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With the birth of her son, York Banks Asla, Tyra Banks became Mama Fierce—but the newest Top Baby wouldn’t have been possible without a surrogate, and TyTy is hardly the first celebrity to use one to expand her family. Stars like Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Neil Patrick Harris all relied on surrogates, too.
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen
The late-night comedian and his wife revealed that they used a surrogate to carry their daughter, Winnie Rose, who was born in the summer of 2013. “It wasn’t really a secret, but my wife and I have been trying for a while to have a baby,” the funnyman told the “Today” show. “And so we’ve tried a bunch of things. And so we had a surrogate.”
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
The Hunger Games actress and her husband welcomed both of their children, Magnus and Felix, through gestational surrogacy (which is different from a surrogate because the child is biologically theirs and implanted through IVF). “This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime,” Banks wrote on her website.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Though SJP was famously pregnant through the sixth season of Sex and the City, she and her longtime husband used a surrogate based in
Bradshaw Parker’s home state of Ohio to carry their twin girls, Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick and Tabitha Hodge Broderick.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Everyone’s favorite couple became parents to twins Harper and Gideon in October 2010. “We really, really wanted kids,” NPH told “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” “We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship-wise. We didn’t just accidentally get pregnant and decide that now we need to make this work. These kids come into our world with nothing but love.”
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
The Aussie, now 48, and her country singer husband, also 48, told Australia’s “60 Minutes” that they welcomed their daughter Faith through a gestational carrier. “It was so deeply emotional and moving, and having given birth and then being on the same place of seeing my child being born this way… I’m very grateful to her,” she said.
The famously private “Elementary” star, 46, revealed she used a surrogate to have her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, in the summer of 2015. She announced his birth through Twitter.
Elton John and David Furnish
What do you get for the longtime partner that has everything? Why, a surrogate baby, of course! The legendary rocker and Canadian filmmaker (who divorced in 2014) welcomed son Zachary on Christmas Day in 2010. “When our son grows up, we can tell him he was born on Christmas Day! How joyous!” John told Us Magazine in 2012. The couple welcomed another son, Elijah, in 2013.
Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer
According to The Sun, the “Frasier” star and his now ex-wife used the same surrogacy service as Elton John to have their two children, son, Mason, and daughter, Jude.
The King of Pop welcomed his youngest son, Prince Michael Jackson II (otherwise known as Blanket) via secret surrogacy in 2002. It was rumored that Blanket’s surrogacy mother was a Mexican nurse named Helena.