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Naomi Campbell Shuts Down Speculation That She Adopted Her Daughter — What We Know About The Father

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Naomi Campbell has opened up about motherhood as she showed her daughter's face for the first time in a recent Vogue shoot.

The 50-year-old supermodel welcomed her baby girl in May 2021, revealing her to the world via a heartfelt post she shared on Instagram and Twitter.

"A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother," she wrote at the time.

Several of the fashion industry’s most famous names congratulated Campbell in the comments of the post, including Marc Jacobs and Donatella Versace.

“So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel," the model continued. "There is no greater love.”

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Now, Campbell is gushing about life as a mom as her little one makes her debut in the fashion world.

"She is the biggest blessing I could ever imagine. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done," Campbell told Vogue while explaining that very few people knew she was planning on becoming a mom before her daughter arrived.

The shock announcement of her newborn left some wondering how the child's birth came to be.

Who is the father of Naomi Campbell’s baby?

It is believed that the baby was born via surrogate as Campbell showed no signs of a baby bump before the birth. She also has yet to disclose any information about the baby’s father and whether he will be involved in her and her daughter's life.

In her Vogue interview, Campbell didn't provide any further details about the birth apart from to say, “She wasn’t adopted – she’s my child.” 

Naomi Campbell was reportedly dating a US businessman.

At the time of her child's birth, Campbell was reported to have been living with and dating a secret boyfriend for around 18 months. 

The identity of the mystery man has not been disclosed and it is unclear if they are still together or if he is the father of her daughter.

That said, other theories about the identity of her baby's father have surfaced.

Campbell's most recent public relationship was with Liam Payne.

Campbell doesn’t appear to have had any public relationship since she was linked to One Direction’s Liam Payne.

The pair had a short-lived fling that began late in 2018, before parting ways in early 2019.

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Given the timing and the fact that Payne was engaged to model Maya Henry when Campbell's daughter was born, it seems unlikely he is the baby's father.

Prior to that, Campbell was involved with British grime star Skepta.

In 2018, it was rumored that Campbell was pregnant with Skepta's baby.

The pair appeared to go public with their relationship in March of that year after speculation dating back to 2016. However, the British GQ article some saw as an announcement of their relationship status didn't go as far as to confirm the talk of romance between them.

Then in July, Skepta shared an image of a sonogram that was labeled "Baby Adenuga." Skepta’s real name is Joseph Junior Adenuga.

However, Campbell shut down pregnancy rumors when she posted a bikini photo that showed no signs of a bump.

The pair are believed to have broken up around this time but continue to show support for one another on social media from time to time.

Skepta later revealed he and a partner he dated prior to his rumored relationship with Campbell had tried to have a baby together for a long time.

And briefly following her rumored breakup with Skepta, Campbell was thought to be dating Nigerian rapper Wizkid.

The notoriously private supermodel never gave an official statement on the rumors of her relationship with Wizkid. And if they were together, there seems to be no specific information available on when they broke up.

Of course, none of that has kept his name from being floated as the potential father of her baby.

Others speculated Campbell's daughter may be adopted or may have been carried by a surrogate.

Campbell has not revealed how her daughter was conceived but has previously opened up about not feeling confined to taking the stereotypical route into motherhood.

Campbell kept the impending arrival of her newborn private until now, but she has made no secret of her desire to have children in the past.

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In 2017, she said, “I think about having children all the time ... But now with the way science is I think I can do it when I want,” appearing to reference surrogacy, IVF and other reproductive options.

Some people feel the presence of what appears to be a hospital arm band around Campbell's wrist In the photo she posted indicates she was present for the baby's birth.

"Looks like she was present for the birth by the arm band," one Redditor wrote. "I would guess she used a surrogate with her own eggs as freezing them has been LA popular for so long & she's been talking about wanting kids forever. Yay! Good for her. That baby's gotta be gorgeous!"

Campbell, who resides part-time in Kenya, has also discussed being open to the idea of adoption, having spent time meeting children from orphanages in Africa.

At the time, she appeared undecided regarding whether or not she would prefer to adopt or have a biological child.

She did, however, state that she didn’t plan to become a single parent. Campbell was raised by a single mother and grandmother after her parents split while her mother was pregnant.

“I do want a father figure,” she said. “I think it’s important.”

In 2019, when asked about having children Campbell said, "Not yet — I'll see what the universe brings me."

As a woman who has dominated the modeling industry for decades, Campbell’s openness towards non-traditional motherhood reflects a changing world where women aren’t held back by the pressure to become a mother at a certain age or to sacrifice their career for parenthood.

We wish her and her new baby all of the best.

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Alice Kelly is a senior news and entertainment editor for YourTango. Based out of Brooklyn, New York, her work covers all things social justice, pop culture, and human interest. Keep up with her Twitter for more.

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