Adopting a child is something that should always be praised, no matter if done by celebrities or by regular people. Naturally, everyone loves their own children, but it takes an especially generous person with an enormous heart to take it upon themselves to raise a child not of their own flesh and blood.
But we pay more attention to cases like this when it’s a famous person who’s done it. It always makes us admire them even more. They have everything they could possibly need, right? At least in the materialistic sense. And we are glad when they are kind enough to share what they have with those who are less fortunate.
More often than not a celebrity adopting a child makes the news. And it’s to be expected, most celebs have little to no privacy nowadays. However, some of them manage to slip under the radar.
Here is a list compiled by Diply, of famous people who have adopted children.
1. Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell, 50, best known for his role in Modern Family, married his wife, Holly, in 2000. The couple adopted their first daughter, Frances, on 18 March 2010. Two years later, they adopted another baby girl, called Greta.
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2. Meg Ryan
People have fallen in love with Meg Ryan because of her charming roles in romantic comedies. But here’s another reason to love her. The actress adopted a one-year-old girl from China in 2006 and named her Daisy True.
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3. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie adopted her first son, seven-month-old Maddox, from Cambodia, in 2002. Three years later she adopted baby girl Zahara, from Ethiopia, and then, in 2007 she adopted 3-year-old Pax from Vietnam. Jolie also has three biological children with actor Brad Pitt: Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, 9.
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4. Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman, 50, met Tom Cruise, 55, in 1989 on the set of Days of Thunder. They got married a year later, and adopted two children Isabella Jane (born 1992), and Connor Anthony (born 1995).
5. Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness met while filming Australian TV show Correlli, and got married in 1996. Unfortunately, Deborra suffered two miscarriages, so the couple decided to adopt two children, Ava and Oscar.
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6. Kristin Davis
The star from Sex and the City adopted Gemma Rose in 2011. Kristin, 52, has never married and is rasing her daughter as a single mother.
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7. Charlize Theron
The 42-year-old actress has two adopted children. First, in 2012, she adopted her son Jackson from South Africa, and afterwards, in 2015, her baby daughter, August. In an interview for British Vogue, Theron said, “I’ve always been very honest in saying I wanted a family. I’ve always known I wanted a family.”
Instagram | @charlizeafrica
8. Viola Davis
Viola Davis, one of Hollywood’s most beloved superstars, together with her husband, Julius Tennon, adopted newborn daughter, Genesis, in 2011.
Instagram | @violadavis
9. Sandra Bullock
The 53-year-old actress has two adopted children. In 2010, she and her then husband, Monster Garage host, Jesse James, began an adoption process of son Louis, which Bullock continued on her own after their separation. In 2015, she adopted a daughter named Laila.
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Madonna, the Queen of Pop, is the proud mother of six children, four of which are adopted. All of her adopted children are originally from Malawi: she adopted 11-year-old David in 2008, Mercy, 11, in 2009, and 5-year-old twins Estere and Stella, in February, 2017.
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11. Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl married Josh Kelly in 2007, and the couple have since adopted two daughters. In 2009, they adopted Naleigh from South Korea, and later in 2012, their second daughter, Adalaide, from the US. Four years later, the actress gave birth to a son, Joshua.