2020 has been a year full of exciting celebrity births! The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for everyone, including famous people. Celebrities have more privacy than usual because they go out in public less often. Many famous women used their time at home to hide their secret pregnancies, waiting until after their babies are born to share the exciting news with the rest of the world. Whether the moms are planning social media posts in advance (like Mindy Kaling), or being less active than usual (Like Billie Lourd and Iggy Azalea) or have not commented publicly on their new baby at all (Like Jessica Biel), here are some of the secret celebrity babies born this year!
Writer and actress Mindy Kaling (who will be writing the script for the upcoming Legally Blonde reboot) announced the birth of her second child in an interview with Stephen Colbert during The Late Show on October 8, 2030. She gave birth to son Spencer on September 3, 2020.
As part of the ruse to keep her pregnancy under wraps, Kaling continued to post often on Instagram. She used photos purposely taken in advance or pictures that hid her baby bump. She teased her “big news” in an Instagram post before the show aired.
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In another Instagram post after her announcement, Kaling shared the struggles of being pregnant during this difficult time: “Being pregnant during the pandemic was a little scary, but it made me appreciate all the doctors, nurses and medical professionals who continue to work tirelessly giving treatment to those who need it.”
Kaling also kept her first pregnancy in 2017 with daughter Katherine private. She has not shared the identity of her children’s father.
Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell
Actress Bilile Lourd, and fiancé Austen Rydell, welcomed their first child on September 24, 2020. Lourd shared the news of their son’s birth via Instagram, announcing his name: Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell. The couple gave their child both of their last names, while also including the last name of Lourd’s late mother, Carrie Fisher. Both Fisher and her late mother Debbie Ryan passed away in December 2016, just one day apart.
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It seems that Lourd and Rydell kept the pregnancy a secret from fans and many of their friends. Several of Lourd’s co-stars celebrated the surprise announcement. Fellow Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever commented “CONGRATS BILLIE” and Scream Queens co-star Emma Roberts wrote in the comments section “Screaming!!! Love you guys so much.”
The couple began an on-again-off-again relationship in 2016. They have been engaged since June 2020, announcing it via Rydell’s Instagram. Rydell captioned the celebratory post “She said YES!! (Actually she said ‘Duhhh’) But I guess that’s even better than yes?!?” Rydell is an actor and producer who is Partner and President of Entertainment for Morning Moon Productions.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Singer Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel have not yet commented on the news that they had a secret second baby sometime this year. They are also parents to 5-year-old son Silas.
Former fellow *NSYNC member Lance Bass spilled the news that the couple had welcomed a new baby in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on September 25, 2020. Bass would not reveal the name of the baby, but did say “The baby is cute, of course, it’s Justin and Jessica!” According to Bass, he and the other members of *NSYNC learned the news about the exciting new addition before anyone else.
The couple has not yet posted news about their secret baby on social media. On Father’s Day this year, Timberlake shared a heartfelt Instagram post about being a dad. He wrote, “I’m grateful for my wife, who made me a father, and is my favorite person/partner/teacher/friend in all of it. I’m grateful for my son, who is always ALWAYS teaching me right back. “
Iggy Azalea and Playboi Carti
Rapper Iggy Azalea announced her first child with fellow rapper Playboi Carti on her Instagram Story on June 10, 2020. They had a son, named Onyx.
In the announcement post, she wrote “I kept waiting for the right time to say something, but it feels like the more time passes, the more I realize I’m always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world.”
Although she kept her pregnancy private, now that the baby has been born, she emphasized that she “wanted to make it clear he is not a secret” in her Instagram story.
The couple kept the baby’s name a secret until July 14, 2020 until Azalea posted a video on her Instagram story with the words “Amethyst and Onyx” displayed over audio of the baby making noises. Amethyst is Azalea’s real first name.
Azalea and Carti have been dating since 2018, when they met while he was on tour. They sparked engagement rumors in July of 2019 when Azalea posted a since-deleted photo of herself with a ring on her left ring finger.
Congratulations are in order for all these happy parents! They kept their secret pregnancies under wraps for nine months, and now are sharing their good news with fans. Could more secret quarantine babies be due before the end of 2020?