Franco Origlia/Getty ImagesJude Law already has three children with his ex-wife, Sadie Frost, but a new lady, model/actress Samantha Burke has revealed she is carrying his fourth child. The couple apparently had a fling last winter during the filming of "Sherlock Holmes." Burke's lawyer confirmed their relationship and claims she told Law he was the father of the unborn child. Law has publicly announced that he is to be a father again and that he "is no longer in a relationship with the individual concerned, but he intends to be a fully supportive part of the child's life." According to her registry at Babies 'R' Us, Burke will be delivering a daughter around October 6.
Jude Law is just the latest celebrity with a love child. Many famous guys have several kids with different wives, girlfriends, and even near strangers. Many factors come into play, but there are two huge questions we have:
- Why don't these men use birth control?
- Are these women opportunists trying to get pregnant for money and fame?
To investigate, let's take a look at 10 other casual paternity cases.
The aging rocker has had children with several woman but didn't always want to be with the mothers. He dumped pregnant girlfriend Marsha Hunt in 1970 and was in court with her for nine years until he finally was forced to pay child support. Later, while married to Jerry Hall, Jagger dated model Luciana Morad. He denied paternity of her child, but DNA tests proved he was the father and he must pay $10,000 a month until their son is 21.
The womanizing actor has four children by three different women that we know of, but he assumes there are more little Jacks out there. "There could be 9,000 for all I know - I used to live so freely," he says. "You can't get too wild these days but I'm as wild as you can get."
Ol' Dirty B*stard
The deceased rapper allegedly has 12 or 13 kids with various women as well as three children with his widow, Icelene. She has stored some of his DNA just in case anyone comes forward for future paternity tests.
The actor dated Spice Girl Melanie Brown following his 2006 divorce, and shortly after Scary Spice became pregnant with his child. He said he didn't believe, but a paternity test came back with positive results. Brown says he wants nothing to do with their daughter, who is his seventh child.
The former senator and vice presidential nominee had an affair with former campaign worker Rielle Hunter. While he admitted to the relationship, he has denied being the father of her child. Though he offered to take a DNA test, it was not pursued to public knowledge. His campaign is being investigated for possible use of campaign money for personal use related to the affair. Edwards and his wife remain married.
The comedian had an affair with Shawn Upshaw in the '70s and gave her over $100,000. In 1997 their alleged daughter, Autumn Jackson, threatened to go to tabloids if Cosby didn't give her $40 million and was then taken to court. Jackson was sentenced to 26 months in prison, and though Cosby offered to take a DNA test, Jackson refused to submit a blood sample. The paternity remains unknown.
The backup dancer was engaged to actress Shar Jackson back in 2004 with one child and a second on the way when he cheated on her with Britney Spears. He soon married the pop star and had two sons with her, but then the couple divorced after infidelity rumors and entered a custody battle.
The rapper married his wife Tashera in 1999 and the couple have four children. In 2006, DMX was ordered to pay $5,000 a month in child support to Davita Oden after a paternity test proved that he was the father of her toddler. Two years later he had to pay $1.5 million in damages and $5,000 a month in child support to Monique Wayne. He denied being the father of her child and claimed she must have raped him after they met in a club.
The co-founder and CEO of Apple may be loaded now, but when he was 23, he got Chris-Ann Brennan pregnant and denied it for two years while she was forced to go on welfare. He claimed he was "sterile and infertile" but a paternity test proved he was the father.
This millionaire was involved in not one but two paternity cases. DNA tests proved Bing is the father of actress Elizabeth Hurley's son and also tennis player Lisa Bonder's daughter after an extensive court trial and complicated lawsuits.