There’s a lot of focus on the lives of celebrities, and although fans are interested in what they are doing professionally, it is often their personal lives that are much more fascinating. Keeping this in mind, it’s not unexpected that fans would want to get a glimpse of their favorite A-lister’s newborn, which is why publications have created bidding wars to get their hands on the exclusive rights to share these photos.
Celebrity babies help sell magazines (after all, who doesn’t want to see a cute kid?), but it also benefits the parents because the deals they broker often result in a big payday, sometimes worth millions of dollars. Take Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s biological twins as an example, who broke the records when it came to most expensive baby photos ever — the couple earned a staggering figure. Or Jamie Lynn Spears, who became a teen mom, and whose photos, interestingly, earned her more than her sister, Britney Spears, got for the first look at her son, Sean Preston.
On the other end of the scale, there are celebs who would never dream of selling their baby photos, and when they were ready to let the public see their beloved tot, they did it on their own terms, and they did it for free! Below are 17 celebrities who enjoyed big paydays, and 3 who said “no thanks!”
20 Jennifer Lopez’s Twins Sold To ‘People’ For A Whopping $6 Million
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s relationship may not have lasted, but they do have a great memory from their union; their twins. The couple welcomed twins, a daughter named Emme and a son named Max, in 2008, and there was great interest in their little ones at the time, which is why they made the decision to share photos of their children —which came at a very high price.
According to ABC News, the photos of Lopez’s twins sold to People for $6 million because the publication clearly thought seeing these sweet children would help them sell magazines.
19 When Matthew McConaughey And Camila Alves Became Parents, They Sold Their Photos To The Highest Bidder
When you think of Matthew McConaughey, he doesn’t seem to be an actor who would decide to sell his baby photos. Unlike many other celebrities, he doesn’t share much of his private life with the world, so it was a little unexpected when he and his then-girlfriend, Camila Alves, wanted to introduce the world to their first-born child, Levi, by selling his photos.
The couple appeared with their newborn on the front cover of OK! magazine for the publication’s August 2008 issue, Today reports, and they are believed to have used an agent to help them broker a deal. They also scored a payday of $3 million for the photos! The couple later married in 2012, and have expanded their brood with two more children.
18 Jamie Lynn Spears Was A Teen Mom, And The Interest In Her Daughter Fetched A Price Tag Of $1 Million
Jamie Lynn Spears was a big star in her teens, but the last thing her fans ever expected her to announce was that she was pregnant. But that announcement came when she was 16, and she shared her news with OK! Magazine. At the time, she was in a relationship with her boyfriend Casey Aldridge, although the couple was unable to make their relationship last.
Spears rose to the challenge of becoming a mother when she gave birth to Maddie, but she also used it as an opportunity to cash in, and according to The Richest, she sold the rights to her baby photos to OK! Magazine and graced the publication’s July 2008 issue. These photos saw Spears make $1 million.
17 Christina Aguilera’s First Child With Jordan Bratman Resulted In A Big Pay Day
Christina Aguilera became a mom for the first time after she and her then-husband Jordan Bratman welcomed their son, Max Liron Bratman, in 2008. The couple also decided that it would be to their advantage to feature their newborn son on the cover of the February 2008 issue of People magazine, and according to The Richest, Aguilera was paid $1.5 million for her cooperation.
In the feature, she spoke about how she was “head-over-heels in love” with her baby, and admitted to the publication how her son had “completely changed” her life. The publication also notes that Aguilera’s son’s first name (Latin) and middle name (Hebrew) combined, roughly translated to “our greatest song” — a fitting name for a songstress.
16 Jessica Simpson Sold Her Daughter’s Photos For $800,000
Jessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson recently added a third child to their family, but it was their first-born who attracted the most interest from the media. When the couple welcomed their daughter, Maxwell Drew, in 2012, they negotiated a deal with People magazine to share her first photos for $800,000. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simpson also shared photos of her maternity collection with the publication.
The maternity collection was something that Simpson wanted other moms to feel great in, that would flatter their baby bump, but also allow them to put it on display.
15 Nicole Richie And Joel Madden’s Firstborn Became A Big Seller
Nicole Richie and Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden were one of the world’s “it” couples back in the early 2000s, and although they may not have as much selling power these days, there was a time when the world could not get enough of them.
Richie was a socialite and reality TV star (on The Simple Life) and Good Charlotte was one of the most popular bands at the time, so when they welcomed their daughter Harlow Madden into the world in 2008, publications wanted to get in on their happiness. And that happiness came without a price tag because the couple decided to sell their photos to People magazine in 2008, for $1 million, Finances Online reports.
