Being a parent is hard work. It can also be one of the most rewarding things you can experience. But that’s not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you’re a teenager suddenly faced with the idea of having a child. In the U.S, there are approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies reported every year. Despite the availability of birth control, and sex education, 82% of those pregnancies are unintended.
Shows like 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom try to show the world how difficult it really is to have a child before you’re ready. Teen pregnancy rates are dropping, but there are still hundreds of thousands of teen girls every year that have to make a decision about an unwanted pregnancy. And some of those girls are, or later became, celebrities.
Clearly, celebrities aren’t immune to making mistakes. Luckily, they are able to take care of the children they had too young, and have still managed to be successful in their career. A lot of other girls aren’t so lucky. Here are 10 celebrities who became parents way too young.
15. Roseanne Barr
Comedian Roseanne Barr had a daughter when she was 17 years old who she chose to give up for adoption. She told People magazine that she’d originally planned to keep the baby, but it became clear that she couldn’t handle the financial responsibility. She was eventually able to reunite with her daughter, Brandi Brown, and she said “she’s a really cool kid. I saw a lot of me in her. She’s intuitive, trusts her perceptions and feelings and listens to what’s not spoken. That’s how I’ve lived my life.”
14. Anna Nicole Smith
Playboy model, Anna Nicole Smith dropped out of high school when she was 15, and got married 3 years later. She gave birth to her son, Daniel in 1986 when she was only 19 years old. They were very close, and Anna considered herself to be both his mother and his father. Sadly, her son passed away at the age of 20 from a lethal combination of Zoloft, Lexapro, and methadone. She reportedly was so distraught at his funeral that she tried to climb in the casket with him. Tragically, Smith died of an overdose less than 6 months after losing her son.