37 Famous Families Who've Welcomed Children Through Surrogacy
Surrogacy is common in Hollywood, as evidenced by these stars who've had their children carried by another person
Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker
The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars enlisted the help of a surrogate to welcome daughter Blaze into the world on November 22, 2019. Although it was initially a "tough decision" for the couple, they now say that they "wouldn't change a thing."
"We were just trying to figure out like, okay, should we do this? How can you trust somebody with your most precious possession, your most precious gift ... somebody that you barely know?" Burruss said in an episode of Parents magazine's We Are Family podcast.
"But now that it's all said and done, I wouldn't change a thing. It was the best decision that we could have made," she added.
The mother of three — who also shares son Ace Wells with Tucker, and is mom to daughter Riley — said that her surrogate, Shadina, had carried for another family before, and so she "was really teaching" them "a lot of things" about the process.
"Once I got comfortable, then I started really appreciating the fact that [Shadina] was doing the heavy lifting," she said.
For anyone else considering in vitro fertilization and/or surrogacy, Burruss advised, "I would definitely say go forward. The research is the main thing. And then you just gotta trust and believe and just go for it."
Kristen Wiig & Avi Rothman
The Bridesmaids star and her fiancé Rothman are proud new parents!
The couple welcomed twins in early 2020 via a surrogate, a source told PEOPLE in June 2020.
A rep for Wiig did not comment.
PEOPLE confirmed in August 2019 that Wiig was engaged to Rothman. The two were first spotted on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, holding hands and kissing in May 2016. At the time, a source told PEOPLE, “They’ve been secretly dating for a few months,” adding that, “They’re really happy together.”
Wiig was previously married to actor Hayes Hargrove from 2005-09.
Cooper welcomed his son, Wyatt — who is named after the journalist's father — on April 27, 2020 via surrogate.
Wyatt weighed 7.2 lbs. at birth, "and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy," the proud new dad said in his emotional announcement on CNN following his little boy's arrival.
Cooper wrote on Instagram alongside a series of sweet photos of his son, "As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth," he wrote. "Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him."
"It is an extraordinary blessing - what she, and all surrogates give to families who can't have children," he said. "My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives."
Kanye & Kim Kardashian West
"We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care," the reality star wrote on her website after the January 2018 birth of daughter Chicago.
On the Dec. 20 episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, the executive producer and host, 50, revealed he’s expecting his first child via surrogate.
“Family means everything to me and having one of my own is something that I have wanted in my heart for my entire life," he said.
On Feb. 4, he shared the happy news of son Benjamin Allen's arrival. "I'm in love," he wrote on Instagram alongside a blissful shot.
Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wayne
Wade is also dad to sons Xavier Zechariah, 4, Zion Malachi Airamis, 11, and Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 16, from a previous marriage. He also raises nephew Dahveon Morris, 17.
In a February interview, Union opened up about surrogacy, saying she felt she was "surrendering to failure." But once she came to terms with it, she embraced the process, even being careful to select a surrogate who loved to read — a trait she hopes to see in her daughter someday.
After several attempts to start a family, which also included a late-term miscarriage in 2015, the former Friday Night Lights actor and his wife, Kingdom actress Kiele Sanchez, welcomed daughter Zeppelin Adele via surrogate in November 2017. "It's been a long, painful journey for us," the couple shared with PEOPLE. "Zeppelin is the light of our lives."
Million Dollar Listing New York real estate broker Fredrik Eklund and his husband Derek Kaplan are over the moon about twins Milla and Fredrik Jr., whom they welcomed on Nov. 28, 2017, after their surrogate suffered multiple miscarriages previously.
"It's the biggest thing that could ever happen to us," Eklund told PEOPLE exclusively after announcing the babies on the way during MLDNY's season 6 finale. "It's a boy and a girl, and it's just beyond."
Of learning the exciting news in April while celebrating Eklund's 40th birthday in Paris, "That was probably the biggest moment of my life," he added. "I felt like it was meant to be, which is hard for me to say because it's been so difficult."
Celebrity fitness expert Shaun T and husband Scott Blokker made sure to give huge shout-outs to their surrogate Ashley, who attended the baby shower for their twin sons Sander Vaughn and Silas Rhys and brought her own children to meet the babies three weeks after their premature birth at 32 weeks gestation.
"Ashley, her husband Michael and their children are such selfless people and no words can describe our appreciation for them helping us build our family!" Shaun T captioned a sweet photo gallery of the meet-up moment.
