Life is about to change in a huge way for CW sweethearts Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Ackles — they’re expecting twins!
A rep for the couple, who have been married since 2010, confirmed that they will welcome a son and a daughter later this year.
The babies will join 3-year-old big sister Justice “JJ” Jay.
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Courtesy Danneel Harris
Fans of One Tree Hill — whose cast recently reunited for a night of fun — will recognize Harris Ackles, 37, from her role as Rachel Gatina. She is also known for her 2004 role as Shannon McBain on One Life to Live.
Ackles, 38, is easily recognizable as Dean Winchester from Supernatural, on which he has starred since its inception in 2005.
“In an effort 2 squash some posers, my daughter is helping me start an Instagram profile,” he wrote. “Chk it out. Hint: it’s just my name.”
— Jen Juneau with reporting by Julie Jordan
David Nail on Fertility Struggles Before His Twins: We Felt ‘Like Everything Was Stacked Against’ Us
David Nail became a first-time dad in December to twins Lawson Brent and Lillian Catherine. And now, he’s opening up about the fertility struggles he and wife of seven years Catherine endured on their multiple-year journey toward expanding their family.
“A lot of what we dealt with had to do with me,” admits the country singer, 37, in a video for his website’s #Fighter series, which premiered Wednesday and will lead up to the Friday release of Nail’s album Fighter. “As a man, you definitely don’t want to hear that.”
Aside from Nail’s video — in which he and Catherine discuss their fertility issues and Nail’s past experiences with long-term depression — the six-episode series will run inspirational “fighter” stories from everyday people who have conquered hurdles in their own lives.
The “Night’s On Fire” crooner also recounts his thoughts behind their decision to implant two embryos, regardless of the risk and difficulty involved in potentially having and raising twins.
” ‘It’s been this difficult … if we are so lucky to have two, it may be the only two we ever get,’ ” Nail recalls saying.
Courtesy Nail Family
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Though Nail admits it got to the point where it felt “like everything was stacked against” the couple, the time and effort involved in trying multiple procedures was worth it — for both of them.
“[Catherine] had dreams to be a mother, and would always tell me that’s what she was born to do,” he says. “So in whatever way I was [contributing to that not] happening was beyond frustrating.”
Catherine adds it was “insult to injury” for her husband after finding out the cause of their conception issues right around the time Nail’s depression was diagnosed. But she adds she would go through the entire fertility treatment process again.
“Your eye is on the prize, and that’s just what I kept telling myself every single day: ‘What’s the end result?’ ” the new mom says. “Yes, this may hurt for now, but I would do it again. I would do it 10 times again to get what we have now.”
The couple also shares the stories behind the moments Catherine found out she was pregnant, breaking the news to her husband and the day their children were born.
“I had a pretty decent idea of what I was about to witness but I had, at the end of the day, no clue,” Nail says about his experience during his wife’s labor and childbirth. “I can remember [the doctors] counting the needles and counting the knives and the tools.
“I can remember her shaking,” he adds, continuing emotionally as both he and his wife tear up. “And then you hear somebody cry.”
Nail also admits that he knew his life had just changed in the best way immediately upon the arrival of Lawson and Lillian.
“It’s the beginning of a new journey, but it’s the end of this tremendous struggle that we had gone through for so long,” the singer says of his thoughts following the moment he became a father.
Fighter comprises 11 tracks total — including one called “Babies,” a tribute to his twins.
“The most important part of the song was to let them know, ‘Hey, this wasn’t just some Tuesday night [where] we went out to dinner and came home and nine months later you were here,’ ” he shares. ” ‘This was a lot of prayer, a lot of work, a lot of frustration, anger, fights.’ ”
He continues shakily before wiping a tear away, “You just want them to know that it wasn’t easy, but [you’d] go through it 15 times just to experience that moment again.”
In a press release for the album, Nail gets honest about what writing and recording the album meant for him.
“I truly believe this album, from top to bottom, is the first time I have been able to tell my story in real time of where I am right now as an artist, a husband and a father,” he confessed.
“I wrote more songs for this album than I have for any of my other three so it’s already more personal. Fighter speaks to my journey, my life and now to where I am personally and professionally.”
For more inspiring stories from the Fighter series, go to fighter.davidnail.com.
— Jen Juneau
Dania Ramirez on Going Back to Work Two Weeks After Giving Birth to Twins: ‘It Was a Really Good Learning Experience’
“I also went to work two and a half weeks after I had the babies,” the actress, 36, told reporters at the Devious Maids season 4 premiere party on Thursday. “And it’s twins. So you can imagine, I still can’t wrap my head around it. I still ask myself this question every single day.”
