Blake Lively has opened up about her experiences of motherhood since welcoming her daughter James with husband Ryan Reynolds in December. Speaking to Allure magazine, the 27-year-old revealed she is truly embracing her new role in life.
"I feel like I've figured out the most important thing to me, and everything supports that."
The Gossip Girl actress also revealed why she and her husband initially chose to keep their daughter's name a secret.
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Blake Lively said being a motherhood is the most important thing to her
"It's her life. She should have her privacy until she chooses not to have her privacy, just as I got to choose and my husband got to choose."
However Ryan has since revealed that the baby girl's name is in fact James, joking: "It's Butternut Summer Squash. No it's out there. It's James. Everyone knows."
Both Blake and her Woman in Gold actor husband have been fiercely protective over their daughter's privacy, and even waited until Blake was seven months into her pregnancy before announcing on her lifestyle site Preserve that she was expecting.
"That moment was really neat, and I was scared to take that picture because I'm very private. I had a feeling that we weren't going to get away with our privacy for a while," Blake revealed. "That was my way of owning that moment. I can't be someone like Beyoncé and be like – [her 2011 VMAs announcement]. But it was important for us. It was a struggle, because we want to keep our privacy, but we also don't want our lives to be exploited by other people."
The actress has returned to work promoting her new film Age of Adaline and treated her mum Elaine Lively to a ride on a private jet on Monday. Sharing a picture of them posing together by the plane, Blake wrote: "Holy cow!!! Ridin' in style with my mama this morning."
Blake is incredibly close to her family and recently revealed that her sister Robyn Lively would act as a godmother to her daughter, despite speculation that she had asked her Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants co-stars Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera and Alexis Biedel to fulfil the role.