Blake Lively has condemned the Daily Mail for posting paparazzi photos of her and children, claiming they were "stalked all day" by a man who would run away and hide, jumping out at each new block.
In a lengthy comment on a since-deleted Instagram post by The Daily Mail AU, the Gossip Girl star slammed the tabloid for editing the images to make it appear that she was "happily waving".
"That is deceitful," Lively said.
"The real story is: My children were being stalked by a man all day. Jumping out. And then hiding."
Lively said a stranger on the street was compelled to try to speak to the paparazzi, finding it upsetting to watch them follow Lively and her kids.
"When I tried to calmly approach the photographer you hired to take these pictures in order to speak to him, he would run away. And jump out again at the next block," she said.
"Do you do background checks on the photographers you pay to stalk children? Where is your morality here? I would like to know. Or do you simply not care about the safety of children?"
Lively explained she cut a deal with the photographers who would actually speak to her, saying she was "able to agree to smile and wave and let them take my picture away from my children if they would leave my kids alone".
"Because it was frightening. Tell the whole story... At minimum, listen to your followers. They too understand this is dark and upsetting that you pay people to stalk children," she added.
"Please stop paying grown ass men to hide and hunt children. There are plenty of pictures you could've published without the kids. Please delete. C'mon. Get with the times."
Lively is mother to three daughters - Inez, James and Betty - who she shares with her husband Ryan Reynolds.