The world is abuzz with the news that Kim Kardashian West and her rapper hubby Kanye West are expecting a child via surrogate early next year. Why did the famously fashionable duo opt to have a child this way? A source close to the family told People magazine, “Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process.” According to reports, Kim and Kanye paid over $60,000 to the agency that matched them with their surrogate, and are paying their gestational carrier 10 monthly instalments of approximately $4,500. Now that’s a pretty penny.
Surrogacy is an option many turn to when, for whatever reason, they are not able to, or prefer not to, carry a baby on their own. The surrogacy process has helped many to welcome biological children into the world, who would have otherwise not been able to. While paying a woman to carry a baby is a wonderful option for many, it’s one that requires copious financial resources. Not surprisingly, due to their thick pocketbooks, it’s not uncommon for famous folks to turn to gestational carriers for help when growing their families.
The following 15 celebrities chose to have their children via a surrogate for a variety of different reasons. Whatever the stories behind their choices to use gestational carriers, they’re beautiful children that are the result are a reminder that the miracle of life takes many different forms. Read on for 15 celebs you didn’t know had kids via surrogate.
15 Sarah Jessica Parker
Actress and fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, welcomed their first child, James Wilkie, to the world in 2002. After little James arrived, the two struggled to have another child. Six year later, they revealed the exciting news to Access Hollywood that they were preparing to expand their brood, and were expecting twins via a gestational carrier.
Parker and Broderick were overjoyed to learn they had not one, but two babies on the way. The Sex and The City star has shared, “We didn’t expect it. I think after a certain amount of time, you tend to hold your hopes at bay a bit so as not to be disappointed. One really would have been thrilling and we would’ve felt incredibly lucky. And two was a comedy.”
14 Jimmy Fallon
Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, usually has a smile on his face. Many are not aware of the fact that he and his stunning wife, Nancy Juvonen, tried to have a baby unsuccessfully for five grueling years.
The comedian has referred to the experience of dealing with infertility as an “awful” one. Eventually, the couple decided to have children via a surrogate, and now have two beautiful little girls named Winnie and Frances.
After his first daughter arrived in 2013, Fallon revealed many of the details behind he and his wife’s decision to have a child via a gestational carrier in an interview with Today. He shared, “We tried before, we told people and then it didn’t happen. And it’s just really depressing. It’s really hard on everybody. We said, ‘We’re not going to tell anybody.’ It’d be just more fun if it’s just private between me and my wife. And then we get to introduce her to everybody.”
13 Giuliana Rancic
Former E! News host Giuliana Rancic has been public about her fight against breast cancer. The star famously underwent a double mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery in order to combat the disease after her diagnosis.
At the end of her treatments, she struggled to get pregnant. Eventually, she and her husband, Bill, chose to have a child via a surrogate. In 2012, a gestational carrier named Delphine carried and delivered their son, Duke. Unfortunately, the couple’s efforts to have another child by the same method have proven unsuccessful and resulted in miscarriages.
Giuliana shared with People magazine, that while the losses have been heart wrenching, she hasn’t lost hope, and knows there are other options to consider in order to have more children. She stated, “I think adoption is a beautiful gift you’re giving each other. And it’s funny, I’m even more open to [adoption] than I was before. Because I think to myself, ‘I love Duke so much, if I couldn’t take care of him, I hope there would be someone else who would love him.'”
12 Lucy Liu
Actress Lucy Liu usually prefers to keep her private life private, but an adorable August 2015 Instagram post by the star revealed the amazing news that she had a new addition: a son named Rockwell Lloyd Liu.
A rep for the single mom dished to Us Weekly that the darling boy arrived via a surrogate. Liu is loving being a mother, and shared in an interview on the Today show, “Every day is just a miracle and a dream because everything is so different every day. You’re not even thinking about ‘Is it Monday or Tuesday’ or ‘What time is it?’ anymore, you’re just thinking about how he’s changed from minute to minute and his reactions–also, how you are and how you grow as a human being, being around another human being like that.”
We’re glad Lucy was willing to share the sweet shot above with the world. She appears to be killing it in the motherhood department, proving a woman doesn’t have to carry a child in order to share an immediate and unbreakable bond with him or her.
