Once upon a time, having a baby before marriage was consider a huge no-no. A woman had to be married, otherwise it was a real problem that reflected poorly on her whole family
Times are changing, though. There are still some who believe fully get together until they are married, but there are a lot more people who do not care anymore- especially celebrities. There are so many different types of celebrities over in Hollywood who have kids before marriage. Some later end up marrying their child’s mother or father, but it often ends in a split before marriage even happens. But that probably has more to do with Hollywood than with having kids.
According to popsugar.com, back in 2009 41% of births in the United States were to unmarried mothers and that children are more likely nowadays to have cohabiting parents than divorced ones. How crazy is that? To think how far society has come. People are so much more accepting of different lifestyles and family structures than ever before. It's a good thing for the world and for mothers everywhere, that they don't have to worry so much about other people's opinions if they start a family before he put a ring on it.
Here is a list of 20 celebrities who had children before marriage and rocked it without a care in the world.
20 Jennifer Gardner and Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is an American actor that has stared in a lot of big hits. For most though, it’s movies like Good Will Hunting, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor that one would really remember him in.
Jennifer Gardner is also an actress and best known for her roles in movies such as Pearl Harbor, Alias, Daredevil and as the main superhero in the movie Elektra.
According to popsugar.com, the pair married in a private Turks and Caicos ceremony on June 29, 2005. The two have three children together, 2 daughters and a son. Their eldest daughter though, was born before the couple was even engaged. Violet-Ann was born in December 2004, and then Seraphina Elizabeth Rose was born in 2009 and their son was born in 2012.
The two separated in 2015 and finalized their divorce in 2018.
19 Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry
It is hard not to know who Halle Berry is. At one point in time she was every man, and boy’s, dream girl. For those who might not know her though. Halle Berry is an American actress whose breakout role was in the 2001 hit move Monster’s Ball. It was her performance in this movie that allowed her to go in 2002 to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, which as of 2018 she is the only black woman to have ever won. What most might know her from though is her performance as Storm in the X-men movie series.
Gabriel Aubry on the other hand is a Canadian model who has modelled for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Gianni Versace, and Calvin Klein. It was on the set of a Versace photoshoot, that the pair would meet. According to popsugar.com though, after a few failed marriages, Halle had sworn to never marry again. That didn’t stop her from having a kid though. The pair had a daughter in March 2008.
The two separated in September 2010.
18 Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Naomi Watts is one actress that one could say has been struggling for many years. She has had her fair share of flops throughout her career, but she also has had some box-office hits. Some being The Ring, the sequel The Ring 2 and even the 2005 remake of King Kong.
Liev Schreiber is an American actor who has also done many types of movies throughout his career. Some being The Omen, Repo Man, and for those Marvel Universe fans he played the one and only Victor Creed aka Sabertooth, Logan’s brother, in the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
According to popsugar.com, these two started dating in 2005, but neither were big on marriage due to their background growing up. That did not stop them from having kids though. In 2007 they gave birth to their first son together, Alexander “Sasha” Schreiber and then in 2008 they had a second son together Samuel Kai Schreiber.
After 11-years together the two separated in September 2016.
17 Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel
When it comes to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel, these two are #relationshipgoals.
Goldie Hawn is an American actress who rose to fame between 1968 and 1979 in the NBC comedy program Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in. One role some might know her for is her part in the 1987 version of Overboard, which she stared alongside her longtime partner Kurt Russel. Her last film was in 2002 and she hasn’t acted since. That is until she made a comeback in 2017 in the film Snatched.
Kurt Russel is an American Actor who began acting at the young age of 12 during a western series that aired from 1963 to 1954 called The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. Since then he has stared in a bunch of different films and television series. Some of his more recent work roles were Mr. Nobody in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Santa Clause in the new Netflix film The Christmas Chronicles.
According to popsugar.com, the two have been together since 1983 and have yet to get married or even engaged. Together they have one child together, Wyatt Russell, who was born in 1986. Goldie also has two other children from a previous relationship, Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson. Kate considers Kurt to be her father though.
