Hugh Jackman: Adopted Children Over IVF

Actor Hugh Jackman has been chatting to Australia’s Herald Sun about his adopted family and about the long and emotional process of becoming a father when one of you is all wrong inside.

Jackman 42 and his significantly older wife Deborra-Lee Furness now have two adopted mixed-race children aged 11 and 6 but the pathway to having a family wasn’t your usual filthy five-minute panting session on a Friday night after being on the wrong side of two bottles of Rioja with your trousers round your ankles and the taste of prawn vindaloo still recent on your lips.

[adsense]’It was painful. It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional.’ He said as he describes the moment when he found out that he and Debora-Lee were unable to have biological kids all of their very own. ‘I think any parent can relate – trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it,’ he continued. Adding ‘We thought we’d have a kid or two biologically and then adopt. But when we decided we’d had enough of IVF, we went ahead with adoption.’

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman: What do you mean IVF didn't work?!

After several years of unsuccessful attempts at IVF treatment, which is neither natural nor particularly successful it seems and appears to lead would-be parents on an emotional rollercoaster that can make them a little obsessive, because we always want more what we cannot have – it’s one of human beings greatest flaws, the showbiz couple decided to do what some consider the right thing and adopt children rather than pursue a treatment that only seems to line the pockets of doctors and lead to more frustration, emotional turmoil and often hysteria in women who believe they have the right to children despite nature clearly thinking otherwise.

Wolverine: Hugh Jackman

Wolverine gets angry because he can't have biological kids.

‘From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted – they’re our children’ said Jackman. ‘Deb and I are believers in I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children. Now, as we go through life together, sure there are challenges, but everyone’s in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it’s something we feel very deeply.’

Let Hugh Jackman be an example to all of us who think we have the right to have biological children even when destiny has alternative plans for us. He and wifey look content and relaxed with their little hand-picked family. Good luck to them all and I hope other baby craving women will follow suit and find out that just because it didn’t come out of their vagina, it is just as lovable, if not more so, because it was actually chosen by you and your partner, and wasn’t just a lucky dip.

There are lots of little ones out their craving the love and attention of a mother and father, they don’t care that your tubes are tangled or that you are all wrong inside, they just want to be loved and to be part of a family.

Hugh Jackman's son

Hugh Jackman couldn't wait to hear the sound of pattering paws.

Well done Hugh Jackman. Proof that to have a happy family, you don’t need to have made it yourself or squandered tens of thousands of bucks on dubious IVF treatment that seems to play on the emotions of women who fear they will be the odd one out and often lead to even more heartache.

It’s obviously a painful thing to learn that you can’t have children when we – and women in particular – have been conditioned to want nothing else from the moment we could hold a plastic baby in our arms, dress our dolls up, have fun using our miniature ironing board sets and conjure up creative plastic meals using our plastic cookers, whilst baby men are trained to play with tiny cars, plastic soldiers, to compete against each other in racing and war games, play with miniature guns and are basically programmed to be destructive and competitive, whilst diminutive females learn how to nurture and care about their appearance. It makes you wonder if it is a coincidence that so many adult males are football crazy competitive war mongers so detached from their emotions and so many women are hysterical child producing machines obsessed with appearance.

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Amy Winehouse Had a 'Daughter' – Apparently

Jumping on the big bouncy posthumous trampoline of Amy Winehouse was my best friend/favourite singer (even though I didn’t buy Back in Black until she snuffed it)/lookalike (according to Lady Gaga, she was frequently mistaken for Winehouse)/we used to drink together (better known as: we were once in the same bar at the same time but she didn’t speak to me, cos I’m a twit), which is also known as the ‘great big tasteless death cash kerching! manoeuvre’, it has been revealed that apparently – and that’s a big apparently – the singer was in the throes of planning to adopt a ten-year-old St Lucian girl she apparently ‘fell in love with’ whilst holidaying in the Caribbean.

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The little girl, Dannika Augustine, apparently struck up a relationship with Winehouse during one of her stints in the Caribbean and reportedly said: “Amy was already my mother. I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me.”

