Are You My Daddy? Celebs Confronted By Grown Kids Claiming To Be Theirs
The good always comes with the bad and while these celebrities have enjoyed fame and fortune, they have also had to deal with their share of paternity suits and people popping up alleging to be their children.
Muhammad Ali is as famous for his accolades in the boxing ring as he is for the children he’s had outside of it. Hey Laila! The great boxing legend recently made headlines when his alleged daughter from a 20-year extramarital affair popped up. Kiiursti Mensah Ali said that she has a 1988 DNA test to prove that Ali is her father and that he agreed to have his name on her birth certificate. She also said that Ali used to come around when she was smaller but had stopped after he married his fourth wife and expressed her wish to see him one last time before he passes.
We first heard about Brando Murphy when Eddie Murphy filed a lawsuit against the up and coming comedian for booking gigs under the false pretense that he was the famous actor’s son. Brando turned around and filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit of his own claiming that the “Beverly Hills Cop” star was determined to ruin his career. Brando defended his decision to change his last name to Murphy and alleged he never tried to pass himself off as the son of the famous comedian despite starring in a stage act along with Richard Pryor’s son titled “Sons of Comedy.”
Michael Jackson’s fans were stunned when he unexpectedly passed away in 2009. Three years after the King of Pop died, 31-year-old Brandon Howard held a press conference to announce that he was Jackson’s son and he had DNA results to prove it. His mother, R&B singer Miki Howard, was represented by Joe Jackson back in the day. Some had speculated that Howard was the woman Jackson referred to in his hit song “Billie Jean.” She came forward to shoot those rumors down but did not confirm or deny whether or not the very famous singer fathered her child. DNA tests took care of that false claim.
Many of us grew up with Bill Cosby playing America’s favorite dad on television but in 1997 he was accused of being someone’s father in real life. The comedian/actor had strayed during his marriage to wife Camille and admitted that the 22-year-old who came forward could very well have been his child. Autumn Jackson was accused of trying to extort money from the funny man in exchange for her silence. Cosby admitted that he did have an affair with Jackson’s mother back in the day.
When he was alive, James Brown was dubbed the hardest working man in show business but he was just as busy off of the stage. Brown had a lot of children and he acknowledged nine of them, including some conceived through extramarital affairs. But six years after his death, James Curtis came forward to say that the “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” singer was his father. He alleged that Brown met his 13-year-old mother at a juke joint in Augusta, GA and got her pregnant. His mother, who had already passed away when he came forward, had shown her son pictures of her and Brown together and Curtis always believed that the famous singer was his father.
Michael Jordan has admitted to being unfaithful on numerous occasions during his marriage to first wife Juanita. That’s probably why few people raised their eyebrows when 16-year-old Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds came forward claiming that he was the Hall of Famer’s illegitimate son. His mom Pamela Smith had filed a paternity suit alleging that Jordan fathered her child but it was dismissed after it was proven that her ex-husband was her son’s father. But that didn’t stop the teen from going public with the outrageous claim.
Strom Thurmond was a staunch conservative Republican who was infamously opposed to integration. Interestingly, that didn’t stop him from having an affair back in the day with his 16-year-old maid who was Black. The former U.S. Senator lived to be 100 but soon after his 2003 death, Mae Washington-Williams came forward to disclose her lineage. Thurmond never acknowledged his biracial daughter when he was alive but following his death, his family verified Washington-Williams’ claim.
Martial artist expert Chuck Norris has been an outspoken Christian and has penned several Christian-themed books. But in his 2004 tell-all biography, the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star admitted that he had stepped out of his marriage and the extramarital affair produced a child. Norris didn’t learn about his daughter until she was 26 years old and wrote him a letter. Upon their first meeting, he said he knew she was his daughter as soon as he laid eyes on her.
Gavin Rossdale found love with Gwen Stefani and made an honest woman out of the No Doubt singer. Ten years and two children into their marriage, Rossdale found out he had another child. When he was 23 years old, the Bush leader singer had a fling with another woman and she became pregnant but he assumed the child was her boyfriend’s. In 2004, DNA tests proved that Rossdale was the biological father. His oldest daughter Daisy is now a model.
As soon as she could, a young Madonna left her hometown in Michigan for the Big Apple in hopes of pursuing her dreams of becoming a singer. She wound up becoming one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. But in 2010, a 36-year-old man came forward to say that the Material Girl had an illegitimate child long before she became successful and even released a trailer for the movie “Material Boy” that was supposed to chronicle his life after he was abandoned by Madonna. Needless to say, the movie never made it to theaters.