Tyra Banks’ new show, FabLife, is tackling all of the difficult questions, including those that have to do with fertility. Tyra and co-host Chrissy Teigen recently opened up about their struggle with starting and expanding a family during a segment on the new series.
“I will say, honestly, John and I are having trouble,” said Chrissy who has been married to singer John Legend for two years. “We would have kids five, six years ago if it’d happened. But my gosh, it’s been a process!”
Tyra Banks also chimed in by sharing her struggles with fertility. “I am so tired of seeing on my social media, ‘Why don’t you have kids? Why don’t you have kids?’ You don’t know. You don’t know what I’m going through,” said the model.
She further explained, “When I was 23 years old, I used to tell myself, ‘In three years I’m gonna have kids.’ Then I turned 24. ‘In three years I’m gonna have kids.’ And then just every single year I kept saying that. And then, after a while it’s like, OK, now I want to—and it’s not so easy.”
Summer may be almost over but the Carters are still celebrating. Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue were photographed while vacationing with friends on Sainte Marguerite island in Cannes on September 16, 2015. The Carters are joined on their trip by Kelly Rowland, her husband Tim Witherspoon and their son Titan.
Beyonce is a firm believer in parents having a bit of “me time” away from the kids. In fact, she encourages mothers to strive to keep their identity after giving birth. “Just because you become a mother, doesn’t mean you lose who you are,” said the star during the debut of her latest album. “You can have your child, and you can still have fun, and still be sexy and still have dreams for yourself.”
Blue is Beyonce and Jay-Z’s only child together. Titan is Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Witherspoon’s son.
R&B singer CeCe Peniston and actress Kellie Williams were the latest celebrities to swap lives on the most recent episode of Celebrity Wife Swap. Sparks definitely flew as traditional met less conventional.
Kellie Williams is one who prides herself on the traditional role of being the supportive wife and stay-at-home mom. The actress’ husband, Hannibal Jackson, is the family’s breadwinner as the owner of a lucrative IT company. Although their living conditions are a bit cramped on the East coast, the Jacksons make due with what they have and strive for goals as a united force.
On the other side of the country, literally, CeCe Peniston is living the dream of glitz and glamour in Arizona. The 90’s sensation travels the country and spends most of her spare time in the gym instead of cooking and cleaning at home. In addition, CeCe has a supportive partner at home in the form of her fiance who rubs her feet and tends to her every need.
The variations between the two families are immediately evident the moment that Kellie and CeCe swap lives. See what happens below. Celebrity Wife Swap airs weekly at 10 p.m. (ET) on ABC.
Kimora Lee Simmons Leisser had the support of her son Wolfe and her husband Tim Leissner as she unveiled her 2016 Spring collection during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2015 in New York City.
Tim cradled their son as Kimora informed attendees at her New York presentation of the inspiration behind her latest collection. “I’m married, I have a new baby. I have a holding company and a collection. But no matter how I feel or look on any given day, I want to feel smart and empowered,” said the businesswoman.
Kimora further explained, “I design for a modern woman who’s a mover and a shaker. Right now that’s me — I’m finishing renovating a new apartment near Madison Avenue, and one minute I’m here doing business, and the other part of the day, I’m schlepping around ABC Carpet & Home with my hair on top of my head. People stop me and say, ‘Kimora, you look so real.’ And I’m like, what do you mean by real? I know what they mean and it’s not good!”
In trying to change such perspective, Kimora is placing more of her attention on fashion. “Nowadays, if you see me on the big screen, it’s about fashion. It’s not about what crazy things my kids are doing anymore,” said the star at her unveiling.
Wolfe is Kimora’s only child with Tim Leissner. The fashion mogul has four kids in all.
You may not be familiar with Abraham Attah right now, but you will know who he is in coming years. The 14-year-old was one of the youngest recipients of the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival that took place this past Saturday. Abraham’s work in the upcoming Netflix original Beasts of No Nation greatly impressed judges and fans at the event.
“[He had] zero film experience, little education,” said film director Cary Fukunaga. However, “he became a somewhat professional actor, which was astounding to watch.” Cary was amazed at Abraham’s ability to hone in on his emotions, especially after randomly discovering him with his friends in Ghana.
“We were playing football on our school field when a white man came and said, ‘We need some boys for a movie,'” said Abraham during a press conference. “We went to a TV station in Ghana for an audition and…I was cast.”
Beasts of No Nation is a dramatic war film that centers around a child soldier who fights for his country. The film is expected to make its official debut on October 16, 2015. For now, watch Abraham Attah and Cary Fukunaga take on the press!
