There is a lot of Surrogate Babies born to world-famous parents who got some help from other bellies to expand their family.
Here goes our shortlist of top artists, musicians and Hollywood stars who used IVF and surrogates along with the story of their Surrogate Babies.
Elton John and his son Zachary
- Elton John was really ready for fatherhood at age 62, being a godfather to 10 other famous children, including Victoria Beckham’s sons.
- Baby Zachary came into the world on Christmas Day 2010.
- Elton John and his partner David Furnish first tried to adopt a Ukrainian boy but their application has been blocked as the country forbids same-sex couples from adopting.
- John and Furnish ended up seeking help from a surrogate mother in Britain.
- “We looked through a whole series of egg donor profiles, with the primary concern being family health history. Then our surrogate chose us from an anonymous profile — it’s her choice too.” Lucky choice considering she was carrying Elton John’s baby, but the couple says she was anything but interested in fame.
- “We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” the couple said in a statement about the the birth of the 3.6 kg little one
Nicole Kidman and her daughter Faith Margaret
- Nicole Kidman has taken several different avenues to become a mother. Her first two children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, Isabella and Connor, were adopted.
- After she married current hubby Keith Urban, she gave birth to their first child together, Sunday Rose.
- When Urban and the 43-year-old Kidman wanted to expand their family again, they turned to a surrogate.
- Baby Faith Margaret, who is biologically related to both Urban and Kidman, was born on December 28, 2010.
- “Anyone who’s been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying,” Kidman said on Australia’s “60 Minutes”.
- “Struggling with fertility is such a big thing and it’s not something that I would run away from talking about. We were in a place of desperately wanting another child. I couldn’t get pregnant.”
- “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier,” the couple said.
Ricky Martin and his twin boys Matteo and Valentino
- His charity work with orphanages convinced everyone that he was up for fatherhood.
- Ricky Martin chose surrogacy because it seemed quicker and simpler to him (though he’s admitted he may opt to adopt in the future).
- Twelve weeks into his carrier’s pregnancy, he learned that she was expecting twins.
- His two sons, Matteo and Valentino, were born in early August 2008.
- After the birth of his surrogate twins, Ricky Martin changed the image of Latino boy who was “livin’ la vida loca” for an out-of-the-spotlight single-parenting role.
Sarah Jessica Parker and her twin girls Marion and Tabitha
- Sarah Jessica Parker gave birth to her first son James Wilkie in 2002.
- As she and her husband Matthew Broderick wanted to have more children a few years later and it came to baby number two (and three!), the Sex and the City starlet faced fertility troubles and turned to a surrogate.
- “This was one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us.”
- Sarah and Matthew welcomed their twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha, at the Ohio hospital in June 2009.
- “I’m excited. I’m in disbelief. I’m really grateful.”
Neil Patrick Harris and his fraternal twins Gideon and Harper
- The How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, actor David Burtka, used an anonymous egg donor and a separate surrogate who had pitched in with same-sex partners before.
- The fraternal twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, were born on October 12, 2010.
- Rumor has it that one is biologically Neil’s and the other is biologically David’s, but no one’s confirming who’s whose.
- “All of us are happy, healthy, tired and a little pukey.”
- “Youngsters. They cry a lot. I thought it was just a long bit that they were doing. I keep saying, ‘Annnnd, scene!’… but nothing happens.”
Elizabeth Banks and her son Felix
- On screen, the blonde bombshell is no stranger to pregnancy — she’s given birth to fictional babies on Scrubs and 30 Rock and also played a mama-to-be in What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
- In real life, though, Elizabeth Banks and her husband, producer Max Handelman, tried to conceive for years without success — even after giving fertility treatments a shot.
- Although she admitted that turning to a surrogate was “a big leap,” it was ultimately the right choice, which happily led to the birth of son Felix in March 2011.
- “Our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a ‘baby cake’ and bake it in another woman’s ‘oven,’” she wrote on her blog when she announced the arrival of her son.
- “Once my focus became the baby and not the pregnancy, it was a very easy decision.”
- “From that came two miracles. The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy.”
Robert De Niro and his surrogate children
- Intensely private couple Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower surprised the world December 2011 when they announced they had welcomed a daughter born via surrogate.
- The baby girl Helen Grace, 3.23 kg at birth, joined her big brother Eliot.
- De Niro was 68 at the time of the birth, while Hightower was 56.
- This isn’t the first time De Niro has experienced childbirth via surrogate mother: In 1995 he welcomed twin sons, Julian and Aaron, via surrogate with then-girlfriend Toukie Smith.