John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
John identifies as black while Chrissy is Thai and Norwegian. The couple share a six-year-old daughter, Luna, and a four-year-old son, Miles. They recently announced that they are expecting another child.
In 2020, John told People, “Chrissy’s dad is white, her mom is Thai, my parents are black and from Ohio, and we definitely have an interesting cultural mix for my kids to experience with all their grandparents and aunts and guys, but I feel like it went really well. I feel like they accept each other, love each other, and we all learn from each other.”
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonnet
Jason is Native Hawaiian, German, Irish, and Pawnee, while Lisa is Black, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Cherokee. The couple, who are currently divorcing, share Lola, 15, and Nakoa-Wolf, 13.
In 2019, Jason told People, “The biggest thing I’m trying to do for my kids is to let them have their imagination, their creativity, and let that flourish. I hope they can see that I’m fighting for my dreams and always building new ones.” .
Henry Golding and Liv Lo
Henry is English and Malay, while Liv is Taiwanese and Italian. Last year, the couple welcomed their first child, a girl named Lyla.
During a 2021 interview with People, Henry said, “I think I grew up lucky enough to have parents who saw the importance of travel. I come from a multi-cultural family. My dad is British, my mom is Malaysian. So, we’ve always had that sort of mixed heritage, like a child of two worlds I guess. I think it’s very important to understand from a young age how lucky we are. So I think going to places like Asia and allowing [kids] experiencing a very different culture is really important.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Serena is black while Alexis is German and Armenian. The couple have a daughter, Olympia, who is five years old.
During a 2020 Engineering a Better World speech, Alexis said, “As a husband, you just get outraged, and especially now in the role of a father, I can’t help but want to create a world that’s fair to you.” my daughter. And I know that’s lofty, but it’s something worth striving for.”
Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel
Shay is Filipino, Scottish, and Irish, while Matte is black and white. The couple share a two-year-old daughter, Atlas, and welcomed another daughter, Rome, earlier this year.
In 2020, Shay told Entertainment Tonight, “We’re reading books, one of her nightly books is A is for activist. We’re starting it now because I think it’s very important to educate them at a young age so they know that it really doesn’t matter what you look like, you deserve to love and be loved without judgment, be everything and end everything, and that’s it. Especially coming from a mixed family. I hope that it will be in our generation, and I really pray that it will be in hers as well, that there will be a big change, and I see it slowly at the moment.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan is black and white, while Harry is white. The couple share three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet.
At the 2020 Most Powerful Next Gen Summit, Meghan said, “The things you can tolerate on your own are not the same things that you will put your child in a position of vulnerability for. You go every day: ‘How can I do that this world is better for Archie?’ That is a belief shared by my husband and myself.”
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra
Nick is German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian and French Canadian, while Priyanka is Indian. Earlier this year, the couple welcomed their first child, Malti, via surrogacy.
During a conversation with Lilly Singh, Priyanka said: “As a new mother at the moment, I still think that I will never impose my desires, fears, my education on my son. I have always believed that children come through you, not from you.” . There is no such belief as ‘this is my child, and I will shape everything’. They come through you to find and build their own life. Recognizing that that really helped me, my parents were very unbiased in a way.”
Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin
Ashley is white while Justin is black. They share two-year-old Isaac and welcomed twins Malachi and Roman earlier this year.
On an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she said, “When you’re in an interracial relationship, it’s even more of a duty for the white person to ask questions and get as much information as possible. This is a time not to walk away from this. This it’s a time to have deep conversations about discrimination and racism in America. Our kids need to know what’s going on.”
The fashion designer is black, Korean and Japanese. He shares daughters Aoki and Ming with Russell Simmons, son Kenzo with Djimon Hounsou, and son Wolfe with Tim Leissner. She is also a mother to her son, Gary, whom she adopted when he was 10 years old.
Kimora has been open about the teasing she endured at school for being co-ed. She has made an effort to teach her children to respect others, telling Working Mother that she encourages her children to “learn about tolerance, to respect differences in culture, religion and even the way we see each other. I also try to set boundaries, let them know what is expected, and give them room to develop and grow.
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
Ellen is Italian, English and Irish, while Chris is black. They have three children: 12-year-old Stella, eight-year-old Sienna, and five-year-old Eli.
During an episode of Red Table Talk, Ellen said, “My challenge with raising brown kids is how much do you tell them and how much don’t you tell them? A couple of weeks ago, I had some friends [to] the house, colored girls, and the girl came in, I introduced myself and said, ‘I’m Stella’s mom.’ And she looked at me, and she was like, almost scared, and then she went right to Stella, and she was like, ‘Is that your mom? I thought she was your mom’ and she pointed her out to the babysitter.”
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid
Zayn is Pakistani, English, and Irish, while Gigi is Dutch and Palestinian. The couple, who reportedly split last year, share a two-year-old daughter, Khai.
During a 2021 interview with iD, Gigi was asked how they approach raising a mixed-race child. She said: “We think and talk about it a lot as partners, and it’s something that’s really important to us, but it’s also something that we’re experiencing for the first time ourselves. Because our parents are their own heritage. We’re that first generation of those breeds. mixed media, and then that comes with that first generational experience of being like, ‘Oh damn, I’m the bridge!’ That’s not something my parents experienced or can really help me with. It’s something I’ve always thought about my whole life.”
“I think Khai will grow up feeling like she can or wants to be a bridge to her different ethnicities. But I think it will be nice to be able to have those conversations and see where she comes from without us putting that on her. What comes from her is what she likes the most.” It excites me, and being able to add to that or answer their questions, you know?
Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson
Jodie is Jamaican while Joshua is Irish. The couple share a daughter, Janie, who is two years old.
Earlier this year, Jodie told Refinery 29, “At the end of the day, I’m raising a biracial daughter. I’m raising a girl who doesn’t exactly look like me, who is lighter than me. I want to find out how I can.” raising her to understand white supremacy, colorism, how she benefits from that, how she doesn’t benefit from that, how to have these kinds of conversations in a really powerful and empowering way.”
The singer is Spanish, Dominican, Japanese and black. She shares her 13-year-old daughter Namiko with R&B singer O’Ryan. Currently, she is dating Big Sean and they are expecting their first child together.
In 2021, she told Billboard, “I think it’s important for people to share their stories in general. I think we should share them more to learn from each other and not judge each other. Especially since I have a daughter, I want her to see me live my life as my most authentic self so that you can be inspired to do the same. We just love ourselves, we love our family, we love our roots and everything that makes us who we are.”
And finally, Zoe Saldaña and Marco Perego-Saldaña
Zoe is Afro-Latina (Dominican and Puerto Rican) while Marco is Italian. The couple have three children: seven-year-old twins, Cy and Bowie, and five-year-old Zen.
During a Rosé roundtable, Zoe said: “My husband is an immigrant. I’m first generation. It’s a necessity for us to raise our children with our roots so they can communicate with their grandparents. But also so they can create some kind of empathy for human beings who don’t look like them, sound like them, and don’t smell like them.”
Can you think of any other celebrities who have spoken out about raising mixed children? Let me know below in the comments!
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