What do Anderson Cooper, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman and Dwyane Wade all have in common? Well, for one thing they’re super glam celebs whose lives we’d love to borrow any day. But that wasn’t the quiz answer. Surprise! These stars also all went the surrogate route to have kids — along with plenty of other members of the glitterati. Honestly, celebrities having babies via surrogate may be way more common than you’d expect.
The reasons that celebrities — just like, you know, all other human people — turn to surrogacy are varied, whether they’re same-sex couples, single parents, or struggling with infertility…or a myriad of other reasons. And plenty of stars (including Amy Smart and Elizabeth Banks, for example) speak openly about their choice to use a surrogate, seeing the discussion as an opportunity to share their years of fertility struggles in hopes that their stories will help other families.
Kim Kardashian West is another high-profile mom who’s candid about her choice to use a surrogate to have two of her kids. “I love my surrogate, we have a really good relationship,” she told Entertainment Tonight in April 2018 of the surrogate who gave birth to baby Psalm. “I really trust her and I definitely see, like, the first time that I went through it, I was a little bit more anxious, and texting more and calling more, and I feel like my surrogate this time around, really is such a protecting person and I really trust that in her.”
We love to see stars who are unafraid to get candid about the many ways it’s possible to grow your family, and how they made their decisions. Ahead are 26 celebs who had kids through surrogacy, and what they’ve had to say about the process.
A version of this article was originally published in June 2017.
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