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22 celebrity couples you probably didn't know had children together

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Some couples hid pregnancies from the press. Morgan Lieberman/FilmMagic; Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • There are some pairs of celebrities fans may not realize have children together.

  • Couples like Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker and Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have kids together.

  • Eddie Murphy didn't initially acknowledge paternity of his daughter with Spice Girl Melanie Brown.

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Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale in 2014. Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Kate Beckinsale and Welsh actor Michael Sheen reportedly met in 1995 during a touring production of "The Seagull."

Several years later, Beckinsale gave birth to their daughter Lily Mo Sheen on January 31, 1999.

Beckinsale and Sheen split in 2003, and the actress was engaged to "Underworld" director Len Wiseman months later.

But the two still often appear on social media together with their daughter.

Lily, now 22, is pursuing an acting career and is set to appear in an upcoming Nicolas Cage film, "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent."

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser in 2013. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Alexis Bledel and husband Vincent Kartheiser secretly welcomed a baby boy in 2015.

The pair never announced the pregnancy or birth, but the news was confirmed after "Gilmore Girls" actor Scott Patterson told Glamour in 2016 that Bledel was "a proud new mother and married and happy."

Their rep subsequently verified to Us Weekly that their son was born in fall 2015. Neither the child's name nor any photos of him have been released to the media.

The couple met when Bledel guest-starred as the mistress of Pete Campbell (Kartheiser's character) on season five of "Mad Men."

They married in June 2014 at a private ceremony in California.

Kimberly Stewart and Benicio del Toro

Kimberly Stewart and Benicio del Toro
Kimberly Stewart and Benicio del Toro have a daughter. Fred Prouser/Reuters

Actor Benicio del Toro and model Kimberly Stewart reportedly dated on and off for some time but were no longer seeing each other when they welcomed daughter Delilah del Toro on August 21, 2011.

A source told Us Weekly that the Oscar-winning actor was by Stewart's side in the delivery room.

Stewart frequently uploads photos of their daughter on her Instagram, and the pair were spotted with Delilah at Los Angeles' California Science Center in January 2016.

Del Toro joked that he and Stewart's father, music legend Rod Stewart, often vie for Delilah's attention.

"I might pull the Oscar out to show to my daughter," he told Us Magazine. "Grandpa has a lot of stuff, but he ain't got one of those."

Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney

Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney
Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney in 2007. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney were married for 17 years.

The actors reportedly met in 1988 on the set of the film "Survival Quest" and got married in November 1990. They separated in May 2005 and finalized their divorce in 2007.

They have one son, Clyde Keener Mulroney, who was born in 1999 and currently works in Hollywood as a musician.

"Get Out" star Keener has touched on her close bond with her son, telling Newsday in 2013, "We have a really good relationship. I think I have a lot of credibility with him; I really make sure of that."

Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne

Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne
Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne in 2002. Scott Gries/Getty Images

Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin, who were married for 11 years, share two children.

Jack Daniel Byrne was born in 1989, and Romy Marion Byrne was born in 1992. Jack is an LA musician, and Romy is an actress.

The couple met in August 1986 and married in 1988. They separated amicably in 1993 and divorced in 1999.

They've seemed to remain friends. In a 2011 interview with The New York Times, Barkin said she and Byrne spend their children's birthday together.

Linda Hamilton and James Cameron

Linda Hamilton and James Cameron
Linda Hamilton and James Cameron in 1998. Michael J. Caulfield/AP

James Cameron met actor Linda Hamilton, on the set of "The Terminator" 1984. They reportedly started secretly dating during the filming of the second film while Cameron was married to filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow.

Hamilton and Cameron's daughter, Josephine Archer Cameron, was born in 1993. The couple then married in 1997, six years after Hamilton divorced Bigelow.

Amid reports of an affair between Cameron and actress Suzy Amis, the pair separated in 1999.

In an interview with The Lady via Hello Magazine, Hamilton said their marriage was "terrible on every level. I wasn't ready, he wasn't ready."

Billy Crudup and Mary Louise Parker

Mary Louise Parker and Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup and Mary Louise Parker in 2002. Scott Gries/Getty Images

Mary Louise Parker began dating actor Billy Crudup in 1996. In 2003, while Parker was seven-months pregnant with their son, Crudup left Parker for Claire Danes.

Parker gave birth to William Atticus Parker on January 7, 2004.

Parker and Crudup resolved to put their differences aside to raise William "for the sake of the baby," according to a 2004 statement from Parker's reps obtained by People.

