Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs anyone can ever have, so I can only imagine how much harder it must be tackling the job as a teenager. While most teenagers are stressing out over finals and college admissions, a lot of teenagers are planning their child’s birth. MTV’s Teen Mom, is a perfect example of how becoming a teenage mother is a reality for more people than we believe. Whether a teen parent is facing the issue alone or with support, it is a difficult job that requires a lifetime of work and stability. There are countless issues which surround becoming a teen parent; not only is there a social stigma surrounding it, there are also numerous health issues that result from teen pregnancies.
Celebrities are people too and for some celebrities becoming a young parent was their reality. Although a lot of celebrities could afford nannies, some of the following people on this list became parents before they became rich. The following ten celebrities all had children in their teenage years and each of them handled themselves differently. There is nothing wrong with becoming a young parent as long as you accept the responsibility that comes with having a child. The following is a list of 10 of the youngest celebrities to ever have a child. Some celebrities are obvious, while others may surprise you.
10. Bristol Palin, 18 years old
Bristol Palin is the daughter of American politician Sarah Palin. In 2008, Bristol and Levi Johnston welcomed their baby boy Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnson into the world. Palin was only 18 years old when she became a mother and although her and Johnston claimed they would marry, they cancelled not one but two engagements. Since Tripp’s birth, Palin has been an advocate for sexual abstinence. She also earns a living by publicly speaking on teen pregnancy and the reality of being a teen mom. Bristol has also published her memoir and has her own reality television show. Palin also appeared on Dancing with the Stars as a contestant in 2010 where she finished in third place. Many people forget how young she is and how young she was when she had Tripp, however she has embraced motherhood like a champ.
9. Anna Nicole Smith, 17 years old
Before posing nude and marrying a rich old man, Anna Nicole Smith was just a regular teen mom. Smith dropped out of school at the young age of fifteen and began working at a restaurant. That is where she met Billy Wayne Smith. The pair worked together and fell in love, leading to marriage. At the time he was sixteen years old and she was seventeen. In 1986 she gave birth to her son and best friend Daniel Wayne Smith. She was seventeen years old at the time. The couple split up one short year later and Anna Nicole worked a ton of jobs at places like Red Lobster and Walmart, she was even a stripper for a little bit. It was not until she auditioned for Playboy that her and Daniel Wayne’s life changed forever.
8. Jamie Lynn Spears, 16 years old
Jamie Lynn Spears became popular for being Britney Spears‘ baby sister. Although she starred in the show Zoey 101, Jamie Lynn never got the same attention her sister got, that is until she got pregnant at the young age of 16. Spears put her career on hold due to her pregnancy. Jamie Lynn has been open, saying she was embarrassed to ask her doctor for birth control because she starred in a children’s television show. Casey Aldridge, the father of Maddie Brian was Jamie Lynn’s first boyfriend. Like many young couples in these situations the pair tried to make their relationship work, in 2010 they called it quits. In march of 2014, Jamie Lynn married Jamie Watson, who is apparently a great stepfather to Maddie Brian.
7. Solange Knowles, 18 years
Many people know that Beyonce has a sister who is extremely talented and beautiful also, Solange Knowles. Solange and Beyonce have lived very different lives, especially when it comes to motherhood. Solange was only 18 years old when she became a mom. The singer married football player Daniel Smith in 2004, when she was 17. Solange and Daniel had a beautiful baby boy and although the couple split in 2007, they are still very communicative. Both believe it is important to co-parent even if they are no longer in a relationship. Solange describes being a young mother as an “unplanned blessing” and has revolved her life around being a better mom.
6. Sofia Vergara, 18 years old
Sofia Vergara grew up in Barranquilla Colombia, which is where she began her modeling career. While on the beach in a bikini she was discovered by a photographer, which was the start of her career. At the age of 18, Vergara married her childhood sweetheart Joe Gonzalez and the couple brought a baby boy, Manolo, into the world that same year. The couple split one year later and Sofia continued to pursue her dreams even though she was divorced with a child. Vergara found both fame and love. Her and Manolo still have a wonderful relationship and he is happy for his mother.
5. Lil Wayne, 16 years old
Lil Wayne is known as a rapper who became a household name when he became the youngest member to join Cash Money Records. What many of his fans don’t know is that he was also one of the youngest celebrities to have a child. When Lil Wayne was only 15 years old he got his girlfriend Antonia “Toya” Jackson pregnant. She was only 14 years old at the time. The high school sweethearts welcomed Reginae Carter into the world when Weezy was only 16. The couple married five years later, however, they only lasted 2 years as husband and wife. Lil Wayne is a father to three other children by other women, however Toya will always be his first love.
4. Maya Angelou, 17 years old
Maya Angelou is one of the most phenomenal and inspirational poets this world has ever encountered. Her most famous piece of work is probably her first autobiography titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (phenomenal read for anyone who is interested). Maya has been an inspiration to writers, artists and people around the world since she earned her fame. She was extremely intelligent and earned over 30 honorary doctoral degrees and she has written 7 autobiographies and countless books of poetry.
Maya Angelou had a very difficult life, which is why her writing is so powerful. When she was a child, her mother’s boyfriend Mr. Freeman would sexually abuse her. Freeman was found dead 4 years after being released from jail for the crime. She then had intercourse one time with a young man, which resulted in her pregnancy. Angelou became a mother 3 weeks after graduating high school; she was 17 years old at the time.
3. LeBron James, 19 years old
LeBron James has always been a gifted athlete. In high school he fell in love with Savannah Brinson who he proposed to in December 2011. The couple married in 2013 in San Diego California. The couple however, have been raising a family since LeBron was still a teenager. Together they have two sons and a daughter. James is an example of a good man and a good father. He has pushed himself to be the best he can be for his wife and kids and although he started his family young, he is a self-proclaimed “family man”. LeBron is a phenomenal player but his family says his real talents are at home, in being a father.
2. Keisha Castle-Hughes, 17 years old
Keisha Castle-Hughes earned her fame when she was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her performance in Whale Rider. At the time, Keisha was the youngest person to ever be nominated in that category. I guess she has always done things at a young age, because at the ripe age of sixteen, she and boyfriend Bradley Hull announced that they were going to be parents. They welcomed their beautiful daughter Felicity-Amore Hull into the world in 2007. In 2010, the couple decided to split up after being together for seven years. Keisha Castle-Hughes is now married to Jonathan Morrison and the two seem very happy together.
1. Aretha Franklin, 12 years old
Aretha Franklin is one of the most soulful voices to ever enter the world. Born in Memphis, Tennessee her parents split up when she was very young. Her father gained popularity as a preacher and Aretha discovered the power her singing voice had. At the young age of 12 years old, yes 12 years old, Franklin gave birth to her son Clarence and when she was 14 she welcomed a second child into her life, Edward. By the time she was 14, she was a mother of two. Aretha’s aunt raised the boys while she followed her music career, which was very lucrative for her and her children. Aretha never revealed the father of her boys.