Anyone who’s ever YouTube-d Arnold Schwarzenegger was probably not surprised to hear that the Terminator fathered a love child. But you may be surprised at some of the other celebrities that have fathered secret love children that eventually surfaced in socially-embarrassing ways .
Sure Liv Tyler sort of acts. But her only important role is Steve Tyler’s daughter; his only daughter, or so I thought until earlier this morning. But she’s not his only kid. Mia Tyler was born in 1978, little more than a year after her older half-sister.
Mia Tyler’s mother is Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler, Steven Tyler’s wife at the time. Liz is actually the love child. Steven hooked up with her Playboy-model mother Bebe Buell (really) in 1977. For the first 9 years of her life, Liv’s mother told her that her father was another rock star Todd Rundgren. Liv even took his last name (awkward). It wasn’t until Liz met Steven Tyler in 1986 and questioned her mother that Bebe revealed the secret to Liv and Steve.
Jude Law didn’t cheat on his wife when he had his love child, but that didn’t prevent him from exploring other opportunities to be a dirt bag. In 2008, while filming Sherlock Holmes, Jude hooked up with actress and model (read “cocktail waitress”) Samantha Burke. Shortly afterwards, Samantha announced to the tabloids that she was pregnant with Jude’s baby.
Jude denied ever having met Samantha Burke to any media outlet that would listen. When the DNA test proved that the baby was Jude’s, he refused to back pedal and waited until she was 5 months old before paying her a visit with his lawyers in tow. One can also assume that those lawyers were also with him when his baby mama had to take him to court to force him to pay child support and visit his daughter once a year. Classy.
John Edwards cheated on his wife of 31 years while campaigning to be president of the United States. When the National Enquirer accused John of being the father of Rielle Hunter ‘˜s (his campaign’s filmographer) baby, both John and Rielle denied it. John said that “they just worked together” and refused to take a paternity test.
Rielle said that her baby belonged to another married man and staffer for John Edward’s campaign. Apparently there’s a lot of fun to be had on the campaign trail. But then, in 2010, a graphic sex tape starring Rielle and John surfaced. John then publicly admitted that the love child was his. His wife divorced him almost immediately then died of cancer a few months later. Ouch.
When Chuck Norris wants something secret, it stays secret. In 1962, married Chuck Norris had a one night stand in the back seat of a car while stationed in California. Sixteen years later, Norris got a surprise letter in the mail from his daughter. Despite being quite a few years into his name, Chuck used his martial arts skills (I’m assuming) to keep it a secret for the next 26 years until he was ready to reveal it to the world.
And then, in a less awe-inspiring move, Chuck released all the sordid details of the affair to promote his tell-all book. Now, Chuck campaigns for anti-abortion in part by bringing up his decision not to abort his illegitimate daughter. He frequently fails to mention that he did not know that her mother was pregnant, or that he waited 10 years after discovering he had a daughter to pay her a visit.
Everyone knows about Eddie Murphy’s tawdry affair with Scary Spice. But I personally love this juicy bit of gossip because Eddie’s denial was one of the funniest moments of his career. When Melanie B, his publicly long-term girlfriend, announced to the world that she was pregnant and couldn’t wait to have Eddie’s baby, Eddie had the audacity to get on live television and say that he didn’t really even know Melanie B that well.
At the Dreamgirls premier, when a reporter congratulated Eddie on his girlfriend’s pregnancy, he said, “I don’t know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, sir”. The court had to order the blood test he claimed to be eager to get. And, to no one’s surprise, the baby turned out to be Eddie’s afterall. Wow Eddie. Really?
Strom Thurmond sucks for many reasons. Unfortunately, we only have time for one. When Strom was 22, he had sex with the family’s black, 16-year-old house maid. A few years after his love child was born, Strom went on to build his career on fighting for segregation. He even went so far as to conduct the longest filibuster in American history (24 hours and 18 minutes) in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Over the next 40 or so years of his career, Strom continued to build a career as a racist and a lecher. He kept his love child a secret for 80 years. Even longer than Chuck Norris (in Chuck’s defense, Strom never had a book to promote). Essie Mae Washington-William’s existence was not publically revealed until 6 months after his death. Strom had little contact with his daughter. But his Wikipedia page mentions that he paid for her college education. Apparently, they think it’s important to mention.
Ravi Shankar is one of the best sitar players in the world. Why do you care? Well, in 1979, at the ripe old age of 60, Ravi Shankar cheated on his common law wife of 30-odd years with his concert promoter. Nine or so months later, his love child was born. Her name? Norah Jones.
Born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar, she remained Ravi Shankar’s secret love child until she rose to marginal fame herself. Turned out, the secrecy was pretty unnecessary: Norah Jones fans generally have no idea who Ravi Shankar is, and no one cares or wants to hear about the sexual exploits of a 80-plus-year-old-man no matter how juicy the gossip is.