Did you know that, according to the CDC, the average age of most first-time moms is just shy of 27 years old? Of course, that means some moms start their parenting journey earlier — and that includes celebrities. With Kylie Jenner turning 23, we couldn’t resist taking a moment to appreciate Hollywood’s young parents. After all, Jenner was just 20 when she brought her daughter Stormi Webster into the world.
Knowing how much some of these stars juggle (movies, music, paparazzi!) already makes us marvel over their multi-tasking skills. But realizing that these celebrity parents had their first child by the time they were 25? Well, that’s pretty amazing… plus, TBH, a little surprising in some cases. Did you know that Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara gave birth to her son, Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara, when she was just 19 years old? Jamie-Lynn Spears is such a pro at parenting now that it’s easy to forget she was only 16 when she announced she was expecting her daughter, Maddie Briann, who is now 11.
Thanks to Jenner’s popularity — and how open she has been about her desire to be a young mom — we’ve gotten to witness firsthand that having a child early and being successful are not mutually exclusive. Although some might say the celebs on this list were babies themselves when they welcomed their own, they’re living proof that some people are simply naturals when it comes to parenting.
A version of this story was originally published August 2020.
Brandy welcomed her daughter, Sy’rai, in June 2002 when she was 23 years old. The Grammy-winning singer is incredibly close with her daughter, posting photos with Sy’rai on Instagram from time to time. On being a mom, Brandy admitted to Queen Latifah during a 2014 interview that she can be a touch over-the-top when it comes to guarding her daughter’s privacy.
“I’m over-protective, but I feel like I’m open-minded,” she told the talk show host. “I will hurt somebody when it comes to my daughter. But I’m also open to her self-expression.”
Supermodel Gigi Hadid was just 25 years old when she gave birth to her daughter Khai in a 14-hour home birth during which she told Vogue she became an “animal woman.”
“I know my mom and Zayn and Bella were proud of me, but at certain points I saw each of them in terror,” Hadid shared after the birth. “Afterward, Z and I looked at each other and were like, ‘We can have some time before we do that again.'”
The late Steve Irwin‘s daughter Bindi Irwin welcomed her first child with husband Chandler Powell at just 22 years old, a baby girl named Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. Her birthdate coincided with another special date for the young couple: their wedding anniversary one year prior.
“March 25, 2021. Celebrating the two loves of my life,” Irwin wrote on Instagram. “Happy first wedding anniversary to my sweetheart husband and day of birth to our beautiful daughter.”
Kylie Jenner gave birth to daughter Stormi Webster in 2018 while she was together with Stormi’s father Travis Scott at the age of 21. Stormi is now two-years-old.
Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe
After two years of dating, Reese Witherspoon married Ryan Phillippe in 1999 and welcomed their first child Ava Elizabeth the same year. Witherspoon was just 22 and Phillippe was 24. The couple also had Deacon Reese Phillippe in 2003 before divorcing in 2007.
Both have had children with other partners since, giving now 20-year-old Ava and 16-year-old Deacon one full sibling and two half-siblings each.
On having a baby at 22, Witherspoon told Elle, “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.”
Sofía Vergara married her high school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez, when she was just 18 years old. The two had a son, Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara, in 1992 when Vergara was 19.
Manolo, now 25, made his modeling debut in 2016 and has nearly 300,000 followers on Instagram.
In 2004, 17-year-old Solange Knowles married 19-year-old Daniel Smith and gave birth to son Daniel Julez Smith Jr. eight months later.
Jamie Lynn Spears
When Jamie Lynn Spears announced in an interview with OK! magazine that she was pregnant way back in 2007, it made headlines. She was just 16 at the time, and 17 when she gave birth to daughter Maddie Briann Aldridge in June 2008. Then-boyfriend Casey Aldridge, who’s two years older, is the father to 12-year-old Maddie.
The middle Hanson brother married his wife Natalie when they were both in their teens. The couple welcomed their first child together, Jordan Ezra Hanson, when Taylor was 19 and Natalie was 18. They’ve since had four other children together.
Candace Cameron Bure & Valeri Bure
Candace Cameron had her first child with husband and NHL hockey player Valeri Bure in 1998, two years after the two married.
Candace Cameron Bure was just 22 when she gave birth to Natasha Bure, now a 21-year-old singer, model and author. Natasha, who has two younger brothers, and competed in Season 11 of The Voice.
NBA superstar LeBron James was just 19 when he fathered his first child with his wife, Savannah Brinson. LeBron James Jr. was born in 2004, a year after his parents were married. The couple has since had two other children together.
Ashlee Simpson had her first child, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, with her ex-husband Pete Wentz in 2008. She was 23 when she married Wentz, 29, and the two were married for three years before divorcing due to irreconcilable differences.
Bronx is now 11 years old and has two younger half-brothers: Saint Lazslo Wentz from Wentz and his girlfriend, Meagan Camper, and Jagger Snow Ross from Simpson and her husband Evan Ross.
Model Niki Taylor had twins in 1994 with then-husband Matt Martinez. She was just 19 at the time. After Taylor’s marriage to Martinez ended when twins Jake and Hunter were toddlers, she continued on as a single mom until her marriage to Burney Lamar in 2006. Taylor told Parents magazine following a near-fatal car accident in 2001 that the boys were her little gentlemen.” They’re now 25.
Now 37, rapper and hip-hop mogul Lil Wayne had his first child, Reginae, with ex-wife Toya Carter when he was just 15.
Lil Wayne has four children, but TMZ has reported he allegedly fathered a fifth in 2002 with Keiotia Watson. A judge allegedly ruled in Watson’s favor when she went to court to establish paternity and get child support.
In 2004, Britney Spears — then married to Kevin Federline — said she was taking a career break to start a family. Spears was 24 when she gave birth to the couple’s first son, Sean Preston Federline, in 2005.
And the following year, at 25, the couple had son Jayden James, in 2006. At ages 11 and 12, Spears had said her preteen sons are challenging for a single mom, but her kids will always come first.
Country legend Loretta Lynn had her first child at just 16 years old. She married husband Oliver Vanetta Lynn at 15 and gave birth to four of their six children before she turned 20.
Betty Sue Lynn, who was born in 1948, died at age 64 from emphysema. Eighty-five-year-old Loretta Lynn has survived her husband, her eldest daughter and one of her sons.
Before he met and married Jada Pinkett Smith in 1997, Will Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992. Their son Trey Smith (now 26, the same age as Will was when he first became a father) was born that same year; he appeared in Will Smith’s music video for “Just the Two of Us” and has appeared on several television programs.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor had several tumultuous relationships, but she had her first child Michael Howard Wilding Jr. in 1953 when she was 21 years old. He was the first of two sons she had with her second husband Michael Wilding.
Wilding was a British actor 20 years Taylor’s senior; the two were married for five years. Now 67 years old, Michael Howard is an actor in his own right.
Singer-songwriter Fantasia Barrino rose to fame after she won the third season of American Idol in 2004. She’s been open about the tough life experiences she had prior to going on the show — in high school, she was raped and ended up dropping out. She had now-19-year-old daughter Zion with her ex-boyfriend Brandon Shouse when she was only 17. Zion was 3 when Fantasia won Idol.
Victoria & David Beckham
Four months before marrying soccer superstar David Beckham in 1999, Victoria Beckham gave birth to the couple’s first child, Brooklyn. It was a month before her 25th birthday. Since then, Posh and Becks have had three other children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper.
After marrying Bruce Somers at the age of 19 the Three’s Company star gave birth to Bruce Jr. before her 20th birthday.
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