16 Madonna and Guy Ritchie
There is no one in the world who doesn’t know who Madonna is. Madonna has been known as the Queen of Pop since the 1980s, and she hasn’t let the name down yet. She is known for the pushing the boundaries of songwriting, as well as the imagery in her music videos and stage performances.
Guy Ritchie is an English filmmaker, businessman and occasional actor, best known for his crime films. Many might recognize him for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the 2009 Sherlock Holmes and the 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
According to popsugar.com, the pair started dating around the year 2000 and gave birth to their son Rocco that same year. Four months after the birth the pair married but filed for divorced in 2008.
Madonna hasn’t been one for tradition. Having a baby unwed with Guy Ritchie was not her first. Her first child Lourdes was fathered by her personal trainer boyfriend Carlos Leon in 1996.
15 Mathew McConaughey and Camila Alves
Mathew McConaughey is an American actor who first gained fame from his breakout role in the 1993 movie Dazed and Confused. He would then go on to take a role in the slasher film Texas Chainsaw massacre: The Next Generation that came out in 1994 and let’s not forget about his role alongside Channing Tatum in the 2012 movie Magic Mike.
Camila Alves is a Brazilian/American model and designer who signs in April 2012 to be the new face of the Macy’s clothing line I.N.C International Concepts.
According to popsugar.com, the pair first met in 2006 and have been going strong since. Mathew McConaughey would later propose to Camila on Christmas day in 2011 and they would marry six months later on June 9, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Together the pair have three children together, two of which they had before marriage. Their son Levi, who was born on July 7, 2008, their daughter Vida, who was born January 3, 2010, and their son Livingston, who was born on December 28, 2012.
14 Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham
There really isn’t much that Mark Wahlberg hasn’t done. Acting, producing, business, modeling, rapping and songwriting, he has really done it all. He first made his debut in the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch where they released two albums Music for the People and You Gotta Believe. He would then later transfer from music to acting and it was in the 1993 movie Renaissance Man that he would make his first acting debut.
Rhea Durham is an American model who has appeared in a few top-notch magazines including French Vogue, Marie Claire and the British and American ELLE. She even walked the Victorian’s Secret Fashion Show in both 2000 and 2001.
According to popsugar.com, the pair first began a relationship in 2001 and would later marry on August 1, 2009 in a private Catholic ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. They have four children together, three that were born before they were married. A daughter, Ella Rae, who was born in 2003, their son Michael, who was born in 2006, their son Brendan Joseph, who was born in 2008, and then their daughter Grace Margaret, who was born in 2010 after they were married.
13 Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
Nicole Richie an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality who first rose to fame alongside her childhood best friend Paris Hilton in 2003 during their show The Simple Life, which aired for five seasons before ending in 2007.
Joel Madden is the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, the twin brother of Benji Madden, who is also in the band, and in the pop rock band The Madden Brothers.
According to popsugar.com, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden first started dating in December 2006. Two years later Nicole gave birth to their first kid together, a daughter named Harlow Winter Kate Madden, on January 11, 2008 and then their son Sparrow James Midnight Madden, a year later on September 9, 2009. It was on February 2010 that the two would become engaged finally after dating for four years. December 11 of that same year they would tie the knot.
12 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie is an American actress who first made her onscreen debut as child in 1982 when she stared along side her father Jon Voight in the film Lookin’ to Get Out. Her career sky rocketed from there and she continued her success in movies such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Changeling, and Maleficent.
Brad Pitt is also an American actor who first gained recognition in 1991 for his role as a cowboy hitchhiker in the movie Thelma & Louise. After that he scored some big budget roles that would gain him some big success and help his career sky rocket. Some movies he did were A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall and Interview with the Vampire.