Ramirez adds, “I think it was a really good learning experience for me as an actress and, also, as a mother. I didn’t really have time to double guess anything.”
The actress, who welcomed her babies in 2014 with husband John Beverly Amos Land, admits that going back to work was no easy task.
“I think, for me, the season where I had the babies was very difficult because there was just no time,” she says. “With two babies, I was getting like 15 minutes, maybe, of sleep in between feedings and changing them. But it definitely made me stronger, and it made me feel like I was a better actress in a way. So I think it definitely defined a lot of the characteristics that I took with my character.”
Now, her little ones are 2 years old with blooming personalities.
“They’re incredible,” says Ramirez. “I think mother of twins, the one thing that you, from my opinion, need to have is just patience. And it really puts everything into perspective, for me, anyway. I’m working in that industry that’s always up and down, and it’s always hectic.”
She adds, “There’s nothing more motivating, there’s nothing more fulfilling than knowing that I’m doing it for them.”
— Christina Dugan
It’ll be girls for Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and pregnant wife Sally.
The father of four revealed the sex of his twins on Sunday after Sally left the iconic rock band’s tour.
While Wood, 68, took the stage in Rio, Brazil, Sally, 38, returned home for fear of the Zika virus — prompting the big announcement.
“My wife @sallywood has not been ‘sent home’ from the @rollingstones tour,” Wood tweeted over the weekend. “Our twins come first and we decided the Zika virus & excessive flying was too dangerous for them.”
He continued, “Our baby GIRLS are growing beautifully. Thank you for the love!”
Source: Ronnie Wood/Twitter; Inset: Dave Benett/Getty
Alongside the revelation, Wood included a hand-drawn photo of Sally and their daughters-to-be, as well as a nude shot of the expectant mom’s growing baby bump.
Wood re-shared the images to her own Twitter account, adding, “Yes, we’re having two girls! So wonderfully happy & excited, we can’t wait to meet them.”
Sally is due in June, and the baby girls will join the impressive Wood brood, which includes sons Jamie, 41, Jesse, 39, and Tyrone, 32, and daughter, Leah, 37, as well as the rocker’s 10 grandchildren.
The mom-to-be’s decision to leave the Stones’ tour is not surprising, as the mosquito-borne Zika virus can be transmitted to fetuses through a pregnant woman’s amniotic fluid. Further, it’s thought to be connected to microcephaly, a neurological disorder that leads to babies being born with much-smaller-than-normal heads and ultimately creates developmental problems.
— Lindsay Kimble
“We used to go on vacations all the time, but then suddenly Sarah was pregnant,” the Shameless actor tells PEOPLE of life prior to son William Wolf‘s birth in 2009. “All our energy was going to the baby.”
But when the couple welcomed twins Violet Moon and Knox Blue last March, they felt a little more prepared for what was in store.
“It is not easy, but all three are beautiful babies,” says Howey. “We’re a very close-knit family, just bigger.”
Shahi, 36, gave birth to Violet (who is the older twin by two hours) and Knox at their Sherman Oaks, California, home — a decision the couple made after watching a documentary called The Business of Being Born.
“You have more control during a home birth and with hospital births, there is a system in place and we didn’t like the whole system,” Howey explains. “[Sarah] did not like the idea of being injected with stuff and having a c-section.”
Howey says he helped deliver the babies with the aide of a doula, midwife, and — for the twins — a licensed OB/GYN, and contends that he understands home births are “not for everybody.”
Naming their brood was a little easier: Howey says the pair “went through a bunch of different names” before settling on Moon as a middle moniker for Violet, as it is Shahi’s mother’s maiden name.
“Moon is the English translation of Sarah’s mom’s name,” he shares. “[We] were going to name her Moon, but we decided that was better as a middle name. We liked Ruby and Olive — we liked colors for a girl — and then I came up with Violet.”
He calls Knox’s moniker “old timey” and says Wolf is named as such because he “wanted to go with an animal name.”
“Names are tough because one person loves it and another person hates it, but these kids were not going to be named Steve or Michael or anything like that,” he says.
Just a couple of months after giving birth, Shahi flew her newborns with her to New York City, where she was filming Person of Interest.
Meanwhile, Howey, 38, stayed with Wolf in Los Angeles, where he was filming Shameless.