William, who is currently a film student, got his parents to costar in one of his student films in 2020.

Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen

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Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen with their two kids. Vince Bucci/Stringer/Getty Images

Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen met and began dating while both were costarring in "Time After Time" in 1978.

The film legends married in September 1980 and had two children together, daughter Lilly McDowell on January 22, 1981, and son Charlie McDowell on July 10, 1983.

The couple later divorced in 1990.

Charlie is now a writer and director, best known for directing the 2014 Elisabeth Moss thriller "The One I Love."

Lilly has also acted in a number of films and appeared on TV shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Sons of Anarchy," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Vanessa Marcil and Brian Austin Green

Vanessa Marcil and Brian Austin Green
Vanessa Marcil and Brian Austin Green. Tommaso Boddi/Jonathan Leibson/Stringer/Getty Images

Vanessa Marcil started dating her "Beverly Hills, 90210" castmate Brian Austin Green in 1999.

The two were engaged in July 2001 and welcomed their son, Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green on March 15, 2002. Their relationship ended in 2003 before they were ever married.

According to Us Weekly, Green filed papers in 2018 requesting child support and full custody of their son but lost the case.

The actress then reportedly accused Green and then-wife Megan Fox of cutting her son out of their lives.

Per TooFab, during an Instagram posting spree in 2020, Marcil told fans that she never loved Green, but she supports his relationship with their son.

Mireille Enos and Alan Ruck

Mireille Enos and Alan Ruck
Mireille Enos and Alan Ruck in 2017. Jason Kempin/Stringer/Getty Images

Mireille Enos and Alan Ruck met during rehearsals for a play in New York City. The couple married in 2008.

They have two children together, daughter Vesper Vivianne Ruck, born in 2010, and son Larkin Zouey Ruck, born in 2014.

Enos told People in December 2020 that she enjoys spending time with her children and husband.

"We put an easel in the kitchen, so while we're cooking, they'll stand there and draw," she said. "We listen to them talk to each other and it is so fun!"

Joanne Tucker and Adam Driver

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Joanne Tucker and Adam Driver at the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Adam Driver is tight-lipped about his family life, so much so that he and wife Joanne Tucker kept the birth of their young son secret from the press for two years.

According to The New Yorker, Tucker's sister mistakenly made her Instagram account public, which included a picture of the back of the child's head. Page Six reported the news of his son in 2018.

Driver told The New Yorker in 2019 that keeping his son secret was a "military operation."

"My job is to be a spy — to be in public and live life and have experience. But, when you feel like you're the focus, it's really hard to do that," he said.

Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig

Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig
Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig in March 2016. Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images

Rashida Jones and boyfriend Ezra Koenig managed to stealthily welcome their baby, Isaiah, to the world in 2018. Us Weekly first reported the birth months after it happened.

Koenig told First Verses that he enjoys playing music to his son, including songs from his band, Vampire Weekend.

Adam Brody and Leighton Meester

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Adam Brody and Leighton Meester in March 2019. Morgan Lieberman/FilmMagic

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody surprised fans with the sudden announcement of their son's birth in September 2020.

The former "The Oranges" costars secretly married in 2014 and welcomed their daughter, Arlo Day, the following year.

Brody told People in October 2020 that having a child amid a pandemic had its "benefits.

"You've gotten to be in a cocoon. The world outside is scary for the moment and also thrilling and hopeful," he said.

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling

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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling in September 2012. Sonia Recchia/Getty Images

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are one of Hollywood's most well-known couples, but the actors are rarely photographed together or with their two daughters.

The couple had their first child, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, in 2014 and their second, Amada Lee Gosling, in 2016.

The pair did not publicly comment on either pregnancy. Mendes previously stated that she and Gosling want to give their children as normal a life as possible.

"Whether we like it or not, privacy is going to be very difficult for Esmeralda. I think it's unfair but that's our reality. So Ryan and I decided early on to give her as much privacy as we could. And my pregnancy was the first opportunity to give her that," Mendes told Violet Grey in 2014.

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova in 2002 NVMs
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova in August 2002. Mark Mainz/Getty Images

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova's long-term relationship is well documented, but the pair is evasive about their family life.

The Grammy-winning singer and the tennis star initially met on the music video set for Iglesias' hit song "Escape" in 2001.

The couple is now parents of three, welcoming their twins Nicholas and Lucy in 2017 and daughter Mary in January 2020.

