The ‘Mask’ actress and ‘Good Charlotte’ band member shocked the world today after they both posted a message on Instagram announcing they are the proud new parents of a baby.
This is the first child for the couple, who married in 2015, and the babies name is Raddix Madden.
The couple shared a message about the birth, saying, “Happy New Year from the Maddens!“We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden.”
Diaz added, “She has instantly captured our hearts and completed our family.”
The message continued, “While we are overjoyed to share the news, we also feel a strong instinct to protect our little one’s privacy. So we won’t be posting pictures or sharing any more details, other than the fact that she is really really cute!! Some would even say RAD 🙂 From our family to all of yours, we’re sending our love and best wishes for a Happy New Year and Happy New Decade.”
Cameron returned the message saying about Benji, “He’s just my partner in life, in everything. I’ve never had anyone who supported me so much and gave me so much courage to be myself and to really explore myself. My husband has been able to show me what it’s like to — be an equal. And I’ve learned so much from him. I look at him every day and he inspires me. I feel so lucky.”
Cameron has spoken about becoming a mother in the past, and in some cases, she defended the right to wait or even not have children at all.
“I think women are afraid to say that they don’t want children because they’re going to get shunned,” she told Cosmo U.K. in July 2009.
“But I think that’s changing too now. I have more girlfriends who don’t have kids than those that do. And honestly? We don’t need any more kids. We have plenty of people on this planet.”
But added, “I never say never. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I could end up adopting half a dozen kids, or I could end up being the next Octomom — who freaking knows?”
In 2010, she told InStyle, “Having children changes your life drastically, and I really love my life. Children aren’t the only things that bring you gratification and happiness, and it’s easier to give life than to give love. So I don’t know. That kind of change would have to be either very well thought out, or a total mistake — a real oops!”
In 2012, she told the outlet, “Society definitely puts pressure on women to make them think their lives should go a certain way. I’ve never said I don’t want children — I just haven’t had children yet. I don’t know what’s going to happen in my life! I could end up adopting children. I could end up with a partner who already has children. Who knows? I’m not trying to fit into anyone’s box about how I should be. I just fit in my own box.”
Later the same year she told Harper’s Bazaar U.K., “I’m not sitting there going, ‘Oh my God, when am I going to get married? When am I going to have a baby? I would be remiss if I was living my life wishing I had something other than what I have. If one day I am blessed with the experience of having a child, I would be overjoyed, but I am not sitting here feeling empty because I haven’t yet, or that I may not.”
The actress told the U.K. Telegraph in 2014, “If I wanted kids, at any point in life, I would have them. But I’m certain that if at any point I wanted a child, that child would find its way into my life, whether through adoption or through being in a relationship with somebody who has a child. I can’t see the future, but one thing I do know is that I’m not childless. I have a ton of children in my life. I can have a kid any second, if I want. All my friends would be like, ‘Sure, come and get them.’”
She continued, “I also, by the way, have a lot of girlfriends who don’t have children. It’s not like I’m the spinster who didn’t have a child. I just didn’t do that in life, and I’m OK with that. I know the choices I made. I know why I made them. I’m very much a person who lives in the moment. When you come from where I do, there are so many ways my life could have gone.”