Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix to welcome their first baby this summer – Totally Vegan Buzz
Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara celebrated Oscar win
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The vegan celebs have yet to officially confirm the news of them expecting their first child together.

According to Page Six, Rooney Mara is six months pregnant with Joaquin Phoenix’s child.

Although the couple has not confirmed the news, Mara was recently spotted wearing baggy clothes to cover her bump and the couple is likely to welcome their bundle of joy this August.

The tabloid reported that the pair have been keeping a low profile during the pandemic and quarantining at their home in Los Angeles.

The couple first met on the sets of Her in 2013 and later starred in three films in 2018, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot; and Mary Magdalene. The pair started dating after their last movie and reportedly got engaged last July.

In October 2019, Phoenix told Vanity Fair that Mara was the only girl he googled and was initially convinced the actress “despised” him.

“She’s the only girl I ever looked up on the internet,” he said.

“We were just friends, email friends. I’d never done that. Never looked up a girl online.”

While a friend of the couple told Us Weekly in 2018 that the couple wasn’t sure about marriage because “they think marriage is too mainstream”, the source added: “Joaquin transforms all his girlfriends into being holistic, vegan, spiritual and into saving the world.”

 Vegan Phoenix and Mara

Both Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are passionate animal activists and strong vegan ambassadors.

The award-winning actor turned vegan at age 3 after a momentous incident on aboard a Miami bound cargo ship changed his perspective.

In a 2018 interview with Collider, the 45-year-old actor recounted his story: “Really it was seeing these fish being killed when I was on a boat as a kid.

“I guess to stun them they were throwing them against the side of the boat. I just had a profound strong reaction. It felt like a real injustice.

“I don’t know how to explain it. I think it made me distrustful, and angry, and frightened of humans, humanity. I just thought it was such a gross abuse of power in a way.

“I think that during that moment we knew that we were not going to eat meat anymore. We said to our parents, “Why didn’t you tell us?” … It became very obvious we weren’t going to eat meat anymore.”

Mara on the other hand was a vegetarian first as a child before realizing in 2011 that she could no longer eat animals or its by-products with a clean conscience.

In an interview with Coveteur in 2018, she said: “I’ve been a vegetarian on and off since I was nine…on and off only because my parents told me I was a picky eater and wouldn’t always let me.

“Then, about seven years ago, someone sent me this horrible undercover video of a pig, which led me to another horrible video and another horrible video. I went down the YouTube rabbit hole.”

End animal exploitation

The couple has also repeatedly spoken out against factory farming and animal abuse. In a recent Op-Ed for The Washington Post, Phoenix and Mara blamed factory farms for “routinely create conditions for the proliferation of superbugs and zoonotic pathogens,” and called for a  ban of all live-animal markets in the United States, also called “concentrated animal feeding operations,” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

They stressed on the link of “our role in the emergence of the coronavirus and our vulnerability to a growing number of diseases as a result of our impositions on the animal kingdom and the environment,” and noted that it was simply not enough  blaming “bats, monkeys, pangolins and other exotic wildlife for recent contagions.”

They added in the concluding piece of the Op-Ed: “Covid-19 is a devastating indicator of what’s to come if we don’t make rapid and sweeping changes, the least inconvenient of which is closing down all live-animal markets and CAFOs in the midst of this global pandemic.”

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