Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are looking more and more like Ozzie and Harriet with each passing day. Well, they might lead more interesting lives than the Nelsons did, but Kim and Kanye are settling into their roles as parents quite nicely. Kim gave birth to the couple’s first daughter in 2013 and she gave birth to a son in 2015. They must really enjoy parenthood because the couple announced the birth of their third child on January 15, 2018. It’s a girl and they have decided to name her Chicago. Unlike their first two children, North and Saint, the couple decided to use a surrogate. Not much is known about this mystery surrogate except for the fact that she wasn’t invited to Kim’s baby shower.
Celebrities using surrogates is nothing new. Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman, and Sarah Jessica Parker are just a few of the many celebrities that have used one. Like everyone else, the rich and famous use surrogates for any number of reasons, such as age or impotency. Using a surrogate is an obvious option for same-sex couples. It’s a medical issue in Kim and Kanye’s case. Kim suffers from a condition known as placenta accreta which is potentially life threatening. This condition occurs when blood vessels and parts of the placenta grow too far into the wall of the uterus which leads to the placenta remaining attached after birth. It can also cause bleeding during pregnancy and lead to premature birth.
No matter what the reason is, using a surrogate is more common than one might think. Let’s take a look at 15 more celebrities who used a surrogate.
15. Amy Smart – Daughter Via Surrogate
Amy Smart started out as a model before she entered acting school and got into films. She landed her first role portraying Jenny in the film Campfire Tales back in 1997. She has gone on to appear in dozens of movies including Starship Troopers, Road Trip, and Mirrors. She has also appeared in a few television shows like Scrubs, Shameless, and Justified. The MTV Movie Award winner married Carter Oosterhouse of the HGTV network in 2011 after the two dated for a year.
The couple used a surrogate and they welcomed a baby daughter on December 31, 2016.
Amy excitedly took to Instagram on New Year’s Day to announce the new arrival. Amy and Carter just celebrated young Flora’s first birthday. With full-time parenting consuming most of her time, Amy has eased up on her work schedule, although she has taken a couple of small television roles.
14. GloZell Green – First Child Via Surrogate
YouTube sensation GloZell has been entertaining viewers since she established her channel in 2008. The 45-year-old comedienne is known for her hilarious interviews, song parodies, and pretty much anything else that makes people laugh. Over 50 million people have seen her cinnamon challenge video and millions more have seen her “My Push up Bra Will Help me Get a Man” video. Her push up bra scheme must have worked as she married Kevin Simon who is also her manager.
In 2016, GloZell announced that she and Kevin were expecting their first child via surrogate.
The couple welcomed their daughter O’Zell into the world on August 4. She is currently balancing her schedule between motherhood and her work on the YouTube original series Escape the Night. She is certainly a very busy lady.
13. Tyra Banks – Used Surrogate For The Birth Of Their First Child
Tyra Banks began modeling when she was just 15 years old and she became one of the most successful models in history. She has been the face of many products and she’s appeared in the pages of countless magazines, having been the first African-American woman to grace the cover of GQ. She began to dabble in television with roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and she landed her first movie role in 1995’s Higher Learning. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel added to her impressive resume when she started producing television shows like The Tyra Banks Show and America’s Next Top Model. While the savvy businesswoman isn’t married, she has been with Erik Asla since 2010. The two used a surrogate and they happily announced the birth of their first son in January of 2016.
12. Lucy Liu – Become A Mother Via A Gestational Surrogate
The luscious Lucy Liu began her acting career by doing commercials and acting on stage. She took on some bit roles in movies and television shows in the early 1990s but her big break came when she impressed the producers of Ally McBeal so much that they created a part just for her in 1998. This exposure led to her getting bigger movies roles in such films as Payback, Shanghai Noon, and Charlie’s Angels. She has been working at a steady pace ever since and she currently has two movies in post-production as well as a few television projects on the go.
The Screen Actors Guild Award winner is not married and she tends to keep her private life to herself.
11. Ellen Pompeo – Used A Surrogate For Second Child
Ellen Pompeo had some small roles in television and parts in a number of largely forgettable movies throughout the late 1990s and early 200os. All of that changed in 2005 when she was cast as Dr. Meredith Grey in the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy. She has played that role ever since and she has taken home a fair amount of hardware in the process.
Not only has she achieved a lot of success but she is also set to become the highest-paid television actress.
She will now be pulling in a jaw-dropping $20 million per year, which exceeds the salaries of other highly-compensated actresses like Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Kaley Cuoco. Ellen and her husband Chris Ivery, had a daughter in 2009 but they used a surrogate to welcome their second child in 2014.
10. Nate Berkus – Used A Surrogate And Welcomed A Daughter
For those that don’t know, Nate Berkus is a successful interior designer who has written several books. He is a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show where he offers his professional advice to the audience, and he has appeared in a couple other television shows. He also hosted The Nate Berkus Show but it was canceled after just two seasons. Tragedy struck the now 46-year-old in 2004 when his partner was killed during the lethal Indian Ocean tsunami. Nate went on to marry Jeremiah Brent who is also an interior designer and the couple lives in West Hollywood although they own an apartment in Manhattan which was featured in Architectural Digest in September of 2015. Nate and Jeremiah used a surrogate and they were blessed with a daughter on March 23, 2015.
9. Dylan Lauren – Twins Via Surrogate
Duke University graduate Dylan Lauren is the daughter of Ralph Lauren who is one of the world’s most famous fashion designers. The 43-year-old recently landed a gig as a judge on The Toy Box which is a reality series on ABC. Dylan saw Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory when she was 5 and she was quite inspired by it, so much so that she opened Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York back in 2001. She claims that it is the largest candy store in the world.
