Annie Lennox Keeps Private Life Private

02/22/2009 at 03:00 PM ET

Celebrity parents sometimes have a hard time shielding their children from the spotlight and musician Annie Lennox is no different. In a new interview with CNN, she shares that “it hasn’t been too difficult” protecting daughters Lola, 18, and Tali, 15,   from the downside of fame. “Part of my work is public, but I make a distinction between that and who I am as a person in private,” notes Annie, adding that “I was very careful that … I wasn’t telling stories to gossip papers, and showing my life and [my children] were gently kept away from that.”

Protecting her daughters is important to Annie, who admits that after having them “my focus went elsewhere.”

“I had my kids and And I think I’ve changed so much through having children … inside myself. It’s been a kind of evolution and a maturity.”

That maturity lead the 54-year-old to form the SING Campaign, a nonprofit initiative to help fight the HIV pandemic in Africa, in 2007. “I understand what it is for a woman to want to protect their children and give them the best they can,” Annie explains. “And so I identify with that.”

Lola and Tali’s father is Uri Fruchtmann.

Source: CNN

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dee on

With all due respect 18/15 years ago the media respected the family life of a celeb. Now days its different. Paps park outside celebs’ kids schools. And take pictures of them playing in the park. Anne didn’t have to deal with that when her kids were growing up.

pinkrockstar on

i thought she had a daughter named Ruby? hmm! i could be wrong!

eva on

I see your point dee but there’s no way of denying that many celebrity parents, not all but many, are more than happy to oblidge and parade around with their families.Actors like Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor,Daniel Day-Lewis, Johnny Depp to mention a few have managed to keep the private lives private just like Annie Lennox did with her life. Is it harder now?probably but I don’t think many celebrities we see here even try.

l on

eva, that’s what I’m thinking as well. If you truly want to shield your private life (whether kids are involved or not) it is possible. Just take a look at Jennifer Lopez: while she was with Ben Affleck, it was a rollercoaster with the media. It seemed like every single poop they did was news-worthy. Now she’s with Marc Anthony and how many pictures of her kids are out there? Very, very few.
Johnny Depp is another example. There was a time when he and Winona Ryder were the poster-couple of the generation X. Now you can hardly catch him.
OT, it’s nice to see celebrities using their fame for good cause. Go Annie.

joe coffey on

as well it seems to me that 18 years ago or so we saw lots of madonna with her kids—i don’t think i saw a photo of annie’s kids till a year or so ago! i don’t think things have changed THAT much really.