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Michelle Obama 'bans daughters from mixing with celebrities'

In a bid to lead a normal family life in the White House, US First Lady Michelle Obama is believed to have banned her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, from socialising with celebrities.

world Updated: Feb 02, 2009 06:57 IST

In a bid to lead a normal family life in the White House, US First Lady Michelle Obama is believed to have banned her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, from socialising with celebrities.

Michelle Obama is "trying to keep them grounded" and insisting on no "special treatment" as they begin their new lives in the US capital, meaning "an end to hanging out with celebrities", the 'US Weekly' quoted family friends as saying.

In fact, the US First Lady's priority as self-styled "mom-in-chief" is to make sure her daughters -- ten-year-old Malia and seven-year-old Sasha -- settle in well at Sidwell Friends School, a prestigious private academy, they said.

"Michelle is spending a lot of time talking to the girls about the new school and she's reached out to fellow parents at Sidwell," a family friend was quoted as saying.

Although the Obamas did not speak directly to the magazine for the report, they posed for a family portrait and clearly authorised friends and staff to be quoted, on and off the record.

In fact, a couple of days back, a British tabloid had reported that the 45-year-old wife of America's first Black President "is believed to be pregnant and expecting her third child" -- "a White House baby".

The leading tabloid had also cited a blog posted by Los Angeles' celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, to corroborate its report: "This is completely unconfirmed and at this point just a 'rumour' but... We're hearing the talk in (Washington) DC is that Michelle Obama is pregnant. Could this be true????? It'd be happy news! Hopefully it's a boy!"