32 celebrities who became mothers after 40
More and more women are choosing to become mothers later in life.
Whether through IVF, adoption, surrogacy, or natural conception, these celebs became moms after 40.
Hilary Swank, who is 48, gave birth to twins in 2023.
Hilary Swank gave birth to twins at age 48.
Swank announced her pregnancy in October 2022. In April 2023, Swank posted a sunset photo with her twins, revealing she'd given birth to a son and a daughter.
"It wasn't easy. But boy (and girl!) was it worth it," she wrote, adding that she was posting "from pure Heaven."
These are her and her husband Philip Schneider's first children.
Maria Menounos announced she's expecting her first child at age 44.
"Just after a decade of trying everything, we are so grateful to the beautiful family helping us conceive our baby," Menounos, 44, told People in February 2023. "[Husband] Keven [Undergaro], my dad and I are all beyond excited for this soul to come into our lives. What a blessing."
She added that she "definitely didn't think it was going to take this long. It's been years. We've used different services, different people," including IVF. "It's just been a very frustrating process," she continued.
Paris Hilton, who turned 42 in February, announced the birth of her son in January 2023.
Hilton announced the news in a Twitter post on January 25, 2023. "You are already loved beyond words," she wrote, accompanied by a photo of her and her son's hand.
People reported that her son was born via surrogate. "It's always been my dream to be a mother and I'm so happy that [husband] Carter [Reum] and I found each other," Hilton told People. "We are so excited to start our family together and our hearts are exploding with love for our baby boy."
This is her first child.
Rebel Wilson announced the birth of her daughter on Instagram in November 2022.
Just a few days after denying she and her girlfriend Ramona Agruma were engaged, Wilson, now 43, announced her real news: She has a daughter.
"Beyond proud to announce the birth of my first child, Royce Lillian, born this past week via surrogate," the 42-year-old star wrote on Instagram.
"I can't even describe the love I have for her, she's a beautiful miracle! I am forever grateful to everyone who has been involved, (you know who you are), this has been years in the making…but particularly wanted to thank my gorgeous surrogate who carried her and birthed her with such grace and care," she continued.
Michelle Williams, 42, gave birth to her third child at some point in October 2022.
During a May 2022 interview, Williams low-key revealed that she was expecting her third child (second with husband Thomas Kail) by the end of 2022.
"It's totally joyous," Williams told Variety. "As the years go on, you sort of wonder what they might hold for you or not hold for you. It's exciting to discover that something you want again and again is available one more time. That good fortune is not lost on me or my family."
Williams was spotted on a walk with her newborn in October 2022.
Williams, 42, gave birth to her first child, Matilda, in October 2005. Matilda's father was the late actor Heath Ledger. Williams then welcomed her son, Hart, in June 2020, with Kail.
In May 2021, when Naomi Campbell was 50, she announced the birth of her daughter on Instagram.
Campbell, one of the most iconic supermodels of all time, revealed on Instagram that she has a brand new baby.
"A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother, So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love," the now-52-year-old wrote.
Christina Ricci, now 43, gave birth to a baby girl, Cleopatra, in December 2021.
The actress, who also has an 8-year-old son with ex-husband James Heerdegen, welcomed her daughter in December 2021 when she was 41. The little girl is the first child for Ricci and her husband, Mark Hampton.
"Baby Cleo is here," Ricci wrote on Instagram on December 8, 2022, alongside a video of the newborn. "We are so in love with her."
Olivia Munn welcomed her first child, Malcolm, with comedian John Mulaney in November 2021 when she was 41.
Munn and Mulaney were first spotted together in early 2021, after the comedian got out of rehab that February. In September 2021, Mulaney revealed their pregnancy news on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."
"I got into this relationship that's been really beautiful with someone incredible who has dealt with the non-coked up Bambi version of me," he said. "And that's been very incredible, and she's kind of held my hand through that hell, and we're having a baby together."
TMZ reported that Munn gave birth to a baby boy that November.
She'd previously spoken to Hoda Kotb on the Today show about impending motherhood, saying, "I feel good. I feel scared, I feel nervous, and I'm excited."
This is the first child for both Mulaney and Munn.
Mena Suvari gave birth to her first child in April 2021 at age 42.
Back in October 2020, the "American Pie" actor told People she could barely believe she was pregnant.
"It's still this process for me of believing it and accepting that something this beautiful could happen for me," she said. "It's been a very emotional experience. It's very weird finding out — I was like, I can't believe it!"
Her rep confirmed in April 2021 to People that Suvari, now 43, and her husband, Michael Hope, had welcomed their first child together, saying, "Both baby and mom are doing wonderfully."
When Kristen Wiig, now 49, hosted "SNL" in December 2020, she confirmed she had become a mom that year.
It was first reported that Wiig had become a mom in June when she hosted the "SNL At Home" episode for Mother's Day in 2020, in which she thanked her mom for "preparing me to be a mom myself." People reported that Wiig and her fiancé, Avi Rothman, had welcomed twins via surrogate that January.
When she returned to host the 2020 Christmas show, she confirmed the news during her monologue, saying that while it was an "icky" year, it hadn't been all bad, because she had twins.
