When it comes to having children, there is no right or wrong. From IVF to surrogacy to conception later in life, the celebrity world is proving that it’s possible to welcome children into the world however you please.
Infertility is a struggle that countless women face, but no matter how many times we talk about it, there’s still a certain level of shame and taboo that surrounds it. Currently, approximately 1 in 6 Australian couples and 1 in 5 American couples are affected by infertility. Much like we’ve fought to improve the conversation about abortion, we must do the same for infertility.
It’s no secret that age and fertility are correlated, making it (statistically) harder to conceive later in life. But when we see people in public defying these adversities, it gives us all a little more hope.
Below 18 celebrities who have fathered children after 40.
At the age of 48, Hilary Swank announced that she is expecting twins with her husband after years of struggling with fertility.
“This is something I’ve wanted for a long time and my next thing is to be a mother,” said the actress said Good morning America in October 2022. “And not just one, but two. I can not believe it.”
Halle Berry became a first-time mom aged 41 and welcomed daughter Nahla in March 2008 with then-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. At the age of 46, she became pregnant again with her husband Olivier Martinez and revealed it was the “biggest surprise” of her life.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought it possible at my age,” she said said Ellen DeGeneres. “They call it a geriatric pregnancy. I was, you know, on my way. That’s probably TMI, but I was a bit premenopausal so it was huge that that was happening.”
In January 2020, Cameron Diaz became pregnant with her first child at the age of 47 – SheDaughter Raddix, who she welcomed with husband Benji Madden.
“A lot of people do it the other way around…they get married [and] have a family when they were young,” says Diaz. No filter.
After dating Keith Urban for three years, Nicole Kidman gave birth to her first biological child, Sunday Rose, in 2008 at the age of 40. Then, in 2010, the couple welcomed their second daughter, Faith, as a surrogate.
“Anyone who has been in the point of wanting another child or wanting another child knows the disappointment, pain and loss that you go through when you try and fight,” she said. “Fertility is such a big deal and I’ve never run away from talking about it,” Kidman said 60 minutes in 2011.
She also has two children, Isabella and Connor, whom she adopted while married to ex-husband Tom Cruise.
In 1992, Susan Sarandon was 45 when she welcomed her second son, Miles Guthrie, into the world with her ex, Tim Robbins.
She previously gave birth to a daughter (whom she fathered with Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri) in 1985 and her first son in 1989 when she was 42 years old.
Sarandon, who suffers from endometriosis, said she was previously told she would not be able to have children.
“I wasn’t in a hurry, but I actually had an illness and I was told I could never be a mother,” the actress said said Break New York in 2014.
Mendes and Ryan Gosling first became parents in 2014, when the actress was 40 and gave birth to a daughter, Esmerelda. In 2016, the couple became pregnant again with another daughter, Amada Lee.
I’m exhausted,” she told the Purple filesafter giving birth to their first child in 2014. “I thought my wild nights were over, but these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had.
At 42, Celine Dion announced her second pregnancy after struggling with IVF and a miscarriage. The singer welcomed twins Eddy and Nelson in 2010 and was already a mother to another boy René Charles.
“I never gave up,” Dion told Oprah at the time. “But I can tell you that it was physically and mentally exhausting.”
In June 1991, Meryl Streep became a mother for the fourth time and welcomed daughter Louisa at the age of 42 with her sculptor husband Don Gummer.
I feel like a big piece of furniture,” she said said the New York Times back then.
Gwen Stefani welcomed her third child, son Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, in 2014 at the age of 44 with then-husband Gavin Rossdale. She called him a “miracle baby” and revealed that the pregnancy was in an “unexpected” way interview this year with Turn.
Janet Jackson became a first-time mom at 50 and welcomed son Eissa in January 2017.
In her self-titled documentary, Jackson addressed and denied the rumors that she secretly gave birth and gave birth to a baby in the 1980s.
“A lot of kids thought I was pregnant because I gained weight and started taking birth control pills,” she said. “And back then, you could gain weight by taking them, and that’s what happened to me.”
Actress Rashida Jones welcomed her first child at age 42, a son named Isiah. Tragically, she gave birth around the same time her mother died.
“I was in grief shock. I don’t even know if that’s a word, but I wasn’t in my body at all and just had a baby. I was double out of my body,” she said later said NPR.
“The craziest thing about birth and death is just the utter rawness of the feelings. I still feel the same way I think. It’s like something inside you breaks. It’s very binary, both things – becoming a mother and losing my mother – like there’s my life before and my life after.
In 2007, at the age of 41, Hayek gave birth to their daughter Valentina.
“I’ve gained so much weight that I’ve had the opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different ways — for a very good reason — and I don’t regret it for a second.” Hayek said shine A few years later in 2013.
“That’s when I started appreciating my body. The things I used to criticize weren’t that bad after all.”
After welcoming Maya in 1998 and Levon in 2002, Uma Thurman became pregnant again in 2012 at the age of 42.
“The shop is closed,” she said Us weekly in April 2018 when asked if she would consider having more children. “I have three healthy, beautiful children. touch wood.”
Actress Julianne Moore was 41 when she gave birth to her second child, daughter Liv, with husband Bart Freundlich in 2002.
Comedian Tina Fey welcomed her second daughter Penelope with husband Jeff Richmond aged 41.
“It’s funny because I’m old, elder son.” you said Ellen DeGeneres in 2011.
“I have what is called advanced maternal age. [Doctors] Look at me like I’m about to explode. They treat me very carefully.”
Molly Ringwald became pregnant with twins in 2009 at the age of 41 while working on The Secret Life of American Teens.
The actress was over the moon when her pregnancy was added to the show, which allowed her to continue her character arc on screen.
“I could keep working” she said Us weekly in 2012. “It was very special for me.”
Madonna was 42 years old when she gave birth to her second biological child, Rocco, in 2000.