As the Kardashians famously demonstrated last year, it actually is possible for celebrities to have babies without documenting the whole of their pregnancy—the latest example of which would be Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, who recently quietly gave birth to their first child without any prior indication that Gerwig was pregnant. Indeed, if the pair wasn’t spotted walking around Manhattan with a stroller conspicuously covered by a blanket, prompting Page Six to reach out to their representatives, who confirmed the news on Wednesday, the world may have marched right along without learning of the news at all.
It’s not so surprising that the couple decided to keep things low-key; neither has a presence on social media or a public-facing Instagram account, and have largely characterized their relationship, which began in 2011, as a professional one in the public eye. (Last year, when she spoke with the Guardian, Gerwig only referred to her partner with a formal “Baumbach” or “Noah Baumbach.”)
The 35-year-old actor-director and 49-year-old writer-director began dating a year after Gerwig starred opposite Ben Stiller in Baumbach’s film Greenberg. Since then, Gerwig has gone on to star in Baumbach’s unaired adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel The Corrections and his 2015 film Mistress America. (They also cowrote 2012’s Frances Ha, which Baumbach directed; in 2018, Gerwig told the Guardian that she hopes they’ll soon write another film together again.)
Baumbach has two children from his previous marriage to the actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, whom he married in 2005 and divorced in 2013. Their newborn is Gerwig’s first child, though she’s been spending quite a bit of time thinking about being a mom as of late, following her 2017 film Lady Bird, which centers around a mother-daughter relationship portrayed by Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan. (It also marked Gerwig’s directorial debut and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Director.) She and Baumbach have yet to share the baby’s name, though if their firstborn ends up pulling a Lady Bird, that might not be of much relevance in the years to come.
Greta Gerwig Directs “The Domestic Kingdom and Terror and Beauty,” Starring Florence Welch
Florence Welch wears a Valentino gown. Beauty: Maybelline New York. Directed by Greta Gerwig. Photograph by Tina Barney. Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Esther Langham; makeup by Aaron de Mey at Art Partner; manicure by Alicia Torello at the Wall Group. Set design by Nicholas Des Jardins at Streeters.
Florence Welch wears a Marni dress; wings from Western Costume Company, North Hollywood.
Marc Jacobs minidress; Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs turban; Falke tights.
CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC dress and sandals.
Carolina Herrera dress; Van Cleef & Arpels brooch; Celeste Stein tights; Kate Spade New York bag; Miu Miu sandals.
Gucci belted jumpsuit; Cartier watch; Dries Van Noten sandals.
Miu Miu dress, tank, and belt. Beauty note: For a camera-ready cat eye, try Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Light Liner in Twinkle Black.
Hermès cape and pants; Tory Sport turtleneck; David Yurman earrings; Pomellato bracelet; Givenchy clutch.
Florence Welch wears a Miu Miu dress, tank, briefs, and shoes; Falke socks.