From Neil Patrick Harris to Clay Aiken, these dads aren't shy about embracing fatherhood.
Being a parent is hard enough as it is, much less being a gay celebrity with kids. Ask anyone with children, and more likely than not they will admit being a parent isn’t easy. Now just imagine managing the stress of taking care of your child’s basic needs and nailing that Oscar role while finding the best surrogate mother possible or depending on the country, even fighting laws to have your marriage recognized in order to adopt.
Although they may have to overcome a few more obstacles biology-wise, gay celebrities are starting families of their own and are proudly showing off their little ones to whoever will listen. Perhaps it’s the fact that gay celebs do have to actively choose to have a child, whether through surrogate or adoption, that makes them so gung-ho about parenting. To honor those parents who have gone above and beyond, here’s a list of a few of our favorite gay dads.
Neil Patrick Harris. He may play a womanizer on How I Met Your Mother, but in reality, Neil is more of a family man. We first got wind of his baby craze when he tweeted that he was a father (via a surrogate) in October. Six months later, Neil is as devoted as ever.
And he can’t seem to stop sharing every happy dad moment. He recently took to his Twitter account to share his excitement about being a father with anyone who has access to the Internet. Proudly posting a picture of his twin boys, Harper and Gideon, Neil tweeted, "Relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. My heart is full of love." Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka's Twins Born
Elton John. Sir Elton John does everything with flair, including parenting. He and his partner David Furnish welcomed their baby boy, Zachary, on none other than Christmas Day. After being denied adoption rights from the Ukraine due to his age and homosexuality (the Ukraine does not honor same-sex partnerships and requires marriage for adoption), Elton was overjoyed to finally start a family at 62 and said that his most important concern was "making sure the child knew he loved him." Elton John & David Furnish Welcome Their First Son
And Elton and David aren’t giving up on Lev. Speaking passionately, Elton said, "It makes me cry. I will get him out. This is the boy who changed my heart, who planted the seed. I’ll never give up on him."
Ricky Martin. Although Ricky didn’t confirm his homosexuality publicly until March of last year, he wasted no time in having children—single or not. In December 2008 Ricky became the proud papa of twin boys Valentino and Matteo through a surrogate Ricky Martin: I'm A Fortunate Homosexual Man. He told People.com that he was dedicated to being a father, and was making do without a nanny despite being a single parent.
"I'm doing this on my own because I don't want to miss a moment," Ricky said during the first few months of becoming a dad. "I'm the one who changes the diapers, the one that feeds them, the one that bathes them, the one that puts them to sleep."
The pop star did admit to needing a personal assistant to take care of him during the whole ordeal—with two twin boys on his plate, someone has too.
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