“It wasn’t ideal,” admits Shahi. “But we made it work with lots of communication.”
Recently reunited in Los Angeles, Shahi says she and Howey are “in the trenches together” as they establish their routine.
“It can be overwhelming,” says Howey, who gives their nanny a lot of credit for making their lives easier.
“But Sarah and I work really hard now to schedule workout time together. Or we’ll run to the kitchen and do a tequila shot really fast — just do something together. Then it’s right back into the playroom or changing a diaper.”
For more from Howey and Shahi, including how the twins get along (or don’t!), pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
— Patrick Gomez
The Romijn-O’Connells know how to have a good time — and they have the pictures to prove it.
Actress Rebecca Romijn and husband Jerry O’Connell have been sharing snapshots from their family vacation on social media, and the foursome — including twin daughters Dolly and Charlie — are having a blast while soaking up some sun.
The actor posted a picture of his wife walking down the beach as their girls practice cartwheels and run alongside the Librarians star, who showed off her amazing bikini body in a teeny two-piece.
In a second photo, O’Connell shared a sweet moment with daughter Dolly and happily posted the picture while he still can.
“Still at the stage where they like me so figured it was postable,” he joked.
Romijn’s Instagram is filled with fun photos from their hot spot destination — including one of O’Connell showing off his own beach body in a speedo.
“Preparing for the wire walk,” she wrote alongside the photo of her husband balancing on a wooden board.
But O’Connell wasn’t the only brave one in the family: After peering over the edge, one of the twins took the plunge and jumped off the board with Romijn.
“Jumping into 2016 today,” the mom of two captioned the candid.
Not only did the couple ring in the new year with their daughters at the tropical locale, but they also celebrated the twins’ Dec. 28 birthday.
“Happy 7th birthday to these two yesterday. Sorry it took me so long, wifi slow in paradise,” the proud mama joked on Instagram.
— Anya Leon
“They sleep through the night,” Saum, 41, told PEOPLE. “We don’t need a DNA test because they like to sleep like me, so I know they’re mine.”
Adds husband Kamar do los Reyes, “They’ve been giving us nine to 10 hours and they wake up for a quick bottle and go back down for another hour and a half.”
Saum has avoided cutting her boys’ long curly shoulder-length locks — and isn’t planning on taking the plunge anytime soon.
“I’m not going to ever,” she says. “I just don’t see the point unless they have a job interview coming up, then I might consider it. But even then, I might try to fake a pin under a bun or something.”
John carries a slightly darker shade of brown than his brother Michael, who sports natural highlights. “This one is a little blond,” says Saum. “Teri Polo, my costar on The Fosters, is always like, ‘That’s my son. He’s blond!’ I don’t know what happened biologically, but he’s mine.”
Though their sleep patterns and hair length are the same, differences in their personalities are definitely starting to show. “From day one, Michael was like, ‘Hey, I’m the showman,’ ” Saum says. “John is super chill, we call him ‘super chill.’ ”
The couple are encouraging their children to learn Spanish and admit their bilingual skills are in full force.
“They have a repository of vocabulary words now,” says Saum. “We speak to them in Spanish so they have about six, seven, eight words now. They’re saying, ‘hola,’ ‘luna,’ [and] ‘mas.’ The big one is ‘mas’ — more, more, more! Mas! Mas! Mas!”
The family will be enjoying more and more festive cheer as they set up their home for the holidays. “They’re starting now to just notice a lot of things so we will decorate a tree,” says Saum. “They’ll be able to decorate a tree for the first time.”
As parents, they know things won’t be perfect and that when it comes to the tree the kids will probably “knock it down,” Reyes jokes. Which makes the holiday all the more fun for this family.
“We’re going to take it as it comes,” Saum shares. “I’m big on not forcing things and not trying to be the perfect Christmas mom. I’m just going to be like, ‘Let’s get through the day and see if we can have a candy cane and call it success.’ ”
— Raha Lewis
“Adrienne and I enjoyed a lot of pillow talk while we were dating about having kids and raising a big family,” Chris, 31, told PEOPLE at Monday night’s opening of Sparkle + Shine Darling, Adrienne’s glam new gift shop, cafe and event space in Miami Beach.
He adds, “It’s exciting to actually be doing it now!”
Already the parents of three children, the couple admit they enjoy the chaos of hearing many young voices filling their home.
