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30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

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Being a teenage parent isn’t for the fainthearted. Not only are you thrust into adult responsibilities when you are barely one yourself, but you’re also likely to have little money and will probably have to rely on others to enhance the baby’s upbringing.

Of course, if you happen to be a gifted athlete or talented artist, chances are you might have already made more money than most people will in an entire lifetime and thus having a child in your teens doesn’t pose the same problems as it would for others.

Here are 30 famous parents who had kids in their teens.

1. Lil Wayne

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

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The much-maligned and idiosyncratic rapper became a dad at the tender age of 16 after a relationship with his first love Antonia Carter, with the couple marrying on Valentine’s Day in 2004.

Not that it lasted. The priggish star, who has recently come under the radar for not speaking out about the Black Lives Matter movement, saw his marriage crumble only two years later.

2. Aretha Franklin

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

Aretha Franklin is a name that needs little introduction, and her contribution to the music industry is one which is now as esteemed as any other legendary artist, but few know about her earlier life.

In fact, Franklin’s road to superstardom, just like contemporary artists like Tina Turner, was fraught with difficulty and mishap, and after giving birth to her first child at 14 and a second the following year, Franklin was a mother of two sons at 15.

3. LeBron James

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

Unlike Hollywood actors and touring musicians, star athletes are often encouraged to settle and start a family to help maintain their focus and preserve their training regimes as opposed to going out and seeking hedonistic enjoyments.

It’s little surprise then that one of the world’s most famous athletes became a parent at 19, a kid he shares with his childhood sweetheart and wife, Savannah Brinson.

4. Roseanne Barr

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

Roseanne Barr’s standup career has taken her on an extraordinary journey, but her path to the upper echelons of show business wasn’t easy.

Indeed, Barr’s pregnancy, which occurred while sectioned in a Utah mental health hospital, led her placing it up for adoption when she was only 18 because of financial hardships.

5. Lamar Odom

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

The former L.A. Lakers forward’s troubles have been well-documented in recent years, with his highly-publicised personal breakdown and the subsequent split from wife Khloe Kardashian seemingly suggesting never-ending hole of doom for Odom.

But that does not indicate that Odom’s life was any better before celebrity. In fact, the former NBA star was thrust into parental duties at only 18 when he had a child with ex-girlfriend Liza Morales. Going on to have two more children with Liza, one would sadly die after only six months after suffering from SIDS.

6. Bristol Palin

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol received national media attention when she gave birth to her first child aged just 17 because Sarah Palin had been promoting abstinence while running for Vice President when news of the pregnancy came to light.

Palin’s daughter Bristol then revealed to US Weekly that she had initially kept the pregnancy a secret and hoped that her mother could accept her and her boyfriend’s actions.

7. T.I.

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

The rapper and convicted felon T.I. made news for his condemnation of black celebrities like Kanye West and Steve Harvey openly meeting with President Trump, news that nowadays makes far more headlines than his music does. Not that T.I. is likely concerned. He has a huge family.

Yes, the hitmaker has 7 children, all conceived from the same woman, his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, with their first and oldest, Messiah Ya’Majesty Harris, born when the musician was 19-years-old.

8. Anna Nicole Smith

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

The iconic Playboy model and actress was born and raised in a traditional town in Texas and thus did what was expected when she married high school boyfriend Billy Wayne Smith aged 17.

Almost nine months later, a baby boy called Daniel Wayne Smith followed before they divorced in 1993. Aged 40, Smith sadly died of a drug overdose.

9. Shirley Temple

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

The all-conquering singer, actor and dancer’s teenage years weren’t easy. First marrying at 17 and then giving birth to their first child at 19, Temple divorced her film star husband John Agar and 11 days later, married someone else!

It may sound rather naughty and even immoral, but she did prove that it was meant to be as Temple and second husband Charles Alden Black stayed together until his death in 2005.

10. Naomi Judd

30 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Teen Parents

Naomi Judd has achieved a lot in her life, and as well as entertaining country music lovers for the best part of four decades, the brazen character’s self-belief and strength can arguably be traced back to when she was only 18.

Shockingly, Judd’s first child, Wynonna, whom she had at 18, would quickly be without a father following his decision to abandon Naomi shortly after the birth, while her second child, the now famous actress Ashely Judd, was also raised without a father.

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