In these modern times, with the 24-hour news cycle and endless streaming capabilities, the lives of celebrities are constantly on full display. Gone are the days when prominent public figures are able to effectively separate their private and personal lives. Generally, the less a celebrity is seen publicly, the value they represent tends to diminish. Therefore, it has become an absolute necessity to share all aspects of one’s private life to ensure public engagement. Every intimate detail is then critically analyzed and more often than not, turned into a blog post or YouTube video. From unforgivable fashion missteps to poorly timed public displays of affection, it is all captured by one lens or another.
Clearly therefore, it comes as a complete surprise when one of the biggest names on the silver screen pops up on Ocean Ave. coddling a wild-haired two year old. Or, when Hollywood’s brawniest bachelor does a gender reveal seemingly out of nowhere. Where did this child come from? Is this all a part of an upcoming film release? Is this simply an elaborate troll? The minds of the masses are often set into a frenzy when a star’s hidden life becomes front page news. Here are presented 15 celebrities you didn’t know had kids.
15 Tom Hardy And Charlotte Riley
In recent years, English actor Tom Hardy has made himself a household name across the pond. With his role as Bane in 2012’s immensely successful The Dark Knight, Tom Hardy became the go-to actor for a variety of roles in Hollywood. From the grisly, harsh realities of the early American Frontier to the post-apocalyptic wastelands featured in Mad Max:Fury Road, Hardy has flawlessly and fluidly transitioned between characters.
However, it may have been his role in the 2009 U.K. tv series, Wuthering Heights, that would prove to be the most formative. On set, Hardy co-starred with English actress Charlotte Riley in the classic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. The energy appears to have been kept alive off camera as Hardy and Riley welcomed their first child in 2015.
14 Kerry Washington And Nnamdi Asomugha
In the hit ABC network series Scandal, Washington finds herself starring a role similar to the one her husband once played in the NFL. Her character, Olivia Pope, has to shut down any and every major crisis her firm is contracted to handle. Similarly, her husband was once responsible for shutting down any and every NFL wide receiver he faced on game day. Over the years, Washington has positioned herself as one of the top actresses on television.
However, it may surprise many to find out that she and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, have two children together. Washington, born in the Bronx, married the former NFL corner back in 2013. The children, Caleb and his older sister Isabella, were born two years apart. Even with her career exploding, Washington appears keen to keep her private life away from the lens.
13 Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Tasha Mcauley
Some might recall seeing a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt as little Roger Bomman in the 1994 classic, Angels In the Outfield. However, his portrayal of Tom in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer placed him firmly in the hearts of the Hollywood faithful. Films like Inception, where Gordon’s character finds himself in a house of mirrors dream sequence, solidified his name on the Hollywood A-List. He is transparent on screen, but Gordon-Levitt is more discreet when it comes to his personal life.
Lately, Gordon-Levitt has been relatively quiet about his growing family. According to Gordon-Levitt himself, his wife Tasha McCauley, doesn’t prefer stardom. This may explain why there aren’t many photos of the couple’s children. McCauley reportedly has degrees in robotics and business administration. When it comes to the kids, Gordon-Levitt has publicly stated that he would prefer his children to make their own decision to be or not to be a in the public eye.
12 Jeremy Renner And Sonni Pacheco
From starring opposite Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible to fighting alongside The Avengers, Jeremy Renner has had a breath-taking rise into Hollywood’s upper crust. Over the years, he has been center stage for some of the highest-grossing films of in recent memory. Even with his acting career, Renner still has time for other pursuits. In fact, he is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and father!
Renner’s wife, Canadian actress Sonni Pacheco, also has acting credits to her name. The couple undoubtedly have busy schedules, but they found time to tie the knot in 2014. With Renner being an international super hero, some may be surprised to learn of his daughter born in 2013. Ava Berlin is the couples’ only child together.
