Adoption and the celebrity families we love
Celebrity adoptions have been making headlines a lot lately! Here are some of the most recent or buzzed-about adoptions in Hollywood.
Charlize Theron, 36, surprised the world when she announced the adoption of her new baby Jackson (from a U.S. adoption agency). The Snow White and the Huntsman actress recently took little Jackson to Paris with her mother, Grandma Gerda. Look how sweet!
Theron seems to be wild about motherhood, and fascinated by swaddling, in particular! "I didn't think I would be a fan of the swaddling," she told Ryan Seacrest. "But the swaddling’s pretty amazing.... It sort of looks a bit like a straitjacket. You’re like, ‘Is this child abuse?’ But for some reason they just love it.”
After two long years of struggling to adopt a child, Jillian Michaels, 38, was finally successful earlier this month. She adopted a 2-year-old girl, Lukensia, from Haiti.
But wait! There's more.... Miraculously, Michaels' partner, Heidi Rhodes, 31, gave birth to their son Phoenix the very same week! So Jillian is suddenly a mom of two. Read all about it over at Celebrity Candy!
Katherine Heigl & Josh Kelley
Congrats to Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley! They have welcomed their second adopted daughter, whom they named Adelaide Marie Hope.
Adoption was always in the cards for Heigl, 33. As she said in an intimate interview with W Magazine last year, she let her musician-husband, Kelley, 32, know of her adoption plans early on in their relationship. “Not everybody is down with [adopting],” she told the magazine. “I just wanted to make sure that I was marrying a guy who understands that this was going to have to happen.”
Heigl and Kelley ended up adopting their daughter Naleigh (now 3) from Korea because, Heigl shared, “My sister is Korean…. I hope one day she and Naleigh will be able to talk about what it’s like to be adopted.”
Anyone who enjoys Modern Family, loves Ty Burrell, 44! And he's even more loveable when you learn the he's got two adopted daughters, Frances, 2, and a brand new baby girl. Burrell's notably very private, so no details on the new baby's name just yet.
No one saw this one coming. Right smack in the middle of her ex-husband Charlie Sheen's big scandal last year, Denise Richards, 41, managed to domestically adopt a baby girl, named Eloise Joni, after Richards' late mother.
Eloise is the third child for Richards. She also has two daughters with Sheen: Sam, 8, and Lola, 6.
Hugh Jackman, 43, recently opened up about his and wife Deborra-Lee Furness’ painful experience of infertility and their “destined” journey toward adopting their son Oscar, 12, and daughter Ava, 6.5. “From the moment we started the adoption process,” Jackman said, “all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted — they’re our children.”
At one year old little Louis Bardo was already choosing his mom’s Oscar dress: “He loves red. So I put on red!” Sandra Bullock, 47, adopted Louis (now almost 2) just as her marriage to Jesse James began to crumble. A ray of light during dark times, it seems the little guy’s timing was just right. “[Motherhood] has made me a better person,” Bullock told reporters on the Oscars’ red carpet. “I’m more patient and accommodating. I really appreciate where I am.”
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about lovely new mom Viola Davis, 46, because of her wonderful performance in The Help. She and her husband Julius Tennon have adopted their first child together. When they walked the red carpet at The Help premiere back in August, they couldn’t hold back their excitement. “Yup, yup we are!" Davis beamed. "We're about to adopt a baby. My husband has two children — a 35 and a 33-year-old — and he's got six grandchildren....” And now they’ve got a beautiful baby girl together. They adopted her domestically back in October, and they named her Genesis.
Kristin Davis, 46, is brand new to motherhood and adoption. She recently adopted her first child, whom she named Gemma Rose, and is over the moon about it all. “Adoption is a huge leap of faith for everyone involved,” she said, in an exclusive interview with Hello! Canada Magazine. “It has been a profound experience for me.” Davis also praised Angelina Jolie for her multiple adoptions: "I've met Angelina,” she told the magazine, “I don't know her well, but what she has done is fantastic. I admire anyone who adopts children."
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
When she adopted her son Maddox (now 10) from Cambodia, Angelina Jolie, 36, got everyone talking about international adoption. Three years later, July 6, 2005, Jolie awed the world when she adopted 6-month-old Zahara (now 7) from Ethiopia. She started the adoption process alone, but completed it with Brad Pitt, 48.
Pitt and Jolie's daughter Shiloh, 6, was born in Namibia about a year after they adopted Zahara. The following spring (March 2007), the couple adopted a 3-year-old boy, Pax (now 8), from Vietnam. In July 2008, Jolie gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne in France.
There are constant rumours that the couple are adopting ― indeed, every time Jolie gets a strange new tattoo people start assuming and...getting it all wrong.
Last Spring Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay, 48, announced she and her husband, Peter Hermann, adopted a baby girl, Amaya Josephine Hargitay Hermann. And just six months later, she was back in the news with another exciting announcement that they adopted a son, Andrew Nicolas. They hadn’t planned on adopting their children so close together, but Andrew’s adoption papers were processed after only a week. “We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly,” she told People Magazine, “but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said, ‘Yes, yes, yes!”
Hargitay and Hermann also have a son, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, who is almost six years old. See a beautiful photo of Hargitay and her adorable babies at People.com.
It was after she was treated for breast cancer, in 2006, that Sheryl Crow, 50, says she developed “an acute sense of urgency about how I wanted my life to feel.”
Crow adopted her son Wyatt, now 5, in 2007. She’d wanted to adopt again two years later, but, she told People, “a lot of adoptions fell through.” She adopted Levi, now 2, in 2010, and she doesn't regret a thing. “Things always work out perfectly," she said. "Generally, when you let go of your vision of how something is supposed to be, the universe hands you exactly what you need.”
In a recent issue of Prevention Magazine, Crow talked about life with her boys, discipline, food, dating as a single parent, and more!
Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s adopted kids don’t get much press ― mostly because their adorable little half sisters Suri Cruise, and Sunday and Faith Urban involuntarily hog the spotlight. Recently, however, Connor, 16, was spotted shielding his half-sister and step mom Katie Holmes from the rain, as they trick-or-treated in Pittsburgh (left). Isabella, 19, has also gone into business with Katie Holmes, 32, acting as her apprentice at Katie’s Holmes & Yang fashion label.
Nicole Kidman is generally quiet about her adopted children. But she has openly lamented their choice to live with ex-husband Tom Cruise, 49. “"They live with Tom, which was their choice,” she has said. “I'd love them to live with us, but what can you do?"
Madonna, 53, went through two extremely complicated and challenge-filled international adoptions to make her family complete. She and then-husband Guy Ritchie, 43, adopted three-year-old David Banda (now 6) from Malawi, Africa, while Madonna was involved in a Raising Malawi campaign in 2006. The adoption was complete in 2008, after Madonna fought hard to adopt what she described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as a very sick little boy. In 2009 Madonna adopted Mercy James (now 6) also from Malawi, Africa.
Madonna also has two other children: her daughter Lourdes, 15, with Carlos Leon, and son Rocco Ritchie, 11, with Guy Ritchie.
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