Emma Roberts says she blocked her mum on Instagram for leaking pregnancy news: ‘It was my only weapon’
Emma Roberts has confirmed that it was indeed her own mother who leaked her pregnancy news.
The actress had planned to keep news she was expecting a baby with boyfriend Garret Hedlund under wraps, but her mum, Kelly Cunningham, accidentally outed her on Instagram.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Roberts explained that she had given her mum an iPhone for Mother’s Day this year (she was still using a flip phone up until that point), but the American Horror Story star has regretted her gift ever since. As her aunt Julia Roberts would say, it was a big mistake. Huge!
“I was, like, ‘Now we can FaceTime and iMessage. And like, how sweet.’ And it was just such a love fest… and it was the worst thing I ever did,” the 29-year-old told host Jimmy Kimmel during the October 20 appearance.
Armed with a new iPhone, Cunningham then joined Instagram. And as her follower count grew, she began to interact with her daughter’s fans.
Once news of Roberts’ pregnancy made the rounds on the social media platform, fans began to congratulate the grandma-to-be, who enthusiastically thanked them for their well wishes.
“When I said to her, ‘Mum, you revealed my pregnancy,’ she goes, ‘Emma, you announced it.’ I said, ‘No, I didn’t. That was a tabloid.’ She’s like, ‘Oh, that wasn’t clear,'” the actress explained.
“We kind of laughed, we kind of got in a fight. I blocked her at one point. It was my only weapon. She texted me at 2am, ‘Queen, did you block me? Sad face.’ I was like, ‘Yes, I did block you.’ Then I unblocked her. It’s been an Instagram war with my mother that I never saw coming. A good story to tell the baby.”
Watch the video above to see the hilarious way Roberts found out about the leak.
The actress’ dad, actor Eric Roberts, and Cunningham split when the actress was just a baby. The 64-year-old actor has been married to actress Eliza Roberts since 1992, and Cunnigham is now married to rocker Kelly Nickels. Together, they share a 19-year-old daughter, Grace.