Kandi Burruss Gives An Update On Her Surrogate's Pregnancy, Revealing There Were Twins, But One Was Lost

Celebrities With Children Via Surrogate: Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker

Kandi Burruss Gives An Update On Her Surrogate's Pregnancy, Revealing There Were Twins, But One Was Lost

Plus, see more celebrities who welcomed their bundles of joy via surrogate.

Published November 5, 2019

From Kanye West and Kim Kardashian growing the West Clan with little Psalm West 4th and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcoming Baby Kaavia James Wade, more and more celebrities have been open about their decision to expand their family via surrogate.

In sharing their unique experiences, we've learned so much more about the world of surrogacy! The Wests and the Wades are certainly not the first stars to use surrogacy, but we’ve definitely see a trend re-emerging in Hollywood since.

Keep scrolling to see celebrity couples who enlisted the help of surrogates to bring their bundles of joy into the world below:

  1. Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker
    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss attend Majic 107.5 After Dark at City Winery on September 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    Although she intially admitted she was “kind of scared to do it,” Kandi Burruss shared with Us Weekly that she has found a surrogate to help expand her family with her husband, Todd Tucker, on November 5 of 2018. People confirmed that the couple is expecting their second child together via surrogate.

    “Yeah, yeah, we’re moving forward,” the 42-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star shared with Us Weekly. “We’ve decided we wanted to … get a surrogate.”

    She added, “We did find someone, and right now we are in the process — you know it hasn’t been done — but we’re in the process.”

    The couple had “two embryos that are still left from when we had Ace. So, we have two embryos left and we know they’re girls.”

    Well, sad news was revealed on the season premiere of RHOA when Kandi said that her surrogate was initially pregnant with twins, but one of the embryos was lost.


    “We actually was supposed to be having twins, and then one of them didn’t continue,” Burruss explained, adding, “I was sad at first, but then I just had to be grateful that the one made it.”

    She also added her thoughts on having her surrogate Shadina go through all the pregancy experiences that she feels shhe missing out on:

    “I just feel like this whole situation is strange...I don’t get to be excited about the first kick. I don’t get to be excited about, ‘Oh now my baby bump is showing.’ I don’t get to be excited even about my boobs filling up with milk.”


  2. Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
    attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports 2019 at Barker Hangar on July 11, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.
    (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

    In November 2018, Gabrielle Union and her husbandDwyane Wade, announced to the world that they welcomed their first child together via surrogate with a series of photos on Instagram holding their baby girl in the hospital.

    After years of struggling with infertility and suffering a shocking nine miscarriages throughout the years, the odds almost looked impossible for them. But since the birth of their daughter, Gabrielle has been fairly opening about how she's adjusting to motherhood, and even opened up about the entire surrogacy process.

    “[At first], she didn’t know that it was us, although I knew all about her,” Gabrielle shared in an interview with Shondaland.

    She went on to share how race wasn’t an issue in selecting her surrogate with husband saying, "For others, if you have a same-race surrogate, there’s a fear of someone running off with your baby,” she explained. “People have all kinds of fears and things that they want. Some want [the surrogate to follow] a specific religion; or to allow TV, or no TV; or they send audio files for the surrogate to play your voice so it can be heard along with the household voices.”

    “For us, we wanted: She has her own kids, a husband, she’s done this before, she knew what she was doing,” she shared. “There was no need for us to micromanage.”

  3. Kim Kardashian & Kayne West
    attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were very open about their choice to have their third child via surrogate after Kim experienced health complications with her first two pregnancies. Their daughter Chicago West was born on Jan. 15.

    “We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wrote on her website.

    Recently, the Wests welcomed baby no. 4! The healthy baby boy, Psalm West, was born May 10 through a surrogate.

  4. Tyra Banks & Erik Asla
    attends the August Getty Atelier Dinner at the Montage Hotel Rooftop Grill on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
    (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for August Getty Atelier)

    Thanks to a surrogate, former supermodel Tyra Banks welcomed her son, York Banks Asla, with her photographer boyfriend, Erik Asla, in January 2016.

    “We are so excited for our new baby boy bundle of joy. The journey to now has not been an easy process, as I’ve shared before. But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father, Erik,” she told PEOPLE.

    “As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day. My hopes and dreams are filled with well wishes that they get to feel what my little treasure, York Banks Asla, feels like in my arms.”

  5. Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
    arrives at the Premiere Screening Of FX's 'American Horror Story: Hotel' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo: Barry King/Getty Images)

    After a series of complications, actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance welcomed their fraternal twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, in January 2006 via surrogate. 

    Angel shared on Oprah in 2007 about her failed fertility treatments, “I was devastated when it didn’t happen [again and again]. I had to remain hopeful and resilient and, ‘Okay, let’s do it again.’” 

    She went on to add: “The more we learned about [surrogacy], the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us.” 

  6. Shaun T & Scott Blokker
    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Celebrity fitness trainer Shaun T (R) and Scott Blokker attend the 14th Annual USTA Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images)

    When celebrity fitness expert Shaun T and husband Scott Blokker welcomed their twin sons, Sander Vaughn and Silas Rhys, they were proud to introduce their surrogate and share their appreciation for her.

    Although their sons were born premature, the couple excitedly shared their gratitude for the woman who carried their baby, Ashley.

    “MEET OUR SURROGATE, Ashley! First I wanna say, ITS UNBELIEVABLE how one person can completely change the course of your life!! Ashley is that person for us,” Shaun T penned in an Instagram post.

    “Ashley, her husband, Michael, and their children are such selfless people and no words can describe our appreciation for them helping us build our family!” 

Written by BET Staff

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