“I love having lots of children around, and a big family is wonderful for holidays and other traditions. It’s really fun to watch them grow and become cohesive adults,” Adrienne, 30, told PEOPLE during the party that included Chris’ basketball teammate Dwyane Wade and his actress wife Gabrielle Union.
The couple are parents to Trinity, 7, who is Chris’ daughter with Allison Mathis, and Jackson 3, and Dylan Skye, 2, their children together. Already, the Bosh kids are thrilled to welcome new siblings.
“Jackson thinks the twins will be a big brother and sister who want to play with him,” says Adrienne with a laugh. “He is excited, but doesn’t quite understand. Trinity went to the ultrasound with me. And Dylan rubs my stomach and puts lotion on me.”
While awaiting their arrivals, Adrienne will be busy with day-to-day operations of the new store, which has become a passion over the last couple of years.
“I haven’t had time to think about a nursery because I have been part of the creative process of this store and curating with unique gifts from around the world,” Adrienne says of the glittery, girly shop done up in pink and black with gold and silver accents.
“But I have a good team around me who will help when I need the time,” she explains.
Among the dozens of displays of whimsical and practical gifts, stationery and books, Adrienne has several sections of baby gifts like pink studded slippers, tutus, hand knitted hats, stuffed animals, bows, dolls, pajamas and adorable little purses.
She loves to dress her own toddlers and applauds her husband for being such an amazing dad even though he is constantly busy with his basketball career.
“Chris is a great father,” she shares. “He helps me dress the kids, feed them and put them to bed when he is not sword-fighting with our son!”
She adds: “I would not be having more kids with him if he weren’t so good!”
Chris is super anxious to welcome their new additions — even if their births may coincide with the NBA playoffs.
“The joy of babies is priceless,” Bosh tells PEOPLE. “And I consider them good luck. We can’t wait!”
— Linda Marx
David Nail is on fire — on all fronts!
In addition to his hot new single, “Night’s on Fire,” the country singer is also set to become a first-time father — to twins!
Nail walked the red carpet at Wednesday’s CMA Awards with his leading lady, wife Catherine, on his arm.
And while the couple stunned in their evening ensembles — Nail in his dapper Zegna suit and the mom-to-be in a fuchsia dress — all eyes were on Catherine’s budding baby belly.
Nail told PEOPLE they’re expecting both a boy and a girl and that she could give birth “any minute now but hopefully in the next four weeks.”
“We struggled with infertility for years and really just had to stick together to get through it,” Catherine said.
Her husband added, “Everyone tells us instincts take over and that’s what we’re hoping.”
The news is yet another bright spot for Nail, who spent 10 years living in deep depression before “bottoming out” in 2012.
“I carried around a lot of guilt because I had all these blessings in my life and yet I was still struggling to try to find some joy,” he told PEOPLE in April 2014.
Nail — who’s currently out on the Southern Style Tour with Darius Rucker — and Catherine wed in 2009.
— Anya Leon with reporting by Sarah Michaud
While her newborn twin daughters may have come a few months early, Glory Johnson is still overjoyed by motherhood — and keeping her fans constantly updated.
The 25-year-old WNBA star’s baby girls, Ava Simone and Solei Diem, entered the world on Oct. 12 at only 1 lb., 7 oz., each, but were originally due in February.
In a new Instagram post, shared Wednesday, tiny Ava rests her head in a knit pink cap.
“The Babies are doing Good!!!” Johnson writes. “While sitting at the hospital, I find myself constant staring, trying to spot out any differences between Ava & Solei . . . In my last post, you can see that Solei’s hair is Very Dark, but I wonder what color Ava’s hair is going to be??? Black, Brown, or Blonde.”
The athlete, who took a season off during her pregnancy, added the hashtags “#MommyLovesYouSoMuch” “#KeepPraying” and “#KeepFighting.”
Courtesy Glory Johnson; Inset: Getty
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On Tuesday, Johnson shared a photo of Ava’s sister, who has a shock of dark brown hair.
Ava and Solei were conceived via in vitro fertilization with a donor’s sperm while Johnson was first married to fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner.
— Lindsay Kimble
They’re keeping her on her toes already.
WNBA star Glory Johnson took to her Instagram account on Thursday to post an adorable photo of her newborn twin daughters‘ tiny feet nestled next to each other in their hospital bed.
A picture of Johnson with the word “Mommy” written across it can be seen hanging in the background, in front of the baby girls.
The 25-year-old Tulsa Shock player captioned the snap, “My Sweet Babies opened their eyes today!!! #AvaSimone#SoleiDiem #JohnsonTwins.”
