A few years back, as Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcomed twin girls into the world via surrogacy, they brought a new conversation about family building into popular media. Recently, it seems that there has been a new influx of news articles talking about celebrity’s struggles with infertility and various methods of family building. The View even had a Surrogacy Special Edition featuring Alexis Stewart and Giuliana & Bill Rancic early this year! It is great to see so many celebrities opening up about infertility and bringing conversations about ART into popular conversation. It is also exciting to see many same-sex celebrity couples proudly sharing their experiences with surrogacy. Lets take a look at who is helping make conversations about fertility front-page news….
Which celebrities have used surrogates to help make their dreams of parenthood come true? Elton John, Ricky Martin, Nicole Kidman, and Neil Patrick Harris—for starters. Last year, Elton John and his husband, David Furnished, welcomed a baby boy into the world via a surrogate mother in California. Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, were on a surrogacy journey of their own around the same time. The two couples confided in each other regarding their children’s unique conceptions. After Harris and Burtka’s twins were born, they scheduled a play-date with Elton John’s little boy. I only wish I had received an invite!!
Ricky Martin, already a proud father of twin sons via a surrogate in 2008, is looking to have more kids! Martin shares that he would love to have “a daddy’s girl,” and “plans to go the surrogacy route again next year.”
Actress Nichole Kidman and country music singer Keith Urban, welcomed a baby girl into their family via surrogacy earlier this year. Faith Margaret joins 2 year-old sister, Sunday Rose.
And, just yesterday People Magazine announced that CSI actor William Petersen and wife Gina Cirone welcomed twins into the world with the help of surrogacy. The twins, a boy and a girl, were reportedly born prematurely, but are steadily improving. We wish them all the best!
But, not all stars are already sharing pictures of their bundles of joy. Celebrities have started speaking out at all steps of their journey—from the initial thoughts of parenthood to visits to the doctor. Will Young, an openly gay British singer-songwriter and actor, speaks about his desire to “one day” have kids. He says he would consider surrogacy: “Its something to think about and would be a very important decision.”
Another British music star, Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps, is looking forward to becoming a father with the help of a surrogate. Ian and his partner, Craig Ryder, have already picked out an egg donor and are in the process of looking for a surrogate. Best of luck to Ian and Craig on their journey!
And yet another fertility journey from England, Shameless actress Tina Malone has been busy making many big life changes. Last year she married a man 20 years her junior, and has lost a significant amount of weight. But Malone has one other life change she would like to make…she would like to have another child. Now 48 years old, Malone has a 29 year old daughter, but is ready for another, “I would love another child and Paul would like us to have a child together. I was a very young mum with Danielle and I’d be an older mum this time around.” Malone is not worried about her age, sharing that “There are pros and cons to both but I have enough energy for it. I have always wanted another child but not until I was in a more settled relationship.” Malone understands that it may be harder to conceive at her age, and says that she and Paul are ready to try IVF if needed.
Younger stars are speaking out as well… Chantelle Houghton recently shared her worries that boyfriend Alex Reid (English actor, mixed martial artist, and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2010) would leave her once he learned that she only had a 1% chance of conceiving naturally. Houghton talks her reaction when she found out the news, “…I literally just cried and cried and cried. My mum was really upset as well. It’s just been awful.” She is grateful to Alex Reid, who has proved to be extremely supportive. As for fertility treatments, it seems that Reid and Houghton are open to different options, saying, “I’d take any help that I could.”
Also receiving support from her man… 27 years-old Khloe Kardashian. On the past season of the reality show Khloe & Lamar, Khloe Kardashian and her husband, NBA player Lamar Odom, are trying to conceive. After many months of trying without success (in addition to some not-so-helpful comments from mom, Kris), Khloe worries about infertility and is very open about her fears. She lets the cameras into the room, as she goes in to talk with her doctor about her concerns. Her openness with her husband and the doctor sets a great example for others worried about conceiving.