Donald Glover’s Son Is Being Kept Out Of The Spotlight & Fans Should Totally Respect That
If you're still waiting for some adorable pictures of Donald Glover's son to appear online, then you're probably best abandoning hope of that ever happening and moving on with your life. Though the multi-talented star's child was born in October 2016, Glover's son has been kept out of the spotlight ever since, and that's something that we should all respect. After all, the writer, actor, musician, and director is a notoriously private individual. In 2014, for instance, long before Taylor Swift had the idea of a social media blackout, Glover completely wiped his social media presence. Since then, save for the occasional short-lived meme or Atlanta trailer, Glover continues not to engage with social media.
It's a pretty bold statement for any celebrity to make in this era, but particularly one with such a big status as Glover. While his current output of work is vast (ludicrously so), his output of details regarding his personal life is not. Glover may have a child now, but that isn't to say that he needs to bring his son into the celebrity furor just because it's the done thing by so many other stars. Clearly, Glover is an individual looking to push his career, not his personal life, and that means that all of us, as fans, need to respect that and not pry any further.
Of course, there isn't anything wrong with wanting to proudly share baby photos on social media, like so many celebrities often do. For many people who live in the public eye, their children are simply an extension of their identity, and a joyful reflection of what their life looks like. If a celebrity is proud of their kids and wants to show that online, then it's perfectly reasonable and within their rights.
However, that also means that the opposite holds true. That for every star who will post a selfie with their baby on Instagram, there's another who chooses to keep their own child far away from the focus of fame. And if, as Glover has done, those celebrities decide not to share any personal details with their fans, then it stands to reason that we probably shouldn't dig for them either.
As an artist, Glover already gives us a semblance of who he is and what he stands for via his work. On Awaken, My Love!, Childish Gambino's most recent album, various songs appeared reference Glover's son, and his thoughts about being a father. Meanwhile Atlanta gave us Glover's perception of the world, celebrating an African-American experience in an honest, often surrealist manner that he described as an effort in "trying to make people feel black." In that show, we also see a character dealing with fatherhood, and all of the struggles, fears, and expectations becoming a father brings to a young man.
Speaking to Billboard in November 2016, shortly after the birth of his son, Glover gave an existential perspective on fatherhood and what it involved, saying, "It’s something everybody grapples with: why we’re programmed the way we’re programmed. A child is information. You’re programming this thing." This is perhaps the most Glover-esque response we could ever wish to hear regarding his child, and what his son means to him.
Suffice to say, we really don't need a more intimate glimpse at Glover's personal life or to see his son, because we see enough of who he is in his actual work. Look closely, and Glover's life, experiences, and perception may already be articulated within his music, performances, and writing. And if we were to look any closer, it'd be damn near intrusive.