Celebs with secret love children – Strictly star who met dad aged 14 to Hollywood legend who blanked kid for 30 years | The SunOctober 7, 2022
YOU don't have to be an avid follower of celeb families to know that they can be incredibly dysfunctional.
From cheating allegations and sibling rivalries to secret love children, many of their explosive family fall outs could easily rival those on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
This week we exclusively revealed that a top BBC star fathered a child with a stripper and dumped her via text before she gave birth.
The prime-time presenter made the woman sign a gagging order to stop her from wrecking his career.
The unnamed star isn't the only high profile celebrity who has tried to keep their love children on the down-low, as we reveal…
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In 2011, it was revealed that in the 90s, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 75, had a secret child with his family's maid, Mildred Baena.
For more than a decade the Terminator star-turned-politician managed to keep the identity of his son a secret.
The former California governor himself only found out about son Joseph Baena when he was eight years old.
Arnie finally confessed all to his wife Maria Shriver, with whom he shares four children, during a couples therapy session.
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The affair was cited as the reason Maria moved out of their family home and filed for divorce.
He now has a good relationship with his son, who has followed in his footsteps to become an actor and bodybuilder.
Daisy Lowe never knew that Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale, 56, was her father until she turned 14.
The 33-year-old daughter of fashion designer Pearl Lowe had thought her dad was her mum's ex, fertility specialist Bronner Handwerger.
But she had questions when she discovered neither of her parents shared her O-type blood and asked for a paternity test.
Daisy then discovered that her godfather Gavin, who was married to Gwen Stefani, was her biological dad.
After the initial revelation Gavin cut off all contact with Pearl and Daisy, but they've since healed their rift and are now in a much better place.
Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, 92, is known for having had several affairs over the years.
In 1972, he met married actress and director Sondra Locke and the pair moved in together while he was still married to Neville Johnson.
But while cohabitating with Sondra he had two children, Scott and Kathryn, with flight attendant Jocelyn Reeves but rejected taking responsibility for them.
It was only in the mid-2000s – 30 years later – that Clint admitted he was their dad.
Now Scott and Kathryn, who is a successful actress and writer, have a much better relationship with him and have often appeared alongside him at red carpet events.
Eddie Murphy dated Spice Girls singer Mel B in 2006 after his divorce from his wife Nicole.
But when Mel got pregnant at the start of their relationship, Eddie, now 61, was reluctant to take responsibility for the pregnancy.
He said in an interview: "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions."
After a bitter court battle, a DNA test confirmed that he was the father of Angel Iris Murphy Brown, now 15, and Eddie was ordered to pay £35,000 a month in child support until she reaches 18.
When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' high school sweetheart Chrisann Brennan told him she was pregnant in 1977, he denied responsibility, leading to their split.
He had already founded the company, now worth billions, but she was forced to support herself by cleaning houses.
After baby Lisa was born, he publicly denied he was the father and continued to do so even after a paternity test proved otherwise.
Years after he left Apple, Steve attempted to reconcile with his daughter and apologised to her and her mum for his behaviour.
But Lisa said in her biography that their relationship remained strained as he was distant, cold, and made her feel unwanted.
The billionaire tech boss died in 2011 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and left her a multi-million dollar inheritance.
American actress Liv Tyler had no idea her dad was legendary Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler until the age of 10.
Her mum and Todd Rundgren, member of the band Utopia, had been in an on-off relationship but she had a brief fling with Steven in 1976, and she fell pregnant with Liv.
Todd agreed to raise Liv as his own as at the time, even though he was no longer with Bebe, Steven was battling drug addiction.
But Liv, now 45, began to suspect something was amiss when she noticed her striking resemblance to Steven's daughter Mia.
After confronting her mother, she came clean without hesitation and told her the truth.
Today Steven and Liv share a close bond, but she also has a great relationship with her adoptive dad Todd.
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher had a fling with American journalist Liza Ghorbani after she interviewed him for a New York Times feature in 2010.
She fell pregnant, and when their daughter Gemma was born in 2013, she sued him for £1.9million for unpaid child support.
It was reported that the saga broke up his marriage to All Saints star Nicole Appleton – they divorced in April 2014.
Liam, 50, and Liza finally reached an out of court settlement in March 2015 – the day it was set to go before a Manhattan court.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Liam later admitted: “The stuff that happened was my own doing. S*** happens, and I apologise. I’ve hurt a lot of people, but that’s life."
Liam also has another lovechild called Molly – the result of an affair with Kill City lead singer Lisa Moorish while he was married to actress Patsy Kensit.
In February 2018, Liam confessed to not having met Molly and told The Mirror: "I've just never got around to meeting her.
"I've heard she's all right, though. She's doing all right. I never heard anything that she wanted to meet me.”
Molly has since shared snaps of her with her dad on Instagram, and in 2019 Liam wrote a song called Now That I've Found You about his formerly estranged daughter.
In 1963, Chuck Norris fathered a daughter called Dina DiCiolli – the result of an extramarital affair with a woman called Johanna while married to his first wife Dianne Holchek.
At the time, the 82-year-old actor never told her he was married and didn't know she'd fallen pregnant until Dina wrote to him in 1991.
Chuck has said he did not need a DNA test to confirm he was her father and had an emotional meeting with her and her mum.
In 2009, fans of actor Jude Law, 49, were shocked to learn that he was set to become a dad after a fling with American model Samantha Burke.
They are said to have met in New York when he was filming Sherlock Holmes, and she was a Hooters waitress.
According to The Telegraph, Jude – then a dad-of-three – asked for a paternity test in order to be "100 per cent certain" that the baby, called Sophia, was really his.
They met for the first time when Sophia was five months old, and are now said to have a good relationship.
In 2014 it emerged Jude, then 41, was expecting another love child with wannabe actress and singer Catherine Harding, then 23.
Catherine, also known as Cat Cavelli, gave birth to a daughter, Ada, in March 2015. She claimed she is friends with the actor.
In his biography, Sir Tom Jones admitted to sleeping with around 250 women a year at the peak of his highly successful career.
Tom, 82, was married to Melinda Trenchard from 1957 until her death in 2016 but had several affairs.
One of those resulted in the birth of a son, Jonathan Berkery, whose mother is a model called Katherine.
In 1989 the pair were involved in a legal battle over his paternity, but a DNA test proved that Tom was indeed the daddy.
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He then agreed to pay £1,700 in child maintenance until his 18th birthday but has only acknowledged him once during an interview in 2008.
In 2018, Jonathan, who had fallen on hard times, said he did not want anything from his father and only craved his recognition.
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