14 Jessica Alba Initially Declined Offers To Share The First Glimpse Of Her Daughter, But $1.5 Million Changed Her Mind
Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren are now parents to three children, but when they first became parents in 2008 (which seemed like a big year for baby photos) there was a lot of interest surrounding them. The couple had multiple publications offering them a big payday for the rights to their daughter Honor Marie Warren’s images, and according to TMZ (via Today, the couple first decided that they didn’t want to sell their photos and declined the offers.
But they clearly changed their mind and eventually sold the rights to OK! Magazine who paid $1.5 million for the photo shoot for their July 2008 issue.
13 Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt’s Twins Broke Records For The Most Expensive Baby Photos
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were once the “it” couple of Hollywood, and when they had their twins, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, in 2008, there was a lot of interest. In fact, out of all the celebrities who have sold their baby photos, this couple broke the record for the most expensive photos ever. According to Today, People magazine bought the photos in a joint deal with the London-based Hello! magazine, and together, the publications forked out $14 million!
This may seem like a ridiculous amount to spend on baby photos, but the couple did not pocket the money and instead, it did a lot of good. The publication notes that Jolie and Pitt intended to put the earnings into their foundation, which was created to help children around the world.
12 Angelina Jolie’s On Here Twice Because When She Adopted Pax, She Received $2 Million
Angelina Jolie finds herself on this list twice because before she had biological children with Brad Pitt, she became a mother through adoption. She adopted her first son, Maddox, and then they adopted their daughter Zahara. The couple then had their first biological child, Shiloh, in 2006, and they were not done expanding to their brood and made the decision to adopt a third child, Pax, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on March 15, 2007, The Richest reports.
Fans were interested to know more about the couple’s latest child, and so they sold their photos to People magazine for $2 million. But the rights were also sold to Hello! Magazine, although that amount is undisclosed.
11 Larry Birkhead Shared His Daughter (And His Happiness) With The World On A 2007 Magazine Cover
Larry Birkhead’s role as a father started out as a complicated one and he was involved in a paternity test to establish whether he was the biological father of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn — Smith had named Howard K. Stern as her father on her birth certificate.
Dannielynn was born in September of 2006, and after paternity was established, Birkhead decided to celebrate his happiness by showing the world the first pictures of himself and his daughter. He also managed to negotiate a deal with OK! Magazine for their April 2007 issue, E! News reports. And Today notes that the photos cost the publication $2 million.
10 Tommy Mottola And Thalía Scored Big By Selling Both Of Their Childrens’ First Photos
According to People, record producer Tommy Mottola (who was also once married to Mariah Carey) and singer Thalía introduced their daughter, Sabrina Sakaë Mottola, to the world with an issue of Hola! Magazine, back in November of 2007. The couple negotiated a deal which resulted in them being paid $2 million for the exclusive rights to the photos.
Their daughter looked just like Thalía, at least, that’s what she thought and according to New York Daily News, when her daughter was six months old, the proud mom exclaimed, “If you see pictures of the baby, she looks just like me … her cheeks, her eyes, her little nose. Although, if you look closely, sometimes her eyes look like her father’s.”
9 Britney Spears Got Less Money For The Photos Of Her Son Than Her Sister Did
Britney Spears is arguably a bigger star than her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, yet the first look at her firstborn son, Sean Preston, earned her less money. Perhaps it’s because Jamie Lynn’s daughter was born years later, in 2008, when publications seemed to be particularly interested in purchasing baby photos, or perhaps it’s because Jamie Lynn was a teen mom. Regardless of the reason, when Britney decided to negotiate a deal for her son’s photos in November of 2005, she agreed with People magazine to pose for photos for a price tag of $500,000, according to The Talko.
8 Gwen Stefani Didn’t Get Millions, But She Did Land A Payout For Pics Of Her Son Kingston
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were once a happily married couple, and together they had three sons. But it was their first son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, whose birth was really of interest and his baby photos sold for $575,000 to OK! Magazine, The Talko notes.
Although Stefani and Rossdale didn’t earn as much as some of the other celebrities on this list (like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, for example), it’s still a hefty sum to earn for just a few photos. Putting the price tag aside, motherhood is something that Stefani loves, and she told People, “What I learned about having kids and having a [profession] is [it’s] not all about us. You realize that they only want you to care about them. It’s just that automatic, like, ‘You’re my mom!’’
