Dwyane Ain’t The First Or The Last: 15 Other Celebs Who’ve Fathered Love Children

January 2, 2014  |  
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These days, celebrity scandals are a dime a dozen. There are the cheating and sex scandals, the substance abuse scandals, and of course the paternity scandals. Dwyane Wade may be the most recent celeb to be outed for fathering a secret love child, but he certainly isn’t alone. Here are 15 other celebs who’ve fathered love children.

Dwayne Wade

Just one week after Wade’s engagement to Gabrielle Union, explosive details emerged about him fathering a son with another woman (while he and Gabby were on a break). Although we can’t help but give this situation a little side eye, both Dwayne and Gabrielle have been standing firm in defense of their relationship — and his other one on the side.


Apparently it’s secret love child season because the same week we found out about Dwyane Wade’s new seed, we found out Ludacris also had another kid on the side — while with longtime girlfriend Eudoxie. The baby, Cai Bella Bridges, was allegedly born on Dec. 9 to a woman named Tamika Fuller, and supposedly Ludacris, too, was on a “break” when he knocked up this other lady.

Adrian Peterson

In early October, the unfortunate death of Adrian Peterson’s illegitimate 2-year old son made headlines. But just weeks later, a Minnesota waitress revealed that Peterson had also fathered her 3-month-old daughter – his second secret love child. Few details have emerged since then regarding Peterson’s relationship with the waitress or child.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell shocked the world when word got out that not only was he going to be a father, but that he had impregnated the wife of “a good friend.” Messy.

Jesse Jackson

In 2001, Jesse Jackson revealed that he had cheated on his wife with Karin Stanford, a worker at his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition office, and that their affair had produced a child. In a statement to the public, Jackson said “This is no time for evasions, denials or alibis. I fully accept responsibility and I am truly sorry for my actions.”


While still in a relationship with Kim Porter, Diddy fathered his eldest daughter Chance with Atlanta based photographer Sarah Chapman. Chance is just five months older than his twin daughters, D’Lila Star and Jessie James.

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard’s many illegitimate children with various women are hardly a secret anymore. Royce Reed (his most famous baby mama) has even gone so far as to allege that Howard may have as many as eight secret children.

Steven Tyler

In 1977, a fling between Steven Tyler and model Bebe Buell produced future actress Liv Tyler, whom Steven wouldn’t find out was his real daughter until 1986.

Eddie Murphy

In 2010, Eddie Murphy denied fathering Mel B’s child Angel until a court ordered paternity test proved otherwise. He now has a total of eight children with four different women.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

In 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to the world that he’d fathered a child with housekeeper Mildred Baena while still married to Maria Shriver. Even worse? The illegitimate child was conceived right around the time that Maria became pregnant with their youngest son, Christopher. After those messy details were revealed, Maria filed for divorce with a quickness.

John Edwards

After a string of denials, presidential hopeful John Edwards came clean about fathering a secret child while still married to his wife of 33 years, Elizabeth. Long suffering with breast cancer, Elizabeth passed away before her pending divorce from John could be finalized.

Matthew Knowles

In 2010, Matthew Knowles made headlines for fathering a child with actress Alexsandra Wright. Though he initially denied the claims, a court ordered paternity test confirmed that he is in fact the father. He and Beyonce’s mother Tina have since split.

Joe Jackson

In 1974, Joe Jackson’s 25-year extramarital affair with Cheryl Terrell resulted in the birth of his youngest child Joh’Vonnie.

Michael Lohan

On an episode of The Trisha Goddard Show, Michael Lohan was declared the father of a 17-year old Montana teenager, who was conceived while Michael was still married to Dina.

Steve Jobs

Before his Apple days, Steve Jobs denied fathering a child with former girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan. It wasn’t until he was court ordered to take a blood test and proven the father that he accepted his responsibilities.

Chuck Norris

In his autobiography, “Against All Odds: My Story,” Chuck Norris reveals that he fathered a love child in the 1960’s. He didn’t learn about his daughter until nearly thirty years later, when she wrote him a letter.

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