Who’s Their Daddy? 22 Celebrity Paternity Scandals
Khloe Kardashian, January Jones and Arnold Schwarzenegger are just a few of the famous folks who have been embroiled in paternity scandals. While some have wondered who their own father might be, other celebrities have kept paternity a secret or have been exposed as the real daddy of various children. Click on RadarOnline.com’s photo gallery to see which 22 celebrities have needed to answer the question, “Who’s their daddy?”
January Jones: Since giving birth to son Xander in 2011, the Mad Men beauty has steadfastly refused to reveal who his father is. Jones would only tell The Edit, “'I knew I would be raising my son alone. It was something I went into knowingly…and I was excited about it.” But people will talk—about the actress’ alleged romantic links to Jason Sudeikis, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Groban, her X-Men co-star Michael Fassbender and two married men, director Matthew Vaughn and chef Bobby Flay.
Michael Jackson: In his famous song “Billie Jean,” King of Pop Michael Jackson warbled, “The kid is not my son.” And after Jackson’s death, his friend, Oliver! star Mark Lester, wanted to take a DNA test to prove HE’S the biological father of the singer’s three children. Lester has claimed there’s a “good possibility” he sired Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket--because he donated sperm to Jackson before the first child was born. While Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe is the mother of the two oldest kids, Blanket’s mom is unknown.
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Kourtney Kardashian: Model Michael Girgenti questioned the paternity of Kardashian’s oldest child, son Mason, but Scott Disick quickly put the talk to rest. As RadarOnline.com reported, Lord Disick took a paternity test that proved without a doubt that he was Mason’s baby daddy. Kardashian and Disick are now expecting their third child, but still haven’t married.
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Anna Nicole Smith: After the sexy model died in Feb. 2007, her attorney Howard K. Stern and her ex-boyfriend, photographer Larry Birkhead, both claimed to be the father of Smith’s daughter Dannielynn. Bizarrely, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, also claimed to be the father of the baby girl and threatened to file for custody. But in April 2007, DNA tests proved Birkhead sired Dannielynn and they’ve been a father/daughter duo ever since.
Bill Clinton: Shocking news recently surfaced that the former president might not be Chelsea Clinton’s biological father. As RadarOnline.com has reported, former Clinton aide Larry Nichols claims Chelsea’s real father is the former mayor of Little Rock, Ark., Webster Hubbell, with whom Hillary Clinton allegedly had an affair. Nichols insists Bill told him he shot blanks! “Stunned by what I’d just heard, I asked him, ‘Then what about Chelsea?’” Nichols recalls. “And he said, ‘Oh, Webb (Hubbell) sired her.’”
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Linda Evangelista: In 2006, the supermodel gave birth to a son, Augustin, after a brief relationship with French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. Sources said Pinault asked for a DNA test, which proved he was the father in 2007. The couple settled child support issues out of court in 2012. Pinault moved on to Salma Hayek soon after romancing Evangelista, and fathered Hayek’s child, daughter Valentina. Hayek married her billionaire baby daddy in 2009.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: After 25 years of marriage, movie star and California Governor Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver split after he admitted he was the father of their housekeeper Mildred Baena's 10-year-old son, Joseph. In fact, Baena was pregnant with The Terminator’s love child at the same time that Shriver was pregnant with their son, Christopher. In Hello! magazine, Baena claimed she initially believed Joseph was the son of her estranged husband, whom she was sleeping with around the same time she bedded Schwarzenegger.
Jude Law: The British actor, best known for cheating on Sienna Miller with his kids’ nanny, became a father for the fourth time after a steamy one-night stand with model Samantha Burke in 2008. Law first denied being the girl Sophia’s father, but a paternity test proved otherwise.
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Eddie Murphy: After the comedian’s former girlfriend, Spice Girl Mel B, gave birth to a daughter, Angel, in 2007, Murphy didn’t believe she was his and demanded a paternity test. After tests confirmed the Beverly Hills Cop star WAS the daddy, Murphy began paying child support for Angel, born on April 3, which is also his birthday.
