Celebrities are known to have the hottest bodies around, and it’s not a surprise when one star opts to use a surrogate to carry her child instead of getting pregnant. Losing weight after having a baby is no easy feat, and it seems like the gym is the last place you can go to, especially when you have a newborn to take care of. Babies need around-the-clock care and tons of energy is required, and even finding time to go to the gym late at night ends up being exhausting.
With the help of a surrogate, many of these celebs can keep the body they’ve been working for years to maintain. While stars have used surrogates because they have some sort of condition that won’t allow them to carry a child, others just don’t want to think about the endless trips to the gym to get back to where they were before getting pregnant.
This list features the 15 women of Hollywood who have used surrogates to keep their figures. A term called gestational surrogacy has been increasingly popular in Hollywood and wealthy women, making a lot of people wonder if these stars just want to use a surrogate to spare their hardworking and toned bodies. For example, Kelsey Grammer‘s ex-wife Camille Grammer, used two surrogates to carry their two children. The star claimed that she couldn’t carry a baby to term because she had Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Does this sound just a little strange? Or should we assume that that was really the case for Grammer? Check out this list of the 15 Celebs Who Used Surrogates To Keep Their Figure.
15. Tyra Banks – Admitted Her Age Made It Harder To Conceive
America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks welcomed her baby boy, York Banks Asla, with boyfriend and photographer Erik Asla in January of 2016. York is Banks’ first child and was born via gestational surrogacy. In an interview with People, Banks admitted that she and her boyfriend had numerous failed efforts to conceive a child. The former model is now 43 years old and stated that getting older did not help to have a baby. She said, “I’ve had some not happy moments with that; very traumatic moments. It’s difficult, as you get older. It’s not something that can just happen.” So, the couple opted for a surrogate, and Banks got to keep her model figure.
14. Elizabeth Banks – Admitted To Having “Womb Issues”
Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, welcomed two children via surrogate. Her first son, Felix, was born in March of 2011 and the second, Magnus, was born in November of 2012. The star was featured in a Lucky magazine issue in January of 2012 where she expressed that she had “womb issues” and was not able to get pregnant. The star asked a woman to carry her child, Felix, who was conceived using Banks’ egg and her husband’s sperm. She later announced that Magnus, too, was conceived via gestational surrogacy and thanked the Center for Surrogate Parenting for making it possible for her to become a mother.
13. Lucy Liu – Needed A Surrogate Because Of Her Work Schedule
Lucy Liu is another star who chose gestational surrogacy to welcome her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, in 2015. Lucy Liu is typically a private person so it was the actress who told People that she used a surrogate because of her busy acting career. “It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop,” Liu said adding, “I decided that was probably the best solution for me, and it turned out to be great.”
12. Ellen Pompeo – No Real Reason Why She Had Surrogate Carry Second Child
Grey’s Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo, has three children but had the second child via surrogate. The star managed to keep the pregnancy a secret and didn’t announce her second child until two months after she was born, posting an Instagram photo and writing, “Sienna May Ivery, welcome to the world. We love you more than words can say.” Pompeo’s surrogate remains anonymous and fans were not exactly sure why the actress decided to have a surrogate, since she carried her first and third children on her own. However, she gushed about the surrogacy process on Jimmy Kimmel and said, “This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone’s child. I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her—she who will remain anonymous. I was there with her when they inseminated her, and we held hands.”
11. Nicole Kidman – Not A Fan Of Being Pregnant
After getting pregnant for the first time and giving birth to daughter Sunday in 2008, it appeared that Nicole Kidman was not a big fan of conceiving a second child on her own. The actress and her husband, Keith Urban, welcomed their second daughter, Faith, in 2010 via a surrogate. It was a surprise and total shock to the stars’ family, friends, and fans when they kept the surrogacy a secret. The couple released a statement about using a surrogate, stating, “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.” There is still no word as to exactly why Kidman couldn’t or would not carry her own child after successfully welcoming daughter Sunday.
10. Dylan Lauren – Too Busy To Carry A Child?
Owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar, Dylan Lauren was ready to start a family with husband Paul Arrouet, but had no plans of carrying children. Instead, the daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren opted to have a surrogate who delivered Lauren’s two twins, son Cooper and daughter Kingsley, in April of 2015. Lauren and her husband never revealed their reasoning for using a surrogate, but said she was crying during delivery. Lauren stated, “It was amazing. I was crying, my husband was crying. We were very nervous. I had never held a baby before. But the delivery room nurses were holding them in these weird positions—it helped me understand that they’re not going to break.”
9. Jordana Brewster – Had Problems Conceiving At A Young Age
Fast and the Furious actress Jordana Brewster welcomed two children with husband, Andrew Form, via surrogate. The star told Yahoo Parenting that she needed to use a surrogate because there was just no “choice.” Brewster said, “I needed to use a surrogate. I feel the loss of not having carried or having been able to carry,” she admitted. “But luckily I keep my circle tight and close, so I never feel judged.” The star later revealed that she struggled with getting pregnant and had to go through IVF. “There are so many women who are young and have to go through IVF and feel like they can’t talk about it,” she said.