11 Elizabeth Banks
Actress and mother-of-two Elizabeth Banks has admitted to being wary of using a surrogate to bring a child into the world, but eventually became open to the idea after it became apparent she wasn’t going to be able to get pregnant. Speaking with other moms helped her feel better about the choice she eventually made to have her babies through a gestational carrier.
She shared with Women’s Health in 2012, “It helps that other moms have said that once they had their babies, they forgot they were ever pregnant. So once my focus became the baby and not the pregnancy, it was a very easy decision.”
Banks and her hubby, Max Handelman, have two adorable sons, Felix and Magnus. When Magnus was born in 2012, Banks shared, “Like Felix, Magnus was born via gestational surrogate. This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime. I am also so very thankful to our family and friends for their support throughout this process, as well as the Center for Surrogate Parenting for helping make all this possible.”
10 Ellen Pompeo
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo gave birth to her daughter, Stella, in 2009, and welcomed her second daughter, Sienna, to the world via a surrogate. Pompeo kept the news of her new arrival a secret for two months after her birth.
She shared the news of her new baby girl with the world in an October 2014 Instagram post which featured a photo of her husband, Chris Ivery, holding the child. The caption of the sweet pic read, “Sienna May Ivery, welcome to the world. We love you more than words can say.”
Ellen appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Soon after the announcement, and told Kimmel, “This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone’s child. I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her. She who will remain anonymous. I was there with her when they inseminated her, and we held hands. I looked into the microscope and I saw the embryo. I saw the baby, and they put it in a thingy and they inseminated her. And then we held hands and we prayed, we talked to God. He said he was going to try to help us out and now we have a gorgeous baby girl.”
9 George Lucas
Filmmaker and entrepreneur George Lucas is a master of creating new worlds, but has needed a little help bringing new life into the world. He has turned to surrogacy and adoption to help him create the beautiful family he has today.
In August of 2013, Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, added a new addition to their family via a gestational carrier. The baby girl, named Everest Hobson Lucas, is the Star Wars creator’s first biological child. Lucas also have three adopted children: Amanda, Katie and Jett.
We wonder how often he says, “Everest, I am your father.” Thanks to the help of a surrogate, he is able to make this beautiful statement any time he wants, and it will be true. Lucas is an inspiration to many, and his life is proof that having a family can be a reality for anyone who really wants it. The father-of-four once stated, “The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.”
8 Katey Sagal
Iconic sitcom mom, Katey Sagal, became a household name after starring in the 1990s show, Married With Children. She has two children with her first husband, Jack White. Sagal and White divorced in 2000, after which the actress wed Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.
Sagal shared with People magazine, “He’d never had his own biological children, so about five years into the relationship we started toying with the idea of maybe we should raise a child together.”
Sagal’s age made it impossible for her to become pregnant herself, so the couple went the surrogacy route in order to make their dream a reality. She has shared, “We went through the whole in vitro fertilization process and our embryos were not really strong, but we thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.’ And if it wasn’t, we weren’t going to do it. But then our little Esme came through. That’s why we call her our little miracle, our beautiful miracle.” Sagal welcomed her third daughter to the world in 2007 at the age of 52, thanks to the help of a gestational carrier.
7 Amy Smart
Actress Amy Smart welcomed a new daughter to the world this past December. She shared a sweet shot of herself sharing some snuggles with her new addition on Instagram a month after her little one arrived, captioning the shot, “One month ago today, Dec. 26th our amazing beautiful daughter came into this world. Feeling so grateful to have her in my arms.”
Smart and her husband, Carter Oosterhouse, struggled with infertility for years before deciding to use a surrogate in order to have a biological child. Smart has shared, “After years of fertility struggles I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her.”
The Just Friends actress once stated, “I’m just kind of taking whatever life gives me and hoping that I make the right decision.” Life has given her a beautiful gift in the form of a precious baby girl, and it appears the star is loving every minute of it.
6 GloZell Green
YouTube personality GloZell Green and her husband, Kevin Simon, have been open about the fact that they’ve struggled with infertility. They chose to share the details of their choice to use a surrogate on the Awestruck and go90 web series “Glo All In.”
GloZell shared with Parents.com, “I didn’t know that I was supposed to be embarrassed about infertility, but so many women have come forward since I went public and shared their own issues with me even though they were scared or embarrassed.”
