Being a godparent means that you take on the responsibility for the life and religious education of a child that is not your own. Although its basis is in religion, as the announcement of godparent comes at the baptism ceremony, the most held on to aspect of the concept of a godparent is that of caring for the child in case something were to happen to the parents. Now, celebrities are just as much into the notion of god-parenting as the rest of us, but they manage to make it cooler – the godparents to their children, or their very own godparents, are celebrities as well. This list of celeb godparents is sure to raise some eyebrows, we were stunned to discover the connection between these famous names.
Dolly Parton – Miley Cyrus
Country legend, Dolly Parton, is godmother to none other than Miley Cyrus. Dolly has known Miley’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, since he appeared in the music video for her song, Romeo. The two ended up becoming lifelong friends, so much so that he asked Dolly to be Miley’s godmother – something that is deeply meaningful for the southern family. Dolly and her musical goddaughter have performed together many times, most recently performing Dolly’s hit song, Jolene.
Quincy Jones – Nicole Richie
Quincy Jones, music producer extraordinaire, is one of two godfathers to Nicole Richie. Quincy and Lionel, Nicole’s father, were very close both as friends, as well as in a professional sense. Quincy and Lionel collaborated on many musical projects in the 80s, including the hit song, We Are the World. Nicole grew up alongside Quincy and his family, and is still very close with Quincy’s daughters, Rashida (as in actress, Rashida Jones), and her sister, Kidada.
Steven Spielberg – Gwyneth Paltrow
Steven Spielberg has been friends with Gwyneth’s parents, since before she was born, so it was only fitting that the couple would ask their life-long friend to be the godfather for their first born daughter. Steven and Gwyneth still share a very close relationship with one another’s families. Steven is a godfather to one other very famous lady – Drew Barrymore, but she has more godparents than she would know what to do with.
Sting – Rocco Ritchie
Sting and wife, Trudie Styler, are godparents to Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s son, Rocco. When music royalty meets other music royalty, they really do everything to keep it in the family. Having Madonna and Guy as parents, and then Sting and Trudie as godparents, a child is sure to want for nothing. Rocco has made waves recently for deciding to live with his father after a long and messy custody battle. Rocco stated that he didn’t like living with his mom due to the instability of her life.
Sophia Loren – Drew Barrymore
As we mentioned earlier, Drew has more than one godparent. Sophia Loren is Drew’s godmother. Drew always considered Sophia her role model, and while Sophia was a very close friend of Anna Strasberg, who happened to also be one of Drew’s godparents as well, it is no surprise that Sophia was also chosen. Drew would visit Sophia’s home outside Los Angeles and would grow up spending time with Sophia’s sons as well.
Bono – Vivienne and Knox Jolie Pitt
Despite the recent divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, news that rocked the nation for sure; this page is dedicated to the fact that the duo asked Bono to be the godfather to their twins, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon. It is no doubt that these kids lucked out in the godfather category, considering Bono is one of the most well known and beloved musicians ever. Here we see dad, Brad, alongside godfather, Bono, at an event.
Kate Moss – Iris Law
Kate Moss is very close with Sadie Frost, ex-wife of Jude Law. The two beautiful ladies were even closer back in 2000 when Sadie gave birth to daughter, Iris Law. Kate was asked to be Iris’ godmother, gladly accepting the honor. Since this lovely photo was taken, Sadie and Jude split (thanks to a not so quiet scandal with the nanny on Jude’s part), but Kate is and always will be Iris’ godmother.
Jamie Lee Curtis – Jake Gyllenhaal
Jamie Lee Curtis is godmother to heartthrob actor, Jake Gyllenhaal. The cool connection comes from Jamie’s friendship with Jake’s parents, director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. In Hollywood, it seems like everything stays in the celebrity circle. Here we see the two a while back, at a classic Hollywood event, looking ever the duo. It’s so cool to see that these two are still as close as can be, even as Jake’s star rises. Family is family it seems!
Victor Gerber – Violet Affleck
Victor played Jennifer Garner’s father on their hit show, Alias. The two remained very close after the end of the show, to the point where when Jennifer had her eldest daughter, Violet, with then-husband, Ben Affleck, she asked Victor to be Violet’s godfather. Little known fact about Victor and Jennifer: Victor officiated at Jennifer’s wedding to Ben Affleck – so you know how close they would have to be for that one!
