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13 Celebrities You Had No Idea Celebrate National Only Child Day Today!

I love my brother and sister, but I am the daughter of an only child and the mother of an only child. So when people used to ask “are you going to give her a sister or a brother?” was always like, “Um, why?”

Because being an only child is pretty great!

Just ask my daughter Lucy!

According to Pew Research, the number of families with only one child has doubled since 1970. In 2014, t 22 percent of women age 40-44 had given birth to only one child.

Being an only child is the best and it’s not just because they get all the presents at Christmas! There are so many perks to being an only child that it’s hard to know where to begin.

First of all, they get all of our parents’ attention. While other kids have to compete with siblings for their parents’ love, attention, and approval, they don’t have to worry about that. They get to be the center of their parents’ universe.

They also get to be their parents’ favorite and NO ONE has to go to therapy about it!

Not to mention, their parents never look at a picture and say “I’m not sure if that’s you or your brother.”


Parents don’t have to split their money or time between multiple kids, so they get to have all the latest gadgets, clothes, and toys. And since they don’t have any siblings to share with, they never have to worry about someone else breaking or ruining their stuff.

My favorite part of being a family of three is never having to split up on a flight with three seats in a row and Lucy always takes the middle because she’s little!

To all the siblings out there, sorry, but being an only child is just too good to give up!

So who are the 13 Celebrities Who Are Celebrating National Only Child Day Today!

  • 1. Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Los Angles, California, on November 11th, 1974. Maybe he’s looking for the little sister he never had with all those super models. That’s one hell of a couch trip, Leo.

    13 Celebrities You Had No Idea Celebrate National Only Child Day Today

    Leonardo DiCaprio, 2006. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

  • 2. Charlize Theron

    Charlize Theron was born on August 4th, 1975, in South Africa. She is the only child of Gerda and Charles Theron. During a podcast episode “InCharge with DVF,” the actress admitted that she wished for a younger brother growing up.

    13 Celebrities You Had No Idea Celebrate National Only Child Day Today

     (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • 3. Jack Nicholson

    Jack Nicholson was born on April 22nd, 1937, and raised as an only child on the Jersey Shore. PLOT TWIST THOUGH: he thought his grandmother was his mother and his sister was his sister. But turns out his sister was his mother! Wrap your head around that!

    Jack Nicholson

  • 4. Shia LaBeouf

    He is the only child of Shayna Saide and Jeffrey LaBeouf and born on June 11, 1986. “Honey Boy” is allegedly about growing up with his stage father and boy, oh, honey boy, it makes you wish he had a sister or brother to protect him,

    13 Celebrities You Had No Idea Celebrate National Only Child Day Today

  • 5. Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra was born to Italian immigrants in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12th, 1915, and was the only child of Martin and Natalie Sinatra.

    Sinatra With Props In Recording Studio

    American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998) smiles while holding a cigarette and a cup of coffee in a recording studio, 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • 6. Saoirse Ronan

    Saoirse believes the bond she has with Monica may have been strengthened by the fact she doesn’t have any siblings.

    “I’m an only child so we were always very close but she came away and worked with me as well,” she told Elle Australia.
    Saoirse Ronan

    The Bronx native was born on April 10, 1994. She is known for her work in period dramas like ‘Little Women,’ ‘Atonement,’ and ‘Brooklyn.’

  • 7. Idris Elba

    Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and his mother, Eve, is from Ghana.

    Idris Elba

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 02: Idris Elba attends Netflix’s ‘Turn Up Charlie’ For Your Consideration event at Pacific Design Center on March 02, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

  • 8. Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent and literary agent. He’s expecting his first child this spring and apparently wants lots of kids because he was an only child.

    "The Lost City" UK Special Screening

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  • 9. Natalie Portman

    Natalie  Portman was born on June 9th, 1981. She is the only child of Shelly and Avner Hershlag. Portman told Rolling Stone in an interview: “My parents would never have allowed me to be the star of the family at the expense of another child.”

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  • 10. The Weeknd

    The Weeknd was on February 16th, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario. (It was a Friday, by the way.)  He is the only child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who emigrated from Ethiopia to Canada in the 1980s.

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    The Weeknd – He is set to perform, and he’s also nominated for six awards.

  • 11. Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan was born on May 16th, 1953, in Drogheda, County Louth in Ireland. He is the only child of May Smith and Thomas Brosnan. His mother was a nurse, and his father was a carpenter.

    Pierce Brosnan

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 13: Actor Pierce Brosnan arrives to the World Premiere of Relativity Media’s “The November Man” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on August 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • 12. Adele

    Adele is the only daughter of a British mother, Penny Adkins, and a Welsh father, Mark Evans. She was raised by her mom in Tottenham, London, after her father left the family when she was two years old. Adele is also the mom of one son.

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  • 13. Drew Barrymore

    “I was the only child, and it was lonely,” Drew Barrymore told InStyle. “Some people love it and thrive on the independence, but I want my kids to have other kids around.”

    Drew Barrymore

    Drew Barrymore and her parents: Drew Barrymore didn’t exactly have a normal childhood. She checked into rehab at the tender age of 13 and became emancipated from her parents at the age of 15.

  • 14. Matthew Perry

    Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1969. Fun fact: his stepfather is Keith Morrison! Well, well, well. 

    Matthew Perry

    LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Matthew Perry speaks onstage during the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 15. Elton John

    Elton was raised an only child. He is the only child between Stanley Dwight and Sheila. His parents divorced when he was a young teen. His mother remarried, but never had anymore children. His father remarried and had four sons, but Elton and his father remained estranged.

    Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015

    NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Elton John performs on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for dcp)

  • 16. Christina Applegate

    Applegate was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Her father, Robert William “Bob” Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive and her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a singer and actress. Her parents separated shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings, Alisa and Kyle, from her father’s second marriage

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    Christina Applegate attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

  • 17. Leanne Rimes

    LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi on August 28, 1982. She is the only child of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler.

    Real Life Grammy Award Winning Superstar Leann Rimes (Left Joins Violet Sanford (Piper P

    374948 03: Real-Life Grammy Award-Winning Superstar Leann Rimes (Left) Joins Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo, Right) For A Duet At The Popular Bar Coyote Ugly, In Touchstone Pictures’/Jerry Bruckheimer Film’s Romantic Comedy, “Coyote Ugly” Which Is To Open In August, 2000. (Photo By Getty Images)

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