Celebrities are among the most loved people on the planet. They know how to give that love back also. Some stars and their families have opened doors to someone else’s kids over the years. They range from babies, and toddlers to even teenagers. While it’s true that those children are lucky to enter a life of fame and fortune, the important thing is that they’re loved and well taken care of in their new Hollywood homes.
A lot of these stars who have done the good deed of adopting kids are not even known to us. Did you know the list includes Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Sandra Bullock, and Nicole Kidman, among others? We have the full list of such celebrities.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman Adopted Two Children – Connor and Isabella
Connor, 26, and Isabella, 28, were adopted by Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise before their 2001 divorce, as toddlers. Bella and Connor, who are practicing Scientologists, chose to live with their father after the divorce. It’s been speculated that they avoid Kidman since she’s not a member of the Church of Scientology.
In Leah Remini’s tell-all book about Scientology, she shared that when asked if she spoke to her mother, Isabella said, “Not if I have a choice. Our mom is a fucking SP.” SP stands for “Suppressive Person,” which is someone who tries to block all the good in the world, according to Scientology’s website.
Kidman told Vanity Fair in 2019 about her kids: “They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.”
Sandra Bullock Adopted Son Louis And Daughter Laila
Sandra Bullock adopted both Louis and Laila from the Louisiana foster care system. When she announced the adoption of her daughter, Laila, she described her family as “blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding.”
In December 2015, the ‘Bird Box’ actress revealed that she kept her second adoption a secret to prove that she could provide a normal home environment for her kids. She compared the secrecy to living in the Witness Protection Program.
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Hugh Jackman And His Wife Adopted Their Son Oscar And Daughter Ava
Hugh Jackman shared that he and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, who was 40 when they married, struggled with miscarriages and IVF. Then, the two decided to adopt. The couple chose two mixed-race babies, calling it “a no-brainer.”
“It was like, where’s the need?” he said in 2009. “The need was obviously mixed race children. And that was it.”
Madonna Has Four Adopted Kids – David Banda, Mercy James, And Twins Stella And Estere
All four of Madonna‘s adopted kids were born in Malawi, Africa. She adopted her son David in 2006, followed by her daughter Mercy in 2009. Eight years later, she brought home twin daughters Stella and Estere.
She told People in 2017, “Sometimes I would just close my eyes and just think, ‘Why isn’t my kitchen filled with dancing children?’ There are so many children that need a home. I thought, ‘What am I waiting for? Just do it.'”
She also has a biological daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, whom she had with Carlos Leon, and a biological son Rocco Ritchie, whom she had with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
Emma Thompson Informally Adopted A Former Child Soldier From Rwanda
Emma Thompson shared in March 2010 that she met Tindyebwa Agaba (whom she calls Tindy) when he was 16, at a Refugee Council event. He was sleeping on the streets of London at the time, after escaping his home country Rwanda. Thompson invited him to stay for Christmas, and he’s been a part of the family ever since.
The actress recalled that “slowly, he became a sort of permanent fixture, came on holiday to Scotland with us, became part of the family.” Thompson also has a biological daughter named Gaia, but struggled with IVF after her birth, before adopting Agaba.
“I couldn’t have more children, and that was hard; but perhaps if I had, I’d have missed out on this extra act of mothering that I’ve had with Tindy,” she said. “Because there was space in my life for him, and I don’t think there would have been space if I’d had another young child around.”
Kristin Davis Adopted A Girl And A Boy
Just like her ‘Sex and the City‘ character Charlotte, Kristin Davis adopted a daughter, Gemma, in 2011. In her statement to People, she said, “This is something I have wanted for a very long time. Having this wish come true is even more gratifying than I ever had imagined. I feel so blessed.” In 2018, Davis adopted another baby, this time a son named Wilson.
In 2019, she appeared on Red Table Talk and spoke about adopting Black children. “Because my children are African American, I feel like it is my duty and my job to do as much research, as much work, build as many bridges as possible, because you are their community, and that is key, and that is so important,” she said.
Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Have A Large Brood
In addition to their biological children Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne, Pitt and Jolie adopted Maddox, Pax, and Zahara from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Ethiopia, respectively. Jolie said of her adopted kids, “They’re the greatest little people I’ve ever met, and they give me so much joy.”
During the press tour for ‘Eternals,’ Jolie opened up more about her experiences. “What is important is to speak with openness about all of it and to share. ‘Adoption’ and ‘orphanage’ are positive words in our home,” she said.
