Adoption is such a beautiful thing.
Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Hoda Kotb, Sandra Bullock, and Madonna have made headlines after they opened their hearts and homes to adopt children from all over the world.
As it turns out, there are just as many celebrities out there who were themselves adopted as children. No matter what the circumstances were, the decision by both their birth and adoptive parents completely changed the course of their lives forever.
I know my aunt completely changed my cousin’s life when she decided to adopt her over 20 years ago, and I think the same can be said for these 11 celebrities.
Scroll through to learn which celebrities were adopted — a few on the list may surprise you!
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1. Michael Bay
The iconic director was adopted as a baby in Los Angeles. He started searching for his birth parents when he was a young man.
2. Ray Liotta
The actor was adopted when he was 6 months old, and his parents told him when he was in elementary school.
“I used to wear being adopted on my sleeve,” Ray told Larry King in 2014. “I realized when I met her [my mom], that she had really valid reasons.”
3. Nicole Richie
When she was 3 years old, Nicole Richie moved in with famed musician Lionel Richie after her parents were having financial struggles.
Six years later, the Richies officially adopted Nicole as their own child.
4. Steve Jobs
Steve was adopted at birth by Clara and Paul Jobs when his biological mom’s parents didn’t approve of her relationship.
5. Melissa Gilbert
The Little House on the Prairie’s Melissa Gilbert was adopted a day after she was born by actor Paul Gilbert. She caught the acting bug and followed in his footsteps.
6. Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin always knew she was adopted and calls her adoption a blessing. She was adopted at 5 days old!
“I knew that my birth mother loved me so much that she wanted to give me a better life,” Kristin told People. “An adoption is a full-circle blessing.”
7. Eleanor Roosevelt
Both of Eleanor Roosevelt’s parents died within days of each other, so she was adopted by her grandmother.
8. Faith Hill
Country singer Faith Hill was adopted as an infant when her mother couldn’t care for her.
“I have a lot of respect for my birth mother and no feeling of anger or any of that,” Faith wrote in her book.
9. Ingrid Bergman
The Casablanca actress moved in with an aunt when she was a child after her parents died.
10. Jamie Foxx
The actor was adopted at 7 months old.
“My grandmother, that’s not actually my biological grandmother,” Jamie said on an episode of Beat Shazam. “That’s somebody who said, ‘I see something in that little boy that’s very special,’ and she made sure I had every tool that I needed to grow and expand.”
11. John Lennon
The legendary Beatles singer was adopted by his aunt after his dad went AWOL and his mom couldn’t care for him.
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