We like to think of celebrities as the alpha humans; superior beings that simply have it all. In reality, the lives we see celebrities living in gossip magazines and on late-night talk shows often only tell a small part of the story.
Just like all of us, celebrities have challenges in their lives that they must overcome. Situations like unwanted pregnancies at a young age or the inability to financially support a child are just a few of the scenarios that some famous celebrities have had to deal with in their lives. While it might not always make the front page of the magazines, stars giving up their children for adoption does happen. In fact, some of the biggest stars in Hollywood have had to do just that, but you won’t believe who!
#18 Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr has had a long-standing acting career, most of which came from the popularity of her television sitcom “Roseanne.” At 18-years-old, Barr got pregnant. As much as she wanted to keep the child, she was unable to support herself let alone a child as she spent much of her pregnancy living at a Salvation Army. When her daughter, Brandi Brown, turned 17-years-old, the two finally met.
#17 Albert Einstein
Perhaps one of the more surprising appearances on the list, it’s been widely reported that Albert Einstein had a child out of wedlock with the woman he was soon to marry, Mileva Maric. The exact facts are unclear, but the information indicates that either the child was put up for adoption because having an illegitimate child was shameful at the time, or she might have died from scarlet fever.
#16 Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent gave up his son for adoption after having him with his girlfriend at the time in 1968. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that wasn’t the only child that he’s given up for adoption. In 2010, Nugent was reunited with his son his daughter named Louisa that he had previously given up during another relationship.
#15 Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew’s career officially started to grow when she earned a few roles on some soap opera’s in 1977. That path eventually led her to “Orange Is The New Black,” the Netflix series that she now stars in. Besides her career growing in the 70’s, she also became pregnant. Mulgrew had no desire to marry the child’s father, so she put the baby up for adoption. She eventually met her daughter in 2001.
#14 Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell is one of the biggest rock stars of all-time, but in 1965 she was just a 21-year-old kid that had gotten pregnant out of wedlock. With no money and the social consequences of being unmarried and having a child firmly in mind, Mitchell decided to put her daughter up for adoption. She had a desire to meet her daughter in 1977, so Mitchell made a public announcement that she was looking for her, and she was eventually reunited with daughter Kilauren Gibb.