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
9 Anna Nicole Smith, 17 years old
8 Jamie Lynn Spears, 16 years old
7 Solange Knowles, 18 years
6 Sofia Vergara, 18 years old
5 Lil Wayne, 16 years old
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.
3 LeBron James, 19 years old
2 Keisha Castle-Hughes, 17 years old
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.
Sources: stars.topix.com, teen.com, sba.list.org
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