Did You Know They Were Teen Moms?

July 3, 2013  |  
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Teenage pregnancy isn’t exactly one of those things women tend to boast about. And in Hollywood it’s become much more common to see celebrities giving birth way past 40 as opposed to before 18. But proving that your life isn’t completely over should you find yourself expecting in your teen years, these famous women went on to achieve great success while raising youngin’s as youngin’s themselves.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou once lived a life no one would ever expect of such an accomplished author and poet. Three weeks after graduating high school, Angelou gave birth to a son at 17 years old and soon found herself sliding “down the social ladder into poverty and crime,” as she wrote in her second autobiography Gather Together in My Name. Despite once working as a business manager for sex workers, once Angelou married in 1951 and moved to New York, she discovered legit ways to make money and took up professional dance and then developed her writing.

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Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla has made a name for herself fixing other people’s lives, but there was a time when she needed a great deal of fixing. As her Inner Visions Worldwide website states, Iyanla was a mother by age 16 and a mother of three by age 21. Sadly, in 2003, her daughter Gemmia died from cancer at 41.



When she was just 17 years old, Solange gave birth to little Daniel Julez Smith, Jr. in October 2004. Eight months prior, Solange married Juelz’s father, Daniel Smith, who was 19 at the time, but just three years later they were divorced.

Evelyn Lozada

There’s a reason Evelyn and Shaniece look more like sisters than mother and daughter, Evelyn had her as a teen. The 37-year-old “Basketball Wife” missed out on her prom because she was pregnant with her now 18-year-old daughter at the time. But just recently she was able to go back in time and attend prom with a 19-year-old senior who asked her on Twitter.

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Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara was just out of her teen years when she gave birth to her son in 1992. At 18, Sofia married her high school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez, and two years later they had a child together and were also divorced. After opportunities arose for her to work in show business, and following the murder of her brother in Colombia, Sofia brought her mom, son, and sister to Miami with her to start over. We all see that move turned out well!

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha is the mother of four sons, two of which she gave birth to before the age of 16. Aretha’s first son, Clarence, was born January 28, 1955, two months before her 13th birthday. Her second son Edward was born January 22, 1957, right before her 15th birthday. During her teen years, Franklin’s grandmother, sister, and cousin raised Aretha’s boys while she pursued her musical career.

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Fantasia’s teen pregnancy is no secret to anyone who was an American Idol fan. By the time she won the singing competition in 2004 and published her memoir, Life is Not a Fairytale, in 2005, Fantasia let the whole world know she became pregnant at 16, and on August 8, 2001, gave birth to her daughter, Zion Quari Barrino, with her ex-boyfriend Brandel Shouse.


Savannah Brinson

Savannah has been down with Lebron since high school, when she wasn’t just his girlfriend but the soon-to-be mother of his child. She gave birth to their first son, LeBron James Jr., on October 6, 2004, and the second, Bryce Maximus James, on June 14, 2007.

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Niki Taylor

Niki Taylor not only attained worldwide success after being a teen mom, she managed to get her body into model shape after birthing twins. In January 1994, Niki and former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez eloped in Las Vegas and in December of that year, the couple had twin sons, Jake and Hunter. Unfortunately their marriage was done less than two years later. But her modeling career was just taking off. In May 1996, Taylor appeared on the cover of the six major American women’s fashion and fitness magazines in the same month: AllureVogueELLEMarie ClaireSelf, and Shape.

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Toya Wright

Lil Wayne’s high school sweetheart, Toya Wright, became pregnant with their daughter at the age of 14. At 15, she gave birth to Reginae Carter on November 29, 1998. At the time, Lil Wayne was 16 and just beginning to pursue his rap career after signing to Cash Money Records.

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Not much is known of the circumstances surrounding Roseanne’s teen parenthood, but in 1970, when she was just 17 years old, the actress gave birth to a daughter who she placed for adoption. Years later the pair reunited.

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Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers gave birth to her son at 19 years old in 1965. She became pregnant just six months after enrolling in college and married her son’s father, Bruce Somers. But, unhappy in her marriage, she began an affair with her former drama teacher and when her husband found out, their marriage ended after just two years, in 1967, and Suzanne found herself a single mom.

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In 1990, Oprah’s family sold the story of her teen pregnancy to the National Enquirer. When she was just 14, the media mogul became pregnant and gave birth to son, but, sadly, he died shortly after birth.

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  • hanalei

    Just an FYI, teen pregnancy is very common where I live, and it is not among black teens it is among the local population here.
    All groups have similar issues, it is called the human condition.
    We are more alike than we are different.

  • Taylor

    You shouldn’t judge… The youngest woman to give birth was 5 (pregnant at 4).. but she was raped. Not all young girls are “fast”

  • nikki best

    I find it quite interesting that most of the teen moms featured in this article are black. No, no, I’m not racist, its just an observation. Cultural differences perhaps?

    • TheMsmother

      It’s a black site. Most of the girls on the hit show ‘Teen Mom’ are white. My white neighbors daughter has 3 kids by 3 different men and she’s 20. So, no, it’s not a cultural thing. Nice try, though.

