Celebrities Who Gave Up Children for Adoption

Celebrities Who Gave Up Children for Adoption

#10 Rod Stewart

When Rod Stewart was 17, he got his girlfriend pregnant. They gave the child up for adoption. Years later, the girl came back into his life after her parents had died. Stewart is forging a relationship with her, which he describes as difficult because he did not raise her.

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#9 Kate Mulgrew

Orange is the New Black and Star Trek star Kate Mulgrew gave up a daughter for adoption when she was 21. “I wouldn’t trade the experience. I also wouldn’t repeat it. It’s a lingering pain, a pain that will always be there.” Mother and daughter reunited in 2011.

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#8 Andy Kaufman

Infamous comedian Andy Kaufman got a high school girlfriend pregnant. The couple decided to give the baby up for adoption. Kaufman starred on the sitcom Taxi. He passed away in 1984. The child never met her father.

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#7 Roseanne Barr

Comedian Roseanne Barr had a baby girl when she was a teenager. She wanted to keep the baby, but could not afford to keep her as an unwed mother. More than 18 years later, she got to reunite with her adult daughter.

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#6 Joni Mitchell

Folk singer Joni Mitchell gave up her daughter, Kelly, the daughter she had at age 21. Mitchell also wrote a song called “Little Green” about the experience. Then 20 years later, Mitchell reunited with her daughter, who was renamed Kilauren Gibb.

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#5 Mercedes Reuhl

Actress Mercedes Reuhl has an unusual story. She gave up a son, Chris, for adoption over 40 years ago. Years later, she adopted a son named Jake. Reuhl hired a PI to find Chris. When they reunited, she made Chris the godfather to her son Jake.

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#4 Patti Smith

Singer and poet Patti Smith gave up a child when she was a struggling young artist. In her autobiography, Smith, said she had a baby in 1967 and gave it up for adoption before moving heading to New York City.

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#3 David Crosby

Singer David Crosby and an ex-girlfriend gave up a son for adoption in 1962. The son, James Raymond, became a composer and singer who was searching for his biological father for years. To his surprise, his father was David Crosby. Father and son have reunited and performed together.

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#2 Hank Williams Sr.

Country star Hank Williams Sr. was 29 years old when he died. A baby girl named Jett was born just days before his death. Jett was passed around to relatives and survived years in foster homes before publicly being confirmed as Hank Sr.’s child.

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#1 Dog the Bounty Hunter

Duane Lee Chapman, who is known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, impregnated his teenage girlfriend Debbie White. Duane never knew she was pregnant, nor that his son was put up for adoption after his mother committed suicide. Fortunately, his grandmother told Dog about the child, and father and son wound up connecting.

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