7 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About Being Adopted

Throughout history, there have been many celebrities who have been directly affected by adoption in some way or another. Some celebrities were adopted themselves and have spoken openly on the impact of being an adopted child, others were adopted and chose to also adopt when they were ready to have children, and others were not adopted but chose the joy of adopting a child to advocate for children in the foster system. The beautiful thing about adoption is the way it shows that family bonds can have nothing to do with the genetic line you're born into, and everything to do with the ties that bond you to your loved ones. The key is that there's no such thing as a "traditional family," and family means something different to everyone.

Being an adopted child is often fraught with emotions, and can lead to conflicting feelings as the child grows up and learns about their beginnings. The celebrities below have spoken openly about their circumstances and the way being adopted makes them feel, and it's wonderful that they've used their platform of celebrity to speak out on a topic that many people are unfamiliar with, in the hopes that it will make one adopted child feel a little less confused about their situation.

1. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

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Yep, even though she was all about finding a "guido" during her partying days on Jersey Shore, Polizzi was actually born in Santiago, Chile and adopted by an Italian-American family when she was six months old. On a recent episode of Kocktails with Khloé , Polizzi opened up about her feelings on adoption after becoming a parent herself. She said,

2. Faith Hill

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Hill has spoken about being adopted and the respect she has for her birth parents, telling Good Housekeeping in 2007:

3. Kristin Chenoweth

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The Broadway actor also has nothing but positive things to say about her experiences as an adopted child. She wrote about the topic in a WhoSay article in 2015, saying,

4. Liz Phair

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The rock singer opened up about being adopted to Women's Health back in 2006:

Phair added that she's thought about trying to find her biological parents, but has never pursued it:

5. Sarah McLachlan

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McLachlan told American Baby that she found out she was adopted around the age of nine, and candidly said that she didn't feel any complicated emotions towards the situation:

6. Jamie Foxx

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The Oscar-winning actor was adopted by his maternal grandparents shortly after birth, and told O Magazine:

He added that though he knows both his biological parents, he does not keep in contact with them, for various reasons.

7. Steve Jobs

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For a biography written by TIME editor Walter Isaacson, Isaacson interviewed Steve Jobs at length and discussed his adoption to a working-class couple in Mountainview, Calif. Jobs' birth father is a political migrant from Syria. The Apple co-founder recalled being asked about his adoption, "So does that mean your real parents didn't want you?" to which he responded,

Though these celebrities all had different experiences in regards to learning about their adoption, they all ended up in a loving home, which is a happy ending that most fairy tales can't even touch.