14 celebrities who kept pregnancies and births of their babies a secret

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Grimes and Elon Musk secretly had a second baby together via surrogate.Taylor Hill/Getty Images
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  • Some celebrities go to great lengths to keep their pregnancies and births private.

  • Kristen Wiig, Priyanka Chopra, Amber Heard, and Grimes quietly welcomed babies via surrogate.

  • Amy Schumer accidentally revealed that her costar Michael Cera had become a dad.

In September 2018, Us Weekly broke the news that Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig had welcomed their first child ... months after Jones gave birth.

Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig
Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig.Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images

In February 2021, Jones spoke to NPR about giving birth to her son, Isaiah, and losing her mother to cancer eight months later.

"This has been a very emotionally intense couple of years," Jones said. "It was sort of like back-to-back-to-back-to-back, just wrenching, pulling my heart in all different directions. ... I was in grief-shock. I don't even know if that's a word, but I was just not in my body at all and just had a baby. I was doubly not in my body."

In May 2016, Alexis Bledel's costar in the "Gilmore Girls" revival revealed the actress had welcomed a baby with husband Vincent Kartheiser the previous fall.

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In an interview with Glamour, "Gilmore Girls" star Scott Patterson talked about sharing his parenting experience with Bledel. Bledel's representative then confirmed to People magazine that she and Kartheiser had, in fact, become parents the previous fall.

"She's really blossomed as a woman and now she's a proud new mother and married and happy," Patterson said of working with Bledel. "We're comparing notes because my son [born July 2014] is about a year and a half older than her young son. I'm showing her photos and videos and what to expect. We're just really enjoying each other's company."

Kristen Wiig and Avi Rothman quietly had twins via surrogate in January 2020, news they didn't share publicly until that June.

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Kristen Wiig and Avi Rothman.Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

In June 2020, E! News reported that Wiig and Rothman had welcomed twins via surrogate. Wiig opened up about her experience with infertility and IVF in an August 2020 interview with InStyle.

"We tried to keep the [surrogacy] process private for as long as possible, because it is a very private thing," she said. "Unfortunately, we were photographed with them — and, well, it's out there! As private as I am and as sacred as this all is, what helped me was reading about other women who went through it and talking to those who have gone through IVF and fertility stuff. It can be the most isolating experience. But I'm trying to find that space where I can keep my privacy and also be there for someone else who may be going through it."

In December 2020, Constance Wu's representatives confirmed to E! News that she had welcomed a baby girl with Ryan Kattner over the summer.

Constance Wu in 2020
Constance Wu.Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for CDGA

The "Crazy Rich Asians" star, who isn't active on social media, provided a rare glimpse into life as a mom on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in May.

"She's the best. She's the best!" Wu said of her daughter. "She has a full head of hair, and a blue butt ... There's a thing, I had never heard of it before. It's called a 'Mongolian spot.' Apparently, it happens in a lot of Asian babies, and my boyfriend and I are both Asian. It's where your butt is blue for the first two years of your life, and then it just goes away."

In a January 2021 interview with Mr. Porter, Josh Hartnett revealed that he and Tamsin Egerton had welcomed a third child in 2019.

Tamsin Egerton (left) and Josh Hartnett in 2018
Tamsin Egerton and Josh Hartnett.Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

"The thing I am most proud of is that I'm a father of three and I have a good relationship with my partner and a great family life and I'm still able to do good work and, as I've got older, the characters have become more interesting," Hartnett told the men's style site.

Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley kept the birth of their first child secret for a month before sharing the news on Instagram in April.

Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley attend the 2021 Emmys.
Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley attend the 2021 Emmys.Rich Fury/Getty Images

Wiley posted a photo of the new baby on Instagram in a Mother's Day post dedicated to her wife.

"Happy 1st Mother's Day to my beautiful wife, who four weeks ago today after laboring for almost 3 days gave birth to our first child — our gorgeous daughter, George," she wrote. "Welcome to the world, babygirl. We love you and we thank you for giving us the best 1st Mother's Day two ladies could ask for."

In July, Amber Heard shared that she'd become a mother via surrogate in April.

Amber Heard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019
Amber Heard.Gisela Schober/Getty Images

Heard announced in an Instagram post that her daughter, Oonagh Paige Heard, had been born three months prior.