Henry Winkler – Bryce Dallas Howard
The Fonz! Bryce’s dad, epic director, Ron Howard, got his start on Happy Days, alongside Henry. The two have known each other most of their lives and have been very close throughout their careers. When Ron had Bryce in 1981, he asked Henry to be her godfather. Since Henry was practically family anyway, the choice was an easy one for Ron. Bryce is said to be very close to her godfather, as well as his family.
Joan Collins – Cara Delevingne
Joan Collins is a legend in the world of television soap opera’s, most notably – Dynasty. Joan is also godmother to Cara Delevingne; as Joan is good friends with Pandora and Charles Delevingne. Before Cara was known for her chic modeling and long list of celebrity friends, Joan was alongside others to be Cara’s godmother. Joan reminisced of Cara’s christening – “At Cara’s christening 23 years ago, she had 16 godparents of which I was one.”
Macaulay Culkin – Paris Jackson
Hold on to your hats for this one! Michael Jackson named Macaulay Culkin godfather to daughter, Paris. The reason this is so shocking is due to the fact that Macaulay is not much older than Paris for starters, and was also one of the witnesses in Michael’s trial in regards to the child abuse allegations against him (although he was on the defense rather than prosecution side). Either way it seems to have worked out, as after Michael’s death, Macaulay has stepped up to his godfather duties and has been spending a lot of time with Paris, watching over her.
Hugh Grant – Damian Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley welcomed son, Damian, with businessman Steve Bing, in 2002. These days Damian is a model and actor across the pond, but he was well known from birth as he has eight (!!) godparents, among them the very best friend of his mom’s, Hugh Grant. Hugh and Elizabeth were a couple for years before they decided to part, but remained very close to one another. Elizabeth said that Hugh was one of the few men she trusted to be there for her son.
Jennifer Aniston – Coco Arquette
Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston have been friends from, well, Friends. When Courteney and former husband, David Arquette, brought daughter Coco into the world, Courteney could think of no one better to be her daughter’s godmother than Jennifer. The two have been inseparable since the show’s end, and will likely be linked for much longer with the status of godparent. Since Jennifer has no children of her own, we bet she spoils little Coco very much. Must be nice to have a god-mom like Jennifer.
Cameron Diaz – Frankie Barrymore Kopelman
Cameron and Drew have been two peas in a pod since their side by side roles in Charlie’s Angels. Drew asked Cameron to be godmother to her daughter, Frankie, who was born in 2014. Drew and her husband, Will Kopelman, announced that they were planning on divorcing, which is when Cameron came to the rescue of her friend. It was said that Cameron came to her friend’s rescue at her time of need, also taking out her goddaughter to make sure she had an extra good time.
Jake Gyllenhaal – Matilda Ledger
Jake Gyllenhaal and the late great Heath Ledger became very good friends after they costarred in the film, Brokeback Mountain. The two friends were so close that when Heath and girlfriend, Michelle Williams, welcomed their daughter, Matilda, together, they asked Jake to be her godfather. Since Heath’s tragic and untimely death in 2008, Jake has taken his godfather duties very seriously and has remained very close both to Matilda, as well as to Michelle.
Leah Remini – Max and Emme Anthony
Leah Remini is yet another long time celebrity friend of another celebrity. Jennifer Lopez and Leah have gone way back, so when Jennifer gave birth to twins, Max and Emme, with then-husband, Marc Anthony, it made total sense for Leah to be named the godmother to the two babes. These days, Leah is still very close to Jennifer and the kids, but is under a lot of fire for her documentary series about the Church of Scientology – a documentary that she made after leaving the Church herself a couple of years ago.
Alyson Hannigan – Arden Whedon
Alyson and her husband, Alexis Denisof, are godparents to Joss Whedon’s son, Arden. Joss was the creator of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where Alyson and Alexis not only acted but met and fell in love through. Joss had struck a deep friendship with the two and asked them to be godparents to Arden, as he could not imagine a better suited couple for the task.
David Beckham – Sailor Gardner
David Beckham is the proud godfather to Liv Tyler and David Gardner’s son, Sailor Gene. David and David – ha! have been friends for many years, seen together over the years at soccer matches, events, and just plain hanging out on vacations together. Liv and Gardner have been together for several years now, have yet to marry but are happily engaged. They welcomed their second child together, daughter Lula, in July 2016; no news on the godparents for that lucky tot.
Jessica Alba – James Knight Newman
Jessica Alba has been very good friends with model and actress, Jaime King. The two are so close in fact that Jaime asked Jessica to be the godmother to her first born son, James Knight Newman. Jessica was there when the little one got his baby blessing ceremony. Jessica and Jaime are seen often on red carpets and events together, using those events to make sure they see one another as much as possible.
