12 Celebrity Couples Who Used Surrogates
Proving there is definitely more than one way to have a baby, find out which celebrity couples have expanded their families through surrogacy.
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Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen
Surprise! Comedian Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen kept their surrogacy under tight wraps until Winnie Rose Fallon made her beautiful debut on July 23 (via Twitter, no less!). Since her birth, Fallon has opened up about the fertility struggle that led the couple to enlist the help of a surrogate. “We tried for a long time, for five years. I know people have tried much longer, but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope … just hang in there,” he said in a Todayshow appearance.
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George Lucas & Mellody Hobson
Ready to scale to the summit of parenthood again, Stars Wars creator George Lucas and wife, Mellody Hobson, are the proud mom and dad of their brand new baby girl, Everest Hobson Lucas, born via gestational carrier in early August 2013. Everest joins Lucas’s three other children: Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20. Congratulations!
Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker
After experiencing fertility issues trying to conceive a second child after son James Wilke’s birth in 2002, the Sex and the City star and actor husband Matthew Broderick weighed all their options before deciding on surrogacy. “We’ve been trying to expand our family for a number of years and we actually have explored a variety of ways of doing so…[surrogacy] was one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us,” Sarah Jessica told Access Hollywood shortly after the couple announced the impending surrogate birth of twin girls. Daughters Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge were born in 2009.
Giuliana & Bill Rancic
After multiple rounds of unsuccessful fertility treatments followed by a devastating diagnosis of breast cancer, E! News anchor and reality TV star Giuliana Rancic and co-star husband Bill Rancic began to search for a gestational carrier. How did they know when they had found “the one”? “It was an instinct we had…we could tell she was a great person,” Giuliana told People. Turns out, the couple’s instinct was correct! Giuliana and Bill welcomed son Edward Duke via surrogate in 2012.
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Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman has been honest about the fertility struggles she’s faced over the years, but she and husband Keith Urban kept their surrogacy plans under wraps until after the safe arrival of daughter Faith, born via a gestational carrier in 2011. “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” the couple said in a statement to their surprised fans. Faith joined sister Sunday Rose, born in 2009, as well as Kidman’s children from her marriage to Tom Cruise.
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After Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis underwent several unsuccessful IVF attempts, the next step was surrogacy, which also ended up being difficult — surrogates who carried for Alexis miscarried a heartbreaking four times. “I refused to get excited about [the baby],’ she told People. “So every time I went to get a sonogram…I would have that ‘I can’t stand up’ feeling. I related the sonogram to something horrible.” In the end, however, luck won out. Stewart welcomed daughter Jude in 2011 via surrogate, followed by son Truman in 2012.
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Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance
After numerous unsuccessful fertility treatments, actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance decided to pursue surrogacy. “I had a dream about seven years ago that we were going to have twins. I didn’t know how it was going to happen,” Courtney said in an interview Oprah. But it did happen! In 2006, the couple’s surrogate gave birth to their twins, daughter Bronwyn Golden and son Slater Josiah.
Why surrogacy for Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks? “It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant,” she told Lucky magazine. The actress, along with sportswriter husband, Max Handelman welcomed a son, Felix, on March 30, 2011, via a surrogate — with whom they remain in contact. “Our surrogate is so extraordinary, and she’s still in our lives. She’s like an auntie.”
Source: Lucky Magazine
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Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka welcomed twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace via surrogate in 2011. The decision to have children was not one the pair took lightly. “We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship wise. We didn’t accidentally get pregnant and decide that now we need to make this work. These kids come in to our world with nothing but love,” NPH told Oprah.
Elton John & David Furnish
Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish now have two sons delivered via surrogate: Zachary, born in 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel, born in January 2013. After Elijah’s birth, the couple told one British magazine: “Both of us have longed to have children, but the reality that we now have two sons is almost unbelievable…the birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way,”
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Marissa Jaret Winokur
After son Zev Isaac was born via gestational carrier in 2008, the Dancing With the Stars alum had some firsthand advice for couples exploring surrogacy. “The biggest thing about finding a surrogate is finding someone who’s compatible and wants the same things,” she told OK! magazine. “That’s what’s most important. Having a surrogate is a life-changing experience .. For me, my surrogate is still in my life, my surrogate is still 100% part of my son’s life. That’s how I wanted to deal with it. Other people don’t want to deal with it.”
Kelsey Grammer & Camille Grammer
During happier times for reality TV star Camille and Fraiser star Kelsey, the Grammers turned to surrogacy to start their family, welcoming daughter, Mason Olivia in 2001, followed by a son, Jude Gordon, born in 2004. They are now divorced, but the couple has no regrets about choosing surrogacy — and neither does their surrogate! “I felt very relaxed with them. We decided at that first meeting that it was a go, that we would try for it,” gestational carrier Juliana said in an interview.
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