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Celebrities Who Have Used Surrogates
Surrogacy is becoming more common around the world. People from all walks of life have proudly and happily used surrogates to create or add to their families for various reasons. Celebrities have become some of the most famous advocates for the surrogacy process through their roles as intended parents. Unfortunately, they also face increased scrutiny from the public than other intended parents. These are just a few of the celebrities who have helped to popularize and normalize the surrogacy process.
Kayne West & Kim Kardashian West
Famous power couple Kim and Kayne used a surrogate to carry their third child, Chicago, born in January 2018, and recently announced that they are currently using a surrogate to carry their fourth child. Kim Kardashian West experienced placenta accreta during pregnancies with her first two children, son Saint and daughter North, and therefore cannot safely carry further pregnancies. Surrogacy has therefore become their preferred option to add more children to their family.
One of the most famous celebrities to have a child via surrogate is the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. In 2002, his youngest child, known as Prince Michael II “Blanket,” was born via surrogate. (The child officially changed his name to Bigi in 2015). For years, questions have surrounded the identity of the surrogate Jackson used. Unfortunately, Jackson is no longer alive to address questions about the surrogate process.
Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade
Actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade are famous parents whose child, Kaavia James, was born via surrogate in November 2018. Calling her their “miracle baby,” the couple announced her birth after they faced years of fertility challenges, including a type of endometriosis known as adenomyosis.
Many gay men have turned to surrogacy to become daddies. The most recent famous gay man to do so is comedian/host Andy Cohen, who announced in December 2018 that he is expecting his first child (revealed to be a boy during his New Year’s Eve special with friend Anderson Cooper) via surrogate. The 50-year-old admitted that it took him awhile to get to a place in his life in which he felt he was ready to become a father, but that he is grateful to his wonderful surrogate for making fatherhood possible for him.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Another gay couple who benefited from the surrogacy process and became daddies are actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, actor/chef David Burtka. Twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace were born to them via surrogate in 2011. The couple explained how they chose their surrogate, who had helped other same-sex couples before, and inserted two of her eggs with sperm from both Harris and Burtka. Both “took,” and the couple became parents of twins in 2011.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
In 2009, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and actor husband Matthew Broderick welcomed twin girls via surrogate into their existing family that included a 6-year-old son. Marion Loretta Ewell and Tabitha Hodge were born after a lengthy ordeal in which their surrogate, Michelle Ross, had experienced repeated, traumatic invasions of privacy by the tabloids. In the end, it all worked out and Ross gave birth to two healthy twin girls for Parker and Broderick.
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, country music star Keith Urban, have had one child, Sunday Rose, which Nicole delivered and one, Faith Margaret, born in 2011 via surrogate. They have encouraged an open relationship between Faith and her surrogate mother, whom they call her “other mummy,” and have already set up a meeting between the two. The couple has said that they are open to having more children.
Tyra Banks & Eric Asla
Supermodel/host Tyra Banks and boyfriend, photographer Eric Asla, welcomed son York via surrogate in 2016. She described the process of trying to have a baby as not being easy, but expressed excitement upon York’s birth, calling him “a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel.”
Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen
Comedian/host Jimmy Fallon and his wife, producer Nancy Juvonen, welcomed two daughters via surrogate after years of trying and failing. In 2013, daughter Winnie Rose was born via surrogate. In 2014, they added to their family when daughter Frances Cole arrived via surrogate. To avoid public scrutiny, Fallon and his wife chose to keep the surrogacy quiet and didn’t let the public know about the process until the babies were born.
Bill & Giuliana Rancic
Media personality Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill struggled with miscarriage, cancer and infertility before welcoming son Edward Duke via surrogate in 2012. They are hoping to add more children to their family soon.
Elton John & David Furnish
Musician Elton John unsuccessfully tried to adopt a child for many years, eventually turning to surrogacy for the birth of their sons Zachary Joseph Levon, born in 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel, born via the same surrogate mother in 2013. They used a well-established surrogacy agency for the process, which involved gestational surrogacy, in which the surrogate mother is implanted with a donated egg, to have both children. Simple Surrogacy also uses gestational surrogacy, which is quickly becoming the preferred method of surrogacy worldwide.
Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent
Designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent had their daughter, Poppy, with the help of a surrogate in 2015, and welcomed a son, Oscar, who was born via surrogate in 2018. The couple has described surrogacy as a “beautiful experience,” and said that they made sure their daughter, Poppy, understood the process as they were undergoing their second surrogacy experience with Oscar. Their story is a great example of how to successfully educate children about the surrogacy process.
Singer Ricky Martin became a single dad to twin boys Matteo and Valentino, born via surrogate in 2008. He was so pleased with the surrogacy process that he has decided to have more children and wants daughters this time around. Although his fiance, Jwan Yosef, was not present the first time around, he agrees with Martin and also wants to have children of his own via surrogate.
Chris & Deanna Daughtry
Rock musician Chris Daughtry and his wife Deanna became parents to twins via surrogate in November 2010. The process by which Adalynn Rose and Noah James were born was a bit different than what many people think of as “traditional” surrogacy. Deanna had undergone a partial hysterectomy, so in-vitro fertilization was used to conceive the twins. Their embryos were then transferred to a surrogate.
If you would like to become intended parents like the celebrities above or just have an interest in surrogacy, please don’t hesitate to contact Simple Surrogacy. Our vast experience, network of professionals and superior customer service will make the process quite rewarding.