Elizabeth Hurley – Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham
Elizabeth is an extremely good friend of Victoria Beckham. At the time when Victoria and David began having children, Elizabeth was the closest friend to them; so when Brooklyn came along and then Romeo, the couple asked Elizabeth to be the godmother to their sons. In recent years Victoria and Elizabeth have not been seen together as much, but are said to still be good friends, just busy with their own careers and children.
Simon Pegg – Apple Martin
British actor, Simon Pegg, is godfather to Gwyneth and Chris’s daughter, Apple Martin. Simon and Chris have been friends for many years, having many shots of backstage fun being taken throughout the years. The Coldplay frontman asked Simon to be Apple’s godfather as he stated that he was the best choice for the important role, and he couldn’t imagine asking someone else to do it. In turn, Chris is godfather to Simon’s daughter as well.
Drew Barrymore – Frances Bean Cobain
Drew and Courtney Love were very close around the time Courtney was pregnant with Frances, so much so that she asked Drew to be France’s godmother. Over the years Drew and Courtney drifted apart and very rarely speak anymore, but Drew had this to say about her goddaughter – “Courtney and I have not seen each other in a while, so I haven’t had the pleasure of being in Frances’s life for a few years. That’s a great loss for me, and I hope to reconnect with her.”
Lady Gaga – Zachary and Elijah Furnish
Elton John and husband, David Furnish, added little son Zachary to their family in 2011. As music royalty does, the couple asked Lady Gaga to be his godmother, and she kindly accepted. When second son, Elijah, came into the picture in 2013, the couple once again asked Gaga to be the godmother to their second son as well. On her godmother skills, they said, “When you get to the real person under there, there’s a real simple person under there who loves her parents.”
Michael Jackson – Nicole Richie
Michael was a friend and professional collaborator with Lionel Richie, so when he adopted little Nicole, he asked the pop singer to be one of her godparents. Michael agreed, naturally, and was Nicole’s godparent until his untimely death 2009. Many were surprised by Lionel’s choice of godfather, as Michael had been known as a sort of recluse (not to mention the later child abuse allegations against him); however, Michael was close to the Richie family from the start.
Johnny Depp – Billy Ray Burton
Johnny has been in several Tim Burton films over the years, as well as costarring with Helena Bonham Carter on a few as well. Examples of such films would be, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Dark Shadows, and Lone Ranger. When Helena and Tim announced the birth of their son Billy in 2003, it was also announced that they had chosen Johnny to be Billy’s godfather.
Hugh Jackman – Grace and Chloe Murdoch
Hugh Jackman, alongside costar, Nicole Kidman, are the godparents to Rupert Merdoch’s daughters, Grace and Chloe. Hugh and Nicole, both Australian, co-stars and good friends, were also very close to Rupert and then-wife, Wendi. In 2010, when the girls were baptized in the Jordan River, the two came along for a three day trip of the country, hosted by Queen Rania. Rupert and his third wife have since divorced, and he went on to remarry once again; but daughter, Chloe and Grace will always be surrounded by very famous godparents.
Eva Longoria – Harper Beckham
Eva Longoria has been a longtime friend to Victoria Beckham. The two are so close that Victoria asked Eva to be Harper’s godmother. Eva obviously consented, stating, “I am a five-time godmother!”. Eva and Victoria, the two fashionistas, can be seen on red carpets, fashion shows, and event launches together all the time. Eva has also stated that she plans on being the greatest godmother any girl could ask for.
Jacqueline Bisset – Angelina Jolie
Jacqueline Bisset is an English actress with incredible accolades of her own. She was in films like Day For Night, which won her an Academy Award, as well as, Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, which got her a Golden Globe win. The lesser known honor that Bisset holds is godmother to none other than Angelina Jolie! Jacqueline was close with Angelina’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who bestowed the honor on Bisset. The godmother and goddaughter don’t talk very often as Angelina is one busy lady, but Bisset is always there waiting in the sidelines if needed.
Taylor Swift – Leo Thames Newman
Well this one was a bit of a shocker. Jaime King asked none other than Taylor Swift to be the godmother to her second son, Leo Thames Newman. Swift, who is 27 years old and is increasingly famous thanks to her many hit albums and personal songs, accepted the role of godmother with passion as she and Jaime are apparently very close as well. Since being names godmother, Taylor has spent a lot of time with her god-son, posting many an adorable Instagram photos to prove it.