Ever since news broke that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were reportedly expecting a third child via gestational surrogacy, we thought it’d be interesting to look back at all the celebrity parents who extended their families in a similar fashion. But beyond Hollywood, surrogacy is a relatively common phenomenon for parents who have infertility issues or cannot birth children for a variety of reasons.
Given that the nuclear family is long gone these days, it’s important for moms and dads in the public eye to shine a light on the fact that surrogacy is just another way for parents to grow their families. Ahead, take a peek at 10 celebrity couples who welcomed their children via surrogacy.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
After struggles with conceiving her first two children, North and Saint, Kim Kardashian considered other options. The mom of two opened up about the process on a recent episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," in which she revealed that she was considering using a surrogate for her third child with husband Kanye West.
In late July, Us Weekly broke the news that the E! personality was indeed expecting a third child via surrogate, who is currently three months pregnant. According to sources for the magazine, Kardashian's surrogate is a San Diego mom in her late twenties who was paid $45,000 for the process. The mag estimates that the A-list couple will welcome their third child in January 2018.
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Tyra Banks and Erik Asla
In January 2016, Tyra Banks and her boyfriend, photographer Erik Asla, welcomed their first child together, a son named York, via gestational surrogacy. In an interview with People shortly afterward, the "America's Next Top Model" host empathized with parents who also have fertility issues and must seek other options.
"As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day," she said.
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In 2015, Lucy Liu welcomed her first child, a son named Rockwell Lloyd, via surrogacy. However, the actress—who is a single mom and has spoken out about wanting to expand people's notions of a "traditional family"—faced backlash for using a surrogate shortly after the news broke.
“I just went ahead and did it," Liu told CBS News. “I didn’t realize there was criticism until after I sent out the information that I had my baby through a gestational carrier and my friends said, ‘Don’t listen to what some people are saying.’ I didn’t realize people were saying anything negative!”
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Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Elizabeth Banks welcomed her first son, Felix, via surrogacy in 2011 with husband Max Handelman. A year later, in 2012, the "Pitch Perfect 2" director went through the same process for her second son, Magnus. In a post on her website shortly after Magnus's birth, Banks opened up about how the experience of surrogacy changed her life.
"This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime," she wrote.
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
After giving birth to her daughter, Stella, in 2009, Ellen Pompeo and her husband, Chris Ivery, opted to use a surrogate for their second daughter, Sienna, who was born in 2014. The couple also welcomed their third child (and first son) Eli in 2016, though the "Grey's Anatomy" star hasn't confirmed whether she used a surrogate or not.
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in 2014, the actress got candid about the surrogacy process and how it influenced her.
"This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone's child. I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her—she who will remain anonymous," Pompeo said. "I was there with her when they inseminated her, and we held hands. I looked into the microscope and I saw the embryo. I saw the baby, and they put it in a thingy and they inseminated her. And then we held hands and we prayed, we talked to God, and if she was meant to be. He said he was going to try to help us out and now we have a gorgeous baby girl."
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
After giving birth to her son, James Wilkie, in 2002, Sarah Jessica Parker struggled to get pregnant again. The "Sex and the City" actress and her husband, Matthew Broderick, welcomed twin girls, Marion and Tabitha, in 2009 via surrogacy. However, the journey wasn't easy. After the identity of Parker and Broderick's surrogate was leaked, she was severely harassed.
“The most unsavory things have been done,” Parker said. “She’s had her phone hacked, her personal computer information hacked, she’s had threats against her and true harassment. She’s had friends threatened and family threatened and she’s had family of friends threatened.”
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
After giving birth to her first biological child with Keith Urban, a daughter named Sunday Rose, in 2008, Nicole Kidman opted to use a surrogate for her next child, a daughter named Faith in 2010. The actress, who also has two adopted children—Connor and Isabella—with ex-husband Tom Cruise, recently opened up about wanting to get pregnant for her fifth child in 2017.
"I still have the faintest hope that something may happen to me this year," she told The Daily Mail. "Keith and I would love to have more babies. My grandmother gave birth to my mother at 49. I would be beyond happy and just welcome it with open arms."
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Before going viral for dressing their twin girls, Gideon and Harper, in the most adorable Halloween costumes every year, Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka, welcomed their daughters via surrogacy in 2010. In an interview with People in 2011, the "How I Met Your Mother" star opened up about the surrogacy process, revealing that they found a surrogate who had helped same-sex couples before. He added, "We inserted two eggs, one with my sperm, one with David’s sperm and they both took," he said, so no one knows "whose is whose."
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Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
After years of fertility issues, Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance welcomed twins—a son named Slater and a daughter named Bronwyn—via surrogacy in January 2006. In an interview with Oprah in 2007, the "American Horror Story" star opened up about her frustration with years of failed fertility treatments, including in-vitro fertilization.
"I was devastated when it didn't happen [again and again]," Bassett said. "The more we learned about [surrogacy], the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us."
Matt Bomer and Simon Halls
All three of Matt Bomer's sons with publicist and husband Simon Halls were welcomed via surrogate. The "Magic Mike" star welcomed his first son, Kit, in 2005. Following Kit, he welcomed twin boys, Henry and Walker, in 2008.
"I just want to be hopefully somebody who helps shape these souls without changing how they came into the world," he told People in 2014 of fatherhood.