7 Mariah Carey Apparently Didn’t Get The Price She Wanted For Her Twins’ Photos
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon share twins Moroccan and Monroe, and when they were born in 2011, there was interest in seeing their baby photos. Prior to the birth of their twins, the couple posed together, with Carey showing off her pregnant belly in a shoot for Life&Style magazine. But according to Hollywood Life, when it came time to show off their children, the couple were offered a lot less than they would have liked for their baby photos and are reported to have only been offered $200,000 (which is a bit of a knock when you consider how much the Jolie-Pitt’s got).
The publication notes that Carey’s rep insisted she was not concerned with the money at all, and instead was focusing on being a mom. She was not even sure if she was going to do photos with her twins. People notes that at 6 months, the twins made their TV debut, accompanying their parents on an appearance on 20/20.
6 Clay Aiken Shared A Photo Of His Son (And Used The Magazine Cover As A Chance To Come Out) For $500,000
Remember Clay Aiken from Idol? Well, back in 2008, he used his magazine cover with People to do two things; come out, and share the first photo of his son. And according to E! News, he did all this for $500,000.
In an interview with People, the mother of Aiken’s son Parker, who is his best friend and music producer, Jaymes Foster, spoke about what he was like as a dad. Parker was conceived via in vitro fertilization, and Foster praised Aiken for being “an incredible caregiver.” She called him a “natural” dad, and “the perfect person.”
5 Jude Law’s Daughter With Samantha Burke Was Spread Over 14 Pages Of A Glossy Publication
According to E! News, even before Jude Law had a chance to meet his daughter with Samantha Burke, she was featured on the front cover of Hello! Magazine in 2009. The baby in question is a girl named Sophia, and the proud mom decided to present her to the world in the pages of the magazine — 14 pages to be exact!
According to Hello!, Burke told her story about how she became a mother, and also shared the joy that motherhood had brought her, explaining, “She smiled at me for the first time yesterday… Every day it’s something new and wonderful.” But Hello! was hardly going to make public the price they agreed upon, however, we do have Starcasm to thank for that — because the publication reports it was $300,000.
4 Kenya Moore’s Baby Photos Didn’t Sell For A Record-Breaking Amount, But Her Child’s Debut Was A Paid Opportunity
Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore used her daughter Brooklyn Doris Daly’s birth as an opportunity to share her photos with the media, but her payout pales in comparison to the others. Although not every celebrity on this list earned upwards of a million dollars, most of them did get really big payouts. Moore, on the other hand, is believed to have received just $6,000 for the photos of herself and her baby, and according to All About The Tea, she negotiated this deal with People magazine.
But Moore got everything she ever wanted when her daughter arrived, so she was probably not too concerned about the money, and in the accompanying interview with People she said, “I finally have everything I’ve dreamed of.”
3 Sarah Jessica Parker Could Have Made Millions: Instead, She Walked Out Of Hospital And Did A Free Photo-Op
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have been together for decades and married in 1997. In an industry where almost every month we hear about couples calling it quits, these two have proven that there is still love in Hollywood. So, when the couple welcomed their first child, a son named James Wilkie, back in 2002, there was a lot of interest surrounding their newborn.
According to Gawker, Parker had multiple offers to sell her baby photos, but she declined, instead, posing with her husband and her son outside of their West Village apartment —which means, she shared her son with the world, for free!
2 Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Said ‘No Thanks’ To The Offers That Came Rolling In For Chicago
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are both influential celebrities, and Kardashian has chosen to share a lot of her life with her fans. It is this decision that has made her mega-famous, and incredibly recognizable, but there are aspects of her life she has chosen not to share, for example, selling the first baby photos of her children.
According to TMZ, the couple were offered millions from multiple publications but rejected all of the offers. The reason they didn’t bother to entertain the offers is that they wanted to take the security of their children seriously, but also, it went against their morals. So, when photos of their kids were first shared, they did them on their own terms.
1 Katie And Tom Cruise Did Do A Photoshoot With Suri, But It Was Completely Free
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise had one of the most interesting Hollywood romances, and their relationship (and the publicity that came with it) meant that they could have sold the rights to their daughter Suri Cruise’s baby photos for a lot of money. But the couple decided to go a different route, and instead of selling their photos for millions, they instead did a photo shoot which was completely free.
The couple posed with their newborn daughter in a 22-page exclusive photo shoot for prestigious publication, Vanity Fair, and according to Business Insider, they didn’t get a cent.
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