Johnson later shared a follow-up Instagram post featuring a fitting inspirational quote: “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”
“Mommy Loves You 1 Week 4 Days #JustTheBeginning#KeepFighting #AvaSimone #SoleiDiem,” she captioned the second post.
Johnson gave birth to her two baby girls, Ava Simone and Solei Diem, via c-section on Oct. 12, much earlier than their February due date.
In another Instagram post welcoming her daughters, the WNBA star wrote, “Born a little earlier than expected, I have no worries because these babies are fighters just like I am.”
Johnson’s wife, fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner, filed for an annulment of their May marriage just one day after Johnson announced in June that she was pregnant via in vitro fertilization with a donor’s sperm. The annulment was denied in August, however, and the two remain legally married.
— Tierney McAfee
Céline Dion‘s twin sons are growing up so fast, but their love for Mickey Mouse is still going strong.
On Wednesday, the singer, 47, took her boys Eddy and Nelson to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, for an early start on their birthday celebrations. (Dion and husband René Angélil welcomed the fraternal twins nearly 5 years ago on Oct. 23, 2010. They also have an eldest son, René-Charles, now 14.)
At one point, Dion and her twins took a break from the rides for some face time with Mickey himself, gathering for a group photo in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. The adorable snap shows Dion beaming as she kneels down next to her boys, who are wearing matching outfits, including the same Converse shoes their famous mom has on.
Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort/Getty
Fans might be used to seeing Dion dressed to the nines for the stage, but the diva kept it casual for her fun family day, opting for white pants and a comfortable grey top.
It’s been a challenging time for the singer, whose husband Angélil, 73, is battling throat cancer. After a year-long break to care for him, the star returned to the stage at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum in August.
Dion opened up about her husband’s health struggles in an interview with USA TODAY that same month.
“I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it,'” she explained. “And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ Okay, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”
— Nick Maslow
Despite the thousands of “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs in the hands of dads who are, by all accounts, pretty solid, Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka may just win the actual World’s Greatest Dad awards.
On Monday night, Harris posted photos on his Instagram account of the massive birthday cake he and Burtka created for their twins, Harper and Gideon.
“Happy 5th birthday to Gideon and Harper, the two greatest kids in all the land! (Cakes created and decorated by their fathers),” Harris captioned a photo of his beaming kids, dressed up in “formal” attire and sparkly crowns.
Courtesy Neil Patrick Harris
The cake, which appears to be covered in cinnamon sugar, features several characters in battle, including “droids fighting princesses.”
“The droids were mostly winning, but princesses have gumption,” Harris captioned a close-up of Gideon’s side of the cake, decorated with a giant “G.” (Harper’s side has an “H.”)
Another birthday celebration for the twins? Going to Blue Hill Farm in upstate New York to pick apples.
Conclusion: We love our dads, yes … but kind of feel bad about not being raised by Harris and Burtka.
— Maria Yagoda
Kevin Zegers is in between jobs right now — and he’s totally fine with that.
“I don’t know how one person could physically raise twins on their own,” the actor says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “There’s just not enough time or hands to do everything that needs to be done. It’s nice that my wife and I are doing as much as we can together.”
“We really tried for a while to have children — we didn’t just happen to get pregnant,” says Zegers. “We definitely wanted these girls and knew that we would be super attentive.”
Zoë (left) and Blake (right) with Zegers – M.A. Katcher
The time together is even more precious for Zegers after spending his first five days as a father with Blake — his older daughter by two minutes — in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit because of her smaller birth weight.
Meanwhile, Feld was recovering — and caring for Zoë — on a different floor of the hospital.
“I would go up to the NICU to feed Blake and FaceTime my wife so she could see her,” says Zegers.
Now back at their Los Angeles home with “little Buddha” Zoë (who has big eyes like Mom) and their “thinker” Blake (who’s inherited Dad’s dimples) Zegers and Feld have developed a “healthy sense of humor” for when things get particularly daunting.
“The other day, I was in the backseat with them and they were both screaming at the top of their lungs,” says Feld, 36, a talent agent. “[Kevin and I] were crying because we were laughing so hard — if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry too.”
Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Screen Gems/AP
She continues, “Everything about them is so amazing and every day they do something different. I’m sure every parent says this, but I think they’re geniuses.”
And Zegers agrees. “We’re already saving money for both of them to go to college,” he explains. “Harvard.”
For more on Zegers and Feld’s twins, including how they chose their names, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
— Patrick Gomez
Twice as nice!