Kim Kardashian-West’s pregnancy style is setting new trends this time around, and the Reality TV star says it’s all thanks to confidence. Kim tells subscribers of her newly launched website and app that her maternity fashion sense is much better now than when she was expecting North.
“Everyone used to say Kourtney had the best pregnancy style, so I would borrow a dress she wore when she was pregnant,” says Kim of the outfits she chose to wear while pregnant with her daughter. “It did not look the same,” exclaims the star. “The side-by-side comparisons were just not good for my soul, so I finally had to figure out my own style that worked for ME!”
In figuring out her style, Kim learned that confidence is key. “This time around, I know what I like — plus, I am confident and not trying to hide my bump. I actually want to accentuate it.” Accentuating includes long coats. “Yes, long coats to cover my fat arms and a**,” shares the star. “It’s such a trip how your body grows and changes, and at the end of the day, you have to wear what you are comfortable in and what you feel good in.”
Kim goes on to say, “I actually am a few pounds heavier this pregnancy than my last, yet somehow I look so different. Maybe it’s because you carry a boy differently than a girl, maybe it’s because I don’t have the swelling that I had last time when I had preeclampsia, OR maybe it’s because I am confident in my style and know what to expect.”
Kim and husband Kanye West are expecting their son to arrive in winter. He will be their second child.
With two daughters and a husband, Stephen Curry, who loves her to no end, Ayesha Curry is feeling fortunate. The celebrity mom recently took to Instagram to express gratitude for her family.
“Feeling so blessed,” shared Mrs. Curry along with a picture of daughters Riley and Ryan. The celebrity also posted a picture of little Ryan by herself. “My sweet baby girl will officially be 2 months old in a couple of hours,” captioned Ayesha underneath. “Her sweet, gentle spirit is just what we needed in our family. I feel so blessed to be her mama!!! Love my girls”
The Currys welcomed the newest member of the family on July 10, 2015. Although she was already a parent, Ayesha told fans that she was a bit nervous about mothering Ryan. “I began to worry more about becoming a second-time mom,” shared Mrs. Curry with The Bump a few weeks back. “I wasn’t sure I was cut out for the job. I had it all together with Riley and my love overflowed for her, but I had this underlying fear of having the ability to do it again.”
All anxiety went away the moment that Ryan was born. “God created a special place in my heart that is just for her, as he did for Riley and as he did when I fell in love with my husband.”
This year’s ‘Beyond Summer’ celebration was a hit as many celebrities came out to support Robi Reed in her efforts to advocate for good health. Boris and Nicole Kodjoe along with Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Dondre Whitfield were a few of many celebrities to attend the event at a private Los Angeles estate on Sunday. Also in attendance were Blackish stars Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner.
Robi began her organization in 2002 during an informal gathering with family and friends. What was meant to be a casual backyard cookout turned into the beginning of a movement that currently funds and encourages healthy living. To date, the Reed For Hope Foundation has informed thousands of the importance of keeping up with annual physical examinations, and donated an abundance of money to studies that search for better ways to provide medical care to the public.
Reed is currently encouraging fans to donate at least $1 to the cause in addition to spreading the word about wellness to family and friends. See more pictures from Sunday’s event below. Learn more about the Reed For Hope Foundation here.
Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Mel B, is taking over New York City. The celebrity mom stepped out in the Big Apple on Monday night with her daughters, and all members of the family looked fabulous.
The America’s Got Talent judge wore a form-fitting beige skirt with white top that showed off her curves. Little Madison matched mom’s attire with a beige and white dress that fluffed out at the waist.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is taking fashion tips from her famous mom and is creating her own style. Brown recently shared a picture of her eldest daughter rocking a black dress with shoes. “I have no words apart from take off my shoes and dress NOW,” captioned Mel underneath the picture of Phoenix wearing items from her closet.
In addition to dressing in a more mature manner, Phoenix is exploring the art of driving. “I am the worst backseat driver person or whatever you want to call it,” said Mel during a recent interview. “My anxiety levels go through the roof. She is 16, so I am like, ‘Mind that f***ing kerb! Get me out of the f***ing car!’ I get anxiety.”
Melanie Brown has one child, Madison, with husband Stephen Belafonte. The singer has three kids in all.
Yara Shahidi is getting young girls excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Black-ish star has partnered with DoSomething.org and 3M to inspire girls to explore the sciences and pursue careers in engineering.