8. Camille Grammer – Couldn’t Conceive Since Being Diagnosed With Severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome
When Camille Grammer and Kelsey Grammer were married, they welcomed daughter Mason Olivia and son Jude Gordon via a surrogate mother. Grammer was questioned multiple times about using a surrogate and admitted that she could not carry a child because she suffers from severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which can supposedly be harmful for the baby and the mother during pregnancy. Many people speculated that Grammer just didn’t want to lose her figure by getting pregnant. While on the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Camille was very adamant and open when questioned about using a surrogate and her experiences.
7. Grace Hightower – Was Too Old To Get Pregnant
Grace Hightower was working at celebrity hangout Mr.Chow when she met actor Robert De Niro. Eventually, the two began dating. The couple made their relationship official when they got married in 1997. A year after, Hightower, who was 42 years old, welcomed their first child. The two had a rocky relationship and filed for divorce in 1999, but worked things out and by 2004, the divorce papers were dropped. In 2011, the couple welcomed another child via surrogate. It wasn’t Grace’s body that she was trying to preserve; she was already 55 years old at the time.
6. Sarah Jessica Parker – Had To Commit To Films And Had No Time To Get Pregnant
Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick decided to use a surrogate when the couple realized that it had been difficult trying to conceive after the birth of their first son, James. Talking to Access Hollywood, the actress stated that she felt disappointed that she couldn’t carry a child, but grateful for her surrogate who gave birth to Parker’s twins, Marion and Tabitha. Many people believed that Parker chose not to get pregnant because of work commitments, filming the Sex and the City movies, and three more under her belt.
5. Giuliana Rancic – Too Thin To Conceive?
TV personality Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill Rancic have always been extremely open about their hardships when it comes to getting pregnant. The E! News host has been trying for a baby since 2009, but with no luck. Looking to IVF to get pregnant, Rancic unfortunately had a miscarriage in 2010 and during her second IVF transfer, did not get pregnant. When the couple tried for a third time, her doctor informed her to get a mammogram, which is how she found out she had breast cancer. In 2011, Rancic underwent a bilateral mastectomy. Through all the hard times, the Rancic couple kept pushing for a baby and found a surrogate. In 2012, the Rancics welcomed their son, Edward. Giuliana has always been very thin, and it made many people wonder if it was also her weight that made it difficult for Rancic to have children.
4. Angela Basset – Used A Surrogate After Seven Years Of Bad Luck
Back in 2007, actress Angela Basset and actor husband Courtney B. Vance appeared on Oprah to discuss the birth of their fraternal twins via surrogate. The couple was very open about the many failed fertility treatments, including IVF. It was a seven-year-long battle for Angela, who wanted to become a mom very badly. After each failed attempt at having a baby, the actress was still staying positive, stating, “I was devastated when it didn’t happen [again and again]. I had to remain hopeful and resilient and, ‘Okay, let’s do it again.'” That’s when a friend told Angela about using a surrogate. It changed the couple’s lives, and they were ecstatic when they welcomed twins, daughter Bronwyn and son Slater.
3. Cindy Margolis – Needed To Keep Her Figure For Her Modeling Career
Cindy Margolis is a glamour spokesmodel and actress who has three children. In 2002, Margolis gave birth to her son, Nicholas, using an in-vitro fertility treatment. Her twin daughters, Sabrina and Sierra, were born in 2005 via a surrogate mother. Margolis was in a few advertisements for companies like Reebok, Vidal Sassoon, Coors, and Sunkist. Being a model, Cindy needed to keep her figure, and it seemed like the only way to keep her shape was to use a surrogate. Most, if not all, of her previous jobs looked for women who had a great figure. In 2005, she became the new hostess for Chipleaders with the World of Poker Tour. She even appeared in an issue of Playboy in 2006.
2. Cheryl Tiegs – Body Couldn’t Handle A Baby
Cheryl Tiegs is known as the first American supermodel and is best known for being on numerous magazine covers and for the 1978 “Pink Bikini” poster, which became a staple of ’70s culture. She was married four different times, which all ended in divorce. She has three children, a son Zackary with actor Anthony Peck, and twins Theo and Jaden, who were born via surrogate while she was married to yoga instructor Rod Stryker. Tiegs was 52 years old when she welcomed her twins to the world. During that time, it was increasingly popular to use a surrogate, especially for someone like Tiegs, who was getting older.
1. Kim Kardashian – Reality Star Doesn’t Want To Lose Her Curvy Figure Again, Thinks Pregnancy Is “Awful”
When reality star Kim Kardashian was pregnant with North and Saint, she gained a massive amount of weight. She admitted that when she was pregnant with Saint, she gained a whopping 52 pounds. It took Kim a while to get back to her curvy shape, and it looks like she’s never getting pregnant again. Just this past month, the star revealed that she and husband Kanye West are going to have their third child via surrogate. In an interview with E! News back in 2015, Kardashian said she “hated” being pregnant. Kim stated, “I hate it. You know pregnancy is not for me. You know I’ve heard stories forever about how amazing pregnancy is from my mom and Kourtney and that’s just not the case for me and I’m not going to sit here and lie and act like it’s the most blissful experience. It’s awful.” Yikes!
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