Us Weekly: Cameron Diaz ‘had been trying to have a baby for a long time’

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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden announced on Instagram last Fridaythat they had welcomed their first child, daughter Raddix. I was genuinely happy for them, as I had assumed that they were trying for a baby for a few years at least. I’m not trying to invade another woman’s womb, but I’m just saying… it felt like “trying for a baby” was one of many reasons why Cameron retired from acting five years ago. Well, Us Weekly put Cameron’s baby stuff on this week’s cover. There’s not any breaking news here, although Us Weekly claims definitively that they used a surrogate. I kind of wonder if they used a gestational carrier though (which would mean it was Cameron’s egg).

Proud parents. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden have “adapted beautifully” after welcoming daughter Raddix via surrogate, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

“Cameron and Benji had been trying to have a baby for a long time,” the insider explains. “There were disappointments along the way, so it was difficult and stressful at times. But they say it was a price worth paying. They feel beyond blessed.”

The 47-year-old actress and the 40-year-old Good Charlotte rocker announced the birth of their daughter on Friday, January 3. “We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden,” the couple said in a statement via Instagram. “She has completely captured our hearts and completed our family.”

According to the source, Benji’s brother, Joel Madden, and wife Nicole Richie are “thrilled” to see the couple in such a “wonderful place.”

“Nicole and Joel have been so great, and they’ve offered to help in any way they can, both now and moving forward,” the source tells Us. “They’re going to be a huge part of Raddix’s life — the plan is to really integrate the two families so all the kids can grow up together and be one big, happy family.”

Richie, 38, and Joel, 40, are the ones who introduced Diaz and Benji back in 2014. The Simple Life alum and the musician are parents of daughter Harlow, 11, and son Sparrow, 10. “They’re so great with kids and will be incredibly fun and loving parents Cameron’s very close with all her nieces and nephews,” the source tells Us. “They all adore her and are excited to see her as a mom with a baby of her own.”

[From Us Weekly]

It’s still so weird to me that Nicole Richie and Cameron Diaz are… sisters-in-law. It’s odd. Anyway, yeah, I do think Cameron and Benji were trying for a while and they luckily had the means and the time to explore different options. And of course the cousins will grow up together – Benji and Joel hang out a lot and their kids will spend time together.

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  1. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Delighted for her! And thank you so much for these light, happy posts!

  2. Nicegirl says:

    Love me some Cami D! And babies ❤️❤️

  3. stormsmama says:

    I am soooooo happy for her
    for them

  4. Lulu says:

    I’m so happy for her, genuinely so, that she gets to be a mom and have a child of her own. But something about surrogates and gestational carriers makes me so uncomfortable. It’s like, you’re literally ‘outsourcing’ pregnancy and therefore treating it like a job. I have a feeling this will be further commodetized in the future, as humans tend to do with everything . But I guess if people can share organs and blood, then what’s the big deal about a womb? It’s an extension of the same idea. Still, I feel like the future of this practice won’t end well. Does anyone else get the same feeling?

    • goofpuff says:

      yes, but most people do it because they have a medical issue and can’t carry the child themselves. The cost involved can be astronomical (medical, legal, etc) so out of reach of normal people to just do on a whim without insurance backing. Not unlike IVF which is so expensive along with fertility treatments. We’re already doing genetic tests for diseases. And most gestational carriers see it as helping people who can’t carry the pregnancy themselves.

    • TQB says:

      your concern is valid, but at the same time, I know many women who have both used surrogates and some who have been surrogates, and there really is a huge component of love and compassion that cannot be accounted for by cash alone.

    • Baby Jane says:

      I think employing a full time live in nanny is weirder than employing a surrogate.

    • Samsara says:

      I feel the same to some extent and I personally also feel uncomfortable with the idea of helping everyone who wants a baby to have a baby, when there are kids without homes and a serious issue of overpopulation on earth.

      At the same time, on an individual level I understand the overwhelming desire for some, to have a baby and how heartbreaking it must be to not be able to. It’s a really tricky area and I admire any woman who is able to put themselves through pregnancy and childbirth for someone else, even with money being involved. I don’t think I could do it.

    • Lonnie tinks says:

      Yes, it’s weird. I also would do it if I could afford it. I already have two kids, but would love to have more, but pregnancy is way too hard on my body. I had two different and horrifying experiences. I tell my husband all the time that if we win the lottery, we are making embryos and hiring a surrogate. It is weird, but hormones make us feel crazy things sometimes. I would also love to adopt and foster, but my husband is not into that idea, so. And if I am being completely honest, I love LOVE the idea of adopting a baby or child in need, but I am afraid of not loving them as much as I love my own, or not bonding with them, although that is probably ridiculous.

  5. Becklu says:

    What I think is strange is no one assumes adoption? I mean she could have and since they won’t release pictures (which I respect more then you know) know will know who the baby looks like.

    However, this baby came into her life is really none of my business and I’m happy for her.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think it’s definitely a possibility. I re-read her post about it, and there’s no clues or hints to any method.

      I agree, whatever the situation, I’m happy for them.

  6. minx says:

    This is happy news, it’s always nice to hear that people who have wanted a baby for a long time become parents.

  7. Severine says:

    My thought is that Benji wanted a biological child and Cameron was not capable of getting pregnant and/or carrying a pregnancy (without miscarriage) so they used a surrogate and donor egg. Unless she had her eggs frozen (which is possible) most fertility doctors and clinics don’t implant a 47 year old egg into the person from whom it came or into a surrogate. Clearly they were not interested in adoption because that could have been done (with no financial strain) years ago.