“[I was] absolutely stone broke. She was put up for adoption when I was 17 or 18, I think … Since her mom and dad have died, we’ve tried to come together and be close together, and it’s working out pretty well. I never felt like I was her dad, because I didn’t take her to school, change her nappies, there was no paternal thing there. But I’m trying.”
—Crooner Rod Stewart talks about Sarah Streeter, the first of his seven children, who was put up for adoption. She is now 46. Geez, Rod has been procreating for almost half a century. His wife Penny Lancaster is currently pregnant. [PopEater] Keep reading »
Fresh out of a long, committed relationship with my childhood sweetheart to whom I was engaged long before I was ever ready to fully commit myself to someone in that regard, I rebounded. His name was Stan* and he was quiet, shy, compassionate and funny at times. I knew he wasn’t “the one,” but I had fun with him. After five months of dating, I decided that I needed someone who was more ambitious and outspoken, and called things off with Stan … only to find out that I got knocked up the last time we were ever intimate. Keep reading »
“I think everything works out the way the universe wants it to work out. We don’t have any boys in our family. Boy, is everyone really happy about that. So he’s like the crown prince … He’s my little Cajun cookie.”
—Sandra Bullock talking about her adopted son, Louis, on today’s “Today.” I wonder how long it’ll take Mrs. Fields to come up with a cookie based on this concept? [People] Keep reading »
Congrats to Neil Patrick Harris, who announced this weekend that he and his partner are expecting twins. Sadly, NPH also announced that he is planning to take a break from the biz to be a full-time daddy once the babies arrive. We will miss him, but I’m sure those babies will be stupid cute.
After the jump, some more famous gay men who also became proud papas. Keep reading »
“Brad and Angie, please! Please adopt a child from Haiti! … Our job is to help those little kids, to give them a chance. If we give them a chance they’ll have a better tomorrow.”
—Wyclef Jean knows where he wants to see Brad and Angelina adopt from next. Angie says baby number seven isn’t on her radar at the moment, but could be in the future. [NY Daily News]
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With Sandra Bullock’s baby revelation yesterday, one question keeps coming to mind—how, exactly, does one conceal a baby for three months, especially while under the intense scrutiny of Oscar buzz and mega-scandal curiosity? Yes, she did drop some serious hints. In her Oscar speech, she thanked “all the moms who take care of babies and children no matter where they come from,” but we all assumed she was talking about (a) the character she played in “The Blind Side” and (b) the fact that she’s become a step-mom to Jesse James’ kids. Apparently, on one awards season red carpet, a lime green baby sock popped out of her bag. Someone just picked it up and gave it back to her without a second thought.
So how did she do it? It wasn’t easy. Keep reading »
The rest of you don’t cry every day? Oh, uh, me neither. But I did tear up at the trailer for “Mother and Child,” a film starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington, about how three women’s lives are affected by adoption. Karen gave a baby up for adoption at 14; Elizabeth grew up as an adopted child; and Lucy can’t get pregnant so she and her husband are trying to adopt. “Mother and Child” debuts in NYC and LA on May 7th and in theaters elsewhere after. Just the sob-worthy drama you need for your mama to see on Mother’s Day! [Sony] Keep reading »
Boy, when Sandra Bullock breaks her silence, she does it in a big way! In this week’s People magazine, Bullock not only discusses life since learning of her estranged husband’s alleged infidelities, she confirms she’s filed for divorce. But that isn’t even the biggest news. Her real bombshell is that she’s adopting a baby boy! She and Jesse started the adoption process four years ago and brought home the baby from New Orleans in January — before her Oscar win and before her marriage publicly broke up. She now plans to adopt as a single mom. Of her new son, whom she named Louis (pronounced Lew-ee) Bardo Bullock, she tells People magazine: “The first time I met Louis it was like the whole outside world got quiet. It was like he had always been a part of our lives.” Keep reading »
Gay-bashing can be tough work: just look at the trouble that the Florida Family Policy Council of Orlando, Florida, ran into while protesting a Miami judge’s decision to grant a lesbian couple the right to adopt a 1-year-old boy. Lesbians Vanessa Alenier and Melanie Leon (photo at right) have cared for the boy, the child of one of Alenier’s relatives, since he’d been removed from his birth parents by child welfare. And last month, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia ruled that a Florida state law banning the gay couple from adoption the boy was “unconstitutional,” effectively awarding them custody.
Judge Sampedro-Iglesia’s decision did not sit well with the scaremongers — they got right to work lambasting her “arrogant judicial activism” in an email alert. Unfortunately, the lesbian adoptee moms were far too femme, smiley and “straight”-looking to scare the bejeezus out of homophobes. So the FFPC (which is affiliated with Focus on the Family) did some creative illustration and cooked up a faux-lesbian duo of butch women who “look” a lot more like stereotypical lesbians (see photo left) to presumably scare everyone away from gay adoption. Because, you know, butch lesbians can’t be good parents!
Klassy, right? [Orlando Sentinel, NBC Miami] Keep reading »