Celebrity Parents Who Have Twins (or Triplets!)
Actor and physician Ken Jeong is dad to two daughters, Alexa and Zooey, and the TV star spilled some of what makes his role as father to doubles so special: “I have not one but two ‘Daddy’s little girls,’ and you have double that dynamic in a lot of ways,” he told People. “It really is just double the sweetness. There’s something to be said about that.” The Dr. Ken star shared how he and his wife, Dr. Tran Ho, embrace the uniqueness of their twin 9-year-olds: "Both children have different personalities, different expectations, different goals," he said. "I think the key to being a good parent is to individualize your love for each child.”
Looks like Madonna has become a mama again! After a recent trip to Malawi, People reports that Madonna has welcomed 4-year-old twin girls into her family via adoption. “After their mother died, the children were looked after by their grandmother, who could not fully provide for them, so they were taken into an orphanage,” said a judiciary spokesperson of Malawi. This marks the third time the singer has adopted from the country, following her 2006 and 2007 adoptions of 11-year-old sons David and Mercy, respectively. The addition of the twins makes Madge a mother to six, including daughter Lourdes, 20, and son Rocco, 16, from previous relationships.
Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh
Singer/music producer Pharrell Williams and model wife Helen Lasichanh have kept very quiet about their second pregnancy since first announcing it back in September of 2016, and now we can see why! The happy couple surprised everyone by adding not just one, but three new additions to their family in early January. There hasn’t been any word yet on the gender or names of the babies, but we’re sure they’ll be called something cool like their older brother Rocket, 8. What we do know is that the babies are “healthy and happy,” according to Pharrell’s publicist, which is most important! Looks like 2017 is off to a great start for the Williams family!
Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth
Did you hear that high-pitched squeal? It was the collective shriek from Elsa Pataky's Instagram followers after the actress posted an insanely cute photo of her almost 1-year-old twins, Tristan and Sasha, holding hands in their carriers. Then again, there seems to be no shortage of love in the family. Proud dad Hemsworth told People he prefers being home with the babies to just about anything else. "We just had a big beach day with the kids, swimming and kicking the ball around," he said. "That was the first time in a long time we've done that. That's what it's all about."
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego
The Avatar star waited a couple of months before announcing the arrival of sons Bowie and Cy. On New Year's Day, she tweeted a shot of two baby bottles with a caption every mom of multiples will understand: "Starting our #NewYear with a fullhouse." But life with twin boys seems to agree with Saldana. She told The Hollywood Reporter that leaving the house is the hardest part about raising two kiddos at once. "I know that I'm going to be dealing with that forever because now that they are here it's hard to do everything else," she explains. "I just want to be with them. They're so new and so delicious."
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
NPH and David Burtka's fraternal twins may have one of the most coveted closets in Hollywood, but that's about where their similarities end. Actor and devoted dad Harris swears that his 4-year-old son and daughter are every inch boy and girl. "Harper is girl, girl, girl," he told Inside the Actors Studio. "She wears mermaid outfits and has falls in her hair, and you have to announce her when she comes down the staircase." Meanwhile, son Gideon is "all boy -- he loves trucks and construction and he likes superheroes. When he gets mad, he puts his fists together and just shakes."
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Moroccan and Monroe may not be in kindergarten yet, but "dem babies" are already a full-fledged brand with a website (dembabies.com), Tumblr (dembabiesrocnroe.tumblr.com), and scores of fans following their every star-studded move. They also happen to have the best nicknames ever (Roc and Roe). Of course, when your parents are one of music's biggest stars and one of TV's most beloved hosts, nothing less than baller status will do.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony
Their marriage may be over, but a lot of good came from the union of JLo and Marc Antony -- namely, their adorable 7-year-old twins, Max and Emme. The photogenic duo have been gracing magazine covers practically since birth and most recently have been dominating their mom's Instagram page. Lopez seems more than happy to hand over the spotlight to her kids. "They saved me by showing me what real love was," she also told TODAY Parents. "It changed my perspective on love completely."
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
When word got out that the World's Most Beautiful Couple was having not one but two babies, fans around the globe couldn't contain their excitement. After the genetically blessed Vivienne and Knox were born in 2009, their parents were also overjoyed but a little overwhelmed. Jolie told People, "It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time." Dad's take on life with twins? "[It's] still a cuckoo's nest."
