Being a celebrity means living your life in the public eye. This is why it is no surprise that anything that may be a secret never stays a secret for long if you are a celeb. A celebrity’s love life is always a hot topic for the media and the juicier the news the better. Here are ten celebrities who had secret love children, but they didn’t remain a secret for long.
10. Steven Tyler
Aerosmith singer, Steven Tyler wasn’t told he was the father of actress, Liv Tyler until Liv was eight years old. Liv’s mother, 1974 Playboy centerfold, Bebe Buell had a brief fling with Tyler and gave birth in July 1977 to Liv while she was in a relationship with rocker, Todd Rundgren. Liv’s birth certificate even states Rundgren as her father. It wasn’t until Liv attended an Aerosmith concert in 1988 that she discovered Tyler was her biological father. Liv has stated that she felt very loved to know that she had two fathers instead of one.
9. Minnie Driver
Actress, Minnie Driver gave birth to her son, Henry back in September 2008 and kept very hush hush about the identity of her child’s father. Driver decided to break her silence four years later when she gave an interview with The Observer. The actress revealed that her son’s father was a writer from her FX television series, The Riches. Driver went on to explain that she kept the father’s identity a secret in order to protect him, but believes that he can now fend for himself since he is a grown man. When asked if she sees herself having another child on her own, Driver replied with “I couldn’t do two as a single mom, I really couldn’t, it would be too much.”
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger
It was complete shock and awe when news hit in May of 2011 actor and former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child with his housekeeper during an extramarital affair in the late 1990s. Schwarzenegger’s wife at the time, Maria Shriver, had put two and two together when she finally ended up confronting housekeeper, Mildred Baena. Baena’s son with Schwarzenegger, Joseph, was born just a week after Schwarzenegger’s youngest son with Shriver was born. The Terminator actor released a statement saying that he takes full responsibility for the pain he had caused everyone. As for Joseph, who is now 16 years old and is a spitting image of Schwarzenegger, he received a $30,000 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as a Christmas gift from who other, than daddy.
7. Gavin Rossdale
Former Bush singer, Gavin Rossdale is best known for the beautiful family that he has with singer, Gwen Stefani. The couple currently have three sons together, Kingston,8, Zuma, 6, and Apollo, 6 months. However, the couple went down a rocky road when it was revealed that Rossdale fathered a child with former indie singer, Pearl Lowe. At age 14, Lowe’s daughter Daisy took a DNA test which is how she discovered Rossdale was her biological father. Rossdale had been in Daisy’s life as her godfather, attending all of her school functions. The DNA test put a dent in Rossdale and Pearl’s relationship, however, Daisy has been able to work on a father-daughter relationship with Rossdale, stating that their relationship has begun to blossom and she has grown close to her half-brothers.
6. Benicio Del Toro
Oscar-winning actor, Benicio Del Toro welcomed his daughter, Delilah, with former model, Kimberly Stewart. The pair had a brief fling when they met at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and they made it clear when Stewart announced her pregnancy that they were no longer together. Despite not being a couple, the two have managed to parent Delilah together very well. Del Toro was in the room when Stewart gave birth and the trio traveled to Puerto Rico together for Delilah’s christening. Stewart told Hello! magazine that Del Toro is very involved with Delilah and that the pair has a very special bond.
5. Melanie Brown
Former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, entered into a public battle over child support when she announced she was pregnant with actor, Eddie Murphy’s child in the summer of 2006. The pregnancy announcement came a few weeks after it was made known that the couple had split up. Murphy has insisted that they were never even really a couple and that Brown had tricked him into getting her pregnant. Things have gotten heated since Brown took Murphy to court over child support. Court documents have revealed that Mel had asked Murphy for a $9 million dollar house plus living expenses for the next 18 years in exchange for her silence. However, that request did not go over well with Murphy who still refuses to see his daughter as he has said he does not want to have to encounter Brown.
4. January Jones
Mad Men star, January Jones has kept quiet when it comes to the identity of her 20-month old son, Xander. Jones told Net-a-Porter’s The Edit that she knew full well that she would be raising her child solo and that she couldn’t imagine doing it with a partner since she has no time for anything else. The actress went on to explain that she will never publicly reveal the identity of her son’s father because it is just not something that the public needs to know and she wants her son to be able to hear it from her and not have the opportunity to Google it.
3. Padma Lakshmi
Top Chef host, Padma Lakshmi entered into a bitter court dispute when she refused to acknowledge venture capitalist, Adam Dell as the father of her daughter Krishna. Lakshmi gave birth in 2010 and in 2011 Dell sued the television star for custody of Krishna, stating that Lakshmi was trying to minimize if not eliminate his role in his daughter’s life. Luckily, the pair was able to settle the dispute and Dell has been able to maintain a relationship with Krishna while Lakshmi has recognized Dell as her daughter’s biological father.
2. Matthew Knowles
Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles shook up the Knowles family when it was announced that he had an extramarital affair with actress, Alexsandra Wright who is 20 years his junior. The affair is what eventually led to the end of his 30 year long marriage with Tina Knowles. Wright became pregnant from the fling and gave birth to a little boy in 2010 which might explain why shortly after, Beyonce decided to part ways with her father as her manager.
1. Hugh Grant
Actor, Hugh Grant is the king of love children as he has two children with Tinglan Hong and it was just recently announced that he has another child with Swedish TV producer, Anna Elisabet Eberstein. When Hong gave birth to Grant’s first child it was announced that the pair were no longer together which is why everyone was even more surprised when Hong gave birth to the pair’s second child. The British actor, continued to surprise the public when it was announced in January 2014 that just a few months before his second child with Hong was born in 2012 he fathered another child with Eberstein. Despite the complicated scenario, Grant has stated that fatherhood has changed him for the better and recommends everyone to try it.