Never Too Late: 10 Celebs Who Became Mothers After 45
It is definitely a personal decision whether to have children or not, but these celebrities prove that you might not always have to worry about the "biological clock." Hardly anyone is surprised to hear about 40-year old mothers, but how about twins at 49 or a firstborn at 50? These ladies are breaking the rules, bucking the trend, and inspiring millions of women to not let age be a defining factor in their desire to have kids.
Despite the fact that the most recognizable Marcia Cross character, the desperate housewife Bree Van de Kamp, was raising two children, the actress herself wasn't in line to start a family. Yet, now the star cannot imagine her life without her 13-year-old twins, Eden and Savannah, who were born right before their mom's 45th birthday.
Cross has confessed that one of her biggest regrets is waiting that long to start a family. The actress is now afraid of not being alive long enough to guide her children through life. 'I wanted to have kids in my 30s, but just couldn't get it together,' says Cross.
‘I don’t think people want to wait. I wish I’d met my husband earlier. It’s sad having kids so late because you want to be alive for as long as possible for them. It’s simple maths, you know. It’s not about looking young. It’s a lifelong process and you really want to be there for them,'
Marcia really appreciates being a mom, confessing that before then, she had never realized how it would "shake" her world - for the better, of course.
"I honestly didn’t have the capacity to imagine how phenomenal it is. Motherhood is like being madly in love. Take your greatest love affair and magnify it as many times as you can imagine and it’s like that.
Iman Abdulmajid, 45
Model Iman and her deceased husband, the rock star David Bowie, were happy to have their daughter Alexandra back in 2000. Iman was already 45, and her oldest daughter was 22 back then!
"There is no age better than another. The commitment to give of yourself and the knowledge that the time is right are what's important. The thing is, I suppose, a younger person may not correctly divine the right time, because of lack of life experience.”
David Bowie witnessed the birth of the baby and even personally cut the cord. Bowie admitted that he and his sweetheart wanted a kid "more than anything else in the world." The pair had been trying to conceive for more than a decade and were jumping for joy when they found out about Iman's pregnancy.
"It's been a long and patient wait for our baby, but both Iman and I wanted the circumstances to be absolutely right, and didn't want to find ourselves working flat out during the first couple of years of the baby's life. This is a wonderful time in both our lives," said David.
45-year-old Iman gave birth a few days after Madonna, also in her forties, welcomed to the world her second child, Rocco Ritchie.
Kenya Moore, 47
In April 2018, the participant of the TV show The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Miss USA 1993 announced that she and her husband, a businessman Marc Daly, were expecting. Nothing unusual, huh? Except for the fact that Moore was 47 back then, and this was her firstborn! Kenya revealed that they didn't know the sex of their child. Actually, she and her husband were waiting to find out when the baby is born. Yet, the couple had chosen a unisex name with a very special meaning for them. However, they preferred to keep it a secret.
“My cousin actually said it at a family function once. Marc and I both looked at each other and we were both like, ‘Oh my God! That’s an amazing name. It means so much to us. It has great significance to us.”
The little girl who was born in November 2018, was named Brooklyn Doris Daly. For Moore, Brooklyn is a reference to where she met her husband Marc, and Doris is the name of her late grandmother who had raised her.
Kelly Preston, 47
The sudden loss of their older son, 17-year-old Jett, in 2009 was very difficult for the stars Kelly Preston and John Travolta. However, the couple has found the strength to keep on living and even decided to have another child. Preston was 47, and Travolta was 56 at the time of the birth of their son, Benjamin. He's given the house a renewed spirit and purpose. He's brought us a new beginning,' said Travolta. In a revealing interview, the actress Kelly Preston confessed that they'd been trying to conceive for a few years, and had nearly completely lost hope.
"When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I’d snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful."
Jane Kaczmarek, 47
There's no way you don't remember this hot-headed and stubborn mother from Malcolm in the Middle. Perhaps, Jane was so inspired by the role of a woman with many children that she decided to follow the example of her character. Jane Kaczmarek's got 3 children, and all of them were born during her forties. Can you imagine that? Her first one was born when she was 43, the second one at 44, and the last one was born when she was 47, just before she turned 48. After giving birth to all her children, she decided it was time to take a rest from the show and dedicate her time to her kids.
“I think the great thing about being older is you are so much more aware that your days are numbered…I am so grateful for everything in my life at this point. It doesn’t get any better than this, and you realize this is all going to end one day.”
