Andy Lau, Fann Wong and other stars who became parents after 40

May 25, 2019
  • Andy Lau
    1 / 22 Andy Lau

    Becoming parents after 40 can be a challenge for many but Hong Kong star Andy Lau and Carol Choo, a former Malaysian beauty queen, took it in their stride. They had a low-profile relationship for 23 years before saying their vows on June 24, 2008.

    Lau’s career started in the 1980s and today he is an actor, film producer and singer. He is one of the four Heavenly Kings (a group of popular Hong Kong male singers) crowned by Hong Kong newspaper Oriental Daily News in 1992.

    Hanna was born on May 9, 2012, when Lau was 50 and Choo was 46. He marked the occasion by posting a message on fan site Andy Lau World with the words, “Boss has become daddy”, a reference to his fans’ nickname for him.

    In September 2016, there were reports that Choo had secretly given birth to a baby boy.

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  • Stefanie Sun
    2 / 22 Stefanie Sun

    The award-winning pop star, turned 40 two days before giving birth to her second baby.Her daughter was born on July 25 at Thomson Medical Centre.

    Stefanie is married to Dutch-Indonesian businessman Nadim van der Ros. The couple has a six-year-old son.

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  • Fann Wong and Christopher Lee
    3 / 22 Fann Wong and Christopher Lee

    Back in 1998, the pair had played star-crossed lovers Yang Guo and Little Dragon Girl in a TV adaptation of the classic wuxia drama The Return Of The Condor Heroes.

    The couple starred in the Mediacorp romantic comedy film The Wedding Game as famous celebrities who stage a love affair and get engaged for publicity. Released in January 2009, the movie was quickly followed by a real wedding when the lovebirds registered their marriage on May 16, 2009.

    The couple’s first son Zed was born on Aug 9, 2014, when Fann was 43. His English name was chosen because it was short and sweet. His Chinese name is Lee Xi Quan, a positive reference to the breaking of dawn.


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  • Liu Ling Ling
    4 / 22 Liu Ling Ling

    The getai celebrity and actress made headlines in 2013 when she gave birth to Xiang Xiang at the age of 50, after a pregnancy that was kept secret from everyone including her family.

    Liu later admitted that she and her businessman-husband Qiu Jinhai had conceived Xiang Xiang through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

    Related: Liu Ling Ling and her husband had a son: What’s so strange? 


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  • Aarok Kwok
    5 / 22 Aarok Kwok

    The Hong Kong Heavenly King became a first-time father at 51 years old as he welcomed his daughter in September 2017. His wife Moka Fang gave birth to their second daughter last month (April).

    Related: It’s another baby girl for Aaron Kwok, Moka Fang

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  • Hilary Tsui
    6 / 22 Hilary Tsui

    Hong Kong actress, Hilary Tsui, got pregnant with her second child at age 41 years old. She is the wife of Hong Kong singer, Eason Chan.

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  • Leon Lai
    7 / 22 Leon Lai

    Aaron Kwok’s fellow Hong Kong Heavenly King Leon Lai welcomed his first child, a daughter, on April 24, 2018.

    “My daughter is so chubby,” gushed Leon, 51, in a Facebook post on Aug 26, 2018.

    Related: Leon Lai shares first photo of his baby daughter after 4 months

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  • Michelle Reis
    8 / 22 Michelle Reis

    Ex-Miss Hong Kong Michelle Reis gave birth to her son in 2011, when she was 41 years old.

    Related: Charlene Choi had her eggs frozen to preserve fertility, just like bandmate Gillian Chung

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  • Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani
    9 / 22 Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani

    Gwen Stefani and Bush frontman Rossdale called it splits in Aug 2015 after a marriage of 13 years.

    The two had met in 1995 when Stefani’s band No Doubt teamed up with the Goo Goo Dolls to open for the rock band Bush, whose singer was Rossdale.

    The pair have three boys together: Kingston, 10, Zuma, 8, and Apollo, 2. Apollo Bowie Flynn was born on Feb 28, 2014, when Stefani was 44.

    Like his rocker parents, Apollo can belt out a tune, seen from a video Stefani shared on Snapchat in May.

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  • Halle Berry
    10 / 22 Halle Berry

    Despite filing for divorce nearly a year ago, X-men star Berry and French actor Martinez have continued to spend time together and even go on family vacations with their children, according to People magazine.

    However, despite rumours of a reconciliation, a source close to the couple said they were not back together. The couple were married for two years.

    Berry called her pregnancy at age 46 a miracle, and revealed that her six-year-old daughter Nahla had prayed to have a little brother or sister, according to New York Daily News. Maceo Martinez was born on Oct 5, 2013.

