Mom-to-be Miranda Kerr bares her gorgeous baby bump in the December edition of W magazine. In the family issue, other celeb parents such as Katherine Heigl, Jenna Jameson, Usher and Madonna open up about the importance of family.
“For me, family is life,” says Miranda, 27, who was photographed in the buff at six and half months pregnant. “The decision to start one wasn’t complex at all,” the supermodel says and adds that she was in Paris when she found out she was expecting her first child with husband Orlando Bloom. “I was wondering why I’d been so sick.”
The newlyweds are banking on a gender surprise in the delivery room: “We’re keeping it a surprise.” Miranda has no issues with putting her professional ambitions on hold. “My career has been wonderful, but it’s not my life. I don’t feel pressure to get back to work.” As for the long-term future, the Aussie native plans on a happy family life. “My goal involves a hammock, a vegetable patch, and a solar-powered house. And I hope to eventually get there.”
Not only did Katherine Heigl and her daughter Naleigh grace the cover of the magazine, they also posed with their family (from left: Katherine Heigl, photographed in Los Angeles with daughter Naleigh, 23 months; mother Nancy; nephew Jake, 1; nephew Jason, 12; niece Madison, 9; and sister Meg, 35).
“Three or four days before I traveled to Atlanta to shoot Life as We Know It, I became Naleigh’s mother,” Katherine says. “I was about to play a woman who inherits a baby, and I was experiencing the same things as my character. I didn’t really want to let Naleigh out of my sight, but it’s not terribly realistic to have a baby in a trailer 12 to 14 hours a day,” the new mom says. Naleigh was born in Korea with a congenital heart problem that was corrected through open-heart surgery before Katherine and her husband, musician Josh Kelley, adopted her.
Katherine and her mother Nancy are very close-knit. Nancy has been Katherine’s manager since she began acting as a child and she now co-produces her films. “My sister, Meg, is Korean,” the Grey’s Anatomy alum says. “I hope, one day, she and Naleigh will be able to talk about what it’s like to be adopted.” Naleigh has been welcomed by a big family — as well as Katherine’s six dogs. “I knew there was no way in hell I was going to get rid of any of my dogs to make room for a baby,” Katherine jokes. “Naleigh loves them. Sometimes it reminds me of The Jungle Book. I’m like, Oh, my God—she’s being raised by animals.”
“I really don’t think I need to say, ‘Mommy was a porn star,’” Jenna Jameson says of explaining her former profession to Jesse and Journey, her 1 1/2-year-old twin sons with partner Tito Ortiz. “I feel like they’re going to know me and think, Mommy loved us so much that she quit everything and made us her job. And that’s what I did. The moment I decided to have children, I quit. I won’t even do a Maxim cover,” says the 37-year-old former porn star. Jenna says she was surprised to find herself a natural at breastfeeding, despite four implant operations—the last to have them removed. “I thought: I’m getting rid of these things. I don’t need them anymore.”
Raised in Las Vegas, the daughter of a showgirl and a cop, Jenna sold her $30 million porn empire to Playboy in 2006 and now lives in Huntington Beach, Calif. “It’s a really beautiful family community. And here I’m not ‘Jenna Jameson’; I’m just one of the moms who walk a double stroller every day,” she says. “I’m a normal girl with all the same worries and insecurities. I just happen to have done porn.”
“When you put the passion between a man and a woman up against having children, it doesn’t hold a candle. I’ve never known passion like what my children have helped me feel,” says divorced dad Usher, who shares custody of sons Cinco, 3 this month, and Naviyd, 2 in December, with ex-wife Tameka Foster.
“Mine was a little more of a rock star’s world before. When you have to childproof your house, everything changes—your furniture selection, your car selection,” he says of fatherhood. “You become a lot more conscious, or at least I did.” These days, he enjoys living in both worlds. “I’m here sitting by the pool with my kids just enjoying the simple moments of life. And then later on tonight I’ll have a party, the kids will go to bed, and the other Raymond will come out.”
“We have rules,” Madonna said about parenting her 14-year-old daughter Lourdes. “She can wear makeup when she goes to parties and special events. And ya know, there’s always a little bit of a discussion about how short the skirt is…or is there some cleavage showing. And I always say to her, ‘Do you want everybody to be staring at your breasts, or do you want people to talk to you?’”
The mother-daughter duo recently launched their Material Girl juniors clothing line for Macy’s. “The ’80s are another huge obsession of mine,” Lourdes said, and added, “which is totally amazingly awesome because Material Girl…HELLO! It’s like ’80s themed, which pretty much rocks, so yeah.”
“I think we complement each other, disagree on a few things,” said Madonna. “There’s definitely clashes,” Lourdes added, “but it all works out.” Naturally, the Material Mom had the last word. “I wouldn’t have worn this flannel shirt thing,” she added, pointing to her daughter’s garment, “but she looks good in it.”