41-year-old Paris Hilton is now a mother. The heiress and media personality took to Instagram on Wednesday morning, posting a close-up photo of a baby grabbing her thumb.
“You are already loved beyond words,” wrote Hilton, who welcomed a baby boy via surrogacy with her businessman husband Carter Rheaume.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a mom and I’m so happy that Carter and I found each other,” Hilton told people in an interview. “We are so excited to start our family together and our hearts are bursting with love for our baby boy.”
The couple tied the knot at the end of 2021 and have not stopped talking about their plans to have a baby since then. Hilton said she and Rheum began IVF in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In December last year, the performer-turned-businesswoman said they “always planned for 2023.” such as their target year to have a child.
“We just wanted to really enjoy our first year of marriage together as a couple. And we just, you know, cook all the eggs,” Hilton said Well!
Other celebrities were quick to congratulate Hilton, including Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato and Kim Kardashian, who also chose surrogacy for her youngest two children with Kanye West.
Rebel Wilson has become a mother for the first time, announcing the birth of her daughter, Royce Lillian, via surrogacy this week.
The Pitch Perfect star announced the news on Instagram, describing her new daughter as a “beautiful miracle”.
“Beyond proud to announce the birth of my first child, Royce Lillian, born last week via surrogate,” she wrote.
“I can’t even describe the love I have for her, she is a beautiful miracle! I am forever grateful to everyone involved (you know who you are), this has been years in the making…but I especially wanted to thank my gorgeous surrogate who carried her and birthed her with such grace and care. Thank you for helping me start my own family, it’s an amazing gift.
Wilson has been open about her fertility struggles in the past, and how a visit to the fertility doctor in 2019 inspired her to embark on health reform.
“It’s almost like I haven’t thought about my own needs. I was thinking about the needs of a future child, which really inspired me to get healthier,” she said in a recent interview with people In May.
Wilson isn’t the only celebrity to welcome a child via surrogacy.
Here are some other celebrities who have done it too.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announced the arrival of their first child, a daughter named Malti Marie, via surrogacy, on Instagram in January.
“We are delighted to confirm that we are having a baby via surrogate,” read the couple’s joint statement. “We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family.”
The couple later revealed that baby Malti spent more than 100 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, calling the first few months of his life a “roller coaster”.
“After over 100 days in the NICU, our baby girl is finally home,” she said in an Instagram post marking Mother’s Day in May. “Each family’s journey is unique and requires a certain level of faith, and while ours has been a challenging few months, what becomes abundantly clear, in retrospect, is how precious and perfect every moment was.”
She thanked the doctors and nurses at Rady Children’s and Cedar Sinai hospitals and said, “Our next chapter begins now.”
Actress Amber Heard revealed she became a mother “on her own terms” as a single parent via surrogacy in July. In an Instagram post, Aquaman star said she welcomed daughter Una Paige Heard on April 8, sharing a photo with the baby snuggled up next to her.
“I now realize how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way,” Heard said in the post. “I hope we get to a point where it’s normalized to not want a ring to have a crib.”
She wrote that “part of me wants to maintain that my personal life is nobody’s business,” but said the nature of her job “forces me to take control of it” by revealing the birth.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Star couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have three children. Their first was born when Parker was 37, but when they tried to have another, she couldn’t get pregnant. At 40, she was told she had secondary infertility, or the inability to conceive or carry a child in women who had given birth before. When she was 43, the couple decided to use a surrogate and welcomed twins Marion and Tabitha in 2009.
“We didn’t expect it,” Parker said in an interview with Access to Hollywood. “I think after a while you tend to get your hopes up a little bit so you don’t get disappointed. One would be really exciting and we would feel incredibly lucky. And two, it was a comedy.
Kristen Wiig and Avi Rothman
Funnywoman Kristen Wiig and her husband Avi Rothman welcomed twins via surrogacy in December 2021. “We’re traveling, we’re crawling, they’re very close to walking… yes, they’re going to hit back and they’re twins so they will unite,” the Bridesmaids joked the star.
Wiig said that after years of fertility struggles, she finally accepted surrogacy as an option, but was open with With style journal of the ups and downs of the process.
“So many things were bittersweet,” Wiig admitted. “I was over the moon feeling them kick for the first time, but then I’d get in my head and ask myself all these questions, like, ‘Why couldn’t I do that?’ At the same time, I was telling myself it didn’t matter. She was giving us the greatest gift and I just wanted them to come here.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Actress Gabrielle Union and NBA star Dwyane Wade welcomed daughter Kaavia James Union-Wade in November 2018. Union isn’t shy about her surrogacy journey after several pregnancy losses, in a published essay from her book Do you have something stronger? in which she reflects the birth of Kaaviya.
“I was hoping the second I saw her there would be a locking moment,” Union said. “I looked at [the surrogate] Natalie and her husband. There was silence between them. I looked at Kaavia James at the table, then back at them. It took all of us to create it, so I wanted to share that time with them.”
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen
After five years of trying to get pregnant, The show tonight host Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen decided to opt for surrogacy, with their daughters Winnie Rose born in 2013, followed by Frances Cole in 2014. “My wife and I had been trying for a while to have a baby. We tried a bunch of things — so we had a surrogate,” Fallon told Today show.
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivory
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo gave birth to her first daughter, Stella Luna, with husband Chris Ivory in 2009. The couple, who married in November 2007, welcomed their second child, Sienna May, via surrogacy in 2014. They had a third child , a boy named Eli Christopher, in 2016. He is also believed to have been born via surrogate, according to reports, although the couple has not officially commented on this.
“It’s an amazing thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone’s child. I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her – she who shall remain anonymous,” she told Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2014
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Power couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are parents to two daughters, Sunday and Faith. While Kidman gave birth to Sunday in 2008, Faith was born via surrogate in 2011. The actress also has two adopted children with ex-husband Tom Cruise.
“I think it’s because I’ve experienced motherhood in so many different ways,” she said in an interview with CNN. “I’ve been through adoption, I’ve been through childbirth, and I’ve been through surrogacy. I’m like, when it comes down to it, I just want to be a mom.”
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Actress Elizabeth Banks and sportswriter and film producer husband Max Handelman have two sons, Felix and Magnus Mitchell, born via surrogacy. The couple has been trying to conceive for years but have been unsuccessful. “For me, it was a womb problem. The embryos will not implant,” Banks said in an interview with people magazine. However, she said she couldn’t be happier with the final results.
“It’s a big leap to invite this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you,” she said. “And it’s hard to lose that kind of control. But our surrogate mother is so extraordinary and she is still in our lives. She’s like an aunt.’
Tyra Banks and Eric Never
Model and TV host Tyra Banks and her ex-partner Eric Asla are parents to son York, who was born in 2016. After years of trying to conceive, the couple turned to gestational surrogacy to have a child.
“As we thank the angel of a woman who delivered our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for all who struggle to reach this joyous milestone,” Banks posted on Instagram after her baby was born.
Preity Zinta and Gene Goodenough
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta took to social media to announce that she and her husband welcomed twins through surrogacy in November.
“Hello everyone, I wanted to share our amazing news with you all today. Gene and I are so happy and our hearts are filled with so much gratitude and so much love to welcome our twins Jai Zinta Goodenough and Gia Zinta Goodenough into our family,” the actress wrote on Twitter.
“We are very excited about this new phase in our lives. A heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and our surrogate for being a part of this amazing journey. Lots of love and light – Gene, Preity, Jai and Jiya,” she said.
This story was originally published in January 2022
Updated: January 25, 2023, 8:06 am