One minute they were walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the next they were the proud parents of a baby girl. But before anyone could ask where Nicole Kidman had been hiding her baby bump, the Aussie actress and her husband Keith Urban revealed that a surrogate had been used to carry their second child, Faith Margaret, born on December 28 in Nashville.
“Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” said the famous couple in a statement. “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier”.
But while the couple are celebrating the new addition to their family, the news has left many wondering why the actress and her country singer beau kept baby Faith a secret…
According to sources, Nicole and Keith were adamant to keep the surrogacy a secret until they were ready to make the official announcement. The couple even booked an entire floor of the Centennial Women’s Hospital in Nashville, visiting their newborn via service elevators.
Some suggest that the drastic measures were taken to avoid a situation like that of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s in 2009, where the couple’s surrogate faced a hellish ordeal when two police officers broke into her home hoping to sell her story to the tabloids. Speaking of the incident, SJP said, “The most unsavoury of things have been done. She’s had her phone hacked, her personal computer information hacked, she’s had threats against her and true harassment.”
And being one of Australia’s major international celebrities, Nicole and Keith reportedly wanted to have the baby delivered in the US because they couldn’t have the same privacy in Australia as they do in Nashville. “In Australia they live in a fishbowl and they can’t do anything on the down low,” claims an insider.
Nicole and Keith’s decision to announce the birth of their baby the morning after the Golden Globes has led some to question whether Best Actress nominee Nicole was eager to draw attention away from her defeat to fellow nominee Natalie Portman.
But according to Australian blog site, Janet Charlton’s Hollywood, the announcement wasn’t quite as premeditated. “Nicole Kidman’s agent let the cat out of the bag last night at the CAA party when he hugged Nicole and congratulated her on her expanding family,” says the source. “TMZ must have heard about the news and checked it out with Nicole and Keith, who admitted they’d had a daughter by surrogate three weeks ago.” The blog also claims the couple had been hoping to sell the story to a magazine but were forced to make the premature announcement to avoid tabloids running with the story.
A Vanity Affiar?
Nicole and Keith’s reasons for using a “gestational carrier” – which reportedly set them back almost Dhs550,000 – has also been called into question. While some point to Nicole’s age as a factor in their decision to use a surrogate, others have been less kind, claiming looks were the real factor. Camille Grammer, the ex-wife of TV actor Kelsey Grammer was also accused of using a surrogate for vanity reasons, wanting to keep her body from suffering the effects of pregnancy.
However, Nicole has had a history of miscarriages, which, despite giving birth to Sunday Rose in 2009, has made the actress fearful. In 2007, she told Vanity Fair, “From the minute Tom [Cruise] and I were married, I wanted to have babies. And we lost a baby early on. That was really very traumatic.”