20 Celebrities Who Have Adopted Their Children

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When celebrities have a baby, it is something that interests their fans. People are often keen to track the pregnancy, hear about the news of the birth, and then see early pictures of the celebrities’ newborn babies. However, not all celebrities take the traditional route to have a baby. Some decide to adopt, either because they cannot have a baby naturally, as a lifestyle choice to avoid pregnancy disrupting their working life or to offer a disadvantaged child a loving and stable home. There are also celebrities who have some biological children and other children they have adopted. Here are 20 celebrities who have adopted their children.

20. Kirstie Alley

During her marriage to Parker Stevenson, Kirstie Alley suffered several miscarriages and a stillbirth. After suffering heartbreak many times, the couple opted to adopt. Their adopted son, William True, was born in 1992, and their daughter, Lille Price, was born two years later. Sadly, Alley and Stevenson’s marriage did not last, and they divorced in 1997. Alley’s children had plenty of space to play growing up, as Alley owned a 21-bedroom summer house in Isleboro, Maine, until 2020. Alley became a grandmother in 2020 when her son, William, had his own son.

19. Thomas Rhett

Country singer Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins adopted a daughter, Willa Gray, from Uganda in 2017, says She Knows. The couple’s story is unusual because they adopted at the same time as they were expecting a baby. Rhett and Akins were struggling to conceive, so they started the adoption process in 2012. Before the adoption was finalized, they discovered they were expecting a biological baby but decided to continue with the adoption. Within months of bringing Willa Gray home, Atkins gave birth to a daughter, Ada James. In 2020, their third daughter, Lennon Love, was born, followed by their fourth daughter, Lillie Carolina, in 2021.

18. Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan adopted a daughter from China in 2006. At first, she called her daughter Charlotte. However, she decided the name did not suit her daughter’s personality, and she changed her name to Daisy. Ryan explained that she chose her daughter’s name because she has such an honest, beautiful, and open face. When Ryan adopted Daisy, she already had a biological son called Jack, who was only 15 months old at the time of the adoption. His father is Meg Ryan’s ex-husband, Dennis Quaid.

17. Diane Keaton

Although Diane Keaton has never married, she has been in relationships with several high-profile men, including Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, and Al Pacino. In the mid-90s, Keaton decided to adopt a child, and she adopted her daughter Dexter in 1996. Wanting to extend her family, Keaton went on to adopt a son, Duke, in 2001. The actress has described becoming a mother as a humbling experience that has completely changed her.

16. Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is one of the celebrities who have both biological and adoptive children. The actress has been married to screenwriter Andrew Upton since 1997, although they had been in a relationship for several years previously. The couple had their first son, Dashiell John, in 2001. They went on to have another two biological sons. Roman Robert was born in 2004, followed by Ignatius Martin in 2008. Despite having children of her own, Blanchett first began considering adopting a child shortly after the birth of her first son. Blanchett and Upton eventually adopted a daughter, Edith Vivian Patricia, in 2015. The couple originally intended to raise their family in Sydney, Australia. However, they sold their Hunters Hill home shortly after adopting their daughter and moved to East Sussex in England.

15. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis married David Guest, a composer, screenwriter, director, actor, and comedian, in 1984. Two years after their marriage, they adopted their daughter Annie. A decade later, they adopted Ruby, who is transgender. The couple does not have any biological children. Curtis is a godmother to actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

14. Sharon Stone

While she was married to Phil Bronstein, Sharon Stone suffered several miscarriages. It was the heartbreak of losing the babies that led the couple to adoption. They adopted their son, Roan, in 2000. Unfortunately, Stone and Bronstein’s marriage did not last, but Stone decided she wanted to extend her family as a single parent. In 2005, the actress adopted her second son, Laird, followed by her third son, Quinn, a year later. When she spoke about her decision to adopt, Stone said that she had always wanted a big family.

13. Sheryl Crow

Made for Mums includes singer Sheryl Crow in their list of celebrities who have adopted their kids. Crow suffered from breast cancer, and she was worried that she would struggle to conceive following her intensive treatment. It led her to adopt a son, Wyatt, in 2007. Crow then had a few failed adoptions attempts before successfully adopting Levi in 2010. Crow is raising her sons in West Nashville, and she also has a second home in Destin, Florida.

12. Calista Flockhart

Calista Flockhart decided in 2001 that she wanted to adopt as a single woman. She was present for the birth of her son, Liam, when he was born, and she legally adopted him ten days later. Flockhart made the huge decision to quit her career to spend time with her son. Nine months after adopting Liam, the ‘Ally McBeal’ star met actor Harrison Ford. The couple married in June 2010. Harrison Ford also has four biological children, two sons from his first marriage and a son and daughter from his second marriage.