The 40 year old wrote that she is expecting identical twin girls in December — news that took the couple completely by surprise.
“I have no family history of twins or any other predisposing factors. However, as I’ve now learned, identical twins occur by random chance in roughly one out of approximately every 300 pregnancies,” she explains. “Zack and I have embraced the surprise and are very excited about these new additions to our family.”
Although she’s prepping for double the work, Mayer — already mom to son Macallister, 3 this month — doesn’t plan to leave the office for too long.
“Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation,” she writes, “I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.”
The mom-to-be — and one of America’s most prominent female CEOs — told NBC’s Today that she will take two weeks leave during the pregnancy and will work from home.
— Charlene Adams
Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Screen
Kevin Zegers has two new little buddies: His baby girls!
“They’re here! I’ve never been more in love than I am with the gift my beautiful wife just gave me … Zoe Madison and Blake Everleigh Zegers,” the proud new dad Tweeted.
“Kevin and Jaime have not let the twins out of their sight since they were born. They are so thrilled to have two happy and healthy baby girls!” a source tells PEOPLE.
In April, Zegers, 30, confirmed he was doubling his family with Feld, a talent agent, with the upcoming addition of twin girls.
“Kevin and Jaime are so excited and can’t wait for their little bundles of joy to arrive,” his rep told PEOPLE.
With weeks to go until the arrival of their daughters, Zegers told PEOPLE that all the bags were packed and the nursery was complete. According to the dad-to-be, all that was missing were the new additions.
“I’m getting the car seats put in,” the actor told PEOPLE in July. “I took a few months off of work so I can focus on baby stuff. The nursery’s all done — I’ve been doing that for the past month or two.”
One thing that wasn’t completely set in stone: baby names. “We have a few, but we want to wait, meet them and see what they look like,” he explained.
And although it’s double the diaper duty, Zegers — who will take a break from work to spend time as a family of four — admits the proud new parents have been waiting for this moment for a long time.
“We were trying to have kids — we didn’t just happen to get pregnant,” he said. “Twins is obviously a lot, but we’re just super grateful that we were able to get pregnant.”
— Anya Leon with reporting by Patrick Gomez and Raha Lewis
One thing is certain: Mariah Carey‘s kids were not impressed with their mom getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe Cannon were amusingly vying for their mother’s attention — and a little mic time –as their mom was honored Wednesday.
“Mommy, mommy,” Moroccan repeated as he tugged on Carey’s custom-designed Yousef Aljasmi dress while she tried to give an acceptance speech.
Finally bowing to her son’s wishes, the “We Belong Together” singer picked up her son, who sweetly declared, “I love you Mommy” into the microphone before a little impromptu singing and chatting.
Seemingly envious of her brother’s moment in the spotlight, Monroe then told her mom she wanted a little mic time too. Carey conceded, and Monroe adorably said, “I love you Mommy” as well.
“I better get through with this before the kids want to come up and talk again!” Carey joked once she finally got a word in. “Thank you so much, really, everybody for being here … I just want to thank all the fans for coming. This is a huge honor. A childhood dream come true … Before these kids take me off the stage, I guess I should move along. Thank you so much.”
The duo got a little rambunctious at other times as well, running around before settling into adults’ laps. Moroccan appeared to be the more outgoing one of the pair, at times even asking his mom for gum.
“I didn’t know what they were going to do or say. Trust me, it was not planned!” Carey told PEOPLE after the ceremony. “For them to be here was everything. I’m so humbled and grateful.”
On Tuesday night, Carey hosted a pre-ceremony private dinner at her $30 million Airbnb estate to celebrate. Guests — including Brett Ratner, Jeff Beacher and French Montana — enjoyed lobster rolls and mini sliders by STK Out and Infuse Vodka cocktails. Later, Carey enjoyed some grown-up time at the reception at Beacher’s Madhouse at The Roosevelt Hotel. She joined LA Reid at a table and at one point walked over to the deejay and requested he play an unreleased remix of “Infinity” with Montana and Justin Bieber.
— Kathy Ehrich Dowd with reporting by Melody Chiu and Christina Dugan
The singer posted an Instagram photo of her children’s first day of summer school.
“First day for Roc and Roe and they’re already in summer school … Following in my footsteps,” Carey captioned the snapshot of son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, her twins with ex-husband Nick Cannon.
While Moroccan looks shyly at the camera, Monroe is busy striking a sassy pose.
