10 Celebrities Whose Special Children Taught Them a Whole Different Kind of Love
Raising a child with special needs can be something very challenging, but also equally rewarding. It tests parents in ways they couldn’t imagine, but it also shows them a whole different world of love and care. There are some celebrities who know what this is like firsthand, and they have valuable wisdom to share with the rest of us.
Bright Side would love to introduce you to 10 celebrities and their extraordinary children, and we hope that you will smile as much as we did!
1. Caterina Scorsone
The Canadian-born Grey’s Anatomy star has a cute baby daughter named Paloma that is always present in the 39-year-old actress’ social media feed. Paloma was born with Down syndrome and since her birth in 2016, Caterina has become a prominent voice on social media for raising awareness about the condition.
In her interviews Caterina makes powerful statements about her daughter. She says: “Pippa is different. So are you and so am I. Pippa has needs that are specific to the way her body was made. I have needs that are specific to the way my body was made. We all do.” She confesses that she was scared at the beginning, as she didn’t know anything about this condition, but later she felt that Pippa’s difference lit a match in her life and in the life of her family.
2. Amanda Booth
Model, mom, and advocate Amanda Booth has been working to make a much-needed change in the media and fashion industries, thanks to inspiration from her son Micah, who has Down syndrome and autism. Amanda says she first started to notice this need when she went back to work after giving birth to Micah. “I started to notice when I would go out for things for work, that there would be babies at castings all the time. And I was like, ’Why isn’t anybody asking for my baby at these castings?’” she recalls.
Booth says one of her many favorite things about Micah is his ability to sense kind-heartedness in others. She calls him a barometer that brings out the kindness in everyone when he walks into a room. Amanda works really hard to help the world see a more diverse beauty, and she is not afraid to answer other people’s questions about her son’s condition. She says she is ready to explain why her kid is stimming or not behaving not like anybody else, and she does it willingly and for everyone who is interested.
3. Toni Braxton
Toni gave birth to her second child, Diezel, in 2003. At the age of 3 he was diagnosed with autism. Toni didn’t accept this news tragically and started fighting for her son. She learned the programs on how to develop and educate her son, and in 2016 she made a surprising announcement to the public.
Braxton said that her then 13-year-old son stopped having autistic features and fully recovered from his state. She described her son as a “social butterfly” and said that the recovery from this condition had become possible due to her timely interference, constant hard work, and special programs for autistic kids that she took from the Autism Speaks foundation.
Today, Diezel Braxton is an in-demand model who signed a contract with one of the world’s leading modeling agencies and is rapidly gaining popularity as an Instagram star.
4. Sylvester Stallone
When someone hears the name Sylvester Stallone, they immediately think of Rocky: a tough man with an even tougher heart. Stallone’s son, Seargeoh, was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, and this is what his father had to say about it all; “We have to accept Seargeoh the way he is and understand that his way is just quieter and reserved.” Seargeoh appeared in Rocky 2, as Rocky’s newborn son.
5. Katie Price
Katie Price is a very successful and beautiful model, and she is also a mom. Her son, Harvey, was born in 2002 and he has been diagnosed with Autism, blindness, and Prader-Willi Syndrome. One of the biggest concerns with this condition is that the child lacks the ability to tell when they are full, so they keep eating. This can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes, each having its own medical side effects.
But Katie has been overcoming all of the troubles and pitfalls together with her son, and now she proudly says on her Instagram: “I’ve watched you grow into a handsome man. My Harvey bear I love you, and wouldn’t change you for the world.”
6. John McGinley
The famous actor John McGinley has a son named Max who has Down syndrome, and he is actively involved in building awareness and being an advocate for people with Down syndrome. In 2011, John received the Foundation’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for his work related to people with Down syndrome and people with developmental disabilities in general.
In an interview, he explains what it’s like to have a special needs child: “The first couple of months, it felt like we’d been hit over the head with some kind of cosmic hammer... And sooner or later you have to do something, you have to pick some aggressive verb about what you’re gonna do for this life. For Max. ’You gotta do something for me, get over your stuff, dad, I’m here.’”
7. Colin Farrell
Who knew Hollywood’s bad boy was a father to a child with special needs? Colin Farrell’s son, James, suffers from a genetic condition called Angelman Syndrome. This condition can cause jerky movements. Colin has done a lot of work with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome and says, “When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, it’s important to feel that you are not alone.” That is the reason he started working with the foundation.
8. Christopher Gorham
The Ugly Betty star Christopher Gorham has a son named Lucas who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome around the age of 9. “It’s upsetting to hear that something is wrong with your child,” he said about the diagnosis. “At the same time, it’s a relief to know what’s wrong with your child because if you know what’s wrong then you can start to take steps to help them.”
Christopher noticed that his son was getting more and more distant from his peers in the second grade, and that’s when they had to face the diagnosis, and since then he and his wife have been busy with his therapy. Gorham says that he feels for all parents who have kids with special needs, as he’s been going through a lot of changes and stress. But he sees the positive side of this trial, as his wife, according to his words, turned out to be a real superhero in coping with this.
9. Gary Cole
Actor Gary Cole first suspected that his daughter Mary was special when she was 2 years old. “She didn’t process information like you or I do, and did not pick up on social cues,” he says. She was diagnosed with autism, but has led a normal life. She was provided with therapy and help from a personal aide, which helped her to attend regular elementary and middle schools in California. Gary’s advice to parents who may have special children is: “Seek answers, and the earlier — the better.”
10. Jenny McCarthy
When Evan, her son, was first diagnosed with autism, Jenny McCarthy says he stopped speaking and began ignoring the world around him. Because, according to her, that’s what most autistic children do — they get locked inside themselves. However, she was determined to help him recover. So she began looking for treatments.
One of the things she did was to fix the family’s eating habits, she also tried video modeling and play therapy to teach him how to play with toys, and it turns out that her “warrior spirit” did indeed help Evan. According to Jenny, Evan has made great strides. “He’s doing amazing,” she says. “He’s considered recovered.”
Have you ever taken care of a special child?