Celebrities. They’re just like us. And in that vein, some of them had babies as teenagers, probably long before they’d planned on becoming parents. Teenage parents, mothers in particular, have become something of a fascination in our culture with the advent of Teen Mom and all of its subsequent seasons. The teen mothers on the show have become something of celebrities themselves but let’s not forget the original celebrity teen parents who went on to have successful careers despite having had their first children at a very young age:
1. Sofia Vergara
It is shocking when you see Sofia now and know that she is only 42 to hear that she has a 22-year old son. She had him at the age of 19 after marrying her high school sweetheart whom she later divorced. Sofia is now engaged to True Blood hunk Joe Manganiello, so hopefully, they will have another child together who will be more beautiful than any baby that’s ever existed!
2. Solange Knowles
The lesser-known younger sister of powerhouse pop star (and Queen of the World) Beyonce Knowles, Solange had her first child at age 18. She married her son’s father but they later divorced. She remarried in 2014 and has had some success as an artist since then as well as releasing a line of hip-hop themed children’s clothing, inspired by her son.
3. Jamie-Lynn Spears
Jamie-Lynn’s teen motherhood is probably pretty common knowledge to most but I included her because she’s such a great example of a young mom doing her best to raise her daughter despite being a kid herself when having her child at only 16. As a TV star and also, Britney Spears’ younger sister, she definitely had resources beyond most teen moms but the way Jamie-Lynn has largely stayed out of the spotlight to raise her little girl is admirable and worthy of note.
4. Emily Maynard
Emily Maynard was a contestant on The Bachelor and later went on to star as The Bachelorette. The audience was frequently reminded throughout the shows that she had a young daughter, Ricki, but what they might not have known is that Emily was quite young herself when she gave birth at age 19. Sadly, she found out she was pregnant only days after the untimely death of the little girl’s father, Ricky Hendrick. It must have been tough for Emily to become a teen mother amid such tragedy but it looks like she’s made a wonderful life for her little girl.
5. Niki Taylor
Niki has twin sons that she gave birth to at only 18 years old. She divorced their father just a few years later and has since remarried and had two more children. Being a young mom didn’t seem to hinder her with her career and her sons are now 21 years old.
6. Keisha Castle-Hughes
I was reminded of Keisha’s young motherhood after seeing her guest role on Game of Thrones this past season. I had entirely forgotten that she had a child at the age of 17 after starring in, ironically, The Nativity Story in the role of the Virgin Mary. She has gone on to act in a few other projects while raising her daughter but seems to have largely avoided the spotlight since becoming a mom.
7. LeBron James
Some celebrity dads were teen parents as well and one of the best known is NBA player LeBron James, who became a father to his son at age 19 with high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. They have gone on to have two more kids together.
8. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is the youngest celebrity teen parent on this list having fathered his first child at only 15 years old. He has since had three other children, each with a different mother, for a total of four children by age 26. Yikes!
9. Naomi Judd
Naomi has two daughters who both grew up to be as famous as she is and the first was born when she was only 18. She had Wynonna Judd and then, Ashley four years later. It obviously didn’t slow her down as she went on to become one of the most successful country artists of all time, alongside her oldest daughter. We all know Ashley is a prolific actress having appeared in countless movies.
10. Roseanne Barr
I stumbled on this in my research having never known that Roseanne was a teen mother. She had a daughter at the age of 17 and gave her up for adoption. She has since reunited with her and they have a relationship now. She has since had three other children.