10 Celebrity Couples: Baby Before Marriage

Earlier this month, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced that they’re expecting their first child in the spring. And although they’ve been together for years, the longtime couple are not yet married.

But they’re not the only Hollywood couple to have a baby before the wedding. From Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied, let’s take a look at 10 high-profile couples that had a baby out of wedlock.

  • Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard:

In early November, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced that baby No. 1 is on the way. “They’re so excited — they’re both ecstatic. They can’t wait to become parents,” a friend revealed.

This will be the first child for the House of Lies actress, 32, and Shepard, 37, who began dating in 2007 and have been engaged for nearly three years.

Even with a baby on-the-way, the pair will not tie the knot until same-sex marriage is legal in California.

“We wouldn’t want to invite all of our friends who don’t have that right to celebrate us, who have that right,” Shepard. “We just don’t feel right about that.”

  • Snooki & Jionni LaValle:

Jersey Shore star  Nicole ‘Snooki‘ Polizzi announced her engagement and pregnancy at the same time. She gave birth to son Lorenzo in August and is still planning a wedding with fiancé Jionni LaValle.

“I want to get married and show my wedding and all my kids, my future kids, husband… the whole thing!” said Snooki.

And it sounds like they’re not in a rush to walk down the aisle.

“We’re gonna go to Vegas [for the bachelor/bachelorette parties],”Snooki said, and admitted they haven’t starting planning the wedding just yet. “Within a year or two,” added Jionni. “You know, first the baby then we’ll take that next step.”

  • Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves:

Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves welcomed two children – son Levi, 4, and daughter Vida, 2 – before they tied the knot.

The handsome couple were wed on June 9, 2012, in Austin, Texas. And just a few weeks later on July 4, the Magic Mike star announced they are expecting their third child.

Prior to walking down the aisle, Matthew and Camila shied away from questions about marriage. To deflect reporters, Matthew would often say, “The family that prays together, stays together.”

  • Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson:

Jessica Simpson and fiancé, retured football player Eric Johnson, welcomed daughter Maxwell in May.

After her high-profile divorce from musician Nick Lachey, Jessica is in no rush to wed this time around.

“We have not set a date,” the Fashion Star mentor, 32, recently said about getting married again. “It won’t be this year. We haven’t had time! I really want to do a big fun wedding with my friends and family.”

  • Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber:

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are proud parents to sons Sasha, 5, and Kai, 3.

So will the longtime couple get engaged and walk down the aisle one day?

“We’ll see,” Naomi said of marriage. “It’s never been that important to me. If it was important to our children, I would do it in a heartbeat. We’ll see.”

  • Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied:

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied welcomed son Aleph in June 2011. At the time, they were engaged to be married.

At the Academy Awards earlier this year, the pair were spotted wearing wedding bands on their ring fingers sparking rumors that they had secretly married.

But in August, the couple made it official and were wed in an intimate Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, Calif.

  • Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie:

For high-profile couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, it took years – and six children –  for them to finally commit to marriage.

“We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids,” Brad said before he popped the question to his longtime love. “We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”

And in April, the long-awaited engagement news hit the internet.

“Yes, it’s confirmed. It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time,” Brad’s rep stated.

  • Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick:

Reality TV stars Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have welcomed two children – son Mason, nearly 3, and daughter Penelope, 4 months – out of wedlock.

According to new reports, it sounds like Kourtney is pushing for an engagement — and a pre-nup.

“If anyone screws up in this marriage, it will be Scott, not Kourtney,” an insider said. “She’s no dummy. She’s protecting her and her children’s futures.”

In the past, Kourtney has opened up about her hopes to wed someday.

“I’d like to someday [marry] for my children, but I know that I’m just as committed as if I was married or not married,” she said.

  • Adele & Simon Konecki:

Adele and her boyfriend Simon Konecki recently welcomed their first child together, a son, on October 19.

While there’s no word on an engagement for the couple, we know Konecki doesn’t have commitment issues. The entrepreneur also has a 5-year-old daughter with his ex-wife.

The British singing sensation, 24, began dating charity boss Konecki, 38, in late 2011 and she announced their pregnancy news on her website in June, 2012.

  • Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler:

Former Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari and her football playing fiancé, Jay Cutler, welcomed their first child, son Camden, in August.

Is the pair ready to add to their family before tying the knot?

“We’ve talked about maybe having another baby first so we’ll see,” the new mama recently said about their wedding plans.“I want Camden to walk down the aisle, so it will be a few years yet.”

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  1. SMH

    Babies out of wedlock yet they are all still together. Maybe happier then those that are married.

    • Annonymous

      They forgot to put all the celebrities that had babies before marriage and are now in custody battles or broken up. They forgot to put the famous Halle Berry and Gabriel before marriage baby and now in a very bitter custody battle. They forgot to put Francois Pernault and his bitter child support battles in court who had a baby before marriage with his then supermodel girlfriend Linda Evangelista. They also forgot Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson and their child born before marriage and their custody battle. ETC

      It’s funny how they don’t put the celebrities that had children before marriage that didn’t work out well.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe they should put the ones that did it the RIGHT way (engagement, marriage, then baby). You know…. like

        Danica McKeller
        Adrienne Maloof
        Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
        Harrison Ford
        Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillipe
        Tiger Woods
        Heidi Klum & Seal

        Yep, all those people did it right, didn’t they? Those stupid people who have babies before marriage could learn a thing or two from these couples, couldn’t they?

