Egg donation and surrogacy are more common in the world of celebrities than people may think, especially with surrogacy becoming a more accepted and attainable option for starting a family.
These celebrities who have used donor eggs or surrogates to start and expand their families opened up about their third-party family building experiences.
1) Lucy Liu, Mom via Gestational Surrogacy
Lucy Liu announced the birth of her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, back in August of 2015. The now 50-year-old mom confirmed that her son was carried by a gestational surrogate. Liu had this to say in a interview with Zimbio:
“It doesn’t matter the machinations of how things occur. How you love and parent a child is most important. That’s the support system, really.”
2) Giuliana Rancic, Mom via Gestational Surrogacy
E!News host Giuliana Rancic had a long and hard journey to motherhood. After being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy, she had difficulty becoming pregnant. In 2012, Rancic and her husband welcomed their son, Duke, into the world with the help of a surrogate.
In an interview with US Magazine, the couple had this to say about using a surrogate:
“Everything happens for a reason, and we believe this is meant to be and the way it was supposed to work out.”
3) Andy Cohen, Dad via Surrogacy and Egg Donation
Bravo’s most famous host, Andy Cohen, shared the exciting news on a live broadcast of his show Watch What Happens Live. Thanks to the benefits of surrogacy, he will soon be welcoming a child of his own into the world.
“Tonight, I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers, and the benefit of science — if all goes according to plan in about six weeks’ time I’m going to become a father.”
4) Nate Berkus, Fathers via Surrogacy and Egg Donation
In 2014, famed TV personality Nate Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, shared that they would soon become fathers with the help of surrogacy. In 2015, they welcomed their firstborn, Poppy. In 2018, their son, Oskar, was born as well.
Berkus said this in an Instagram post after the birth of Oskar:
“We have waited for you, we already love you, and we as a family stand on the shoulders of so many people who have made it possible for families like ours to continue to grow.”
5) Nicole Kidman, Mother via Gestational Surrogacy
Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and Country Star Keith Urban announced in 2010 the birth of their daughter Faith who was carried by a gestational surrogate.
While Kidman has two adopted children from her marriage with Tom Cruise and a previous child with Urban, she released this statement:
“No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.”
6) Lance Bass, Father-to-Be via Surrogacy and Egg Donation
Former NSYNC member, Lance Bass, recently announced that the surrogacy process has already begun for him and his husband, Michael Turnchin. The excited couple said this:
“We found the most amazing doctor, surrogate, everything is just great. It’s happening, and it’s happening quick.”
7) Amy Smart, Mother via Gestational Surrogacy
Actress Amy Smart happily shared the birth of her daughter, Flora, with the world this past December. After struggling with fertility issues for years, Smart and her husband, Carter Oosterhouse, turned to surrogacy to start their family.
“After years of fertility struggles I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her.”
8) Elton John, Fathers via Surrogacy and Egg Donation
Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, welcomed their second son, Elijah, in 2013. The couple had used the same surrogate who delivered their first son, Zachary, in 2010. Elton John had this to say of the surrogate:
“She is a wonderful, kind and loving woman.”
9) Jordana Brewster, Mother via Gestational Surrogacy
Jordana Brewster, star of The Fast and the Furious, has used the same surrogate to carry both of her sons, Rowan and Julian, after struggling with infertility for years.
Brewster had this to say about surrogacy and infertility in an interview with Yahoo Parenting:
“For me, it wasn’t a choice… I needed to use a surrogate…There are so many women who are young and have to go through IVF and feel like they can’t talk about it.”
10) Katey Sagal, Mother via Gestational Surrogacy
Best known for her roles, such as Peggy Bundy from Married…with Children and Gemma Teller from Sons of Anarchy, Katey Sagal opened up about using a surrogate for her youngest child. After marrying her now-husband, Kurt Sutter, and deciding to have a child of their own, they turned to surrogacy after having fertility issues. They welcomed their daughter Esme to the world in 2007 via surrogacy.
In an interview from People magazine, Sagal said this about deciding to use a surrogate:
“We went through the whole in vitro fertilization process and our embryos were not really strong, but we thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,’ ” she says. “And if it wasn’t, we weren’t going to do it.”
Although there are many celebrities who have used donor eggs or surrogacy to build their families, many people who choose third-party reproduction are ordinary men and women who want to have children but can’t. There are as many reasons why someone may need an egg donor or a surrogate as there are reasons why women donate their eggs or become surrogates.
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