The stories behind celebrity babysitters: secret love, friendship, books and the hand that rocks the cradle

two years after announce their breakupthe actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis recently returned to monopolize the headlines of the media around the world after some controversial statements from the one who was the nanny of her two children, Otis, eight, and Daisy, five. In an interview for the british tabloid Daily Mail, The caretaker claimed that Sudeikis found out about his then-wife’s relationship with singer Harry Styles through an Apple Watch. In addition to recounting other intimate family episodes, such as the one in which he jumped on top of the interpreter’s car to prevent her from leaving with the artist or that the actress gave up her dog to spend more time with the new couple. her. And although the relationship between the two after the separation has not been entirely positive —with the public delivery of the papers for the custody of their children included—, that made them join forces to defend their family.

Nannies are people to whom many celebrities —and ordinary people— have opened the doors of their homes and their lives and to whom they have entrusted the care of their loved ones. Many have come to be seen as an indispensable piece of the family puzzle, but others have come to completely break trust when they have become headlines: they have told dirty family laundry, they have leaked confidential information and they have even published books recounting what happened. who lived in those houses.

At just 18 months, Gloria Vanderbilt became the heir to five million of dollars, a fortune that would be controlled by his mother, Gloria Morgan, until he turned 18. Morgan decided to settle in Paris, where she participated in endless social commitments and traveled the world. During those long trips, little Vanderbilt stayed in the care of Dodo, her family nanny and who would play a very important role in the life of the writer, actress and designer. Laura Morgan, her maternal grandmother, did not approve of her daughter’s detached behavior and began the process to separate her from Gloria. She sought support from her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt, and it all led to a controversial lawsuit. Eventually, Gloria Vanderbilt went to live with her aunt, but she was forbidden to see Dodo. In her memoir, Vanderbilt explained how she felt after being separated from her nanny: “She had been in my life from the moment I was born. I was delivered straight into the arms of Dodo and I found a home there.” The ban came after the court justified that Dodo had negatively influenced Vanderbilt against her own mother: “It was the worst thing that had happened to me, I wanted to die… part of me died then.” Years later, the nanny would be the one who would take care of the care of the designer’s children.

Gloria Vanderbilt and one of her collections exhibited in the ballroom of the Ritz hotel in New York, in 1972. Photo: MPTV.net

The nanny of the British royal family Marion Crawford (or as the princesses called her, Crawfie) accompanied Elizabeth II and her sister, Princess Margarita, for 17 years, being in the most important moments of her life. Despite being married, she did not leave her job until Elizabeth married Philip of Edinburgh in 1947. As a sign of appreciation for the services rendered, the royal family gave her Nottingham Cottage, a small property located in the palace gardens of Kensington.

In 1949, the caretaker began to write her memories about the princesses in the American magazine Ladies Home Journal. The articles told details about the character of the future monarch or the princess’s hobbies, even going so far as to describe the decoration of the rooms. A year later, all these items were turned into a book and her relationship with the royal family was completely severed, even taking away the property that had been given to her and in which she had resided for the previous two years. She died in 1988, at the age of 78, and Buckingham did not show any sign of affection to whom she cared for the smallest of the family for so many years.

Princesses Elizabeth and Margarita with their nanny Marion Crawford.
Princesses Elizabeth and Margarita with their nanny Marion Crawford. Bettmann (Bettmann Archive)

45 years passed, and the controversy with the nannies returned to the British royal family. The presenter of the BBC Martin Bashir convinced Princess Diana —after her separation from the then Prince of Wales— that Carlos was in love with the nanny of his two children, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who had enjoyed a vacation together and who had become pregnant, although she had subsequently miscarried. All of that was a lie. After confirming the slander with which he had tricked Diana into giving him one of the most viewed interviews in history, the BBC compensated both princes Guillermo and Enrique as well as the nanny last summer.

Princes William and Harry of England with their nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, on October 22, 1994, in Balmoral, Scotland.
Princes William and Harry of England with their nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, on October 22, 1994, in Balmoral, Scotland. Julian Parker (Getty Images)

A few years later, Jude Law and Sienna Miller brought nannies back into the spotlight. The couple of actors met in 2003 on the set of the film Alfie and only a year later they got engaged, but the relationship ended suddenly when Miller found out that he had been unfaithful with the babysitter, Daisy Wright. One of Law’s three children from his previous marriage innocently told the actress how he opened the bedroom door to find “Dad and Miss Wright” sharing a bed. Years later they resumed their relationship, but things did not work out again. After more than 15 years in silence, Miller spoke about what happened in an interview with The Daily Beast: “There are six whole weeks that I don’t remember. She was very shocked by all this because she was only 23 years old. But if you get past that, you feel like you can get past anything.”

Actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller at the annual gala held by the Metropolitan Museum in New York in May 2010.
Actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller at the annual gala held by the Metropolitan Museum in New York in May 2010. Jean Catuffe (Jean Catuffe)

During David Beckham’s stage as a Real Madrid player, his marriage with Victoria Beckham went through a difficult patch. Rebecca Loos, housekeeper and nanny to his children, sold to the press affaire who kept with the footballer. Despite the infidelity and after a lot of couples therapy, The Beckhams saved a relationship that has lasted almost 20 years after a controversy that made headlines around the world. Of course, with interviews included by Loos to magazines and on television.

Rebeca Loos attends the 20th anniversary of MAN Magazine, on October 18, 2007, in Madrid.
Rebeca Loos attends the 20th anniversary of MAN Magazine, on October 18, 2007, in Madrid.Lalo Yasky (Wire Image)

Dulce Delapiedra is probably the best-known nanny in Spain after working for almost 20 years with Isabel Pantoja. Very close to the little daughter of the singer, Dulce became her protector. At 17 years old, Isa Pantoja got pregnant and it was the nanny who was with her when, according to what she said, the care was negligent towards the singer’s daughter. Shortly after starring in those headlines, Dulce was fired from Cantora. During these years, in addition to being the nanny of Isa’s son, she has traveled the television sets telling secrets of the Pantoja clan.

Isa Pantoja with Dulce Delapiedra in Seville, in 2013.
Isa Pantoja with Dulce Delapiedra in Seville, in 2013. Europa Press (Europa Press via Getty Images)

But not all celebrity nannies have become known for having had problems with them. Elvira Olivares, the lady, He entered the Iglesias-Preysler family when Enrique Iglesias was only two years old. The long tours and trips of his father, Julio Iglesias, prevented him from being 100% with them and he decided to hire Olivares to take care of the children. The artist has always said that, for him, the lady It has been like his second mother. And the union between them has always been so strong that it was she who helped him finance his first record with his savings, as Enrique Iglesias has recounted in numerous interviews.

Enrique Iglesias performs at the iHeartRadio gala in Miami, Florida on October 15, 2022.
Enrique Iglesias performs at the iHeartRadio gala in Miami, Florida on October 15, 2022. Alberto E. Tamargo (Alberto E. Tamargo/Sipa USA / Cordon Press)

The stories behind celebrity babysitters: secret love, friendship, books and the hand that rocks the cradle