The successful businesswoman married hedge fund manager Paul Arrouet in 2011 and she naturally wore a wedding gown that was designed by her father.
8. Kara DioGuardi – Used A Surrogate For Her Son, Greyson
Kara DioGuardi has written over 300 songs that have been released by various artists on major record labels and at least 50 of them have charted. She has written for several famous musicians such as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Pink. She definitely knows music which might be why she was such a great judge on American Idol for a couple of seasons. It may also be a reason why her course at Boston’s Berklee College of Music called Hitmaking with Kara DioGuardi has been so popular since she started teaching it in 2012. DioGuardi married general contractor Mike McCuddy in 2009. McCuddy has a daughter from a previous relationship but Kara and Mike used a surrogate to have their own son, Greyson, who was born on January 31, 2013.
7. Jordana Brewster – Two Children Via Surrogate
Jordana Brewster’s career has taken off like a rocket over the past few years. She started out acting in the long-running soap opera As the World Turns between 1995 and 2001 but she got her big break when she was given the role of Mia Toretto in The Fast and the Furious in 2001. She has since gone on to appear in 4 more of the franchise’s installments as well as appearing in several other films like Annapolis, Nearing Grace, and American Heist. On top of that, Brewster has had lead roles in a few television shows such as the short-lived Dallas reboot and Secrets and Lies. She is currently starring as Dr. Maureen Cahill in the television series Lethal Weapon. She and her husband have had two children with surrogates.
6. Kiele Sanchez – Used A Surrogate After Difficulties
Kiele Sanchez has been in television and movies for nearly two decades, although she was acting on stage as a teenager at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois. The 40-year-old has had several television roles but it was her portrayal of Callie Cargill in The Glades that got her a lot of recognition. She also starred as Lisa Prince in the Kingdom which ran for 3 seasons prior to being canceled recently.
Kiele faced many challenges while filming Kingdom but none was as tough as playing a pregnant character.
You see, Kiele suffered a miscarriage in 2015 and she had to play a pregnant character on the show. She and her husband Zach Gilford then used a surrogate and they became proud parents on November 29, 2017, when they brought home their daughter, Zeppelin.
5. Shaun T – Used Surrogate And Had Twins
If you’ve ever found yourself in front of the television in the middle of the night staring blankly at one of those fitness infomercials, then you are probably familiar with fitness guru Shaun T. He’s the creator of such fitness programs as Hip Hop Abs, Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club, Get Real with Shaun T, and INSANITY. He’s also done a bit of acting too. He appeared in the musical version of The Ten Commandments with Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert and he was in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne as well as Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah.
Shaun and his husband Scott Blokker, decided to use a surrogate so that they could start a family
4. Matt Bomer – Three Sons Via Surrogate
Golden Globe Award winner Matt Bomer garnered a lot of recognition through his portrayal of Bryce Larkin in the television series Chuck, although he had appeared in several other television shows like Guiding Light, Tru Calling, and Traveler before that. He has gone on to star in White Collar, The Last Tycoon, and the American Horror Story franchise. He has also been in several films including Flightplan, Magic Mike, and The Magnificent Seven. The graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts is often featured on various hot 100 lists and he practices Transcendental Meditation.
He and his husband Simon Halls have used surrogates to build their family.
3. Jeff Lewis – Became A Father Via Surrogate In 2017
Jeff Lewis is a noted interior designer and real estate speculator who stars in Bravo channel’s Flipping Out where houses are renovated and then resold for a handsome profit. The popular show is in its seventh season and it has been renewed for an eighth. After studying pre-law and political science at USC and Chapman University, Lewis turned his attention to real estate and interior design. It’s proven to have been a smart move as the 48-year-old has become quite successful. Jeff has been in a relationship with Gage Edwards who also happens to be Lewis’ business manager.
The couple used a surrogate and they became parents on October 25, 2017.
2. Shayne Lamas – Used A Surrogate After Complications
Lorenzo Lamas got pretty famous through his roles in television and film throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Even though it seems like he dropped off the face of the earth, Lorenzo is still keeping very busy. His daughter Shayne is trying to follow in his footsteps but the 32-year-old blonde beauty is having a bit of a rough go of it. Still, she has managed to land a few roles and she gained a flicker of fame when she won season 12 of The Bachelor after Matt Grant proposed to her during the season finale. In a twist of fate, that relationship didn’t last and Lamas ended up marrying writer Nik Richie. Shayne and Nik had a daughter in 2011 and tried for a second child. After Shayne suffered a miscarriage in 2014, the couple used a surrogate who delivered a son on July 4, 2015.
1. Michael Jackson – Used A Surrogate For Son, Blanket
Michael Jackson was one of the most successful musicians of all time. Known as the “King of Pop”, Jackson was the first person to have a top ten song in five different decades and he was also recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for supporting more charities than any other entertainer. He generated loads of controversy with his odd behavior, appearance, and relationships. His marriage to Lisa Marie Presley lasted less than two years and his marriage to Debbie Rowe ended after less than three years. Rowe gave birth to Jackson’s son Prince in 1997 and then in 1998 she gave birth to Paris.
Jackson decided to use a surrogate to produce another child and in 2002
he welcomed his son Blanket into his family. You might remember Jackson dangling the newborn over a hotel balcony.
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