Courtesy Mariah Carey
— Lily Lopate
Good things come in twos, especially babies.
On April 13, Dylan Lauren and husband Paul Arrouet became first-time parents to twins.
The couple, who used a surrogate “because it was the way we wanted to start a family,” says Lauren, were both in the delivery room when son Cooper Blue and daughter Kingsley Rainbow were born.
“It was amazing. I was crying, my husband was crying. [And] we were very nervous. I had never held a baby before,” Lauren, the founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, tells PEOPLE.
“But the delivery room nurses were holding them in these weird positions — it helped me understand that they’re not going to break,” says the new mom.
Now Lauren, 41, and her financier husband of four years, 44, are settling into parenthood. “We’re both excited. It’s like an instafamily!” says Lauren.
Cooper, or “Mr. Blue” as Lauren has affectionately come to call him, together with sister Kingsley are the first grandchildren in the Lauren family. “My parents spoil them,” says Lauren. “My dad [designer Ralph Lauren] loves seeing his clothes on them.”
And though time is flying and Lauren “got sad when they turned 2 months,” the candy entrepreneur is excited for the years to come.
“Bringing them to work will be fun. Dylan’s Candy Bars are perfect for kids,” notes Lauren. “My husband’s a little jealous.”
And Lauren, who is herself a fan of toy stores and zoos, can’t wait to share such experiences with her twins. “I’m looking forward to showing them things that inspire me, like Disneyland. I can’t wait,” she says.
— Jennifer Heyde
Glory Johnson just scored the ultimate double-double.
“It’s not a surprise for me because this is what we planned for with the IVF cycle, though hearing their hearts beat for [the first] time was the most ASTONISHING thing I have ever heard in my ENTIRE LIFE,” she writes.
Johnson, 24, continues, “For 15yrs Double-Doubles came with hardwork and dedication … now I’ve been blessed by God to have ‘double doubles’ for the rest of my life!”
The expectant athlete teased the news Sunday night, posting an Instagram of the words ‘Big News’ with the caption, “Coming soon!!!!”
One month after their May nuptials, the two-time Tulsa Shock All-Star announced she was expecting a baby with wife Brittney Griner. But the following day, Griner filed for an annulment, a move that left the mom-to-be “truly really saddened.”
Griner, 24, called the former couple’s May wedding a “huge mistake” in an interview with ESPN.
“Prior to us getting married, I knew I didn’t want to,” Griner said, sobbing. “I shouldn’t have went through with it. You know, sometimes you feel pressured into things, and I went along with it. And I know I shouldn’t have. It was a huge mistake. I just knew it was a mistake.”
In a statement released by Johnson, she also cleared up any rumors that Griner, a player for the Phoenix Mercury, was pressured into starting a family.
“At no stage was Brittney pressured to undertake the fertility process. In fact, throughout the entire process, Brittney was a willing participant, consenting and signing all the necessary documents that needed to be signed in order to move forward with the treatments,” she said.
— Anya Leon
Hoppy birthday, John and Michael!
Actress Sherri Saum and her husband Kamar de los Reyes celebrated a major milestone in their twins’ lives — their first birthday! — with a frog-themed party at their Hollywood-area home on Saturday, May 16.
After receiving invites from EchoAge, guests — including The Fosters cast — showed up at the backyard bash, which Good Carma Studio and Laura Stewart Design had transformed into a party space inspired by the boys’ favorite cartoon, Atención Atención.
In between playing games and posing for pictures, guests noshed on a barbecue spread of salads, mac & cheese and chicken fingers. Trays filled with nutritional chocolate shakes from Usana were also passed around to the pint-sized crowd, while the adults sipped on La Croix‘s lemon, lime and passion fruit sparkling water.
Before heading home with treat bags filled with goodies from Mabel’s Labels, Little Green and Soothie Suckers, everyone indulged in Polkatots‘s dessert bar, made up of caramel apples, one-shaped cookies and a vanilla and chocolate frog cupcake cake.
The Fosters returns June 8 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
After the party, Saum caught up with PEOPLE to discuss everything from her favorite memory of the day and the twins’ personalities to their sleep schedules and how her marriage has changed since becoming a mother.
PEOPLE: What was your favorite thing about the party? Any sweet/memorable moments with the boys?
Sherri: The party was dynamite. I used to think we’d be the anti big celebration parents. “Here’s a birthday paper bag, you guys, now go play in the yard.”
