Families come in all shapes and sizes, and some are created through the help of surrogacy. While surrogacy was unheard of only decades ago, this form of reproductive assistance has grown in popularity. Many people turn to surrogacy to grow their family, whether due to fertility problems, a demanding career, or an inability to conceive.
Over the years, tons of famous faces have used surrogacy to welcome children. The following celebrities have all been open about their decision to use a surrogate, and the ups and downs that come with this process.
Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson
Khloe Kardashian experienced pregnancy when she gave birth to her daughter True in 2018. But the reality star is currently expecting a second child with Tristan Thompson via surrogate after her doctor told her it would be unwise to carry a pregnancy again.
Her surrogate news came months after Tristan was exposed for fathering a child with another woman while in a relationship with Khloe last year. But sources say the surrogate got pregnant before Khloe knew of Tristan’s infidelity.
“Khloé is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate for such a beautiful blessing,” her rep said.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kim and Kanye famously used surrogates to welcome their two youngest kids. Kim had already given birth to their older children, North and Saint, before her doctor said it would be unsafe to carry another pregnancy to term.
The couple then used a gestational surrogate to welcome their youngest kids, Chicago and Saint, in 2018 and 2019.
Alec & Hilaria Baldwin
Hilaria is currently pregnant with their eight child, but this famous couple has used a surrogate to welcome one of their children. Months after Hilaria gave birth to baby no. 6, son Eduardo, in September 2020, the couple announced they’d welcomed a daughter, Lucia, via surrogate.
The pair has declined to share why they used a surrogate when Hilaria was already pregnant.
Anderson Cooper has welcomed two sons via surrogate – Wyatt, born in 2020, and Sebastian, in 2022. The news anchor has been open about his appreciation for surrogates, explaining that as a gay man, he was unsure if he’d have the opportunity to have biological children.
Anderson co-parents his kids with his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani.
Grimes & Elon Musk
This on-and-off celebrity couple welcomed their first child together in 2020 when Grimes gave birth to a son, X AE A-XII. But the pair went on to welcome a daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, in late 2021 via surrogate. They didn’t confirm their daughter’s arrival until this year.
It was also recently announced Elon welcomed twins with an executive at one of his companies, Neuralink, only weeks before his second child with Grimes was born. He also shares 6 children with ex-wife Justine Musk.
Despite not having a partner, television host Andy Cohen turned to surrogacy to welcome two children. He announced his son Benjamin’s arrival in February 2019, while his daughter Lucy earlier this year.
Andy wrote, “ALL surrogates are rock stars,” when announcing his daughter’s birth.
Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas
This celebrity couple welcomed their first child, daughter Malti, via surrogate in January 2022. Nick and Priyanka haven’t shared many details about why they chose to use a surrogate, but both have been vocal about their desire to start a family.
Priyanka just celebrated her 40th birth, and some fans have speculated her age may have factored into their decision to use a surrogate.
The Hangover star became a first-time mom in October 2021 when her surrogate delivered twin boys. Jamie shares the babies with her husband Bryan Greenberg.
The actress previously opened up about her decision to freeze her eggs in 2019 in hopes of keeping her options open.
In 2022, j after she became worried about how pregnancy would affect her career. “I was terrified of becoming pregnant. I was terrified of putting my life on hold for two-plus years,” she explained.
Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade
Dwayne Wade already had three kids when he married Gabrielle Union, but the famous couple wanted a child of their own. However, Gabrielle was faced with a difficult fertility journey, which included several pregnancy losses.
They eventually used a surrogate to welcome their daughter Kaavia James in November 2018. Gabrielle has been open about how emotionally choosing surrogacy was, challenging referring to it as “surrendering to failure.”
Kristen is now making babies laugh, not just audiences. The actress welcomed twins via surrogate in 2020 after hinting that she was a first-time mom on Saturday Night Live. She shares the babies with her husband Avi Rothman, whom she married in 2021.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
SJP experienced pregnancy with her eldest child, son James Wilkie, born in 2002. However, the couple opted to use a surrogate to expand their family once more in 2009 with the birth of their twin daughters, Tabitha and Marion.
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
To expand their family, Neil and David used an egg donor as well as a surrogate. Each of them contributed their own sperm, which led to the conception of their twins, daughter Harper and son Gideon.
“We inserted two eggs, one with my sperm, one with David’s sperm and they both took,” Neil previously said, adding they “don’t know whose is whose.”
The Hunger Games alum says she took a “big leap of faith” when she and her husband Max Handelman turned to surrogacy to welcome their sons Felix and Magnus in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman had fertility issues during her marriage to Tom Cruise, leading the then-couple to adopt a son and a daughter.
Nicole later became pregnant and delivered a daughter, Sunday, when married to country crooner Keith Urban. But the pair later used a surrogate to welcome baby no. 2, Faith.
Nicole has implied she would’ve had more children had fertility issues not get in the way.
“I would have liked probably two or three more children,” she previously said.
Michael Jackson may be one of the most famous single dads to use a surrogate. To welcome his third child, Prince Michael II (also known as “Blanket”), MJ hired an unidentified surrogate in 2002.
He previously welcomed two kids, Paris and Prince, with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe.
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen were faced with fertility problems that prevented them from conceiving on their own. “We tried before, we told people, and it didn’t happen,” Jimmy previously said, calling the experience “depressing.”
The couple eventually turned to surrogacy and welcomed their children Frances and Winnie through the help of a surrogate.
Tyra Banks traded in modeling for motherhood when her gestational surrogate delivered a son, York, in 2016. The television host later said her fertility journey “has not been easy to process,” but expressed gratitude for her newborn. Tyra shares her son with her ex-partner, photographer Erik Asla.
The legendary singer and his partner David Furnish originally wanted to adopt to expand their family, but they were met with challenges as a gay couple. Eventually, they used the same surrogate to welcome their two sons, Zachary (born in 2010) and Elijah (born in 2013).
Gray’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo experienced pregnancy with her two daughters, Sienna and Stella, but it created a lot of difficulties for filming. To welcome a third child, the actress and her husband Chris Ivory used a surrogate. Their son, Eli, was delivered via surrogate in 2016.
While trying to conceive with her husband Bill Rancic, Giuliana was very open about her fertility struggles and pregnancy losses. The television host was later diagnosed with breast cancer, which would’ve made pregnancy even more challenging.
Eventually, the couple used a surrogate to welcome a son, Edward Duke, in 2012.
Sources: PEOPLE Magazine, Us Weekly, Parents,