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  • Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
    11 / 22 Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond

    Comedy actress Tina and composer Richmond dated for seven years before getting married in 2001 in a Greek Orthodox ceremony. Richmond composed all the music for TV series 30 Rock, in which Tina starred as Liz Lemon.

    Penelope Athena Richmond, the couple’s second daughter, was born on Aug 10, 2011. Fey had revealed her pregnancy on The Oprah Winfrey Show earlier in April and even performed a hilarious Saturday Night Live skit with her baby bump in May.

    She addressed in her memoir Bossypants the guilt she had earlier felt about older daughter Alice not having a sibling.

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  • George and Amal Clooney
    12 / 22 George and Amal Clooney

    Oscar winner, George Clooney celebrated his 56th birthday just one month before becoming a dad for the very first time. George welcomed twins Ella and Alexender with wife Amal Clooney in 2017.

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  • Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
    13 / 22 Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

    “Very happy.” That was how the James Bond star and Academy Award-winning actress have reportedly shared with friends about welcoming their first child together in September.

    Craig, 50, and Weisz, 48, tied the knot in 2011. Both have children from previous relationships.

    (Photo: Instagram/_rachel.weisz_)

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  • Brigitte Nielsen
    14 / 22 Brigitte Nielsen

    In order to become pregnant, the 55-year-old actress started undergoing IVF treatment 14 years ago. At about the same time, she also had her eggs frozen.

    She has four sons from previous marriages but her daughter is her first child with husband Mattia, whom she married in 2006. Baby Frida arrived in June 2018.

    “Do I understand that (people) are a bit sceptical? Yes, I understand. I also totally respect the fact that not everybody likes it and agrees with it, but it is my life,” she says.

    (Photo: Instagram/realbrigittenielsen)

    Related: IVF: What to expect about procedure and outcome

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  • Robert De Niro
    15 / 22 Robert De Niro

    Hollywood superstar Robert De Niro became a father for the sixth time in 2011 when he and wife Grace Hightower welcomed daughter Helen Grace via surrogate.

    De Niro has daughter Drena and son Raphael with first wife, Diahnne Abbott. Twins Julian Henry and Aaron Kendrik with Toukie Smith followed in 1995 before he and Grace had a son Elliot in 1998.


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  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
    16 / 22 Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

    Another couple who has split, Carey and Cannon were married for six years before Cannon filed for divorce in December 2014. It was Carey’s third marriage, and she is now engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer.

    Cannon and Carey remain on amicable terms, however, as they have been spotted at outings with their twin sons enjoying some family fun.

    Grammy winner Mariah Carey gave birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe at age 42 in 2011.

    “Those are my two babies,” Carey shared about not wanting more children to The Lowdown’s Diana Madison earlier this year. “I think they would be so jealous because they get upset when I pet the dog.”

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  • Alec Baldwin
    17 / 22 Alec Baldwin

    The 60-year-old actor became a father for the sixth time in May this year when he and his wife Hilaria Baldwin welcomed a new son, Romeo Alejandro David Baldwin to the world.

    The pair also share Leonardo Ángel Charles, 20 months, Rafael Thomas, 2½, and Carmen Gabriela, 4½. Alec is also dad to 22-year-old daughter Ireland Baldwin, from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

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  • Jeff Goldblum
    18 / 22 Jeff Goldblum

    Jurassic World star, Jeff Goldblum became a father at 62 when he and wife Emilie Livingston welcomed a son Charlie Ocean in 2015. The pair then went on to have another son, River Joe in 2017.

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  • Salma Hayek
    19 / 22 Salma Hayek

    Salma and her husband François-Henri Pinault’s daughter Valentina is 10 this year. Then 41, the former Hollywood siren married the French businessman two years after her child arrived.

    Oh, François-Henri, whose company Kering owns luxury brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, also has an 11-year-old son with ex-supermodel Linda Evangelista.

    (Photo: Instagram/salmahayek)

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  • Bruce Willis and Emma Heming
    20 / 22 Bruce Willis and Emma Heming

    Die Hard actor, Bruce Willis became a dad for the fifth time at age 60 when he and wife Emma Heming welcomed baby girl, Evelyn Penn in May 2014.

    The pair also have a daughter Mabel Ray, and Bruce has daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah with ex-wife Demi Moore.

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  • Nicole Kidman
    21 / 22 Nicole Kidman

    In 2008, the Big Little Lies actress became a mother at the age of 41, when she gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose. Nicole and her husband Keith Urban welcomed another girl Faith Margaret in 2010.

    (Photo: Instagram/nicolekidman)


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  • Eddie Murphy
    22 / 22 Eddie Murphy

    Comedic actor, Eddie Murphy welcomed his 10th child at age 57. He and long-time partner, Perth-born actress, Paige Butcher, also share two-year-old daughter Izzy Oona.

    A version of this article appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly. 

    Related: 8 celebrity fathers with secret love kids

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