The actress added, “All adopted children come with a beautiful mystery of a world that is meeting yours. When they are from another race and foreign land, that mystery, that gift, is so full. For them, they must never lose touch with where they came from. They have roots that you do not. Honor them. Learn from them. It’s the most amazing journey to share. They are not entering your world, you are entering each other’s worlds.”
Sia Adopted Two 18-Year-Old Boys
In May 2020, the ‘Chandelier‘ singer revealed that back in 2019, she adopted two teenage boys who were about to age out of the foster care system. Sia told SiriusXM that her boys were “both finding [quarantine] pretty difficult, one more so than the other.” She added, “But they’re both doing things that are really good for them right now, that are really helpful. They’re really doing a lot of educational stuff that’s good for them.”
She expanded on how parenting was going during an October 2020 interview. “The entire system is so underfunded and understaffed that there are not enough people to really monitor how the kids are being taken care of,” Sia told InStyle. “And now my sons very much want to be a part of that change, so I am trying to give them the resources to do that.”
Katherine Heigl And Josh Kelley Adopted Their Daughters Naleigh And Adelaide
Heigl spoke with Scholastic News in 2011 about adopting, saying, ” I always knew I wanted to adopt.” Heigl and Kelley adopted Naleigh in 2009 from South Korea. She was a special needs baby. She had a congenital heart defect that had to be fixed with open-heart surgery.
The couple’s second daughter Adelaide was domestically adopted in 2012. Heigl and Kelley also have a biological son, Joshua.
Lionel Richie Took In Nicole Richie When She Was 4
The singer took Nicole in when she was only 4, as her parents, friends of his, were experiencing personal and financial difficulties. He shared in a September 2015 interview with Piers Morgan that it didn’t take long for him to consider Nicole part of the family.
He said, “So it took about maybe a year for me to just fall in love and she was a little button, and of course by that time I was ‘Dad.'” Richie also has two biological children – Sofia Richie and Miles Brockman Richie.
Charlize Theron Has Two Adopted Daughters
Charlize Theron adopted her first child, Jackson, from her native South Africa in March 2012. Three years later, she adopted her daughter August from America.
The ‘Fury Road‘ star has known since she was a kid that she wanted to adopt. “My mom, when I went through my first adoption, actually showed me the letter. I was connected to the idea of having a family through adoption when I was 8 years old,” she told Diane von Furstenberg during a September 2021 podcast.
“She’s like: ‘You never asked me to have another baby. You never asked me to have a little brother or sister for you. You just immediately went to adoption.’ But I always knew that I wanted to be a mother always,” added Theron.
Jamie Lee Curtis Adopted Two Kids
Curtis revealed in an interview that the reason she adopted her kids was due to infertility. “Adoption was the only way for us to have a family,” she said.
Curtis and her husband Christopher Guest’s first child, Annie, was adopted by the pair in 1986. They had been waiting and planning for their daughter’s arrival, which was completely the opposite of how their son Thomas entered their lives. According to Curtis, “with Annie, I had sought her out. I have no idea how our son came to us … a set of circumstances occurred, all of which were celestial.”
Curtis wrote a children’s book in 1996, ‘Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born,’ which is a story designed for adopted kids.
Cate Blanchett And Her Husband Adopted A Daughter In 2015
The actress who loves her privacy announced that she had adopted her daughter Edith with a succinct statement: “The Upton family [Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton] have adopted a baby girl. No further details will be provided.”
Blanchett shared that she had wanted to adopt after the birth of her first son in 2002, saying, “I felt we had space, enough emotional room in our hearts, and we’re privileged enough to have the capacity to have another child, so it wasn’t about biology.“
Thomas Rhett And His Wife Lauren Akins Adopted Daughter Willa
The couple began a year-long adoption process after they visited Uganda and met their future daughter. They had been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully, so Akins thought that perhaps they weren’t meant to have biological children and began trying to adopt Willa.
But, in a surprising turn of events, while Rhett and Akins were finalizing the adoption, they found out they were also expecting a biological baby. They knew that the window for them to adopt Willa was closing, so Akins flew out to Uganda during her third trimester in order to secure their daughter.
Thankfully, they were able to bring Willa home in May 2017 before welcoming their second daughter Ada in August. Akins gave birth to their third daughter, Lennon, in February 2020, and her fourth one Lillie last year.
Michelle Pfeiffer Adopted A Daughter As A Single Woman
The famous actress decided to adopt her daughter, Claudia Rose when she was single. The adoption process was finished in 1993, and, coincidentally, it also became the year Pfeiffer married her current husband, David E. Kelley. They also welcomed a son one year later, thus completing their family.
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