The celebrity baby boom expanded into 2008 with the arrivals of newborns belonging to A-listers like Halle, Nicole, J.Lo and — most anticipated of all — the magnetic force known as Brangelina.
Brad and Angelina
Like Demi Moore raising the glass ceiling for actresses earning a $20 million paycheck, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hit a new record payday selling their baby photos. Last summer, People magazine and the British tabloid Hello! paid $14 million in a joint deal to publish the first shots of the Jolie-Pitt clan with twins Knox and Vivienne, born in July. As is their custom, Jolie and Pitt traded media access for a donation to charity. The couple have said they hope to expand their brood — now six kids and counting. No one can stop them!
Jennifer and MarcSome people think Brangelina stole J.Lo’s twin thunder — actually, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony had them beat by four months. The married performers welcomed Max and Emme last February, waiting only weeks after Lopez gave birth to display the twin boy and girl on the cover of People. The magazine reportedly burned a $6 million hole in its pocket for rights to the photos.
Halle and Gabriel
The daughter of Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry will certainly grow up to be competition for future hotties like Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. A two-time divorcee, Berry ultimately found her Prince Charming — and impossibly gorgeous physical equal — in Aubry, a model she met while shooting a Versace ad two years ago. The Oscar-winning actress gave birth to Nahla Ariela Aubry in March. Berry has said she will never sell pictures of her children to the press, following in the footsteps of Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, who’ve turned down their own offers.
Nicole and KeithTwo years after tying the knot, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcomed baby girl Sunday Rose in July. The 41-year-old Kidman has called Sunday “a miracle baby,” crediting an unexpected fertility source: the waterfalls of the Australian Outback. According to Kidman, she and six other women who took a dip in the waters of a small town during production of the epic romance “Australia” became pregnant.
Jamie Lynn and CaseyIt’s tough to top Britney Spears in the “OMG — no she didn’t!” category, but the pop star’s teenage sister, Jamie Lynn, did just that when she announced her pregnancy last December. The 17-year-old former “Zoey 101” star swiftly became engaged to the baby’s father, Casey Aldridge, a pipe layer from Liberty, Miss. A baby having a baby, Jamie Lynn gave birth to their daughter Maddie Briann in June; a Spears being a Spears, she sold the photo rights to OK! magazine for a reported $1 million.