11 Megan Fox And Brian Austin Green
Megan Fox burst onto the scene in the 2007 film Transformers. After a successful sequel, Fox became one of the most requested actresses in Hollywood. After marrying actor Brian Austin Green in 2010, Fox continued to land roles and create waves in the box office. While her fame steadily rose, Fox managed to keep her private life behind the curtain.
Brian Austin Green is an actor with numerous acting credits. He has been in many films in his career which spans back to the 1980’s. In addition to an impressive filmography, Green also has starred in number of successful television shows. Although an easily accessible public figure, Green is more guarded when it comes to family. Together with Fox, the couple has three children: Noah, Bodhi, and Journey.
10 Adele And Simon Konecki
Everyone remembers their first Adele song. Whether a day-one fan or a recent new convert, Adele’s songs glide blissfully into to one’s ears and proceed to pull firmly upon each and every heart-string. With all the raw emotion displayed through her art, her lack of public persona is a striking contrast. She appears as physically unavailable as she sounds in her music.
Releasing music surreptitiously with oftentimes a few years gap in between has become Adele’s preferred method of operation. In the same vein, she has been similarly subdued when it comes to public expressions of her personal life. Adele reportedly met her husband, Simon Konecki in 2011. Unbeknownst to many, Adele, who only announced she was actually married in 2017, has a four-year-old son with Konecki.
9 Kate Hudson And Chris Robinson (Matt Belamy)
In a commercial market where yoga pants have become the undisputed ruler of day-to-day wear, Kate Hudson capitalized by co-founding her own fashion yoga brand. However, most people know Hudson not for her business sense but for her many major starring roles in the past two decades. Daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, Hudson may have been destined for stardom.
It may be shocking to learn that this accomplished actor actually has two children: Ryder, born in 2004, and Bingham Hawn, born in 2011. Ryder was born in the early 2000’s, when Hudson fame was on the rise. Bingham Hawn was fathered by English musician Matt Bellamy. Bellamy is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the popular rock band, Muse.
8 Adam Brody And Leighton Meester
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester are a couple who like to keep their private lives far from the prying eyes of the media circus. Brody, who originally gathered fame the teen drama, The O.C. . Brody found himself starring as a ridiculously wealthy, disaffected teen who runs into just about as much relationship drama one could imagine. His character had a bit of a shy nature, which may have translated into Brody’s apparent shyness when it comes to public facetime.
Leighton Meester, who also rose to fame while starring in a teen drama, married Brody in 2014. Meester became best known for her role in the Gossip Girl series, but has gathered many other significant roles throughout her career. When she isn’t co-starring with Adam Sandler, Meester finds time to create and release music as a singer/songwriter. Above all, Meester is now finding the time to raise their daughter, Arlo Day. She was born in 2015.
7 Sofia Vergara
Oftentimes, when a celebrity’s family is seldom seen, it’s generally an intentional move. Typically, the parents are trying to shield their new child from a world of constant celebrity coverage. However, there are times when a celebrity’s personal life goes unnoticed for other reasons. This may be the case for the Modern Family actress, Sofia Vergara.
Her career spans nearly 3 decades, but it is the Modern Family role she landed in 2009 that thrust her into the spotlight for good. She has been one of the highest paid television actresses for many years and has even secured a few movie roles. Even more surprising than her earning power and commercial appeal, is the fact that she has a 25-year-old son! Born in 1992, Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll, Vergara is Sofia’s only son.
6 Norman Reedus And Helena Christensen
Norman Reedus has found himself in many numerous horror and action roles over the course of his acting career. In recent years, it has been his role as the zombie-killing expert on the massively infective television series The Walking Dead that has given his stock the biggest boost. The show is in its 7th year, but Reedus has found time in his busy schedule to start a family. Too bad he hasn’t found a lot of time to talk about it.
Reedus was once in a relationship with the former Miss Universe Denmark winner Helena Christensen. The union between the two produced a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus in 1999. Although the former couple share joint custody of Mingus, many of Reedus’ new fans may be unaware of that he has a son old enough to be in college!
