14 Celebrities Who Became First-Time Dads After Age 40
In baby-on-the-way news this week, it was revealed that both Bruce Willis, 58, and Michael Jordan, 50, are set to become dads again in 2014. Ah, fatherhood. Is becoming an older dad a new trend? Maybe! Here's a look 14 celebrities who became dads for first time after age 40.
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Jay-Z
First-time dad Shawn Corey Carter, aka music mogul Jay-Z, was 42 years old when he and wife Beyonce welcomed daughter Blue Ivy How does little Blue, almost 2, feel about her dad’s music? She love it! As he recently gushed, “She plays [my music] and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan.”
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt just turned 50, but in dad years? He’s only seven. Pitt first became a dad at age 43, when he officially adopted Angelina Jolie’s kids Maddox and Zahara. Just a few years later and he’s now a father of six!
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Javier Bardem
Actor Javier Bardem has been a movie star since his 20s, but waited until his 40s to take on his new starring role as dad. Bardem was 41 when he and wife Penelope Cruz welcomed their first child, son Leo, in 2011. Baby no. 2, daughter Luna, arrived this summer, not long after Bardem’s 44th birthday!
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Elton John
Music legend Elton John and husband David Furnish welcomed their first child, son Zachary, via surrogate in 2011, when John was 63 and Furnish was 48. Two years later, son Elijah arrived in early 2013. On being an older dad? “It’s just amazing,” he said in an appearance on the Ellen show.”Every moment of the day you think about them. Your whole priorities in your life change. It’s all about them.”
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Edward Norton
The first rule of fatherhood? You don’t talk about fatherhood! Fight Club star Edward Norton welcomed his first child (a son) in 2013, but so far, mums the word regarding the little guy’s name. However, word has leaked that Norton is over the moon to finally be a dad at age 43. “Ed is really excited for fatherhood,” a source said. “He’s picking out all the baby stuff!”
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Mark McGrath
Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath started singing a new tune when he turned 42. He became dad to twins, Lydon and Hartley, an event that changed his life. According to the former Extra host, “I’ve been the guy rockin’ around the world with a lampshade on my head avoiding responsibility, but now, I’m glad becoming a parent happened to me at 42. I don’t think I would have been ready before.”
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Owen Wilson
In 2011, Owen Wilson welcomed his first child, Robert Ford at age 42. Two years later? It’s time for baby number two! It was revealed in October 2013 that Wilson is expecting a baby with personal trainer girlfriend, Caroline Lindqvist.
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Vince Vaughn
In 2010, actor Vince Vaughn became a dad at age 40 when daughter Locklyn Kyla Vaughn was born. Son Vernon Lindsay Vaughn was born in August 2013, shortly after Vaughn’s 43rd birthday. Congratulations!
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Scott Wolf
Party of Five‘s Scott Wolf was 41 when he and his wife, Kelley, welcomed their first son, Jackson, in 2009. A second son, Miller William, came along in 2012. And in 2014? It will be baby number three! The newest Wolf will arrive right around the actor’s 46th birthday.
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Tom Arnold
Funny man Tom Arnold became a first-time dad at age 54 when he and wife Ashley Groussman welcomed Jax Copeland Arnold, born in April 2013. Arnold has been very open that he and Groussman experienced fertility difficulties on their way to having their son.
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Seal
Seal’s relationship with Heidi Klum began when the singer was 41. He immediately became a father figure to Klum’s one-year old daughter, Leni, and their first biological child, Henry, was born a year later. Son Johan came along a year after that. His youngest daughter, Lou, was born soon after Seal turned 46. Recently divorced, Seal and Klum are co-parents to all four kids.
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Ian Ziering
Sharknado star Ian Ziering was 47 when he and wife Erin welcomed their first child, daughter Mia Loren, in 2010. Their second daughter, Penna Mae, was born in 2013. Fun fact? Both of Ziering’s children share the same birthday: April 25!
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Chris Noth
Actor Chris Noth, aka Mr. Big from Sex and the City, waited until his 53rd year to take the very big step of becoming a dad. Son Orion is now 6-years-old!
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Celebrity Dad Over 40: Bryan Adams
In 2011 at age 51, singer Bryan Adams and his wife welcomed daughter Mirabella Bunny. In February 2013, daughter number two came along, Lula Rosylea. Do we dare hope that he croons his girls to sleep by singing “Straight from the Heart”? Rock on, older dads!
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