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
After trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant again, the actors welcomed twin daughters Tabitha and Marion via a surrogate in 2009. And clearly good taste runs in the family: Though the stylish tots probably won't be slipping into their first pair of Manolos any time soon, they do enjoy a good game of dress-up -- but not with their mom's famed wardrobe. "They're more drawn to hideous cheap fabrics and sparkly colors," Parker said in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.
America's sweetheart is notoriously private, especially when it comes to her family. But she did open up to the Hollywood Foreign Press after giving birth to twins Hazel and Phinnaeus in 2004. "I don't have the luxury of sitting around anymore," she said of life with her babes. "I must have had bags of spare time before I had children, but I don't know what I did with it and I didn't appreciate it. But it's such a terrific trade-off. I don't have time to get a pedicure, but I sure am happy. Who cares if your feet look bad?"
Birth Stories: Delivering Twins
One mom shares her birth experience and gives advice for moms expecting multiples.
On screen, Bowen may be best known as the frazzled but lovable Claire Dunphy on Modern Family. But in real life, she may be remembered as the A-List Mom Who Nursed Twins, thanks to the infamous breastfeeding photo she shared with George Lopez in 2010. The married mom of three -- Oliver, 8, and John and Gustav, 6 -- has gotten pretty creative with how she allots her free time with the boys. "Spend a little time with each one alone, if possible," she explained to OK! magazine. "Even if it's only 10 minutes here and there. They like feeling connected, and it slows down the battle for my attention."
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
The True Blood costars may have dealt with the undead in their 9-to-5, but off-camera, the couple had a major real-life scare when their twins, Poppy and Charlie, arrived weeks ahead of schedule in the fall of 2012. Thankfully, the babies made it through a difficult first year, and the parents can now focus on happy milestones. "I think Anna's very excited about them walking and I'm like, 'Just wait. Let them...' Our lives are over once that happens!" Moyer once told Us Weekly.
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell
Sisters Dolly and Charlie have been as different as night and day since birth. But in true twin fashion, they're famous for switching preferences at the drop of a hat, especially when it comes to what to wear. A perplexed O'Connell confessed to People, "One was always feminine, always [wearing] dresses and very girly, and then the other one only wanted to wear pants and T-shirts. But the one who wore pants and T-shirts now wants to wear dresses, and they had their first argument over a dress."
Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey
The Person of Interest star and her husband, best known as teen dad Van on Reba, gave their twin daughters the adorable monikers Violet Moon and Knox Blue. Former Dallas Cowgirl Shahi even had a home birth -- though there are no details yet on whether she opted for a water birth, as she did the first time she gave birth, to son William Wolf. When reminiscing about her first labor and delivery with People, she shared, "I never thought I would be one of those wacky chicks who say, 'I loved my labor,' but I loved every part of it. It was the best day of my life."
No doubt Martin really started livin' la vida loca when he became a dad to twins Matteo and Valentino. After welcoming his fraternal twin boys via surrogate, Martin took a brief hiatus to raise and spend time with his kids. Even though he has his hands full as a single parent, Martin would love to have more kids. "I'm just getting started with this fatherhood thing and I?m going for more. I come from a big family and I like noise and chaos in my house," he shared during a radio interview on the Enrique Santos Show.
Jon and Kate Gosselin
Before they were Jon and Kate Plus 8, they were simply parents with twin girls, Mady and Cara. Thanks to their sextuplet sibs and the subsequent reality TV show, we've been able to watch the kids grow up right before our eyes. And despite the glare of the spotlight and their parents' nasty public divorce, the 14-year-olds seem like, well, any other teenagers. They'll even eye-roll their mom on national TV.
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil
There was no shortage of gratitude and relief when the award-winning singer delivered twin boys Eddy and Nelson in October 2010. That's because Dion and Angelil struggled for years to get pregnant again and even endured a painful miscarriage. Though parenting three boys is time-consuming (firstborn son R.C. is 14), it's a true labor of love for Dion. "There's no time for you to rest, sleep, get ready, look pretty, go out," she told Oprah. "But when you think about it, we wanted those kids so much that it doesn't matter."