According to popsugar.com, the couple were engaged in 2012 and then married two years later in 2014. Angelina already had two kids who she adopted, Maddox and Zahara, whom Brad Pitt quickly adopted when they started dating. They would later go on to have a daughter of their own, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in May 2006, and then adopted Pax together. On July 12, 2008, Angelina would give birth to twins Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt.
Sadly, the two filed for divorce in 2016, which is still currently pending.
11 Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi is an American author, actress, model and television host who is known for her debut cookbook Easy Exotic, which won her the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Since season two of Top Chef, which premiered in 2006, she has been one of the hosts on the show.
According to popsugar.com, Padma had been struggling with endometriosis for years before she gave birth to her youngest daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi in February 2010. Padma did not want anyone knowing who the father was and tried to keep it a secret all through and even after her pregnancy. The truth always finds away to come out though and it was later revealed that her ex Adam Dell was the father of her little girl.
10 Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise, born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, is an American actor and producer who first started his acting career at the young age of 19 when he was casted for a role in the 1981 film Endless Love. He would then go on to star in the 1983 comedy Risky Business and then would rise to widespread fame when he was offered the main role in the 1986 drama series Top Gun, which he played Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.
Kate Noelle “Katie Holmes is an American actress, producer and director. She first received widespread fame when she stared as Joey Potter in the television series Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003.
The couple welcomed their daughter Suri Cruise on April 18, 2006, exactly one year from their first dating anniversary. The pair would go on to get married on November 18, 2006 and would become known as a supercouple. They were soon given the name TomKat that would spread to various countries.
In 2012, Katie filed for divorce after five and a half years of marriage.
9 Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz
Ashley Simpson is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is Jessica Simpson’s little sister and thanks to her big sister she was able to jump start her career. It all started at the age of 15 when she became a backup dancer for her sister. She then decided to take up acting and stared in a few television commercials before taking up a recurring role in the family television series 7th Heaven.
Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz lll is an American singer who is known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist in the rock band Fall Out Boy.
The pair started dating in 2006 and had their son on November 20, 2008. They were later married on May 17, 2008 at Ashley’s parents house in Encino, California.
On February 8, 2011, Ashley filed for divorce with “irreconcilable differences” as the reasoning. When asked further she said they just started to young. They started dating young, had a kid young, married young and just grew apart over the years.
8 Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
Johnny Depp, born John Christopher Depp ll, is an American actor who is known for many of his great works. He first came to prominence during his time on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, which soon led to him becoming a teen idol. Since then he has done movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleep Hallow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and of course as the loveable Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
Vanessa Paradis is a French musician, singer, songwriter, actress and fashion model who for came into the limelight at the young age of 14 when her single Joe Le Taxi was released. In 1991 when she was signed on to be the spokesmodel for the Chanel brand and has been it ever since.
The met while filming the movie The Ninth Gate in France in 1998. They were never married, but had two children together, a daughter in 1999 named Lily-Rose Melody Depp and a son in 2002 named John “Jack” Christopher Depp lll.
The two split in 2012 after 14 years together.
7 Jessica Alba and Cash Warren
Jessica Alba is an American actress who first started her career at the young age of 13 when she was hired for a role in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack. It wasn’t until she was 19-years-old though that her career would really take off after she won the lead role in the television series Dark Angel.
Cash Warren, son of Michael Warren, is a director who is known for his work on Fantastic Four, Taxi, and Crips and Bloods: Made in America.
According to popsugar.com, it is on set of the movie Fantastic Four in 2004 that the pair would meet. They went on to have three children together, one who was born before they were married. Their daughter Honor Marie Warren, born in 2008, their daughter Haven Garner Warren, born in 2011, and their son Hayes Alba Warren, born on New Year’s Eve 2017. The couple finally married after the birth of their first born in 2008.
6 Kate Hudson and Mathew Bellamy
Kate Hudson is an American actress who is known for many things. She first rose to fame back in the year 2000 for her performance in Almost Famous, which won her not only a Golden Globe, but she was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is also the co-founder of the Fabletics brand and membership program, which is operated by JustFab.
