Many celebrities are well known for their efforts to keep their personal lives away from the spotlight. However, there are some news that are difficult to hide, such as a baby bump. As soon as a star shows off pregnant, there are many speculations about everything. Especially if the mother is single. In that case, the first question people will make is: what is the father’s name?
Skipping the traditional protocol, many of those women chose to keep the father's identity a secret for a few months or for a lifetime. Why? It can be to preserve the father's privacy because they want to be a single mother because they are unsure about the father identity because it was a sperm donation from a close friend...the list of reasons goes on.
The most famous case of the decade so far was the actress January Jones, who gave birth in 2011 and so far the public has no clue about the father's identity. Other celebrities, like Geri Halliwell, tried their best to keep the father unknown, but the other parent didn’t accept it.
Meet 15 celebrities that kept the name of their baby’s father a secret. Or at least tried to.
15 Lil Kim
When the singer welcomed her first daughter, Royal, in 2014. As soon as she announced her pregnancy, everybody assumed that Floyd Mayweather could be the father since they had a very intimate relationship. It didn’t take long to the rapper Mr. Papers suggests that he could also be the father. A few hours after the news made the headlines, the rapper posted a picture on Instagram with the subtitle “ I heard everybody is looking for me”.
The secret didn’t last for long, and Kim confirmed that Mr. Papers was the father. During an interview for Dish Nation TV Show he was very sure and said: “Yeah, that is my baby”.
During the pregnancy, they were seen together and happy in many moments. The rapper was very present during the pregnancy and both kept posting pictures. However,F last year he admitted that he was cheating on Kim.
14 Minnie Driver
The actress Minnie Driver confirmed her pregnancy on a TV show in 2008, however, she let a small detail out of the interview: the father’s name. There was a lot of speculation about who could be Henry’s father and Eddie Izzard, who played The Riches together with Driver, was one of the names linked to the actress.
She kept it a secret until 2012, when she finally revealed his identity to the public in an interview for The Observer: Timothy J Lea, one of the writers for The Riches.
"I don't need to protect him anymore," Driver said. "He can fend for himself. He's a grown-up. We weren't together and he wasn't directly in the business so I chose to protect him and not have a rain of publicity."
Driver was also sincere when asked if he was a good father to Henry: When asked whether he was a good father to Henry, she said: ‘Sort of. He’s figuring it out . . . I mean, he hasn’t been that involved; his choice. But he is now.’
13 Hilarie Burton
There are people who are good at keeping secrets, but Hilarie Burton takes it to a whole new level. The fans never found out that the star of One Tree Hill was pregnant, Burton took everyone by surprise in 2010 when she announced that had a baby boy. The actress managed to not be photographed in public for eleven months.
Together with the news, Burton also revealed that she was dating Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Grey's Anatomy star, who is also the baby’s father. "We really happy, and we're a very good team. And we got very lucky that our family is what it is”, said Burton in 2010.
The baby was Burton’s first child. Morgan found out in 2009 that he had a 5-year-old son with the actress Sherrie Ross.
12 Geri Halliwell
Back in 2006, we were all curious to know who was the father of Geri Halliwell daughter. The Baby Spice gave interviews saying that she was ok with being a single mother and raising her baby alone. She tried but wasn’t able to keep the baby’s father unknown for a long time. It didn’t take long to people talk about the screenwriter Sacha Gervasi as a possible name since they had a six-week fling in 2005.
Gervasi was confirmed as the Bluebell Madonna’s father, but it wasn’t easy to make his way into his child life. The screenwriter was not welcomed at the hospital when Bluebell was born and his name wasn’t on the baby’s birth certificate.
Of course, the delicate situation made the headlines for months and there were endless rumors about what was going on and how both were struggling to get on good terms.
11 Monica Cruz
When the Spanish actress Monica Cruz decided to become a mother, she didn’t wait for the perfect man. Instead, she decided to go for artificial insemination and is very comfortable in talking about it.
