Charlize Theron Becomes a Mother!

The Hollywood Mom club has a brand new member. Charlize Theron announced on Wednesday that she has adopted a son. The Oscar winner “is the proud mom of a healthy baby boy named Jackson,” her rep said in a statement.

Theron, 36, joins the ranks of a slew of actresses who have adopted a child as a single mother, including Sandra Bullock, Connie Britton, and Kristin Davis. Little Jackson — who was born in America and is of African-American descent — is the first child for the South African-born Theron, who is currently single following a nine-year relationship with actor Stuart Townsend, which ended in 2010.

Although she has said marriage was not necessarily on her to-do list, being a mother has been. “I want a baby,” she revealed last August. “If it would happen tomorrow I would be very happy.” Hinting at her desire to adopt, Theron added, “There are so many unwanted children on this earth and it’s our job to care for them. And if we don’t, we’re doing the world a disservice.”

An insider told Us Weekly that the “Young Adult” actress has “always wanted to be a mom,” and, in fact, was photographed snuggling a friend’s baby on the set of “Snow White and the Huntsman.” “She is glad to be able to do it on her own now,” adds the source. Congrats, Charlize!

Source: Yahoo News

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Bates Family Keeps Up With Duggars as Baby No. 19 Arrives

Having 19 kids – and willing to welcome more – isn’t just a Duggar thing any more.  Meet Gil and Kelly Bates of Lake City, Tenn., who had their 19th child – a boy, weighing in at 7 lbs., 8 oz., named Jeb Colton – on Feb. 1.

The Bates family has known Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar for decades and has even appeared with the Duggars on their TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, which returns for season 6 on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET). Now, the Bates family will have their own show, a one-hour special airing March 27 on TLC after the 19 Kids and Counting season finale.

In addition to new baby Jeb, all the Bates kids live at home: Zach, 23; Michaella, 22; Erin, 20; Lawson, 19; Nathan, 18; Alyssa, 17; Tori,16; Trace, 15; Carlin, 13; Josie, 12; Katie, 11; Jackson, 9; Warden, 8; Isaiah, 7; Addallee, 5; Ellie, 4; Callie, 2 and Judson, 1.

“It is very exciting, and we’re nervous, too,” admits Kelly, 45, of the prospect of having their family life televised for millions to see. “Our biggest desire is to be real. The Duggars have helped people. We talked it over with the children, and everyone likes the idea of helping others. It is not wonderful all the time. We have the same struggles everyone has.”

The Bates both say that when they married 25 years ago, they anticipated having a “normal family” with “two or three kids,” but that didn’t happen. Three months into their marriage, they were pregnant with Zach. “We decided to trust God for children,” Gil says. “And I would not trade His choices for mine any day.”

Source: People Magazine

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