But I was totally enchanted with what the Good Carma girls created for the boys. A frog fantasy inspired by their favorite Spanish TV show Atencion Atencion. I loved everything, but I think my favorite was the smash cakes and genius treats from Polkatots. The boys looked so confused as to why we were allowing this mayhem. But, they finally got into it and made the most beautiful mess.
PEOPLE: When they were born, you said John was quieter and Michael was your man-baby. Are their personalities still completely opposite?
Sherri: I’d say John is still the more chill of the two; he’s really focused and very independent. Michael likes action and interaction, and he’s super rambunctious.
PEOPLE: Now that they’re mobile, how have things changed? Is Kamar still the baby whisperer when it comes to settling them down?
Sherri: Now that they are crawling and nearly walking, we are constantly yanking them out of the empty fireplace or chasing them up and down the stairs. It feels like an Olympic sport!
Kamar is a performer and really puts on a show for them. He dances and sings and can turn tantrums into laughter.
PEOPLE: Are they sleeping through the night yet?
Sherri: They’ve been sleeping like kings since about 5 months, which means now we can, too. It makes all the difference in the world when everyone is rested.
Although I confess to having a confusing impulse to wake them and play some more. No matter how tired I may be, I miss them as soon as they go to sleep.
PEOPLE: You mentioned that you had found your groove with breastfeeding. Are you still nursing?
Sherri: I’m no longer breastfeeding and I miss that as well. Even though working and nursing was a little nutty, that connection and bonding was one of my favorite things.
PEOPLE: What has been the hardest part of motherhood during the first year?
Sherri: I’d say the hardest part during the first year was Kamar and I melding our parenting styles and instincts — I’m super laid back and he functions best with planning and schedules.
But as stubborn as I am in my freewheeling ways, I have to admit that having structure was crucial to making this machine run well.
PEOPLE: How has it been balancing both babies with your role on The Fosters? Do you bring the babies to the set?
Sherri: For me, the only way to manage the shooting schedule with The Fosters and having newborns was to have them come to set as often as possible. Some days it could only be 30 minutes, but it calmed me and made me so happy to be able to at least squish them and kiss them as much as I could.
PEOPLE: What’s one thing you would tell another expectant mom?
Sherri: I would tell another expectant mom that sometimes Googling your pregnancy and baby questions can be helpful — but don’t overdo it.
There’s so much contradictory advice and information it can be overwhelming. Trust that you will figure things out in your own time and that it really does get easier and more fun every day.
PEOPLE: Do you think your family is complete or will John and Michael eventually become big brothers?
Sherri: I’d like to think we have an addition on the family radar, but I’m so grateful and in love with our two boys so I don’t want to get greedy!
PEOPLE: Their hair is gorgeous! Have they had their first hair cut yet?
Sherri: I can’t cut their hair, I can’t! Don’t make me! And other moms out there, don’t judge me when we cruise by with their hair in man buns until they’re 25.
PEOPLE: How has your marriage changed since welcoming the twins?
Sherri: Kamar and I definitely have to carve out our “we” time and keep it sacred — it could be very easy to be baby-consumed and put ourselves down the priority list. But it’s nice putting extra thought into what we will do. It feels very date-like and special.
PEOPLE: What do John and Michael think of their big brother, Caylen? What’s their relationship like?
Sherri: Caylen is almost 18 and so thrilled to finally have siblings. When they were first born, he wrote them the sweetest letter that we had framed, telling them they can always count on him.
He’s the kindest, warmest young man and he’s going to be an amazing influence on them in years to come.
— Anya Leon
Mariah Carey wants to give her kids the world — literally.
During a Friday appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael at Disneyland, the singer admitted she’s excited for her twins Monroe and Moroccan to experience the happiest place on earth.
“The babies can’t wait to get on the rides. They’re super excited,” Carey, 46, shares.
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“I’ve been loving Disney forever — since I first came here — because when I was little, I didn’t have the money to come to Disney so I had to make up for it over the years,” says Carey.
She explains, “I just want them to have everything that I never had, [but] now they want everything and more!”
Carey’s love for the magical amusement park isn’t the only thing she’s passed on to her children with Nick Cannon. On Monday, the mom of two visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! and brought both 4 year olds out on stage.
“My daughter loves to sing and Roc now loves to sing. They want to come up … and sing, especially Monroe,” says Carey.
“I don’t want to be a stage mother like, ‘Get on stage, sweetie, you got to sing.’ But I don’t want to keep her from it [either].”
— Anya Leon