11. Charlize Theron

Actress Charlize Theron always knew that she wanted to adopt, and she had even written a letter on the subject when she was eight. It is something that Theron and her mother have discussed since, and her mother said that she had never asked for a brother or sister, as she just talked about adopting her own children when she grew up. In 2011, she adopted her first daughter, Jackson, from South America. Theron adopted her second daughter, August, from America three years later. Theron adopted both children as a single parent as she has never been married.

10. Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels is a personal trainer, television personality, and businesswoman who is best known for appearing on the NBC weight-loss reality series ‘The Biggest Loser.’ Michaels was engaged to Heidi Rhoades when they decided to adopt a two-year-old girl, Lukensia, from Haiti in 2012. A month after the adoption was finalized, Rhoades gave birth to their son, Phoenix. Unfortunately, Michaels and Rhoades ended their relationship in 2018. Later that year, Michaels began a relationship with fashion designer Deshanna Marie Minuto.

9. Lionel Richie

Most people who adopt a baby never get to meet the biological parents of their child, but that was not the case for Lionel Richie, as the biological parents of his adoptive parents were his friends. When his friends were experiencing financial and personal difficulties, Richie offered to raise their four-year-old daughter, Nicole. The singer says that it didn’t take long for her to feel like a natural part of the family and for him to fall in love with her. However, he and his first wife, Brenda Harvey, did not formally adopt Nicole until she was nine. Richie also has two biological children, Sofia and Miles. His biological children are both from his second marriage to Diane Alexander.

8. Katherine Heigl

Actress Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley decided to adopt a child in 2009, two years after their marriage. Their daughter was born in South Korea, and she has special needs. Heigl said that her daughter’s special needs meant the adoption process was fast-tracked. They chose the name Nancy Leigh, which they abbreviate to Naleigh, for their daughter. Nancy is also Heigl’s mum’s name, while Heigl’s sister is called Leigh, and she was also adopted from South Korea. Heigl and Kelley adopted a second daughter, Adelaide, in 2012. The couple also has a biological son called Josh, who was born in 2016. Heigl, Kelley, and their three children live in Oakley, Utah.

7. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

While she was married to Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie adopted a boy from Cambodia that she renamed Maddox Chivan. She then split from Thornton and began a relationship with Brad Pitt. When she adopted her second child, Zahara, a girl from Ethiopia, she did so as a single parent. A year later, Pitt officially adopted both Maddox and Zahara. The couple then had their biological daughter, Shiloh, before adopting a Vietnamese boy called Pax Thien. Pitt and Jolie then had twins, a boy called Knox and a girl called Vivienne.

6. Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis has adopted two children. In 2011, the ‘Sex and the City’ actress adopted her daughter, Gemma. Seven years later, she adopted her son, Wilson. Both Davis’ children are Black, and she has spoken about feeling responsible for researching African American culture so that she can reflect her children’s heritage in their upbringing. Davis is raising her children as a single parent in Los Angeles, California.

5. Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews has a biological daughter, Emma, from her first marriage to set designer Tony Walton. She also has two stepchildren, Jennifer and Geoffrey, from her marriage to director Blake Edwards. The actress and her husband did not have any biological children together, so they chose to adopt two daughters, Any and Joanna, from Vietnam in the mid-1970s. Andrews has described her family as a ‘hodge-podge.’ Sadly, Edwards died in 2010. Andrews is now a grandmother of nine and a great-grandmother of three.

4. Madonna

Madonna has both adopted and biological children. She has a biological daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, with Carlos Leon. Her daughter was born in 1996. Madonna also has a son, Rocco, with her second husband, Guy Ritchie, and he was born in 2000. Madonna’s first adopted son was David Banda, who she adopted from Malawi in 2006. At the same time, she tried to adopt a daughter, but the child’s biological grandmother objected. However, Madonna was eventually successful and adopted Mercy in 2009. In 2017, Madonna adopted twin girls Stella and Estere.

3. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness

Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, spent three years trying to conceive with the aid of IVF following their marriage in 1996. When their efforts were unsuccessful, the couple decided to adopt. They adopted their first child, a boy called Oscar, in 2000. Five years later, they welcomed a daughter, Ava, into their family. Although the family is from Australia, they currently live in New York. Furness was named the Australian of the Year in 2014 for her work in adoption campaigning.

2. Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock had a difficult divorce from Jesse James, which included a custody battle for her stepdaughter. During that difficult period in her life, Bullock was keeping a big secret from the public. She and James had just adopted a baby boy, Louis Bardo, from New Orleans. Sadly, Bullock’s marriage ended before she made the news public when James was unfaithful. Five years later, Bullock adopted a daughter, Laila.

1. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Insider names Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as two of the most famous celebrities to have adopted their children. Shortly after their marriage in 1990, Kidman suffered an ectopic pregnancy, and this experience led them to adopt their daughter, Isabella Jane, in 1992. Three years later, they adopted a son, Connor Anthony. After the couple’s divorce in 2001, they both went on to remarry and have children. Cruise married Katie Holmes and had a biological daughter, Suri. Kidman had two biological daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret, by surrogate.

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