When women become mothers at a young age, people will immediately assume the pregnancy was unplanned. Younger mothers will always be judged and society will always view them as irresponsible. But there are many women, including women celebrities, who have shared their stories of how it can all work out for a young mom.
1. Roseanne Barr
Before becoming a big Hollywood star, Roseanne had quite a difficult life. When she was 16, the actress was hit by a car that left her with a traumatic brain injury. Her mental health was quickly declining, so she had to be hospitalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital.
During this time, Roseanne gave birth to a baby girl, and due to the lack of financial support, she gave the baby away to the Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Denver, Colorado.
She reunited with her daughter, Brandi Brown 17 at the time, decades later.
Speaking to People, Roseanne said:
She’s a really cool kid. I saw a lot of me in her. She’s intuitive, trusts her perceptions and feelings and listens to what’s not spoken. That’s how I’ve lived my life.
2. Sofia Vergara
The Modern Family star was only 19 years old when she gave birth to her son, Manolo. The actress married her high school sweetheart when she was 18, soon after gave birth to Manolo, and after a year she broke up with her husband.
The 46-year-old actress speaks about her experience as a single mother in a positive light, revealing for Redbook she had the energy for everything.
3. Farrah Abraham
Farrah became known when she appeared on the MTV hit show, 16 and Pregnant. The reality television star didn’t really feel confident about becoming a mother at 16, and while the audience wanted to know everything about what these young moms faced, it’s fair to say, they got much more than they bargained for.
4. Aretha Franklin
The Queen of Soul became a rising star at a really young age while singing around her town and performing at different ministries accompanied by her father. At some point, thanks to her powerful voice, Aretha landed a record deal and had everything planned out…until she became pregnant at only 12 years old. The singer gave birth to her son Clarence, and after only two years, she had another son, Edward.
Still, she was determined to pursue her music career, and while she was away, her aunts took care of her children. Eventually, the singer had two more boys, Kecalf and Ted White Jr.
The former talk show became pregnant when she was 14 after getting raped many times by her cousins. While talking to an audience in Australia, Oprah revealed:
I was raped at nine years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member.
The tragic story was revealed decades later when one of her relatives sold the story for $20,000.
Later, Oprah spoke about this period of her life on Oprah’s Lifeclass, saying that for nine months she felt “pain and shame,” adding that she hid her belly throughout her entire pregnancy until she gave birth to a baby boy named Canaan. Shortly after, her son died, and she decided to never have kids again.
6. Reese Witherspoon
The famous actress had her daughter, Ava when she was 22 years old. She met Ryan Philippe at her 21st birthday party, and a year later, the couple decided to marry. They quickly became a family of three, when she gave birth to her daughter Ava Elizabeth Philippe.
The actress has said many times how hard it was for her to become a young mother and having to balance her work and life at home.
Previously, she spoke to Elle, saying:
It was so hard … living [away from my family]. I really didn’t have any friends. And I had a baby. No one else who was 22 had a baby.
Just four years after having Ava, the actress gave birth to son Deacon, and in 2012 she welcomed yet another son, Tennessee.
7. Jamie Lynn Spears
Britney Spears’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn, was starring in the hit show Zoey 101, the early 2000s, when she became pregnant at 16. In a reality TV special called Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, she revealed that she took a pregnancy test at a gas station, and described the moment as her “world crashed down.”
At that time, she was at the peak of her career, very close to the end of her Nickelodeon show. Her mother initially thought it was a joke when she found out, and her dad felt really uncomfortable with the news, making Jamie doubt whether she wants to have a child at 16.
I felt extremely guilty, I lived my life trying to be this perfect girl and I was about to let people down.
Jamie gave birth to her first daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge in 2008, and ten years later, she gave birth to her second child, Ivey Joan Watson.
8. Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi was only 18 when she met her husband and gave birth to their child, Alex Martin. But not many know that the actress first became pregnant when she was only 14, and because she couldn’t support her child, she decided to end the pregnancy.
It was the late 60s, a time when abortion was illegal, so she used a coat hanger in a park bathroom to abort the fetus.
In an essay for the book The Choices We Made, the actress said:
I found out I was pregnant when I was fourteen. I didn’t get a period. I talked to nobody. I panicked. At that moment I was more afraid of having to explain to anybody what was wrong than of going to the park with a hanger, which is what I did.
Whoopi’s daughter, Alex, 44, also became a young mother, welcoming her first child at 16 years old.
9. Kylie Jenner
The reality star welcomed her daughter, Stormi, in 2018 when she was only 20. Her pregnancy was kept a secret and later fans started speculating it was because she was embarrassed to get pregnant at a young age.
However, it turned out not to be true, as the 20-year-old only wanted to have this special moment for herself. After giving birth, Kylie tweeted:
I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys.
My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress-free, and healthy way I knew how.
The singer was at the height of her music career when she got pregnant and gave birth to Angelo in 2012. While talking about being a young mother, the Grammy-award winning singer said:
[I] felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.
She also opened up about being a working mother and postpartum depression during an interview with Vanity Fair.
I love my son more than anything, but on a daily basis, if I have a minute or two, I wish I could do whatever the f—k I wanted, whenever I want. Every single day I feel like that.
One day, I said to a friend, ‘I f—kin’ hate this, and she burst into tears and said, ‘I f—kin’ hate this, too,’ … And it was done. It lifted.
Adele also added that she wasn’t quite certain whether she’ll ever want to have another child.