I completely agree that being a public figure does not mean you are required to disclose any information you feel you should keep private. You certainly shouldn’t do it, regardless of whatever the public’s actions and behaviour, if that is your wish. You can even do what JP just did perfectly here, which is addressing the situation and clarify it without actually revealing the private matters that where not meant to be shared.
I also completely agree the public is not entitled to that information and has no right to demand any more insight into the private ongoings of the lives and businesses of those public figures. But demanding information that was deemed private and creating theories and debating those theories isn’t at all the same. People don’t have the right to demand anything of the sort but they do have the right to speculate or create theories based upon the information that is willingly given to them. If you believe it to be wrong or that people should not delve into these speculations is an entirely different story.
I just meant to state that it is something that is going to happen and is unavoidable because of the status of being a public figure that generates a following and garners the interest of many (I realise the way I phrased it might have come across a bit rough) and that the only thing the public figure can do is limit the speculation in a way or another, which is what JP is doing and, in my opinion, correctly.
It’s just natural to the inquisitive human mind to, as Jabba_the_space_gangster puts it, fill the gaps with what information they have and what is hinted or read between the lines. Of course those speculations shouldn’t turn into “witch hunts”, or be stated and regarded as factual, but also the fact that people are debating these speculations and theories doesn’t inherently constitute a witch hunt or a negative thing. The demanding of information not divulged, the statement of theories as fact and the feeling of entitlement of the ones that actually pester those figures for those insights is what constitutes a problem and what should be seen as something negative, and not the debate and sharing of speculations.
I don’t exactly agree with the analogy you make at the end, I feel they are wildly different things due to the variables involved (but I full heartedly agree that keeping some information from your child, or from people in general, isn’t a reprehensible or bad thing to do) but I also am not a public figure or a parent like yourself so I wouldn’t really know.
I hope I wasn’t out of line, it certainly wasn’t my intention.