      • etonni

        Exactly, the idea is to encourage vulnerable black teens that it’s okay to have children like Fantasia, chase after married men, and show ignorance or both book knowledge and common sense. Everything will be okay, because it will become someone else’s problem to handle.

  • keqi77

    Aretha having two kids before the age of fifteen is crazy. I had never heard that til reading this article.

  • JusDes

    Sofia wasn’t 18. She was 13 when she had her son. Google it, she ment
    ioned it on The View.

  • amir bey

    What a horrid pic of the Queen of Soul!

  • mz.j

    They both are pretty. I wonder how evelyn’s daughter felt about her sleeping with chad on the first night on national tv. Her eyebrows are creepy with those pointed arches.

  • Alexis Morris

    all i know is aretha needs to take off that wig. it is just too young.

  • britchick91

    Aretha 12 0_o

    • Chanda

      Queen of Soul..

  • Kindred

    This is why a laugh at the all knowing hypocrites who like to rag on Rihanna and Beyonce and others for the “influence” their actions have on the girls would admire them. I don’t remember a bunch of girls trying to have babies before 13 like Aretha did. But good to know they made tremendous successes of their lives.

    • Guest

      Great point

    • guest

      yea, but also private lives were actually private back then.Its not that same anymore. This is both the celebrities and the fans doing.

  • Chanda

    I heard that Aretha had her first child at 14 but it’s still too young either way. Being that her father was a Reverend he probably beat the brakes off of her especially back in those days.
    I think Solange actually her son at 18 but got pregnant at 17 if she was born in 1986. Whoopi Goldberg had her daughter at 17 I think. Y’all also forgot Roxanne Shante, she was 14 having a kid.
    That’s why I didn’t understand why the media made that big of deal out of Jamie Lynn Spears getting pregnant at 16 when she wasn’t the first celeb to have a child that young. Not saying it was right but they acted like the world was coming to an end. I’m sure mother and child is doing fine.

    • Live_in_LDN

      The reason why the media made such a big deal out of Jamie Spears is because of her sister’s image. Britney made her career playing up to the corn-fed blue eyed virgin persona so the fact her sister countered this made good headlines..

    • Beckster14

      Well because she played a innocent teenager on Zoey 101 and was sort of a role model for kids at that time

    • stooshe

      Apparently nobody here has heard the rumours of the provenance of Aretha Franklin’s children. I heard tell that Pastor franklin had a hand in it. That is why I love and hate the internet. Old time secrets come out of the closet as well as the crazy.

  • IllyPhilly

    It’s the person not the age because I took on that responsibility with maturity. I had a kid at 16 and did a lot of great things with the support of his great teen dad as well.

  • chanela

    13??!!!? Are you serious????

  • chanela

    13??!!!? Are you serious????

    • anony

      She was actually 12!

      • suganspice68

        Wow! I didn’t know that Aretha was that young(12 years old)when she gave birth to her first son. Aretha may had been a fast youngin.

        • mddiva37

          or she may have been molested. She was around some shady people at a young age despite her father being a preacher. I don’t think Aretha will ever tell the truth about why she had kids so young.

        • Live_in_LDN

          ‘fast youngin’ eurgh go just off a cliff you creep.

        • FromUR2UB

          I didn’t know she was a teen mom, at all. But oddly, I’m not surprised. Sometimes the church – with all its rigid, overly strict rules that don’t amount to anything, such as forbidding young people to listen to secular music or women to wear makeup – breeds the spirit of rebellion. Church people are often so concerned with keeping up appearances, that they miss things that are right in front of them. But, then again, there’s the possibility that some adult in the church got hold of her…someone trusted.

    • anony

      She was actually 12!

    • take that take that

      yes, especially women from the mid west and south a lot of these women were 13, 14 sleeping with older men. Its a reason why no one truly knows “Grandma’s” age. All that back in my day we didnt xyz..Granny please the only difference is you guys were the ultimate sneaksters and Chameleons. The long azz happy day skirts can always be lifted.

      • Andrani

        lmao preach!!

      • kayla

        true!!! al ot my family is from the mid west and they were having babies at 13,14,15!!
        But they say it was for survival because the parents couldn’t afford to raise them anymore.

    • kb

      A lot of women born in the south had baby’s young back then is kept quiet though. My grand mom was 13 or 14, my friend’s grand mom as well. To be honest, I feel like there must have been a fair amount of abuse going , for young women to be so sexualized. Although they’ll never tell us.

  • alex

    i thought Oprah had another child out there somewhere…?

    • IllyPhilly

      Damn, really? That’s crazy what family do. I never Oprah’s story got out until now. Didn’t she have a movie that was something like that? I kind of remembering Oprah and/or Roseanne might have gotten r@ped and pregnant. One or both of them said that’s why they put on weight because they didn’t want to be attractive and go through that again.

      • alex

        yea im not sure…but its always seemed like oprah had and gave a child up for adoption

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