Like mother, like daughter.
When Pink and Carey Hart’s week-old daughter Willow Sage posed for her first family photo shoot on June 9, she didn’t miss a beat.
“Willow is a pro!” Pink, 31, tells PEOPLE. “Or else she is borderline narcoleptic like her daddy – she slept the whole time.”
All kidding aside, the Grammy-winner and her motocross-champ husband of five years, 35, are relishing their new roles as parents following Willow’s birth on June 2.
“You hear people say it all the time, how life changes so drastically. But you can’t possibly grasp how beautiful that is until you have your child,” says Pink.
For more on Pink and Hart’s experiences as new parents, Willow’s birth story and the meaning behind her name – plus more family photos – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
A little back story on one of my favorite couples!: Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore – and Carey Hart first met in 2001, after 4 years of dating Pink proposed to Hart. She was holding a sign saying the classic phrase “Will you marry me?” Initially, Hart ignored her and completed another lap of the race. Only when Pink changed the sign and held it up again with it now saying, “I’m serious,” did Hart pull out of the race to pick Pink up. They married in Costa Rica in 2006 and they separated in 2008. Also, in 2008 Pink’s Song “So What” showed that her husband and she were separated and she wanted to put him in the video to not hurt him. They saw each other for the first time in months during the video shoot and weeks later when the divorce papers came in, they both didn’t feel right signing it and since then got back together and in 2009 confirmed that the couple had gone to marriage counseling and were working things out. In 2010 Pink confirmed she was pregnant and was hesitant to announce it due to a previous miscarriage.
Her last album “Funhouse”, is about heartbreak and what she was going through in her divorce. I love every single album and every single song of hers, always with the best lyrics that I feel are words I wrote with most of her songs and as always she delivers soft ballads where you feel her emotion and the pain in her voice. She is an amazing lyricist and has and always will be my favorite artist ever, along with Eminem. Her baby is beautiful, so is her husband! And if you are a fan of hers, then you know what she has gone through in her life, even though we obviously don’t know her personally, you can’t help but feel so happy for her!
— Pink wrote on her blog about why she released pictures of her daughter.
Important Note From P!nk
To whomever cares:
We are absolutely blissed out in love over here! To our fans and friends all over the world, thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes throughout this time in our life! Carey is a natural, (I knew he would be) and I finally found out what love really means. Don’t worry, I’m not writing an album full of sappy lullabies. Not yet, anyways?
In the interest of full disclosure: (AND BECAUSE I TELL IT LIKE I SEE IT)
Due to the unsettling, surprisingly aggressive and unsafe measures that the paparazzi seem to be willing to go to in order to secure that “first shot” of our daughter–stalking us, chasing us in cars and sitting outside of our home all day and all night, as new parents Carey and I decided that we would release personal photos of our Willow, and donate all of the money to charity.
We will be donating the money to children’s’ charities, among them one of our favorites, the Ronald McDonald House, an organization that houses and cares for the families of sick children so they can be together during treatment, as well as Autism Speaks.
Like any parents, we believe our little girl deserves the right to have privacy and be protected, but unfortunately, this media climate doesn’t seem to provide for that. I feel so grateful that after many years of hard work, music and motorcycles have elevated both Carey and me to such a place that the public has supported us in building our life and lifestyle together. We recognize that celebrity has its upsides and downsides and do our best to manage just being people without hiring stylists and bodyguards before one of us goes to the store to buy some milk. I’ve seen some photos of myself that make me smile and some that make me less smiley. But you see, it’s one thing to harass and stalk us, the adults, the celebrity that signed up for this life, but children should be protected and safe. There should be a clear distinction between us.
In EVERY other country that I recall, children’s faces are blurred out in magazine photos. Why is USA the only country that continues to financially incentivize intrusive paparazzi behavior to capitalize on photos of babies, infants and children? Why is this acceptable to any of us? Why is this even legal? These are questions I ask myself as a new parent. Why are celebrities/public figures having to seek restraining orders to keep strange grown men with still and video cameras from sitting perched outside of their children’s pre-schools and elementary schools, preying on little innocent kids? After all, if a stranger was sitting outside of a school taking photographs of random little girls and boys, wouldn’t he be arrested? Or, at least in Philadelphia, he would have to face a more primal sort of recourse. But because it’s the child of a celebrity, somehow it’s okay? I’m just not sure what is wrong with us as a society, that we do more than tolerate this, but our appetite for it seems insatiable. We buy these pictures. We buy these magazines that publish these paparazzi pictures. WHERE DOES IT STOP?
Here’s the bottom line: we don’t want you to take our little girl’s picture. We don’t want you to one day follow our little girl home from school. We don’t want our little girl’s picture in a magazine or on a blog. If you take or publish her picture, it is against our wishes, and without our consent as parents, as people.
Carey and I are new parents. We know we have so much to learn in our new role and are thankful for the family and friends around us. Not a day goes by that we are not grateful to the universe and to our fans and friends who believe in us–and to our foes, too (our best teachers)–for the incredibly interesting privileged lives we get to live each day. But this is about our daughter who just got here. In the face of camera lenses as long as my arm and flashbulbs as bright as the sun, Willow is powerless. All she has to protect her is us. But that’s not all she has; she has you.
To anyone out there that buys a magazine, or goes onto a website to look at pictures of other people’s children, may you at least think for a second about what you may inadvertently be supporting. We are so appreciative that people are interested in seeing our daughter. We WANT to share our joys with you, but as parents (and new parents), we should be able to govern these decisions, shouldn’t we? And to be clear, I’m speaking directly to these “stolen” photographs–paparazzi photos.
So when you see our middle fingers up in all of our pictures, now you know the motivation. It’s all we can do to stop images of a newborn baby from being printed without our consent. Can you imagine a world where they would blur out our middle finger to protect a “consumer” over blurring out an innocent child to protect their integrity and privacy?
Thank you for letting me say my peace. Do I expect this letter to change the world? No. But if it plants a seed of awareness, if a politician or an activist or a legislator or a teacher or police officer is prompted to even think about it–let alone engage, I have done my part on behalf of my daughter. Not surprising that lesson one from me to my daughter is to let one’s voice be heard.
I’ve never shied away from a controversial opinion because of the fear of bad press. My music and my fans and I connect year after year because I talk TO them and, man, do they so beautifully talk TO me. This is such a meaningful dialogue in my life. To all of my friends out there, I love you and I appreciate your help with this, and this happy little family cannot wait to visit your countries again and play music and rejoice in all the beauty that we share and have shared together all over the world.