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Sunny Leone has adopted a baby

10 other celebrities who chose to welcome a child into their lives via adoption

By Salva Mubarak  July 21st, 2017

“I truly believe that Nisha chose us, we didn’t chose Nisha,” said Sunny Leone, while announcing that she, along with husband Daniel Weber, has adopted 21-month- old Nisha Kaur Weber. Sunny is not the only celebrity who has gone through the adoption route to build a family. The most notable one, perhaps, is Angelina Jolie, who has adopted three children from three different countries.

Closer to home, Sushmita Sen made the unconventional decision to become a single mother to daughter Renee after adopting her at the age of 25. From Sandra Bullock to Sunny Leone, here are all the celebrities who have expanded their families via adoption.

11 celebrities who chose to adopt children

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, who played a mother who had adopted a kid in her movie Lion, admitted that the role came naturally to her. The actress had adopted two children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, Isabella (24) and Connor (22). She later had two biological kids with husband Keith Urban. “I suppose my maternal instincts and drive has always been there since I was little…and that’s a huge driving force of who I am, which is why I probably played it out in so many different ways,” she admitted in an interview with CNN, “I am a mother because I love being a mother.”

Raveena Tandon

Sushmita Sen wasn’t the only actress who made the unconventional choice of adopting kids at a young age. Raveena Tandon adopted two girls, Chhaya and Pooja, when she was just 21. The girls were the daughters of a distant relative who had fallen on hard times. The actress, later, had two biological kids with husband Anil Thadani. Earlier this year, Raveena shared pictures from her younger daughter Chhaya’s wedding ceremony in Goa, where she gave her away.

Katherine Heigl

The Grey’s Anatomy actress has two adopted children with husband Josh Kelley. Katherine adopted her son Naleigh from South Korea and daughter Adelaide from Louisiana, US.

“I wanted my family to look like the one I came from,” she once admitted in an interview, her elder sister Meg had been adopted from South Korea, “That’s how I always knew I wanted to adopt a kid from South Korea.” She completed her vision of a blended family by adopting daughter Adelaide in 2012. “Anyone who doesn’t have experience with adoption wonders ‘Does love for a child come through DNA?’ I knew it didn’t.”

Charlize Theron

The South African actress adopted Jackson in 2012 and August in 2015. Charlize opened up about the agonizing wait (it took two years to process Jackson’s adoption) when she came on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, by recounting how right it felt after that long wait to meet your child, “The only thing in my life that surpassed how great I thought it would be.” The 41-year old also revealed what it’s been like to be a single mother, “I have an incredible village that helps me raise these two beautiful kids.” When Ellen asked if she planned on having any more kids, her answer was a definite ‘No’.

Sharon Stone

After an auto immune disease kept her from having kids of her own, The Basic Instinct star adopted three kids: Roan (2000), Laird (2005) and Quinn (2006). “I am grateful my kids chose me, I’m a lucky mom,” she said in a speech, after receiving the ‘Mother of the Year’ award from her three kids at the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Mother’s Day Luncheon, in Beverly Hills, earlier this year.

In 2001, the actress suffered a stroke and subsequent brain hemorrhage. A few years later she got divorced from husband Phil Bronstein and lost custody of her son Roan. “I was raising a child from far away that I lost custody of in the beginning, when I really wasn’t, and probably shouldn’t have been, in court,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight

Angelina Jolie

Out of Angeline Jolie’s six kids, three have been adopted. The actress adopted Maddox Chivan, in 2002, with ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton, then three years later, she adopted Ethiopian orphan Zahara Marley. In 2007, she adopted Pax Thien, from Vietnam, with now ex-husband Brad Pitt. In an interview with Daily Mail the actress revealed that she felt closer to her adopted son Maddox than her own biological children and doesn’t believe genetics has anything to do with parental connection.

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer doesn’t like to talk about her children, especially her adopted daughter Claudia Rose. She had met David Kelly (her husband) while the adoption process was going on and didn’t know how to tell him that she was going to be a mother soon, “I was nervous about telling him, but I thought, this will separate the boys from the men,” she said in an interview with Telegraph. A year later they had a child, John Henry, together.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock has two adopted kids, Louis and Laila. In an interview with People magazine, she said, “I can tell you absolutely the exact right children came to me at the right time.” The actress, who adopted Louis a short while after separating from ex-husband Jesse James, had said in an interview to the same magazine, “There are so many variations of families out there that are perfect. My family looks nothing like I imagined it would. It’s better than I imagined.” After adopting 3 ½ year old Laila, in 2015, a journey that was spearheaded by her son Louis, according to her, she said, “My family is blended and diverse, nutty and loving and understanding. That’s family.”

Sushmita Sen

The former Miss Universe made waves back in 2000 when she adopted her first daughter, Renee Sen, at the age of 25, when her career was just taking off. “People, publicity managers, even my family members were apprehensive of my ‘bold’ move,” she admitted in an interview. Sushmita had to face a court battle to prove that she was eligible to be a single mother to her adopted daughter. “The fight was tough, but I still won and got my daughter,” she said. In 2009, Sushmita adopted another girl, Alisah Sen.

Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone announced recently that she has adopted a baby girl with husband Daniel Weber. The 21-month old girl has been named Nisha Kaur Weber, and was adopted from an orphanage in Latur, Maharashtra. The couple, who started the adoption process two years ago, told Hindustan Times that they didn’t think that they can afford to take time off from Sunny’s packed schedule to think about having kids of their own. On adoption, Sunny said, “It’s a responsibility for the rest of our lives. but we have been ready for that— physically, mentally and financially. We were working really hard because we wanted to start a family and this is the way it’s going to start, so it’s amazing.”