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Michael Lohan: In 2012, Lindsay’s dad was proven to be the father of a 17-year-old love child, Ashley, conceived while he was still married to Dina Lohan in the ‘90s. Kristi Horn, the girl’s mother, has said they settled out of court regarding back child support Michael allegedly owed her. Michael fathered another child, son Landon, in 2013 with fiancé Kate Major.
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Ryan Philippe: Reese Witherspoon’s ex-husband briefly dated actress Alexis Knapp in 2010 after splitting from the Walk the Line Oscar winner. After Knapp had broken up with Philippe, she discovered she was pregnant and later gave birth to a daughter, Kailani. magazine sources said Philippe got a paternity test, which proved he was the girl’s daddy. The actor also had two kids with Witherspoon.
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Sylvester Stallone: In 1994, supermodel and future reality TV star Janice Dickinson thought her then-boyfriend, Sylvester Stallone, was the father of her daughter, Savannah. Stallone dumped his other gal, model Jennifer Flavin, planning to wed Dickinson and make a family. But a DNA test proved Janice’s former boyfriend, Michael Birnbaum, was Savannah’s daddy instead. The movie star eventually returned to Flavin, marrying her in 1997 and having three daughters.
Steve Jobs: The late Apple mogul denied for two years that he’d gotten his girlfriend Chrisann Brennan pregnant when he was 23. Jobs even swore in a court document that he could not have fathered Brennan’s daughter, Lisa, because he was "sterile and infertile." But paternity testing finally revealed that Jobs, who had gone on to marry Laurene Powell and have three other children, was also Lisa’s dad.
Padma Lakshmi: The Top Chef hostess was involved in a paternity scandal after she gave birth to daughter Krishna in 2010. Lakshmi initially didn’t reveal the father’s identity, but it was later proved to be venture capitalist Adam Dell. Dell believed the star’s other boyfriend, financier Theodore Forstmann, was acting like the girl’s father and sued the cooking star for full custody of Krishna. Dell ultimately won extra custody and visitation rights.
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John Edwards: In Jan. 2010, after many denials, disgraced two-time Presidential candidate Edwards finally admitted he’d fathered a daughter with his mistress, campaign videographer Rielle Hunter. The politician and his wife, Elizabeth, who had their own family, separated shortly afterwards and she died of breast cancer in Dec. 2010. Hunter has been raising Edwards’ daughter, Quinn, born in 2008, as a single mom.
Lil Wayne: In 2014, the rapper reportedly was served with a paternity suit from a woman in Florida named Keiotia Brown who alleged he is the father of her 12-year-old son. Reports say Brown was seeking a DNA test from Lil Wayne.
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Elizabeth Hurley: After splitting from longtime beau Hugh Grant, Liz had a fling with wealthy film producer Steve Bing in 2001. In 2002, the actress gave birth to a son, Damian, but Bing denied paternity, claiming his relationship with the actress hadn’t been exclusive. But a DNA test proved Damian was his son.
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Matthew Knowles: Beyonce’s mother Tina filed for divorce in 2009 after rumors flew that Matthew had sired Alexsandra Wright’s son, Nixon. Wright demanded Matthew take a paternity test, which was positive, and he was ordered to pay child support. In 2011, Matthew and Tina’s 31-year marriage was officially over.
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Liv Tyler: The Lord of the Rings star, the daughter of Playboy Playmate Bebe Buell, believed for nearly ten years that her biological dad was rocker Todd Rundgren. But after Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler kept stopping by their home, and Liv noticed a resemblance, she confronted her mother, who confirmed he was her real dad.
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Gavin Rossdale: The Bush singer was already married to Gwen Stefani when he discovered his goddaughter, Daisy Lowe, was really his biological daughter from a previous relationship. Daisy, born in 1989, was conceived with his friend Pearl Lowe long before he met Gwen (with whom he has three sons).
Mick Jagger: In 1972, model Marsha Hunt sued the Rolling Stone for child support of her daughter, Karis. But that wasn't the only woman who claimed Jagger was her baby daddy! In 1999, another model, Brazilian Luciana Morad, won a paternity suit alleging that Jagger had fathered her son, Lucas; it led to the rocker’s split from common law wife Jerry Hall.