Dead a week and already she’s a victim of Elvis Presley syndrome. I mean, was Amy Winehouse really in any fit state to be adopting a child? Twenty-seven years old, in drug recovery and still drinking (up until three weeks prior to her death)? Doesn’t strike me as the best time to consider adopting a child.

The child went on: “She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

The child’s grandmother runs a bar very near to the villa where Amy had previously stayed. “Amy loved Dannika with all her heart. I don’t know why Amy took to Dannika above all the other children on the island, but from the moment they met they were inseparable,” she claims. “Amy used to beg me, ‘I want to adopt Dannika. I want to take her to England.’ She was prepared to move to St Lucia to be her full-time mum. Amy wanted to have a child so bad. If she had not died, there is no doubt she would be here in St Lucia completing the adoption process. There is no way she would have done what she did to herself if Dannika was with her.”

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse - dead and everyone still wants a piece of her.

The child’s real mother was apparently perfectly willing to give her child to the celebrity as she couldn’t afford to bring her daughter up and Amy had already discussed the matter with the child’s father who said: “Amy called me from my mother’s mobile phone. She said, ‘Hello, Marjorie’s lovely son. I wanted to talk to you because I feel like you are my brother. Marjorie has become like a mother to me.’ Then she said, ‘I love Dannika so much. She is the most amazing girl.’ ”

The possible ramblings of a drunk woman?

“I thanked Amy for taking care of my daughter,” he continues. “And she said, ‘Dannika is taking care of me. I couldn’t live without her.’ Then she said, ‘I would like your permission to adopt Dannika. I said if my mum thought it was a good idea, then it was OK with me. I also spoke to Dannika’s mother and she said she would agree to it.” But still.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse wanted to adopt a child.

The girl’s grandmother spoke to Amy some weeks ago when she apparently said “Tell everybody I will be back in St Lucia soon. I was expecting her here next week. I couldn’t believe it when my friend in London told me she had died.”

Yeah, what an opportunity.

Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse – who seems to be taking to the publicity of his progeny’s demise like a publicity duck to media water, has been uncharacteristically quiet about the child who claims to be the granddaughter he never knew he had.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse - Was she ready for children?

I understand that people are poverty stricken and will do anything it takes to survive but it is still a disgusting joker to play within a week of the singer’s death, even if she was planning to adopt the kid. She’s dead now and won’t be adopting anyone.

Amy Winehouse was apparently worth £10million at the time of her death, with her backlog of unreleased material due for release, probably as quick as the record company can possibly shit it out, she looks set to earn as much cash posthumously as she did when she was breathing and upright.

It’s always ugly watching the unprincipled vultures circle salaciously around celebrity carrion, after a cut of a wedge they don’t deserve or just a mention in connection with the deceased’s name.

Shame the poor girl can’t be left to rest in peace. Shame she has to be hounded by sycophants and opportunists, like she no doubt was whilst she was still alive.

I’d like to end this article with a clichéd ‘rest in peace Amy’. But I’d be wasting my words. They aren’t going to let you.

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Jennifer Aniston is not adopting a Mexican baby

With the current celebrity trend child adoption becoming something of a fashion, it comes as a huge relief to discover that Jennifer Aniston is not in the process of jumping on the bandwagon.

The former Friends star is vehemently denying rumours that she is on the verge of adopting a Mexican baby. She currently has no children of her own and the news that she’s not likely to become a parent in any capacity comes just over a week before her 42nd birthday.

My hot mom - well, not in the foreseeable future at least.

Aniston, having been linked with a host of suitors since her split from former husband Brad Pitt in 2005, is still very much focused on her acting career and doesn’t seem overly bothered by the prospect of being a mother just now.

The news of her denial over adoption claims happened during filming for Thursday’s edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and when asked by the host if she would be adopting another dog, Aniston responded, “I think you’re confusing that with the Mexican child I’m supposedly adopting.”

“Oh, are you going to adopt a Mexican child?” Quizzed DeGeneres.

