Life doesn’t have a blueprint. That “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage” nursery rhyme often doesn’t apply to modern times as much anymore. Love and relationships are different with every person. Some people happily partner up for their whole lives and even start families without choosing to get married — and sometimes, a baby comes before any kind of relationship commitment. Other times, it can seem like a relationship is progressing along just like the nursery rhyme, but then a breakup happens — and then, so does another baby.
We all remember the bombshell news that Bridget Moynahan was pregnant with Tom Brady’s son, which the public learned of just months after they broke up. And now, everyone’s buzzing about Grimes and Elon Musk’s topsy-turvy relationship. Just when you think you know what’s going on between them, they throw another surprise at you: this time bringing a daughter into the world via surrogacy after announcing their split in 2021.
It doesn’t happen often, but it happens quite a bit in Hollywood! Sometimes, the timing is different and you welcome another bundle of joy, despite the two parents being separated. From Grimes and Elon Musk to an unexpected member of the Palin family, it happens more in Hollywood than you’d think.
Check out all the celebrity couples who had a baby even after they had broken up below.
A version of this article was originally published on March 2022.
Heidi Klum & Flavio Briatore
Heidi Klum and Flavio Briatore were an item for a few months in the early 2000s, soon announcing they were welcoming a daughter named Lena Klum. However, after Leni was born, the two had already split up.
Vanessa Morgan & Michael Kopech
Everyone was overjoyed when Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan announced her pregnancy with husband Michael Kopech. However, just months after announcing this, Kopech filed for divorce and Morgan went through the huge milestones solo and with her best buddies by her side. She later welcomed a son named River in 2021.
Christina Milian & The-Dream
So this one was a huge shock to fans. Christina Milian and The-Dream married in Sept 2009, and announced soon after that they were expecting a child together. Now, they welcomed their daughter Violet Madison Nash, but it came out that not only did they split up months prior to this, but they filed for divorce days before Violet was born.
Dean McDermott & Mary Jo Eustace
So this one’s a bit messy. When Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott first met, they were both married to other people. McDermott was not only married to Mary Jo Eustace, but was in the process of adopting a child with her. They did split up, with Eustace being the sole parent of her daughter Lola.
Grimes & Elon Musk
Grimes and Elon Musk were one of the most unexpected couples of the past decade, shocking everyone after they announced that they started dating in 2018. In 2020, they welcomed their first child, a son named X Æ A-12, 1, together. In 2021, the couple separated but again shocked the world when they announced that they welcomed a daughter in Dec. 2021 via a surrogate named Exa Dark Sideræl.
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green were together from 2006 to 2015, welcoming two sons named Noah Shannon, 9, and Bodhi Ransom, 7. However, after their split in 2015, news came out that they were expecting a third child. After a few months, they got back together and welcomed Journey River, 5, into the world before ultimately calling it quits in 2021.
Tom Brady & Bridget Moynahan
From 2004 to 2006, Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady were together, announcing their separation in late Dec. 2006. In Feb. 2006, Moynahan’s team told People that she was three months pregnant with Brady’s child. Then she welcomed John Edward Thomas, 14, into the world.
Denise Richards & Charlie Sheen
Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen were together from 2001 to early 2005. In 2004, they welcomed their first daughter Sam, 18, and while pregnant with their second child, Lola, 16, Richards filed for divorce from Sheen. Richards later adopted her youngest Eloise, 10.
Scott Disick & Kourtney Kardashian
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian’s relationship was quite tumultuous, as many remember. The pair share three children together named Mason, 12, Penelope, 9, and Reign, 7. They were frequently on and off throughout their relationship, breaking off right before giving birth and getting back together before giving birth. It gets confusing, to be honest. But they called it quits ultimately in 2020.
Sherri Shepherd & Lamar Sally
Talk show host Sherri Shepard’s courtroom battle with ex-husband Lamar Sally and their surrogate was a crazy time. Shepard and Sally wanted to welcome a child via surrogate, but when the surrogate was six months pregnant, Shepard filed for divorce in 2014. Then a courtroom battle ensued where Shepard didn’t want her name on the birth certificate because they used a donor egg instead of hers. Lamar Jr, 7, is being raised solely by Sally.
Kelly Rutherford & Daniel Giersch
Gossip Girl alum Kelly Rutherford married Daniel Giersch in 2006, giving birth to their son Hermés, 15, later that year. However, when she was three months pregnant with their second child, Rutherford filed for divorce from Giersch, ensuing a crazy legal battle consisting of restraining orders, deportation, and visitation rights. Their second child Helana, 12, was born in 2009. As of late 2015, Giersch has full custody and Rutherford has extended visitation rights, according to People.
Dakota Meyer & Bristol Palin
Dakota Meyer and Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol Palin also had a very up and down relationship. They got engaged in 2015, however, it was called off soon after and Bristol welcomed their first child Sailor while they were split up. They reconciled and married six months after Sailor’s birth and Bristol announced later that year they were expecting a second child— then they divorced in 2018. Their second child Atlee is now 4 years old, and Bristol also has a child named Tripp, 13, with ex Levi Johnston.
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