The actress, along with the two organizations, have formed a campaign called Science Sleuth that revolves around an SMS text message game that lets players discover the joys of math and science while funding STEM schools in Minnesota. The game is a sort of mystery that challenges girls to use their intellect when progressing to various levels. After successfully completing the game, players will have unlocked grants that will help various students in Minnesota.
“I’m so excited to be a part of this campaign because I love STEM and I’m currently taking AP Calculus and Honors Chemistry,” says Yara of the partnership. “I think it’s so cool that DoSomething.org and 3M are encouraging more young women to pursue STEM in a fun way that really resonates with teens. I also love that real classrooms in Minnesota are going to receive funding since I’m from Minnesota!”
You can learn more about Science Sleuth here. Watch Yara Shahidi’s PSA below.
Ariah Housley is melting the hearts of many. The 2-month-old recently made her television debut on The Real with mom and dad by her side.
Tamera and Adam Housley couldn’t help but gush about their newborn. “She is so loving,” shared Tamera with audience members. “She has the calmest spirit. I swear you guys, she’s like such an old soul. She is such a blessing.”
Adam also talked about his daughter. “She definitely takes after her mother, thankfully,” said the FOX correspondent. “[She’s] still kind of mommy’s girl because she has to be with mommy so much. But she always falls asleep in my arms,” added Mr. Housley.
The celebrity couple welcomed their daughter in July, and recently introduced her to PEOPLE magazine subscribers. “It seems like just yesterday, I was waiting for Ariah to make her appearance into the world,” wrote Tamera in a blog post about Ariah’s editorial showing. “Not going to lie, I loved keeping her all to myself. But when People Magazine asked if they could take part in her unveiling, I couldn’t say no.”
Ariah is Tamera and Adam Housley’s second child. The couple also have a son named Aden who will celebrate his third birthday in November.
It’s not that Gabrielle Union doesn’t want kids, it’s just that she has a booming career that won’t allow her to start a family. The actress tells Redbook magazine that her life as an actress poses a challenge to her dream of becoming a mother.
“So far, it has not happened for us,” says Gabrielle of her and husband Dwyane Wade’s hopes for having kids. “A lot of my friends deal with this,” adds the star.
Mrs. Wade further explains, “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”
In that scarlet letter is a great deal of prejudice as Gabrielle explains, “The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit. You can’t have a bad day. Don’t you dare cry at work. Don’t raise your voice. Especially if you’re a black woman in corporate America — now you’re ‘the angry black woman.”
Do you think the veteran actress is right? Are there embedded biases in corporate America that make juggling motherhood with career aspirations difficult? Share your thoughts below!
Jessica Bartholomew is a surrogate no more, thanks to Sherri Shepherd. The 33-year-old agreed to helping the television personality have baby Lamar over a year ago, and has experienced nothing but hardship ever since.
“I will never help another mother have a baby,” says Jessica. “Sherri put me and my family through so much emotionally and almost ruined me financially so I will never trust anyone to go through that again.”
Bartholomew further comments on Sherri and ex-husband Lamar Sally’s troubled relationship by telling the Daily Mailthat she was unaware of the turmoil that the former couple was encountering.
“If I had known this was Sherri’s attempt to save her marriage,’ says Jessica, ‘there is no way I would have agreed to this surrogacy. Since when has a baby saved a marriage? Never.”
In addition, Jessica tells Daily Mail that she didn’t get much from the deal. “I received $25,000 to be the surrogate. But ironically, because of a medically induced medical condition I was out of work from May until October so I really didn’t make any money on this arrangement, I actually went into a hole.”
Little Lamar is Sherri Shepherd’s only son with Lamar Sally Sr. He celebrated his first birthday earlier this year. Sherri was ordered to pay child support for little Lamar a few weeks ago. She currently gives her ex-husband $4,100 per month for care.
Zendaya Coleman posed for photographers before heading inside of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Arena to judge the 2016 Miss America Pageant on Sunday. Coleman’s fashion style resembled that of Hollywood tradition as her silver gown was ankle length and the matching accessories were elegant yet noticeable. The K.C. Undercover star was more than thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Miss America Pageant.
“It’s great to be part of a show that celebrates women who are in college or graduated, and striving to make the world a better place through their chosen platform, ranging from domestic violence and bullying to cancer research and female empowerment, while also embracing beauty and fashion,” said Miss Coleman in a statement shortly after being selected as a judge in the competition. “I remember watching Miss America as a kid so it’s an honor to help celebrate the 95th anniversary of the competition and to help select the next Miss America.”
Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell was the winner of this year’s pageant, and the recipient of a $50,000 scholarship. Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1983, also served as a judge in the competition.