Eva Mendes is keeping Ryan Gosling and their kids off social media – for now, at lest.
The 46-year-old actress recently revealed why she doesn’t share any photos of her longtime boyfriend and their daughters 5-year-old Esmeralda and 3-year-old Amada Lee.
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“I have always had a clear boundary when it comes to my man and my kids,” she wrote on Instagram, responding to a comment from a fan asking why she doesn’t share any photos of Gosling and their children. “I’ll talk about them of course, with limits, but I won’t post pictures of our daily life.”
Mendes went on to explain that as her girls are so young, it doesn’t feel right to make the decision for them about what they are and aren’t comfortable sharing online.
“Since my children are still so little and don’t understand what posting their image really means, I don’t have their consent,” she added. “And I won’t post their image until they’re old enough to give me consent.”
As for posting photos of Gosling, there is one exception to this rule.
“As far as Ryan, I’ll only post flash backs of things that are already ‘out there’ (like pics from movies we did or stuff like that),” she shared last month, in response to a fan who said they “wouldn’t mind an appearance by Ryan on this page.”
Mendes added, “My man and my kids are private. That’s important to me so thanks for getting that. Have a beautiful day. Sending so much love!”
Earlier this year, Mendes told PEOPLE that her daughters are already independent.
“They are so their own women already. And it’s so beautiful to watch,” the actress said, noting that while she still wants to “protect them,” but tries not to “give my opinion too much on what they like.”
“My 5-year-old cut her socks, the foot part off, and she likes to wear socks as sleeves,” Mendes said of her older child. “And the other day she wore underwear as a hat and I was like, ‘That’s amazing.’ I wish I could do that. I can’t.”