Hollywood's Unmarried Parents: Should They Tie The Knot For The Sake Of Their Kids Or Stay Happily Unwed?

Tue, February 8, 2011 5:33pm EST by 8 Comments
Posted Tue, February 8, 2011 5:33pm EST

Brad and Angelina aren’t into taking the plunge, while Nicole and Joel made it down the aisle after becoming parents. Experts say tying the knot just because you have kids isn’t always for the best. Are you surprised?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may have six children, but they are one of the many celebrity couples who have yet to tie the knot. Thing is, they’re fine with that. “I have love in my life, a soul mate – absolutely,” Brad, 47, says. “When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, ‘Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else.” But although Brad and Angie are happy raising a family out of wedlock, have they considered how their kids feel about their relationship?

Is it okay for celebrities to get pregnant before getting married?

“We’ve done everything the wrong way around, but sooner or later the children will ask, you know, they watch films and ask questions,” Angelina, 35, explains. “They want to know why Shrek and Fiona got married and we haven’t.” And they’re not alone. A recent study showed that unmarried mothers gave birth to 4 out of every 10 babies born in the United States in the past few years.
And that brings up a good question, should these unwed celebs take the plunge for the sake of their kids? “The healthiest thing a couple can do for their children is to SHOW them healthy love, love BY EXAMPLE.  There’s no sense in getting married and being miserable in front of your kids,” relationship expert, Dr. Gilda Carle tells HollyBaby.com. “Either marry for the sake of love and respect, or love and respect your child by staying single and offering a peaceful household.”

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On the other hand, actress Julianne Moore recently confessed that her children Caleb, 13, and Liv, 8, convinced her to marry their father Bart Freundlich. “The only reason I got married in 2003 was for my children,” Julianne, 50, tells the British newspaper the Guardian. “I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family, and that made sense to me.”

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Couples like Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are fine raising Vida, 1, and Levi, 2, as an unwed pair, while Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise decided to tie the knot after Suri, 4½, was born. HollyMoms, what’s your opinion on marrying for the sake of your kids?

–Leigh Blickley

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Posted at 3:40 PM on July 9, 2011  

If today’s unmarried celebrity parents were around back in the 1930’s and 40’s, their careers would have been destroyed if the studios ever found out about being pregnant out of wedlock. This is because morals clauses were put into the stars’ contracts.

For example, Loretta Young got pregnant from an affair that she had with Clark Gable while they were making the movie, “The Call of the Wild.” Because she was a devout Catholic, it was a mortal sin, and she kept her pregnancy hidden. She went away to Europe, then she came back to California. She had the baby; a baby girl named Judy, and she put the baby in an orphanage. When Judy was 19 months old, she was adopted by Loretta Young. Judy took the last name of Loretta Young’s second husband, Lewis. Several decades later, Loretta Young privately acknowledged Judy Lewis as her biological daughter by Clark Gable, but she refused to do so publicly. They didn’t speak for several years.

Back in the late 1940’s, Ingrid Bergman got pregnant from an affair that she had with the Italian film director, Roberto Rossellini. She had the baby; a baby boy, and it caused a scandal. She was denounced in Congress and called a “free-love cultist.”

What was considered a scandal back then is now, very sadly, widely accepted today. We have simply thrown God’s laws, especially when it comes to sex, marriage, family, and relationships, into His face and choose to live on our own terms.

Call me old-fashioned if you want me to, but it’s better to obey God than man.

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Casual Observer

Posted at 6:33 PM on October 7, 2014  

Remove religion from the equation and it should still be unacceptable to have children without both parents. Children need to fit into society. I was raised with a father and a mother. So many children wanted a father like mine. It was heartbreaking. They grew up to become far less productive citizens than me. The main difference was that I had both parents. It is important that children fit into society so that they have the chance to make better choices as adults.

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Posted at 6:55 PM on June 16, 2011  

God’s plan for the family is still a husband and wife with children: not a boyfriend and girlfriend with children or children by several different “babies’ daddies” and “babies’ mamas”. I don’t care if this is 2011: all sex outside of marriage is wrong! It is against the teachings of both the Bible and the Catholic Church. St. Paul clearly says to flee fornication and that’s the bottom line.

Celebrities today, just like the rest of society, have simply thrown God’s laws, especially when it comes to sex, marriage, family, and relationships, and choose to live on their own terms. Look what we have as a result of this: divorce, broken families, AIDS, herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases. and abortions.

America is headed for judgment if she doesn’t turn back to the Christian principles upon which she was founded.

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Posted at 10:12 PM on February 12, 2011  

More and more I see why not everyone needs that piece of paper. It’s not going to keep you together if things go wrong. Personally, I could go either way. Marriage and kids or being a single Mom. It’s 2011, do what’s best for you and don’t worry about what other people think. Think for yourself.

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Posted at 8:02 AM on February 9, 2011  

Hmm..if marriage isn’t a big thing for them, why won’t they do it? Brad and Ange just seem to keep making excuses.

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oh dear

Posted at 7:22 PM on February 8, 2011  

this study means nothing because

a) children who are born out of wedlock might actually end up in a marital home after all, should their parents decide to get married a year afterwards or should their parents find new partners who they then marry. (if you read it right, suri wouldve been among the 4 out of 10 who are born out of wedlock because – as you say in your article – her parents married after her birth).

b) it doesnt say how many of the 6 out of 10 children who are born within wedlock are actually raised within a marital home. im quite willing to bet a lot of money that quite a few of these couples, who marry for the sake of children, end up divorced or separated! this is where the study fails.

and c)
it says nothing about the happiness of those children in the long run!

i think the article youre quoting summed it up quite nicely:

“Decades ago, pregnant women often married before giving birth. But the odds of separation and divorce in unions driven by pregnancy are relatively high. So when a woman gets pregnant, are children better off if their parents marry, cohabitate or do neither? That question is still unresolved, Dr. Manning said.”

should you get married for the sake of your kids? this sounds like the older question.. should you stay married for the sake of your kids?

if it aint broke, dont fix it!

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Betty Botox

Posted at 6:32 PM on February 8, 2011  

A film/television/recording/radio celebrity owes us a good performance. Beyond that, they owe us nothing. Whether they have children and never get married (Goldie & Kurt) is none of our business. Hollywood celebrities have been living like this for 50 years or more. Ingrid Bergman suffered terribly for doing this. But that was then. This is now. The Taylor-Burton romance ended all of the old-fashioned lifestyle in Hollywood and Europe. Whether these stars choose to marry or not marry is none of our business. They have a lot to lose if it doesn’t work out. Camille and Kelsey can tell you about that.

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Posted at 6:47 PM on February 8, 2011  

wonderful comment.. nothing else to add

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