The couple welcomed a beautiful baby girl to the world via gestational carrier on August 7, 2016. Their little miracle is named O’Zell Gloriana De Green Simon after GloZell’s father, mother and sister respectively. Green also shared with Parents.com, “We went through a course of three [IVF] shots a day for two weeks for five months to finally get enough embryos to implant into [our surrogate]. This is a soul who really wants to be here.”
5 Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks shared the news that she had gone through IVF treatments and struggled with infertility with People magazine in September of 2015. The supermodel and entrepreneur admitted that she and her boyfriend, Erik Asla, whom she met while working on Top Model in Norway, were beyond ready to start a family.
In January of 2016, the couple revealed that they had decided to have a child via a surrogate, and had just welcomed their son, York Banks Asla to the world. They referred to their new addition as their “miracle little boy,” and were obviously overjoyed that he had arrived. .
Banks later wrote on Instagram, “He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.”
4 Dylan Lauren
Dylan Lauren and her hubby, Paul Arrouet, welcomed their twins son Cooper and daughter Kingsley to the world via a gestational carrier. The babies arrived to the happy couple in April of 2015, and have been appearing dressed to the nines on Instagram ever since. The candy store entrepreneur and daughter of designer Ralph Lauren has been mum about the reasons behind her choice to use a surrogate. Some have speculated that she didn’t want a pregnancy to get in the way of her busy work schedule.
Lauren has, however, opened up about what an incredible experience it was for her to be present in the delivery room when her babies arrived. She told People magazine, “It was amazing. I was crying, my husband was crying. We were very nervous. I had never held a baby before.”
3 Kara DioGuardi
Kara DioGuardi is best known for her time spent as a judge on American Idol. She is also a talented songwriter and is behind some of the best-loved hits of the last decade. She and her husband, Mike McCuddy, struggled with infertility for five years before discovering DioGuardi was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene, which put her at a high risk of developing cancer in her future. DioGuardi decided to have her ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus removed in order to reduce her risk.
The couple decided their next step was to look into adoption. DioGuardi shared with People magazine, “We’d hired an adoption attorney, we had the pictures, the book, had it all ready to go. Then … I knew this woman, a friend, and on a whim I asked somebody to bring [gestational surrogacy] up and get her thoughts on it and she seemed open to it. She came over with her husband, talked it through, and we negotiated it together.”
The couple welcomed their son, Greyson, to the world in 2013 via a surrogate. DioGuardi also revealed, “When I had the surgery, it was helpful to know that this amazing woman was carrying our child and I was taking care of things to ensure I’d be around to see our son grow up.”
2 Jordana Brewster
Actress Jordana Brewster has two children, both of whom have arrived via surrogate. The Fast and Furious star and her husband, Andrew Form, recently welcomed their second son, Rowan, to the world. The new arrival made their first child, 2-year-old Julian, a proud big brother.
Brewster turned to surrogacy as an option after discovering she couldn’t have biological children any other way. She shared with Yahoo Parenting, “For me it wasn’t a choice. I needed to use a surrogate. I feel the loss of not having carried or having been able to carry, but luckily I keep my circle tight and close, so I never feel judged.”
Brewster feels it’s important that she’s open about her struggles with infertility. She hopes her decision to talk openly about it will give other women courage to do the same. According to Brewster, “There are so many women who are young and have to go through IVF and feel like they can’t talk about it. And that’s really unfortunate.”
1 Robert Deniro
Robert De Niro and his model girlfriend, Toukie Smith, chose to have a child together via a surrogate, and ended up with twins on the way. Unfortunately, the two parted ways before their babies were born.
They remained amicable after the split, and welcomed sons Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrick to the world in 1995. After the birth, De Niro’s rep Stan Rosenfield shared with reporters, “De Niro and Smith will continue their separate personal and professional lives. They look forward to sharing the parenting of the children.” De Niro has four other biological children.
The celebrities above have chosen to have children in the way that has worked best for them. Surrogacy may be a controversial option that isn’t for everyone, but, it’s an option that makes it possible for many who have struggled with infertility to become moms and dads. We hope all of the families above that were created with the help of a gestational carrier live happily ever after.
Sources: Parents.com, People.com, GlamourMagazine.co.uk
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