‘I want to talk openly about it because this is an opportunity to show my gratitude to all those anonymous donors who help women like me to meet the dream of their life”, says Antonella’s mother.
Cruz doesn’t believe she needs to be praised for raising a child alone.‘I don’t think this makes me brave,’ she insists. ‘Why is it braver to be a single mother versus being with a partner? Being in a couple and having a child could be more challenging because there might be a conflict if the male partner cannot understand the extreme attachment a woman feels when she has a child.’
10 Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill gave birth to her 6th child in 2011 and most people assumed that father was Rohan Marley, who is the father of her other five children. However, a few days after the birth the singer announced that Bob Marley’s son wasn’t the father of her baby. She didn't reveal the name of the father.
“Contrary to the numerous reports, Mr. Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child," Tweeted Lauryn Hill. "We have had long periods of separation over the years but our five children together remain a joy to both of us."
“To speculate without the facts can only cause people to form wrong conclusions. We both value privacy and for that reason on defending and preserve our right to it”, concluded.
Six years later, the name of the father is still a secret.
9 Bristol Palin
The 26-year-old daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin, announced that she was pregnant in June 2015 on her blog, without revealing the father’s name. Many people believed that it was Dakota Meyer, her own and off boyfriend since they had broken up just one month before the announcement.
"Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one...I know this has been and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you”, said at the blog post.
The baby, Sailor Grace, was born in December that year. And the suspicious about the paternity turned out to be true. Meyer posted a picture of the baby and affirmed it was the “best Christmas present ever”. They got back together and got married in 2016. They also welcomed their second child together - and Palin’s third - during this spring.
Her first pregnancy also made the headlines. She was only 17-year-old when she got pregnant of her ex-fiance Levi Johnston. Their son, Tripp, is now 7-year-old.
8 Rachel Dratch
The Saturday Night Live alum, Rachel Dratch, was really surprised when she found out about her pregnancy when she was 43. “I had bought into all this stuff about, ‘Once you’re over 40…'” Dratch says of her chances of conception. “I’d gone through the whole process of letting go of the idea of having kids”, said the Dratch in an interview for People Magazine.
Although she didn’t hide the pregnancy, she kept the name of the father unknown while she was expecting. Both were in a stable relationship but Dratch wanted to preserve her partner privacy. “People are expecting the craziest story,” Told Dratch to People. “I just meant it’s crazy for me!”
After the birth of her son Eli Benjamin, she revealed in an interview that the name of the father was John Wahl, a consultant to natural food business. Wah was based in California but moved to New York to be close to his son and girlfriend.
7 Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim became a household name when she played the lawyer Ellenor Frutt at The Practice. According to close friends, the actress really wanted to become a mother before she turned forty. When she announced her pregnancy in 2001, there was - of course - a lot of speculation about who could be the father.
When the model Jeffrey Bezovar revealed during an interview that he donated sperm to a celebrity mother, many people started wondering if he was Milo’s father. None of them confirmed the rumors.
Manheim seems to have all under control and is fine raising her son Milo by her on.
“Sometimes I feel lucky to be a single parent. So many of my friends have one or two children, but with their husbands, they have three children. Many of my friends envy me because it is just my son and me. Of course, the downside is, it’s all on me: the financial part, the physical part, the emotional part, and every single decision. Mostly that’s a plus, but sometimes I wish I had a little back up”, said in an interview.
6 January Jones
The Mad Men star, January Jones, welcomed her son Xander Jones in September 2011. During her pregnancy, there was a lot of speculation around the press about the identity of Xander’s father. Names such as Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men First Class, and Jason Sudeikis were some names pointed by the media, but Jones never revealed the name.
“I don’t have room for anything else, so I don’t know how I would have done it with a partner…. I knew I would be raising my son alone. It was something I went in to knowingly, I was prepared mentally – and I was excited about it”, said in an interview for The Edit.
"I think you can allow people to know as much as you want them to know," said Mad Men co-star, Elizabeth Moss about Jones during an interview for E! Online. "And I've seen many people do it very successfully. ... Some people don't mind and some people mind.”
