‘RHOA’ star Kandi Burruss, Kim Kardashian West and Other Celebs Who Used Surrogate Mothers
RHOA star Kandi Burruss is rumored to be expecting her third child via surrogate. Though Buruss has not yet confirmed the reports, fans watched her consider the option of using a surrogate during season 11 of the show after revealing that carrying another child would put her health at risk.
Surrogacy has been a method used by other celebrity parents as well, including Kim Kardashian. Good Housekeeping defines surrogacy (now often referred to as “gestational carrier”) as a woman who carries a child for another couple. With the addition of surrogacy, many couples are able to live their dreams as parents.
Adoption used to be the only option for people who identify as LGBT+ to become parents. With surrogacy, people in relationships with people of the same sex are able to have children. The same can be said for people who are single.
Kandi joins the long list of celebrities who used surrogates to become parents.
Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker
RHOA fans were overjoyed when Kandi Burrus finally married the man of her dreams, Todd Tucker. The two had a lavish “Coming to America” themed ceremony in Atlanta in 2014 fit for a king and queen. They wanted to expand their family but struggled to get pregnant. Kandi went through a cycle of IVF and thankfully, it was a success. Their son, Ace Wells Tucker, was born in 2016. Having two more eggs from their first IVF cycle, the two explored having more children. With Kandi’s age being a concern, they talked about surrogacy during season 11 of the show. It appears they have found a match for a surrogate to carry their child as reports recently surfaced that the two are expecting another child via surrogacy next year.
Kim Kardashian West & Kanye West
Kim Kardashian West has always been open about having a fairytale marriage with a big family. After her last marriage failed, she wondered if marriage and kids would be in her future. Kim got the surprise of a lifetime when she discovered she was pregnant with her first child by her then-boyfriend, Kanye West. The two welcomed their daughter, North West, in 2013, and a son, Saint West, two years later. Their plans for a big family never faded away but Kim was diagnosed with a medical condition that made another pregnancy too risky. With the help of a surrogate, they welcomed two more children in 2018 and 2019, giving them the family of their dreams.
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance knew each other for 20 years before they embarked on a romance. The two met while in college while completing their studies at Yale University but were in relationships with other people. They maintained contact and fell in love years later, marrying in 1997. They wanted a family but Angela’s age played a part in them having a hard time conceiving. Thanks to the generosity of a surrogate, they welcomed twins, Brownyn and Slater, in 2006. Angela and Courtney appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss their surrogacy journey and encourage other couples who have troubles getting pregnant.
Tyra Banks had a successful career as a supermodel throughout the 90s and early 2000s. She transitioned into being a businesswoman and mogul when she retired from modeling and began producing the reality television competition show America’s Next Top Model. She also hosted her own talk show for five years. The one thing missing in Tyra’s life was a family. After several failed relationships, Tyra found love in photographer, Erik Asla. Tyra surprised fans when she revealed in an Instagram post that they became parents to son, York Elsa, in January 2016. She and Erik split in 2017 but Tyra remains devoted to raising her son while advocating for surrogacy to other parents.
Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade
Gabrielle Union was open about her emotional and discouraging road to motherhood. She and husband, Dwayne Wade, tried for several years to get pregnant. Unfortunately, Gabrielle suffered “eight or nine” miscarriages, opening up to Dr. Oz about her inability to carry to full-term. With support from her husband, she began to research surrogacy and they found one who met their requirements. Their daughter, Kaavia James, was born in 2018.
Jimmy Fallon may be a funny man on camera, but off-camera his trouble to conceive with his wife was no laughing matter. They tried and failed to have a baby naturally multiple times before welcoming their children, Frances and Winnie, via surrogate. He spoke to People Magazine about their difficult journey in 2013 saying, “We tried before, we told people and it didn’t happen. It’s just really depressing and hard.” Luckily, they have a happy ending with the children they desperately wanted.
Bravo TV master, Andy Cohen, has a surrogate to thank for the birth of his son, Benjamin. The television guru became a father at the age of 50. After struggling with coming to terms with being single, he made the brave decision to enter into parenthood solo and have the baby he always envisioned. Family was always important to Andy and now that he has his son, he feels more complete.
The Latin sensation is the father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino. Both boys were born to a surrogate mother in 2008. Ricky Martin spoke to People Magazine about why he and his husband chose surrogacy. “Adoption is one option but it’s complicated and can take a long time,” he said. “Surrogacy was an intriguing and faster option.” Ricky also revealed that he was happily surprised when he discovered that the surrogate was carrying twins instead of one baby.
Thankfully, surrogacy exists to make all parenting dreams a reality!