"Four years ago, I decided I wanted to have a child," Heard wrote. "I wanted to do it on my own terms. I now appreciate how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way. I hope we arrive at a point in which it's normalized to not want a ring in order to have a crib. A part of me wants to uphold that my private life is none of anyone's business. I also get that the nature of my job compels me to take control of this."

In September, Alicia Vikander shared that she and Michael Fassbender had secretly become parents earlier in 2021.

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender arrive for the UK premiere of "The Light Between Oceans" at The Curzon Mayfair on October 19, 2016 in London, England.
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.Karwai Tang/WireImage

In a September 2021 interview with People magazine, Vikander shared that she'd given birth to a baby earlier in the year.

When asked how her life had changed since having a baby, Vikander demurred.

"No, I think I'll wait with that one," she said. "I'm enjoying finding it out in the moment right now, more than anything."

Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst announced the birth of their second child in September, four months after he was born.

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Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst.Steve Granitz / Contributor / Getty Images

Dunst revealed that she and Plemons had welcomed a second child four months prior in an interview with The New York Times.

"He's an angel, but he's a hungry angel. And a heavy angel," she said.

Dunst continued, "I'm so tired, I haven't slept through the night in four months. I've developed an eye twitch, too. Yeah, I'm in a really special place."

Mindy Kaling announced the birth of her second child in October, a month after he was born, after keeping her pregnancy a secret.

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Mindy Kaling.Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Kaling shared that she had given birth in September during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

"I'm telling it for the first time, it feels so strange, but I gave birth to a baby boy on September 3," she said. "This is news to a lot of people. It's true! ... His name is Spencer. I forgot the most important part of it."

As she had with the birth of her first child, Kaling did not share the father's identity.

"My feeling is that, until I speak to my daughter about that, I'm not going to talk to anyone else about it," she told The New York Times in 2019.

In November, Seth Meyers and his wife, Alexi Ashe, revealed that they had a third child 10 weeks after she was born.

Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe in 2022
Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe.ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Meyers shared the news on an episode of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" in November by playing a clip of his sons Ashe and Axel in turkey costumes revealing their new sister, Adelaide.

"We had another one!" Meyers said as the audience cheered.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announced that they had welcomed their first child via surrogate in January.

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas.Rob Kim/Getty Images

The couple had not announced that they were expecting a child before they shared a statement on their separate Instagram accounts that read: "We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate. We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family. Thank you so much [red heart emoji]."

The two stars didn't disclose the baby's name, sex, birthday, or additional details.

In March, Amy Schumer accidentally revealed that her "Life & Beth" costar Michael Cera had welcomed his first child with his wife, Nadine.

Michael Cera and wife Nadine
Michael Cera and wife Nadine.Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Amy Schumer revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that Michael Cera is a father.

Schumer and Cera spoke with Entertainment Tonight's Rachel Smith in a joint interview in March. Schumer was speaking about lessons for her 2-year-old son, Gene, when she said, "Michael has a baby, too."

She continued, "Is that public knowledge? I just outed him, I just outed his baby."

Cera didn't officially confirm Schumer's statement, but said, "We're right at the beginning of it. We're doing the very basics right now."

Schumer also mentioned Cera's parenthood on an episode of Chelsea Handler's iHeartRadio podcast, "Dear Chelsea." People reported that while talking about "Life & Beth," Schumer said, "Michael Cera plays my romantic love interest" and added, "He's married, I'm married, we both have kids."

Elon Musk and Grimes secretly welcomed a second child together via surrogate, a fact that Vanity Fair reporter Devin Gordon accidentally discovered in March.

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Grimes and Elon Musk secretly had a second baby together via surrogate.Taylor Hill/Getty Images

The couple's first child, X Æ A-Xii, pronounced "X A.I. Archangel," was born in May 2020. Their daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, who they call Y, was conceived via surrogate after Grimes had serious discomfort and complications during her pregnancy with X.

Musk and Grimes never announced they were expecting again, and it seems they had planned to keep baby Y a secret. Vanity Fair reporter Devin Gordon said he discovered her existence after arriving at Grimes' house in Austin, Texas, for a March cover story interview and heard a baby crying upstairs.

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