5 Sacha Baron Cohen And Isla Fischer
Borat, Ali G, and Bruno are three characters that helped give Sacha Baron Cohen a strong foothold in situational comedy. For those unfamiliar, Cohen’s ability to fully embody and personify a number of abstract and absurd fictional characters made him a valuable voice in Hollywood. So valuable in fact, that he would lend his voice to the insanely popular kids animated series Madagascar. Still, amidst the silliness, Cohen has managed to start a family with popular actress Isla Fisher.
Isla Fisher has been praised for her comedic and dramatic roles alike. From Wedding Crashers, to The Great Gatsby, Fisher’s talent on the silver screen has Hollywood hooked. Despite landing roles in television and film over the years, Fisher has still been a mother to her two daughters, Olive and Elula. Fisher and Cohen also have a son, Montgomery, born in 2015.
4 Kate Beckinsale And Michael Sheen
Kate Beckinsale got her start in the film industry in 1993 with the adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Since then, she has been making steady pace as one of Hollywood’s premier actresses. Sandwiched between Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck in Michael Bay’s epic romantic war period film Pearl Harbor.
Michael Sheen has numerous theatrical accolades under his belt. Besides appearing and winning awards for a large catalogue of British film and television, Sheen also has been successful in the States with movies such as The Twilight Saga and Nocturnal Animal. The pair is no longer together. However, their time together produced a daughter, Lily, in 1999. Beckinsale and Sheen, have been separated since 2003
3 Donald Glover
Donald Glover, from Community, literally does it all. Not only is he an accomplished writer who shares credits with the likes of Tina Fey, Glover also has written, produced, and starred in his own television series called Atlanta. In addition to his tremendous output as a writer, actor, and producer of television shows, Glover has also starred in blockbuster films like The Martian and Magic Mike. He even has a role in the upcoming Spider-Man film. What’s even more unbelievable is that Glover also lives a completely separate life than the one as an actor in movies and television.
Glover also goes by the name, Childish Gambino, and is one of the most accomplished and respected recording artists in the music industry. Clearly, the man’s output is staggering. What is possibly even more surprising is that through all of his success, he has managed to keep his girlfriend unidentified, as well as maintained the anonymity of their recently born son!
2 Charlize Theron
South African actress Charlize Theron has been dominating on-screen performances since the 90s. Her roles have ranged from light-hearted romantic comedy to the downright grotesque. Her portrayal of a vicious serial killer in Monster, still have critics singing her praises. She has starred alongside Al Pacino, Will Smith, and Johnny Depp just to name a few. Her most recent role in the Fate of the Furious, projects the actress into an even wider audience. As her popularity continues to steadily increase with each passing year, Theron keeps the details of her personal life at a distance from the view of the general public.
In 2012, Theron adopted a boy, named Jackson. In 2015, Theron adopted a girl, named August. Though Theron is from South Africa, she has dual-citizenship in America. Theron is also a UN Messenger of Peace.
1 Bridget Moynahan And Tom Brady
Around the world people have long known of Tom Brady’s relationship with the Brazilian supermodel Gisele. The weekly happenings of the couple are featured nearly year round on every major media outlet. Indeed, this bunch of Brady’s is covered more often than the wide receivers Tom often throws touchdowns to on Sundays. However, many may forget that the Super Bowl Champion Quarterback once had a relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan briefly in the early 2000s. Shortly after their relationship ended, Moynahan announced she was in fact pregnant with Brady’s Child.
Bridget Moynahan has had considerable success as an actress and currently stars on TV’s Blue Bloods. She has been active for nearly 20 years and continues to land big roles in the industry. Despite releasing two movies in 2007, Moynahan gave birth to John Edward Thomas Moynahan that same year. Now, ten years later, Moynahan finds herself still starring in some of the year’s best films, and she has young John with her every step of the way.