Celebrity pregnancy surrogates have become more common over the years. From reality stars to directors, some of the most famous people in the industry have turned to surrogacy in an effort to build their beautiful families. OK! has collected a list of the most notable entertainers who have used a surrogate.
While Beyoncé may have slayed with her iconic pregnant belly photo, other celebrities have decided to forgo the pains and pleasures of childbirth in exchange for surrogacy. Check out which celebs made the list.
1. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and husband, Kanye West, went from celebrity moguls to celebrity parents seemingly overnight. Unfortunately, Kardashian suffered from preeclampsia during her first two pregnancies and after the delivery of their second child, Saint, Kim tearfully came to terms with the danger of carrying another child. Still determined to have more children, she and Kanye sought out a surrogate and have since had two more children — daughter, Chicago their son, Psalm.
2. Tyra Banks & Erik Asla
Tyra Banks and longtime boyfriend Erik Asla welcomed their “miracle little boy,” York Banks Asla, in 2016. Tyra suffered from infertility and sought a surrogate after months of unsuccessful IVF. Although she and Erik ultimately split, the two remained on good terms as co-parents. As for York, mom says that he’s quite social and loves to dance.
3. Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman is no stranger to motherhood or to difficult pregnancies. She adopted her daughter, Isabella and son, Connor with former husband, Tom Cruise, after suffering an ectopic pregnancy. After their split, the actress married country singer, Keith Urban and gave birth to miracle daughter, Sunday Rose. The couple struggled to conceive again and they finally turned to surrogacy, resulting in the birth of another daughter, Faith Margaret.
4. Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman
Actress Elizabeth Banks and husband, Max Handelman have welcomed two sons thanks to surrogacy. The Pitch Perfect and Hunger Games star had difficulty becoming pregnant before turning to surrogacy. Their first son, Felix, was born in March 2011 followed by their second son, Magnus, in 2012. In an interview with People Magazine, Banks said of surrogacy, “…Once my focus became the baby and not the pregnancy, it was a very easy decision.”
5. Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen
The host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon proudly shared some exciting news back in 2013 — he was a brand new dad to beautiful daughter, Winnie Rose. He and wife, Nancy Juvonen, privately made the decision to pursue a surrogate when they had difficulty conceiving on their own. In line with Jimmy’s playful personality, the couple kept their news secret until their daughter’s delivery, believing that her arrival would be a fun surprise.
6. Lucy Liu
Elementary star, Lucy Liu, chose to pursue motherhood after “It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop.” Her son, Rockwell Lloyd, was born in 2015 using gestational surrogacy and a sperm donor. Lucy is now an advocate for modern families and their diversity.
7. Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
Sex in the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker, had difficulty conceiving her first child, James, at age 37. But when she and her husband, Matthew Broderick, were ready to expand their family, they faced challenges. It would be another seven years before their twins, Tabitha and Marion were born. In an interview on the Today Show, Parker explained that the couple tried to conceive on their own after the birth of their first child, James Wilke Broderick, but turned to surrogacy.
8. Neil Patrick Harris & David Burka
Neil Patrick Harris and husband, David Burtka, are winners of the Halloween costume game. The proud parents of twins, Gideon and Harper, began their road to parenthood thanks to surrogacy — both of their children share the same surrogate mother with their remaining DNA coming from either man. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, David explained it as “Two eggs. Two embryos. One of mine. One of his.” Between Neil’s magic tricks and David’s incredible cooking (and a whole lot of love from each), these kids got lucky.
9. Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
Black Panther and American Horror Story star, Angela Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance, welcomed two beautiful twins in 2006, but the journey to parenthood wasn’t easy. Angela and Courtney married in the late 90s and spent six years trying to conceive. After their IVF treatments failed to take, the couple discovered surrogacy was the answer they’d been searching for. They’ve been devoted parents to their son, Slater and daughter, Bronwyn ever since.
10. Giuliana Rancic & Bill Rancic
Giuliana Rancic is a TV host, fashion designer, cancer survivor and loving mother. After a lengthy struggle with infertility — including failed IVF treatments and a miscarriage — Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. Still, the couple and Giuliana’s resilience led to the birth of their first child, Edward Duke, in 2012 with the help of a surrogate.
11. Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef
Ricky Martin became a father through surrogacy in 2010. The pop superstar revealed to Spanish Vanity Fair that he chose his egg donor after seeing how “angelic” and “transparent” she seemed through her photo. Ricky welcomed two adorable twin boys, Matteo and Valentino. His family didn’t stop there however, as he eventually married husband, Jwan Yosef, in 2017 and had their own baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef, through surrogacy in 2018.
12. Robert De Niro, Toukie Smith & Grace Hightower
Legendary actor Robert De Niro had his hands full with being a father. He had two children with his first wife, Diahnne Abbott. Then, with longtime partner, Toukie Smith, he welcomed his twin sons, Julian and Aaron, born through surrogacy. Robert fathered two more children with his second wife, Grace Hightower. His daughter Helen Grace was born through surrogacy when the actor turned 68. The proud father is devoted to his children and speaks with them often.
13. George Lucas & Mellody Hobson
Visionary director George Lucas welcomed a baby girl in 2013. George and his wife, Mellody, chose surrogacy for the birth of their daughter, Everest Hobson Lucas. George had already been a father as he had adopted three other children, two of whom he adopted as a single father.
14. Elton John & David Furnish
Sir Elton John and husband, David Furnish got the ultimate Christmas gift in 2010 when their surrogate gave birth to their first son, Zachary Jackson Levon. Their second bundle of joy, Elijah Joseph Daniel, was born in 2013 using the same surrogate. The couple has been very private about the particular details of their surrogacy but have been over the moon to be parents to their wonderful children.
15. Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent
Television personalities Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent welcomed two adorable children via surrogacy. Their daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, was born in 2015 via a surrogate while son, Oskar Michael Brent-Berkus, was born in 2018 via a surrogate. The couple has been very open about their experience with surrogacy even calling it a “beautiful experience,” in an interview with USA Today.
16. Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade
- Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade
Actress Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcomed their “miracle baby,” Kaavia James Union Wade, through surrogacy in 2018. While turning to surrogacy was not easy for Gabrielle who admitted to Women’s Health Magazine that it felt like “surrendering to failure,” the actress knew it was the right thing to do after several miscarriages due to suffering from adenomyosis.