They kept the pregnancies a secret in both cases, and the parents rarely post pictures of them on social media.

In 2019, Iglesias Told People en Espanol, "They make me thrive to be a better person. They are my daily inspiration," referring to his children.

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

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Rose Bryne and Bobbie Cannavale in May 2017. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are a low-key celebrity couple who have been together since 2012 and though they aren't legally married, refer to each other as husband and wife.

The couple welcomed their first son Rocco Robin Cannavale in 2016 and their second, Rafa Cannavale, in 2017.

Byrne is also a stepmother to Jake Cannavale, Bobby's 26-year-old child from his marriage to screenwriter Jenny Lumet.

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis in July 2013. Christopher Polk/Getty

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis' romance began in 2011 after they met at a "Saturday Night Live" wrap party.

An engagement followed in 2013, and the couple announced the birth of their first child, Otis Alexander Sudeikis, the following year.

After two years, they welcomed a second child, Daisy Josephine Sudeikis.

In 2020, People reported that the pair were going their separate ways, ending their seven-year engagement.

"The split happened at the beginning of the year," a source close to the couple told People. "It's been amicable and they've transitioned into a great co-parenting routine. The children are the priority and the heart of the family's relationship."

Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst

Actors Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.
Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst in 2017. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons waited for four months to share the name of their second child, James Robert, with The New York Times.

The private couple met while starring in the FX series "Fargo" in 2016, and after announcing their engagement the following year, Dunst revealed she was expecting her first child, Ennis Howard Plemons, who was born in May 2018.

Dunst told Marie Claire UK in July 2017 that having a goddaughter increased her desire to become a mother to her child.

"I wasn't one of those 'I need a baby!' people until my goddaughter was born," she said. "I love her so much. That love is just like … you can't experience that unless you have a kid."

Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres

Laurence Fishburne & Gina Torres
Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres in December 2015. Kris Connor/Getty Images

Veteran actors Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne met in the early 2000s on "The Matrix Reloaded."

The couple got engaged soon after and married at The Cloisters museum in New York City in September 2002.

In 2007, they welcomed a daughter named Delilah.

Fishburne also has two children from a previous marriage, a son Langston and a daughter Montana.

The couple announced their split in 2017, and Torres released a statement to People saying, "Happily, however, our family remains intact, and we will continue to raise our daughter together with love and joy and awe. As well as raise each other up with respect and love and the continued understanding that we're in this together, if not side by side."

Eddie Murphy and Melanie Brown

Eddie Murphy and Melanie Brown
Eddie Murphy and Melanie Brown reportedly dated for nine months in 2006. Kris Connor/Getty, Michael Kovac/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Spice Girl Melanie "Mel B" Brown called former partner Eddie Murphy the "great love" of her life in a 2018 interview.

Their nine-month relationship culminated in the birth of Angel Iris Murphy Brown in 2007.

After a DNA test in June 2007 confirmed that Murphy was the father of Brown's baby, Brown filed a paternity suit against Murphy.

According to Reuters, she requested child support for her 3-month-old daughter, whom Murphy had never publicly acknowledged before.

Several days later, Murphy's publicist released a statement saying the actor and comedian had acknowledged the paternity of Angel, paid child support to Brown, and covered the expenses of her pregnancy.

Emily Vancamp and Josh Bowman

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Emily VanCamp and Joshua Bowman in October 2014. Michael Buckner/Getty

"Falcon and the Winter Soldier" star Emily VanCamp welcomed her first child, daughter Iris, with actor Josh Bowman in August.

VanCamp remained relatively private while expecting but shared three photos taken during her pregnancy in an Instagram post announcing the news.

VanCamp and Bowman started dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of the ABC drama "Revenge." They wed in 2018.

Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford

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Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford in April 2021. Chris Pizzelo-Pool/Getty Images)

"Promising Young Woman" actress Carey Mulligan has two kids with her husband, singer-songwriter Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons.

The two were childhood friends who reunited as adults, and they married in 2012.

Their daughter Evelyn Grace was born in September 2015, and then a son, Wilfred, was born in August 2017.

The couple keeps pictures of their kids off of social media. Mulligan has also advocated for improved work-life balance in the film industry and petitioned for on-set childcare.

Per The Guardian, in a 2018 interview with Radio Times, she said, "I had my daughter on the set of [the films] 'Mudbound' and 'Wildlife,' and loads of the crew had kids, but they had to arrange childcare. It's always incredibly complicated."

Chelsea Greenwood contributed to a previous version of this post.

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