Patton, who was honored with the “Shining Star” award at ESSENCE’s 5th Annual Black Women in Hollywood event, tells ESSENCE.com photos of her with an apparent baby bump at New York Fashion Week were nothing more than a great Photoshop job. “I saw that,” a bemused Patton told us on the red carpet at BWIH. “It’s unfortunate what they do with photos.”
Patton, 36, and hubby Robin Thicke, 34, are already parents to Julian Fuego, who turns 2 in April. The physically fit Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol star recently revealed that although being a mother is the best thing that’s happened to her, losing weight after giving birth to Julian was ”the most grueling and one of the hardest things” she’d ever done.