11 Famous Women Who Ditched All Stereotypes and Chose to Become Mothers After 40
The mean age of first-time mothers has been increasing steadily around the world. For example, in 2013 this figure was 28.8 years in European countries, while in 2018 it became 29.3 years. This is due primarily to the development of science. Recently, the world famous model Naomi Campbell became a mother for the first time at the age of 50. She thanks science for this opportunity.
At Bright Side, we believe that motherhood makes women happy, therefore we decided to recall some famous women who gave birth after 40. In the bonus section, we’ll tell you about an actress who gave birth to 3 children between 37 and 39 years old.
When Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke were married, they had 2 children — a daughter, Maya, in 1998, and a son, Levon, in 2002. When their younger child was 3 years old, the couple got divorced. The actress gave birth to another daughter Rosalind from her financier boyfriend Arpad Busson. This happened in 2012 when Uma was 42 years old.
Rachel Weisz gave birth to her first child — a son named Henry — when she was 36. The actress dared to have another child only 12 years later when she was 48. According to Rachel, the main thing in motherhood is to find the balance between career and family. She says that children help a person feel special.
In May 2021, 50-year-old top model Naomi Campbell shared the photo of little feet on her palm on Instagram. This way, she wanted to announce the birth of her first child. In her interviews, Naomi mentioned a few times that she dreamed of becoming a mother, and was glad that modern science could help women to experience motherhood at any age. The baby’s grandmother wrote in the comments under the photo that she had waited a long time to be a grandmother and was now beyond thrilled.
Actress Thandie Newton and film director Ol Parker have 3 children. Daughter Ripley was born in the year 2000, and another daughter Nico was born 4 years later. Their son Booker was born in 2014 when his mother was 41 years old. All 3 times, Thandie chose home birth. Currently, she spends a lot of time with her children and tries to take them to shoots with her.
The age difference between Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond’s daughters is almost 6 years. The couple had their first child when the actress was 35, and she became a mother for the second time at the age of 41.
According to her, the pregnancy was easy for her in the physical sense, but not so easy psychologically. When she was 5 months pregnant she suddenly realized that she wasn’t sure whether she wanted more children. Besides, she was worried that her second pregnancy would make her unemployable. But eventually, she gave birth, and Tina is still a sought-after actress in Hollywood.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter and film director Tim Burton have 2 children: Billy (2003) and Nell (2008). By the way, her daughter had no name until she was 7 months old because the couple couldn’t agree on the name. According to Helena, she had to undertake infertility treatment before her second pregnancy, and she was even considering in vitro fertilization. Finally, she managed to get pregnant at the age of 41 after 2 years of unsuccessful attempts.
In one of her interviews in 2014, Cameron Diaz said that she was never drawn to being a mother. Everything changed when she met her musician husband Benji Madden. On December 30, 2019, the 47-year-old actress became a mother for the first time. Her daughter Raddix was born in a Los Angeles clinic. Her parents say that she conquered their hearts immediately.
Meryl Streep, who is often called one of the greatest actresses of the present times, has 4 children. Her eldest son will soon be 42, while her youngest daughter is 30. When Meryl and her sculptor husband Don Gummer had their fourth child, they were 42 and 44 years old.
In 2014, 42-year-old Amanda Peet became a mother for the third time. The actress didn’t reveal her pregnancy to the media for months until she showed up with her already large baby bump on the red carpet for the Emmy Awards. According to her, the pregnancy was easy, and she had nothing to complain about except for being tired.
Jennifer Connelly is a mother of 3. She gave birth to her first child in 1997, her second child was born in 2003, and her third one was born in 2011 when the actress was 40 years old. She had problems during her third pregnancy and suffered from morning sickness for the first 3 months. By the way, Jennifer chose water birth to deliver her last child.
German actress Diane Kruger became a mother for the first time in 2018. At that time, the 42-year-old actress and her partner Norman Reedus had a daughter named Nova. The couple tried not to make the pregnancy public, however, tabloids often wrote about Diane’s loose dresses she wore at events. Nowadays, Kruger posts her daughter’s photos on Instagram and shares funny stories about motherhood.
Bonus: Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts has been married to cinematographer Daniel Moder for almost 20 years. During this time, the couple has had 3 children. In 2004, the twins were born, and one more son was born in 2007. The actress was 37 and 39 years old correspondingly. The couple often posts photos of their family life on Instagram.
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