Matthew James Bellamy is an English singer who plays for the rock band Muse. Matthew is highly recognized thanks to his eccentric stage persona, wide tenor vocal range, and his abilities on not only the guitar, but also the piano.
The two started dating in mid-2010 and had their first child together, a son named Bingham Hawn “Bing” Bellamy, on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
The pair did get engaged around the birth of their son but called it off and separated in December 2014.
5 Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Natalie Portman is an American actress who first made her film debut in 1994 when she was cast as the protegee of a hitman in the film Leon: The Professional. While still in high school she gained international fame when she stared as Padme Amidala in Star Wars: Episode 1-The Phantom Menace. Since then she has done a lot, but most might know her for her role as Jane Foster in the Marvel Superhero series Thor.
Benjamin Millepied is a French dancer and choreographer who first moved to the United States in 1995 to join the New York City Ballet. He worked with them until 2011 when he would finally retire.
According to popsugar.com, Natalie and Benjamin first met back in early 2009 when they were both on set of the movie Black Swan. Benjamin at the time was in a committed relationship with a girl named Isabella Boylston, who is also a dancer, but quickly ended it to start a relationship with Natalie. The two had their first child together, a son named Aleph Millepied-Portman, on June 14, 2011 and then would later get married in August 2012.
Natalie gave birth to their daughter, Amalia Millepied-Portman on February 22, 2017.
4 Linda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista is a Canadian model who is known as one of the most accomplished and influential models of all time. She has been featured on over 700 magazine covers, is known as popular photographer Steven Meisel’s muse, and even came up with the phrase, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” She also holds the records for multiple appearances on the cover of Vogue Italia, which Meisel was the photographer for each time.
According to popsugar.com, Linda gave birth to a baby boy in October 2006, which she refused to name the biological father for. It wasn’t until late June 2011 when she filed court papers that she would finally reveal who the father was, billionaire Frenchman Francois-Henri Pinault, who at the time the papers were filed was married to Salma Hayek.
3 Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American actress who first rose to fame back in the 90s due to her roles in movies such as Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, Dogma and Wild Wild West.
The name Francois-Henry Pinault might sound familiar because he was mentioned earlier. That’s right, Francois has fathered not one child, but two before even getting married. The French businessman was taken to court back in July 2011 for paternity over a son that he claimed he did not father. Turns out that he had dated supermodel Linda Evangelista for four months while on break with Salma and got her pregnant.
In September 2007, Salma gave birth to their first child together, a daughter named Valentina Paloma Pinault. Almost two years later on Valentine’s Day in 2009, the pair would finally get married.
2 Selma Blair and Jason Bleick
Selma Blair is an American actress who has had a number of small parts throughout her career before gaining recognition in 1998 when she was casted as the leading role in the film Brown’s Requiem. Sine then she has had a few big roles including: Cecile Caldwell in Cruel Intentions, Liz Sherman in the Hellboy movie series, and she even played Kris Jenner in the first season of American Crime Story.
Back in 2010 Selma started dating fashion designer Jason Bleick. According to popsugar.com, it was announced in January 2011 by a representative of Selma’s that she was expecting her first child with Jason. Their son Saint Bleick was born on July 25, 2011.
In September 2012, the pair separated after only two years together.
1 Sienna Miller and Tom Sturringe
Sienna Miller, born Sienna Roe Diana Miller, is an English American actress who began her career early on doing British films. She started to get mainstream attention though in the late 2000’s after being casted in the 2009 movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and then received critical acclaim in 2012 for her role as Tippi Hedren in the television movie The Girl.
Tom Sturringe is an English actor who is best known for his work on films such as Being Julia, Like Minds and The Boat That Rocked.
According to popsugar.com, the two started dating back in 2011. It wasn’t long before Sienna became pregnant and gave birth to their daughter, Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge, in July 2012.
The two would later call it quits back in 2015.
References: en.wikipedia.org, popsugar.com