“No, I’m not adopting a Mexican child,” the now single actress replied, before joking that Adam Sandler “adopted four last week and that never even got mentioned. No, I’m not adopting any children. … And no doggies right now.”

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Read about other stars who’ve been linked with adoption, such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, and Halle Berry.


Eva Longoria not planning to adopt

Eva Longoria does not plan to adopt a child while divorcing Tony Parker, a source close to the star has stated.

The insider told People that the rumours are simply “not true” and that Longoria was not planning on expanding her family anytime soon. The statement comes after the Daily Mail published an article over the weekend claiming that Longoria was determined to adopt a child from Haiti as a single mother.

A friend of the 35-year-old apparently told the Mail: “Eva had her heart set on adopting a child from Haiti. She so wants to be a mother. She wanted to adopt with Tony, but she’s happy to go ahead as a single parent and is very excited after what’s been a dark period.”

The actress had reportedly played a huge role in fundraising following the earthquake in Haiti, which left the island in tatters, and has developed an attachment to it.

If Longoria were to adopt now, it would not be a complete surprise. After divorcing her cheating first husband, the star did just that. She continued with proceedings to adopt her first son from New Orleans and became a single mother. Back then she said that working with the California-based charity Padres Contra El Cáncer had inspired her to adopt, according to the Daily Mail.

“Every time I work with kids from Padres, my heart explodes with happiness and joy. They’re so inspiring,” she said. “I could only wish to have children as strong.”

Having spoken of adopting again before her break-up with Parker and, given her history, it was perhaps natural to assume that Longoria was, again, not going to let divorce stand in her way.

But perhaps this time it is different, and perhaps a second betrayal is proving too hard for Eva to handle. She was reportedly “devastated” after finding out that Parker had carried on a text message relationship with Erin Barry, wife of his former teammate Brent Barry, behind her back.

“She is simply heartbroken,” a friend of Eva told People. “She really wishes Tony the best. She just wants this whole situation to be as peaceful as it can be under the circumstances. He’s a good person at heart, and she wants the best for him.”

But work and life must go on: “She has a group of girlfriends she’s very close to that are helping her,” the pal added. “She’s also very close to her family. And the cast of Desperate Housewives have been wonderful, especially Marcia [Cross] and Felicity [Huffman], [who] are there for her through this.”

Longoria filed for divorce from Parker in Los Angeles on November 17, 2010, citing “irreconcilable differences”. It was later reported that Parker counter filed. In the divorce petition, the actress, who had taken Parker’s last name, requested her maiden name be restored and is now also seeking spousal support from him. The couple have a prenuptial agreement that was signed a month before their wedding in June 2007 and amended two years later in June 2009.

Other celebrities who have recently divorced include actress Rachel Weisz, actor Charlie Sheen, British pop icon Cheryl Cole, “Friends” star Courteney Cox and singer Christina Aguilera.

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Jamie Oliver tweets about his newborn baby boy

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver welcomed his first baby boy with wife Jools on Wednesday. According to, Jamie Oliver revealed that he was very happy with the news.

Jamie announced via Twitter: “It’s a baby boy guys !!! im shock, were all very happy, mum was amazing and both are well and happy x4 kids!! what?!”

Jamie is already father to three young girls: Poppy Honey Rosie, eight, Daisy Boo Pamela, seven and Petal Blossom Rainbow, who was born last year. Jamie has decided to temporarily name his son ‘Buddy’ until Jools comes up with his official name, he explained.

As reported by, the chef was quoted as saying that had it not been a boy child, he would have considered adopting one. He said: “If I can’t produce a boy I will have to adopt one. I would consider it.”

When asked about bringing up the child he explained: “I won’t be suffering too many sleepless nights when the new baby comes because Jools is brilliant about getting the kids into a routine.”

The newborn’s temporary name ‘Buddy’ follows the family tradition of having flower based names. Jamie went on to reveal that he would consider adopting a child with wife Jools sometime in future.

Other celebrities who have recently become parents include Mario LopezRachel DratchJodie Sweetin and Catherine Bell.

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