What is a ‘fake baby’?

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You may not have heard of a “fake baby.” But there are plenty of them around, and they are usually very rich and famous.

They are the successful children of celebrities, whose parents through the famous names and glittering showbiz connections helped them become celebrities themselves or become very successful in a related career.

Nepo is short for nepotism, which is defined in the Collins English Dictionary as “The unfair use of power to obtain jobs or other benefits for one’s family or friends.”

Now, celebrities like Noel Gallagher — father of fake baby Anaïs — and Lily Allen, herself a fake baby daughter of actor Keith Allen, have weighed in on the debate themselves.

Speaking to the Radio X Evening Show about his 22-year-old daughter taking pictures while he was making a record in the studio, Gallagher said: “The whole nepotism, I mean, it’s human nature to let your kids down. help out.

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“She’s good at what she does, her pictures are really, really good and if she was terrible I wouldn’t do it for the sake of it because I think if you consciously give your kids something to do and they’re not that good at it, I don’t think that’s very healthy.”

While Lily Allen posted on Twitter, “The fake babies you should all be concerned about are the ones who work for law firms, the ones who work for banks, and the ones who work in politics. When we talk about the real world consequences and depriving people of opportunity. But that is none of my business.”

She added, “And before you come at me for being a fake baby myself, I’ll be the first to tell you that I literally don’t deserve anything.”

And while the issue may be a bit irritating to talented people who work hard but don’t have famous parents to prop them up, is Gallagher right when he says it’s just human nature to help your kids?

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“I don’t often agree with Noel Gallagher, but he has a point,” says Dr. Sandra Wheatley, a social psychologist with a special interest in children and families (drsandrawheatley.com). “As a parent, you do everything you can to help your child, and if you’re lucky enough to share an interest with your child, that’s great — isn’t having something in common with your child what many of us really aspire to until?

“Nepotism has always been around and it’s so ingrained in us that it evolved and became ‘natural’.”

Besides Anaïs Gallagher and Lily Allen, other fake babies include Dakota Johnson (daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith), Zoë Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet), Kate Hudson (daughter of Goldie Hawn and singer Bill Hudson) and Jamie Lee Curtis (daughter of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh).

But Wheatley points out that it’s not just the famous parents who smear the post for their ambitious kids — the people around them also play a major role in a fake baby’s success.

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“If someone isn’t as skilled as their parents, but the people around them choose to be flattering and tell them they’re great when they’re not, there’s not much you can do about that,” she said. say.

“But if the acorn didn’t fall far from the tree, and someone has really excellent skill, it can work almost the other way around and people can feel like they shouldn’t be helping them, and that’s just as bad – there can be a negative effect as a positive effect.”

The bottom line, though, is that people who succeed usually have some degree of talent, whether their parents are famous or not.

Wheatley adds: “If you treat someone as the individual they are, with the abilities they have, you’re not going very far wrong. If someone tells a celebrity’s kid that they’re great just because of who their parents are, they’ll make them fall – how cruel is that?”

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