Chloë Sevigny was spotted with her boyfriend and a new baby — her first — in May 2020, when she was 45.
According to TMZ, the "American Horror Story" star was spotted on the streets of NYC in January 2020 alongside her new boyfriend, Sinisa Mackovic, and notably, she was also rocking a baby bump!
Her rep confirmed to US Weekly that their little bundle of joy arrived in May 2020.
Back in 2016, Sevigny, now 48, shared that she believed the key to having great skin is not having kids.
"I think it's not having had a baby yet. Because I think the baby wear and tear and stress on your body is part of the reason why people say, 'Why do you still look so young?' I really think that that unfortunately ages women, especially when they have children in their 30s, not in their 20s. So I think, first and foremost, it's that and genetics," she told W Magazine.
Janet Jackson was 50 years old when she announced she was pregnant with her first son, who was born in January 2017.
Jackson, now 56, announced she was pregnant in October 2016. The singer had previously halted her tour in April that year so she and her then-husband, Wissam Al Mana, could focus on "planning our family."
She gave birth to her son, Eissa Al Mana, in January 2017.
"For someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else. Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace. I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world," she told Billboard.
Eva Longoria was 42 when she revealed she was pregnant with her son.
Longoria revealed she was pregnant with her son in December 2017. Six months later, the "Desperate Housewives" star gave birth to her son, Santiago.
Santiago is Longoria's first child, though her husband, Jose Baston, has three other children from his previous marriage.
"Santi was meant to be with me at this stage in my life. I'm patient, I don't work as much — even if it doesn't seem that way! It's the right time," Longoria, now 48, told Parents Latina in 2019.
Cameron Diaz was 47 when announced on Instagram in January 2020 that she and Benji Madden had welcomed their first child, Raddix.
Diaz revealed she and her husband, Good Charlotte front man Benji Madden, had welcomed a daughter. Baby Raddix was reportedly born in December 2019.
"Happy New Year from the Maddens! We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden. She has instantly captured our hearts and completed our family," Diaz, now 50, wrote.
"While we are overjoyed to share this news, we also feel a strong instinct to protect our little one's privacy. So we won't be posting pictures or sharing any more details," she continued.
Hoda Kotb adopted her first daughter, Haley, when she was 52. She adopted Hope two years later.
The "Today" co-anchor revealed on her show that she had adopted her first child, a daughter named Haley Joy, in 2017. In April 2019, she and her then-fiancé, Joel Schiffman, adopted another girl, Hope Catherine.
Kotb, now 58, has discussed her journey to motherhood in the past, opening up about how a battle with breast cancer left her unable to conceive.
"One of the things in my life I've always wanted was to be a mom. Sometimes in your life, things just don't work out for whatever reason, so you say, 'Well, I wasn't meant to have that.' But it was really hard to come to terms with it," Kotb told People in 2017.
Sandra Bullock adopted her son, Louis, when she was 45 years old. She has since adopted another child, Laila.
Bullock's personal life has been frequently scrutinized, including her decision to adopt Louis in 2010 — while she was in the midst of her very public divorce from Jesse James.
"We spent so much time in New Orleans after Katrina and one day it was just a feeling that came that instead of bringing another life into this world, that we wanted to reach out and find our child in New Orleans," Bullock told People in 2010.
In 2015, Bullock, now 58, announced she had adopted another child, her daughter Laila, also from Louisiana. "My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding," Bullock said. "That's a family."
Tamron Hall gave birth to her first child at 48.
Hall and her husband, Steven Greener, welcomed their first son, Moses, in 2019. They have been open about how they're raising him in an interfaith household, as Hall, now 52, is Christian and Greener is Jewish. He even had a bris (a Jewish circumcision ceremony).
"My mom nearly passed out. We had both grandparents on each side there, and he's going to Texas to have a Christening or a Confirmation at my mom's Southern Baptist church. We've just combined our life experience, and we want to teach him tradition," Hall told EEW in 2019.
Kristin Davis adopted a daughter when she was 46, much like her "Sex and the City" character, Charlotte.
Davis adopted her daughter, Gemma, in 2011, and a son, Wilson, in 2018. The "Holiday in the Wild" star opened up about being a white mother to two Black children during an emotional "Red Table Talk" interview in 2019.
"Because my children are African American, I feel like it's my duty and my job to do as much research, as much work, build as many bridges as possible because you are their community," said Davis, who is now 57. "I work at that every day trying to figure out how I can make sure they have access to the Black community, that they're part of it, that they're not separated from it."
Rachel Weisz gave birth to her first child with Daniel Craig when she was 48.
Both Weisz and Craig have children from prior relationships, but they had their first child together in September 2018.
They are notoriously private, but Weisz, now 52, acknowledged her pregnancy in a 2018 New York Times profile, saying, "Daniel and I are so happy. We're going to have a little human. We can't wait to meet him or her. It's all such a mystery."
Alanis Morissette had babies at 42 and 45.
Morissette had her first son in 2010 when she was 36 years old. She then welcomed two more kids, Onyx and Winter, in 2016 and 2019, respectively.
