Famous White Folks We Didn’t Know Were The Biological Parents Of Black Children

October 1, 2013  |  
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Maybe I’ve been living under a rock all of these years, but if someone told me last year that folk-singing, gravel-voiced Bob Dylan had a black daughter, I wouldn’t have believed them. But indeed, he does, and so do a wealth of other famous white folks whose music we listen to, see on-screen and watch on the catwalk. Some have just managed to keep their children out of the spotlight. But with paparazzi everywhere, these little know children (many now adults) managed to step into public view. Here are 10 white celebrities who are the biological parents of black children.

Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan

The legendary folk singer who has been making music since the early ’60s has also been making babies for quite a while too. Aside from the children he had during his first marriage, Dylan had a daughter by the name of Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan. Desiree’s mother is actually one of Dylan’s former background singers named Carolyn Dennis. They were married from 1986 to 1992, however, the relationship was kept a secret until a biography about Dylan’s life was released in 2001 called Down the Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan. Carolyn once said though that Bob was a great father despite them being kept on the low-low. Desiree, who is gay, is engaged to be married to longtime girlfriend Kayla Sampson and will tie the knot next year. No word yet on if Bob will attend…

Mick Jagger

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Mick Jagger

Jagger has quite a few kids, but his first child was actually Karis Hunt Jagger. The Rolling Stone singer had her with gorgeous model Marsha Hunt back in 1970. The former couple had a pretty passionate relationship, with Jagger sending the beauty a bevvy of letters that she eventually put up for auction. But was he really there for Karis? Not so much. It took a court battle for him to acknowledge paternity. But these days, they’re trying to patch up their relationship, and Karis even invited pops along for her wedding in 2000.

Ellen Pompeo


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Ellen Pompeo

The Grey’s Anatomy star recently spoke out about the lack of diversity at this year’s Emmys, and for some folks, it was the first time they realized that Pompeo is the mother of a beautiful black girl–so it all started to make sense. Her daughter, whose name is Stella Luna, was born in 2009, and she is the first child of Pompeo’s with her music producer husband, Chris Ivery.

Doutzen Kroes


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Doutzen Kroes

Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes is a happily married woman and mother. She’s married to DJ Sunnery James, who is also Dutch. They have a son together named Phyllon Joy Gorre, and he’s just the cutest bubbly baby. And did we mention that her husband is pretty darn cute too? Such a good-looking family!

Justin Chambers


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Justin Chambers

Another Grey’s Anatomy alum, Chambers has been married to his wife Keisha since 1993, back when he was trying to get his male model on in the world (he was a successful Calvin Klein model back in the day). The couple have five children together, including eldest daughter Isabella (above, born 1994), twins Maya and Kaila (1997), Eva (1999) and son Jackson (2002). The family happily resides in Los Angeles.

Peggy Lipton


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Peggy Lipton

Lipton, of Mod Squad and Twin Peaks fame, is the mother of Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones. The two women, who are well known in the entertainment industry (especially Rashida for her comedy work and writing) are her children from Lipton’s marriage to Quincy Jones. She took a hiatus from acting to raise both women when they were children. After marrying in 1974, they divorced in 1990.

Chris Noth


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Chris Noth

Even though Law and Order and Sex and the City actor Chris Noth says that his marriage to wife Tara Lynn Wilson has helped him receive a wealth of hate mail, their relationship has also helped bring about an adorable son by the name of Orion Christopher Noth. The cutie patootie was born in January 2008. The couple met years ago when Wilson was working at Noth’s music venue called The Cutting Room in New York City.

Robert DeNiro

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Robert DeNiro

Everyone knows that Robert DeNiro has always had a thing for black women, but many weren’t aware that the actor had a son named Elliot with his wife Grace Hightower. While the couple has a daughter born via surrogate, Elliot is their son without outside help (born in 1998). The couple try to keep the teenager out of the spotlight though, but they’ve been seen as a family out on vacation.

David Bowie

Of course you’re aware of David Bowie’s marriage to iconic model Iman. But did you know they have a young daughter together? The little lady’s name is Alexandria Zahra Jones (Jones is Bowie’s real last name) and she was born in August of 2000 (so she’s now about 13, the photo above is from when she was a few years younger). She can often be seen hand-in-hand with her mother on the streets of New York and London. She is the couple’s only child together, though Iman has a daughter named Zulekha from a previous marriage, and Bowie also has a son named Duncan from his own previous marriage.

Paul Wall

What it do baby, it’s da ice man Paul Wall. Sorry, I just always think of that when I think about the H-Town rapper. Anywho, Wall (aka, Paul Michael Slayton), is the father of two children that he had with his longtime girlfriend, Crystal. They have a son named William Patrick Slayton (born in 2006), and a daughter Noelle Slayton (born in 2007).

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