"You are courageous, strong, empowered, driven, powerful, dedicated, and such an amazing human! SO THANK YOU for being everything we needed and more," he added.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND MATTHEW BRODERICK
"I've had a lot of opportunities to do the things that I wanted to do, like sleep," Parker told Vogue in 2011 of becoming a mom a little later in life.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND DAVID BURTKA
"We found an egg donor anonymously through a hilarious process of looking at people's profiles and then an amazing surrogate who had helped a same-sex couple before," Harris told PEOPLE in 2011.
"And then we inserted two eggs, one with my sperm, one with David's sperm and they both took," he said, with Burtka adding that the couple "don't know whose is whose."
"We tried before, we told people and it didn't happen. It's just really depressing and hard," Jimmy Fallon — today dad to Frances Cole and Winnie Rose both born via surrogate — said in 2013 shortly after Winnie's birth.
"This time we just said we're not going to tell anybody, it'd be just more fun if it's just private between me and my wife and then we get to introduce her to everybody," added Fallon, who's married to producer Nancy Juvonen.
"Sometimes I feel a little left out when other moms talk about what their birth experience was like, and I feel the loss of not having carried or having been able to carry," she told Yahoo Parenting in 2015.
"But luckily I keep my circle tight and close, so I never feel judged," added the Furious 7 star.
"I have two amazing angels in my life that I love so much," she added. "They are such a gift and a blessing from God."
NATE BERKUS AND JEREMIAH BRENT
"Surrogacy can be about science, it can be about money or it can be about intention," Berkus told PEOPLE in 2015 shortly after their daughter's birth.
He added, "We were really lucky to have everybody that was involved in allowing us to have our daughter be excited for us."
"The kids live like Michael is constantly looking down upon them," a family friend told PEOPLE of Blanket (who changed his name to Bigi in 2015) and his older siblings: Paris Michael and Michael Joseph Jr. "Prince."
Beauty entrepreneur and former supermodel Tyra Banks welcomed son York in January 2016 via gestational surrogate, telling PEOPLE exclusively at the time that "the journey to now has not been an easy process."
"As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day," she added.
"We decided to go the surrogacy route and have children of our own. The dominoes fell very quickly," Elton John said in an October 2016 interview of himself and husband David Furnish after the couple initially tried to adopt.
"I was devastated when it didn't happen [again and again]," Bassett said on Oprah in 2007 of the couple's years of failed fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization.
"The more we learned about [surrogacy], the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us," she added.
Rocker Chris Daughtry and wife Deanna became parents to twins Adalynn Rose and Noah James in November 2010. Deanna had undergone a partial hysterectomy, so the couple used in vitro fertilization to conceive the twins before transferring the embryos to a surrogate carrier.
"Our family is overwhelmed with joy by these two precious gifts from God," Daughtry said on his website following the twins' births.
"This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime," Banks said of the surrogacy process following Magnus' birth.
"Adoption was one option, but it's complicated and can take a long time," the singer told PEOPLE that December.
"Surrogacy was an intriguing and faster option," he explained. "I thought, 'I'm going to jump into this with no fear.' I put my name on the list for one baby and then found out I got two!"
"It's important to protect the privacy of the surrogate, but don't forget, I am the same girl who had the mayor of New York City marry me and it didn't get out for five days," Pompeo joked in 2014 after announcing her younger daughter's arrival. "I'm good at that!"
BILL AND GIULIANA RANCIC
"I love that she was honest," Giuliana told PEOPLE in 2012 about her surrogate.
"It made me realize that the important stuff is what I should be listening for, and that's when I knew she was the one."
But Green and husband Kevin Simon are parents to daughter O'Zell Gloriana De, whom Johnson gave birth to in August 2016.
"To say, 'What Shawna is doing for us is the greatest gift,' is an understatement," Green told PEOPLE at the time. "She truly is an angel in our lives and we will be forever grateful to her for her generosity toward us."
JOEY GONZALEZ AND JONATHAN ROLLO
"I love Jon and Joey. When I think about giving birth and placing her in their arms, that's what it's all about for me — their joy, their emotions," Dayna told PEOPLE earlier that year. "That's what's going to get me to the end."
In April, Dayna delivered the couple's second child, son Jake Stone.
"We went through the whole in vitro fertilization process and our embryos were not really strong, but we thought, 'Let's give it a shot and if it's meant to be, it's meant to be,' " the actress — who is also mom to adult kids Jackson and Sarah — told PEOPLE.
NICOLE KIDMAN AND KEITH URBAN
"I love, love children. I love raising children ... they make me feel good and I love being around and I love the ups and downs, and I love watching them grow and the things they say and teach," Kidman added.