        //sarcasm <–in case you really couldn't tell

        • Annonymous

          WTF? Actually almost all the people you just listed who got married then had babies were pregnant on their wedding day! Reese Witherspoon was pregnant on her wedding day with Ryan Phillipe. Heidi Klum was pregnant with another mans child who left her pregnant and they were unmarried when she married Seal while preggo with the last guy who left her. Jlo was a homewrecker and you really had to find the couples that were basically like the couples who had children before marriage the couples who were pregnant on their wedding day.

          • Anonymous

            You’re right about Reese Witherspoon, but with respects to the rest of them, YOU are the one who needs to get their facts straight.

            Heidi Klum was not pregnant with anyone’s child when she married Seal. Her daughter had already been born.

            Jennifer Lopez wasn’t pregnant on her wedding day either. She didn’t get pregnant until she had been married to Marc Anthony for FOUR YEARS.

        • Annonymous

          Having children before marriage AND having being pregnant on your wedding day are both disasters for a child to grow up in. Unmarried couples rarely last as long as a married couple and it’s been proven.(Halle Berry and Gabriel and Linda Evangelista and Francois Henri Pinault) It’s also well known that being pregnant on your wedding day isn’t going to end well because more then not you’re just marrying because you have a child together (Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe and Heidi Klum and Seal)

          Why don’t they post celebrity couples who ACTUALLY got engaged married then had babies. Not what you attempted to write couples that got pregnant then engaged and married, nice try though on trying to imply being married first before having babies won’t majority of the time work out when in actuality is does and has constantly been proven!

        • Annonymous

          Thanks for proving my point.
          Almost all the examples you listed are WRONG.
          Reese Witherspoon was pregnant on her wedding day.
          Marc Anthony didn’t get married first before having children he already had 3 children by 2 different women before he married JLO.
          Heidi Klum already had a daughter by another man when she married Seal also know as having a baby before marriage.


          • Annonymous

            Thank you anonymous for proving my point being married first then conceiving and having babies afterwards will make a relationship last way longer then not being married first before conceiving! You guys make this so easy to prove 😀

  2. Anonymous

    Where do you see judgement? I just saw a story on the facts, no morality lesson.

  3. Courtney

    @Anon Reese Witherspoon is a bad example she was 6 months pregnant with their daughter Ava when she married Ryan Phillipe. you can’t always paln when your gonna have a child. marriage doesn’t always work out and Jennifer Hudson is also a bad example as she’s still only engaged to be married with a 3 year old unmarried parents that are committed can raise well adjusted children Joely Richardson & Tim Bevan are divorced yet are committed to caring for their nearly 21 year old daughter Daisy who has a rare blood condition

  4. Soco

    What a damn shame. In my experience, being married before having children was by far the best thing we could have done for ourselves and children.

  5. Samyra

    I hope all you super judgmental people were certified virgins on your wedding, otherwise none of you did it ‘right’ either. Building a happy home with a healthy family life is the most important thing you can provide yourself and your children. Wrapping it up in marriage between a man and woman would be great however just being married is not the same as building a life with together two voices in harmony as if one.

  6. Jennie

    In a perfect world, a couple fall in love and get married, then decide to expand their family by adding a beautiful baby. Where its all sunshine and rainbows and happily ever after. Sadly, this is not a perfect world. Being married does not mean that they will be better parents than the “living in sin” couple down the street. That little piece of paper does not shield you from the all the difficulties that ALL couples face. It does, however, seem to make it far more difficult (and in some cases, ugly) when the relationship fails or worse…. some married couples stay together simply to avoid all the hassle, living in a loveless, openly bitter relationship. The kids are effected just as strongly when a non-married couple spilts as a married one.

    I applaud both married and non-married couples that work hard on their relationships and stay together in these difficult times, whether they have children or not. Its far too easy to give up and let everything tear down a relationship, so how about a little less judgement and actually appreciate the hard work these people put in. Its refreshing to see!

  7. Michele

    I’m not married and I’m having my first child with my boyfriend. I think that not everyone is the same. I know people married for 40 years and then divorce because all there life there with the father for the sake of the child which I thinks that BS! How are doing that for the sake of the child, your basically hiding the truth and lying to your kids that’s you’ve been happily married and your parents have this wonderful relationship. I think that you choose not to marry your decision nobody else’s. so before you go on and on about who’s married and that there stupid, check status rates there are more divorces then anything else. Proven fact! No matter where in the world. It takes more to be a good parent either married or not.

  8. Annonymous

    It’s all been proven if you have conceive a child before being married your relationship is extremely likely to fail. It’s sad for the children you brought into the world that a couple would want something like that for their kids. It’s not to judge but facts are facts.

    Even celeb couples who had kids prior to getting married or were pregnant on their wedding day or never got married rarely if ever last. That’s why people say get married first make the commitment that legal document and then start conceiving.

  9. Joseph

    This site is posting pics of unwed mothers for the same reason MTV has Teen Moms and E has the Kardashians, to subvert western democracies by destroying morality and the family unit.

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