"I think this pregnancy is different from the first two times because of my ability to sense what's going on inside my body in a lot more of a subtle way," Morissette, now 48, told Self in 2019. "I'm one of those women who actually enjoy being pregnant."
Brigitte Nielsen was 54 when she gave birth to her youngest daughter, Frida, in 2018.
Nielsen, now 59, announced her pregnancy on Instagram in May 2018, and gave birth to her fifth child a month later. The "Creed II" actress has been open about expanding her family for over a decade. In 2008, she revealed she wanted to explore IVF treatments after doing a photo shoot for Playboy.
"IVF is not a process everyone could cope with. You're on a lot of medication. It is very expensive. Hormones will do different things to different women ... you always think you're going to get pregnant, but most of the time, the phone call comes and it's: 'I'm sorry.' It is devastating," she told the Guardian in 2019.
TV personality Nancy Grace simultaneously revealed she had secretly gotten married and was expecting twins at 47.
Grace, now 63, broke the news in 2007, telling the New York Post, "I never thought it would happen like this. I thought 'mother' and 'wife' was just not part of God's plan for me." She gave birth to Lucy and John in November that year.
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore gave birth to a healthy baby girl at age 47 after getting diagnosed with preeclampsia.
Moore and her then-husband, Marc Daly, welcomed their daughter, Brooklyn Doris, in November 2018. Moore's labor was induced after she was diagnosed with preeclampsia, which caused her to gain 17 pounds in just a week.
"I've waited my whole life for this moment … to be called a mother," the now-52-year-old wrote on Instagram.
Laura Linney was 49 years old when she surprised the world and gave birth to her son in 2014.
Linney, now 59, never even publicly confirmed her pregnancy, opting to wait until her son, Bennett, was already born. "I was an older mother-to-be, and it had taken me a very, very long time to have a child, so I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy," she explained in 2016.
Audra McDonald became a mom for the second time at 46 in 2016.
Previously, McDonald had given birth to her daughter, Zoe, in 2001, and she was a step-mom to her husband Will Swenson's two teenagers. But McDonald became a mom again in 2016, when she gave birth to another daughter, Sally James.
"I'm calmer this time around, 16 years later. Or maybe it's that I'm just tired because I'm older, but I don't sweat the small stuff as much," said McDonald, now 52.
Morena Baccarin welcomed her second child with fellow "Gotham" star Ben McKenzie at the age of 41.
The couple announced the birth of their son, Arthur, on Instagram in March 2021.
Baccarin, who is now 43, wrote: "2021 is looking up. Welcome to the world Arthur. Trust us, you haven't missed much yet."
The couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan, in 2016 and got married the following year. Baccarin also shares a son with her ex-husband.
Sheryl Crow adopted her first son at 45 and her second son at 48.
Crow announced on her website in 2007 that she had adopted her first child, her son Wyatt. "His name is Wyatt (after my dad) Steven (after my little brother and Scooter) and we are enjoying some very private family time," she wrote at the time.
She adopted her second son, Levi, in 2010. Again, she revealed the news on her website."I have some exciting news to share with you guys. Wyatt has a new little brother," the now-6o-year-old wrote.
Madonna was 42 when she gave birth to her son Rocco. She's since adopted four more kids: David, Mercy, Estere, and Stella.
Madonna, now 64, has six kids total. The "Madame X" songstress became a mom for the first time in 1996, when she gave birth to Lourdes at 38. Four years later, she welcomed her son Rocco with then-husband Guy Ritchie at age 42.
In 2006, the singer, then 48, adopted another son, David, from Malawi. Three years later, she adopted another child from Malawi, her daughter Mercy. In 2017, she adopted twins, Estere and Stella, also from Malawi.
Angela Bassett welcomed twins via surrogate in 2006, when she was 48.
Bassett, now 64, and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, welcomed the twins, Slater and Bronwyn, in January 2006. "If I can put some clothes on by 5 p.m., it's quite an accomplishment," said Bassett at the time.
Sarah Jessica Parker was 44 when she welcomed twins via surrogate in 2009.
Parker, now 58, gave birth to her first child, her son James, in 2002. Seven years later, a 44-year-old Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, announced the birth of their twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha.
"She's made a really big choice to be part of our lives and I think she's an honorable person," said Parker of her family's surrogate.
Diane Keaton adopted two kids after she turned 50.
Keaton adopted her daughter, Dexter, in 1996, at age 50. She adopted her son, Duke, five years later, in 2001.
"Motherhood has completely changed me. It's just about like the most completely humbling experience that I've ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can't stand up to those principles when you're raising a child, forget it," she said in a 2003 interview.
"I mean, we can all sit here and talk, but it's another thing to act that way in your life. So, I think that children are completely challenging and completely intoxicating," the now-77-year-old continued.
At 44, Gwen Stefani gave birth to her third child, Apollo.
Stefani, now 53, had two other sons, Kingston and Zuma, when she welcomed her youngest son, Apollo, in 2014.
"But having children, it's really interesting to watch them and have the responsibility of trying to make them good people. Parenting is terrifying, but it's also so incredible and rewarding," she said.
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