls #forthefuture #loveislove #parentsareparents #paidparental #iwd #ppl @unwomen
A post shared by Anne Hathaway (@annehathaway) on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:43am PST
"I had never posted a photo of my son, and I decided to post a shot of the back of his head, and almost as soon as I’d done it, I wished that I hadn’t," she said.
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She explained her reason behind her regret.
"I felt like I had broken some kind of a seal in inviting people into my life. And even though I felt as though I had done it in as protective a way as I could, even though it was a moment I was incredibly proud of, I don’t know that I’ll ever do it again."
Hathaway added that she plans to be much more careful with her use of social media in the future, including by posting more frequently to Instagram "stories," which disappear after a certain period of time, as opposed to more permanent photo posts.
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"I’m a big believer that you gotta mess things up sometimes to really see them properly, so if I made a mistake or I messed up, I know how I feel about it much better now," she said. "Instagram, when I first started, it was so much fun. And it was a great way to be silly and kind of do things off the cuff. And now, because of the time we live in, I think words and pictures are carrying a much greater weight. Or, much less depending on how you engage with it."