Now that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are the last famous couple to expect a baby and give it a stupefying name, the world's attention is firmly focused in their direction.
The thing is, though, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – now holed up in Namibia – just want everyone to bugger off and leave them alone. And the Prime Minister of Namibia has stuck his oar into the argument too. Whether or not he's done it out of genuine concern for Brad and Angelina, a desire to briefly experience their level of fame or an audacious effort for the Jolie-Pitt baby to be named We Love The Prime Minister Of Namibia remains to be seen.
It doesn't matter where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie choose to live; they'll always encounter one problem or another, be it Parisian cabbage-stink, a lack of any decent dinosaur museums or, in the latest case, over-zealous snappers trailing them around all the time.
You'd think that this would be nothing new for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They are two of the world's most desirable people, and getting hounded by the paparazzi is part and parcel of their day-to-day life. The paparazzi even flocked to Lake Como for Brad and Angelina's wedding, even though it wasn't real and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were thousands of miles away.
But it appears that Brad and Angelina have had enough – they've issued a statement simultaneously telling Africa how much it rocks and telling photographers to sling their hook:
"We love Africa and to be here in Namibia with our family is very special for us. To the local people who have been so kind and gracious, thank you for making us feel at home. As for the press, we kindly ask for privacy so that we can enjoy this beautiful country with our children."
And the transparent bumlicking seems to have done the trick. Ego duly puffed up, Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula has backed up the calls for privacy:
"This lady is expecting. You guys are harassing her. Why don't you allow her some privacy? Harassment is not allowed in Namibia. If a person says they don't want to be photographed then, of course, that person deserves protection."
You know what this means? If the Hollywood A list get wind of this magical far-off country where photographers get shouted at by the head of state, they'll all up sticks instantly and boogie on down to Namibia where they can crash their cars, zoom about with their babies on their lap and lounge around eating chocolate topless without any fear of reprisal.
Until they realise they're not really very famous any more, at least.
[story by Stuart Heritage]