Kaczmarek says her children help her feel young because she finds herself "hanging out with all these women in their 30s" more often. The children are exceptionally grounded, despite having celebrities for parents. The family has only one TV set "that's usually never on!"
Halle Berry, 47
When Halle Berry, at the age of 41, gave birth to her daughter and first child Nahla, everyone was a little surprised. But when she revealed she was pregnant at 47, that came as a complete shock to everyone. Including Berry herself! Halle admitted she was astonished when she along with her husband Olivier Martinez found out that she was pregnant, as she had been feeling "premenopausal" and hadn't thought she would be able to conceive. "I didn't think it was possible at my age, honestly. They call it a geriatric pregnancy," said Halle on the Ellen Degeneres show.
Berry gives credit to her daughter's prayers for a sibling, feeling she's responsible for this miraculous pregnancy. Halle revealed that Nahla had been praying for more than a year for a sibling and a bunk bed, and finally received both things.
"Two things that I swore I would never ever do again in life. I mean, I didn't think it was possible to have another baby and I thought for sure I had a need never to get married again. So, I've learned never to say never.”
In 2017 there was a rumor that the 50-year old actress was expecting her third child. The rumor started because of the star's round tummy, as she posed for reporters with her hands on her tummy as if she was protecting her "bump." Unfortunately, it all stayed as pure speculation with no basis in fact, but maybe Halle will surprise us later!
Rachel Weisz, 48
On 1 September 2018, the actress Rachel Weisz and agent 007, Daniel Craig, welcomed their first child to the world! It's hard to believe that this British beauty was 48 at the time of the birth of her child. Thus, she joined the ranks of those celebs who gave birth while being almost 50! Both stars have children from their past relationships. Weisz is the proud mother of a 12-year-old son with the director of Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, and Craig's got a 26-year-old daughter with Fiona Loudon.
"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," said Rachel in an interview in April 2018.
Beverly D'Angelo, 49
If you can't imagine that some women decide to have a child after their 40s, look at Beverly D'Angelo. At 49, she became the happy mother to twin babies Anton and Olivia. And their father, actor Al Pacino was over 60 back then!
“After we’d known each other for three months, [Al] looked me in the eyes and said, ‘I want you to be the mother of my children.’ That’s all I had to hear.”
Beverly admitted the next few years were crazy as she got pregnant at 48, delivered six weeks after she was 49, and by 51, she was looking at a landscape as a single parent. Beverly's breakup with Al Pacino turned into a custody battle, and although all the issues have been resolved by now, they both had quite a tough experience. Fortunately, the couple didn't go completely insane and resolved all their issues for the sake of the children. They both raise their children and cooperate in a friendly manner,
“When you focus on getting pregnant, you can lose the perspective that you’re creating a family and a responsibility to a child’s future.”
Beverly is also hoping to write a memoir and tell the world about her experiences.
Janet Jackson, 50
She's been at the center of attention since rising to fame at the age of seven and has had quite a long and impressive career. Despite being surrounded by glitz and glam, Janet Jackson has admitted that she only found her true happiness after turning 50. In 2016 it was revealed that the singer was to have her first child at the age of 50!
"My husband and I are planning our family, so I'm going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can try and understand that it's important that I do this now. I have to rest up — doctor's orders — but I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can."
This piece of news immediately made headlines! First child at 50! Is that even possible?! In a few months, Janet сonfirmed it was, and introduced her baby Eissa Al Mana to the world.
"My son, even in his short 17 months on the planet, has shown me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper. Love is limitless.”
Despite the fact that her marriage with the Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana broke up only 3 months after the birth of the baby, Janet doesn't feel lonely, as there are two of them now. "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.", - the singer shared.
Brigitte Nielsen, 54
This Dutch beauty also known for being Silvester Stalone's ex-wife surprised the whole world! Just imagine, she gave birth to her fifth child and only daughter Frida, a month before her 55th birthday! We should probably add that Nielsen's oldest son is 34 now.
“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives. It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”
Nielsen disclosed her late pregnancy in May. She posted pictures of herself touching her belly on Instagram and Twitter and wrote that her family was getting bigger. “I feel as if I could give more to a child than I did when I was 20 - is that too selfish? I don’t know.” - shared Nielsen.
She turned to in vitro fertilization for the conception of her youngest child, and was quite forward-thinking to have her eggs frozen at the age of 40.
“My husband and I have been wanting this so much for so many years. I finally have my little princess. Becoming a mother is the most beautiful thing in the world.”