More and more, people are waiting awhile before becoming parents. There are many reasons for this: maybe they're spending time focusing on their careers, or maybe they're just waiting until the time feels right. But the youngest celebrity parents made other plans. There are a number of celebrities who had kids before turning 21. Imagine welcoming a new baby into your life before you can even legally drink!
You might be surprised by some of these famous people who had children young. A few famous teen mothers, like Jamie Lynn Spears, caused quite the stir when they announced they were expecting. Others, like Lil Wayne, weren't in the public eye when they became parents.
None of this is intended to judge these celeb parents. Young parents are a reality, no matter what the social mores of the day might say. For better or worse, it's a topic that fascinates the public – just look at all the reality shows focusing on teen moms and dads. So, if you're of age, do what these celebrities couldn't: raise a glass to their families.
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use
Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," has had an impressive career. But her life wasn't always easy; she became pregnant with her first son, Clarence, at the age of 13.
Less than a year later, she gave birth to her second son, Edward. Because Franklin was so young and had already started her music career, her two children were raised by her grandmother and sister.
Lil Wayne first became a father at the age of 16, when his 15-year-old girlfriend, Toya Wright, gave birth to their daughter Reginae. The couple married in 2004, but they got divorced a few years later. The two reportedly remain close friends.
Solange Knowles was a young bride; she married Daniel Smith in February 2004, when she was 17 and he was 19. Later that year, the couple welcomed their first child, Daniel Jr. The couple divorced by the time Knowles turned 19, but the parents continue to co-parent their son.
Basketball player Lamar Odom had his first child at the age of 19. He and his high school sweetheart, Liza Morales, welcomed their daughter Destiny in 1998. Together they had two more children: Lamar Jr., born in 2002, and Jayden, born in 2005. Tragically, the couple lost their son Jayden when he suffocated in his crib at the age of six months.
Following the loss, Odom turned to drugs. Odom and Morales split, and he eventually married (and divorced) Khloé Kardashian.