5 Linda Evangelista
Another celebrity who made the world wonder about her pregnancy was the Supermodel Linda Evangelista. She appeared with a baby bump on 2006 but the name of the father was unknown. There were rumors that the baby’s father was the billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, who had just had a daughter with the actress Salma Hayek. However, the model firmly denied the rumors and her public relation said that it was “not true. She has never said who the father is” in a statement.
Evangelista was able to keep the name a secret until 2011 when walked into Manhattan Family Court demanding a US$ 46 thousand child support from Fracois-Henri Pinault for their son Augustin. It was revealed during the process that both dated during four months. The billionaire broke up with the model after she told about the pregnancy, he also demanded her to have an abortion. No surprise Evangelista didn’t want to speak about him.
4 Mia Farrow
When Mia Farrow announced her pregnancy in 1987, there wasn’t a major talk about it since the actress was married to the director Woody Allen. In fact, it was only in 2013 that the paternity of her Son Ronan Farrow made the headlines when during an interview with Vanity Fair she revealed that she kept an affair with her ex-husband Frank Sinatra while she was married to Allen.
When, in the same interview, Farrow was asked if there was a possibility that Ronan could be Sinatra’s son, her answer was “Possibly”. Of course, that reply was enough to bring up thousands of headlines and media started comparing the resemblance between Ronan and Frank Sinatra ( and yes, they look like each other).
It didn’t seem to shock Ronan, who showed some sense of humor when tweeting about it in 2013: “we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.”
In a However, in the book Sinatra: The Chairman, a singer’s biography released in 2015, claims that it wouldn’t be possible since Sinatra was impotent by the time Rona was conceived.
3 Alexis Knapp
There were many rumors when Alexis Knapp showed up with a baby bump in 2011. While all gossip magazines point out that actor and ex-boyfriend Ryan Phillippe (Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband) could be the father, Knapp kept silent - she didn’t confirm or denied the rumors. Phillippe also didn’t comment the news.
“Ryan is aware of the situation and totally prepared to take responsibility should the child be his”, said a Phillippe’s friend to People magazine.
When Kailane was born, in July 2011, Phillippe was in the hospital. TMZ managed to get a copy of the baby’s certificate and she was registered as Kailani Merizalde Phillippe Knapp. Although the father’s name was still a blank space. The paternity was confirmed soon and Phillippe has introduced the new baby to his two other children in the same year.
Knapp was more open after giving birth and she often posts pictures of her daughter on social media.
2 Evelyn Lozada
Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada, announced her pregnancy on Instagram in 2013, posting a picture of a six-month baby bump. People suspected that her ex-husband, Chad Ochocinco Johnson was the father of her second child. Both were married for less than two months because his aggressive personality and she suffered from domestic abuse.
The reality star denied the rumors and said that she was dating the baby’s father for about a year. “This is a very exciting and special moment for me, a true blessing,” said Lozada. “I’m in bliss and finally truly happy.”
A few months before giving birth, Lozada announced that the father of her baby was Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford during an interview for OMG! Insider. Although she tried to keep the secret, there was already a speculation around his name.
Lozada gave birth to Carl Leo Crawford in March 2016. Lozada and Crawford are still together and engaged.
1 Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi gave birth to her daughter Krishna in 2010 and had no intentions to reveal her baby’s name. However the father didn’t agree to be a secret in his daughter life and just one month after the birth Adam Dell, a venture capitalist, was announced as Krishna’s father.
Both were dragged in legal battles regarding the child’s custody and visitation rights. Just in 2012, Dell got the right to have his name on Krishna’s birth certificate. The estranged couple seems to have solved their main issued and have a less conflictual relationship now.
In her memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate, released last year, Lakshmi revealed that her pregnancy came as a surprise since she suffers from severe endometriosis. 'A question began to nag at my giddiness: not so much "How?" but the far more uncomfortable "Who?"' , said in the book.
The Indian beauty was also unsure about the paternity since she was dating two guys at the time she got pregnant.