All dads deserve recognition on Father’s Day, but when celebrity dads adopt, the whole world watches, scrutinizing their every move. Fatherhood can be stressful under any circumstances, but these celebrity dads manage with grace and perseverance, reaping the rewards of the pattering of little feet around the house.
Sir Elton John and his filmmaker husband David Furnish are the parents of two boys, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John who was born in December 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, who arrived in January 2013. According to the Daily Mail, Zachary and Elijah are half-brothers, who were born to the same surrogate mother.
Sir Elton and Furnish began a relationship in 1993 and planned to adopt a baby from a Ukraine orphanage in 2009. They were turned down, though, due to marital status and age. But Sir John, 67, and Furnish, 52, are embracing fatherhood with their little ones. Sir Elton is touring in multiple US cities this year, including Charlotte, Spokane, Denver, and Brooklyn.
Brad Pitt has six reasons to celebrate Father’s Day. Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie have six children. Jolie adopted Maddox in 2002, and Pax in 2007; Pitt adopted the children in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Pitt adopted a little girl, Zahara in 2006, nearly a year after Jolie adopted her from Ethiopia in 2005. The couple has three biological children, Shiloh, who is 8, and twins Knox and Vivienne, who are 5.
Pitt, who has received two Academy Award nominations, and won a Golden Globe Award, has a tight-knit family; in Maleficent (2014), three of the children have small roles, including Vivienne, who plays Young Princess Aurora. According to ABC News, the youngster received coaching from mom and dad.
Crooner Lionel Richie sings of ladies and love, but in the 1980s, it was all about the love of a child. Nicole Camille Escovedo was born in 1981, and because her biological parents had financial problems, she moved in with the Richie’s at age three. Six years later, they officially adopted Nicole. According to biography.com, Lionel and his wife indulged Nicole, possibly to allay the guilt they felt for divorcing.
Richie, who won numerous musical awards and has sold 100 million albums around the world, has two other children, Miles and Sofia and two grandchildren, Harlow and Sparrow. Lionel Richie is touring this summer throughout the US, including Las Vegas, Memphis and Boston.
Actor Tom Cruise has played many roles throughout his illustrious career, but his real-life role is that of Dad. His children are Bella and Connor, whom he adopted with Nicole Kidman after they were married in 1990, and Suri, his young daughter with ex-wife Katie Holmes. Bella and Connor, who are young adults, stayed with their father in 2001 after their parents divorced and Kidman moved to Australia. Holmes, who divorced Cruise in 2012, has custody of Suri. According to Celebuzz, Cruise is a doting father to Suri.
Cruise made his acting debut in 1981 in “Endless Love” and “Taps.” He’s made 34 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award three times and is a three-time Golden Globe Award Winner.