Did You Know They Were Teen Moms?
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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: Allure, Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, Self, and Shape.
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.
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.
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.
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.