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    Meghan Markle, Ellen Pompeo, Henry Golding, And 11 Other Celebrities Who've Spoken About Raising Mixed Kids

    In an interview, Zoe Saldaña said, "It is a necessity for us to raise our children with our roots so that they can communicate with their grandparents. But also so they can create some kind of empathy for human beings that do not look like them and do not sound like them and do not smell like them."

    1. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

    chrissy and john sitting at an event

    John identifies as Black while Chrissy is Thai and Norwegian. The couple shares a six-year-old daughter, Luna, and a four-year-old son, Miles. They recently announced that they're expecting another child.

    In 2020, John told People, "Chrissy’s dad is white, her mother is Thai, both my parents are Black and from Ohio, and we’ve definitely got an interesting cultural mix for my kids to kind of experience from all their grandparents and aunts and uncles, but I feel like it’s gone so well. I feel like they’re accepting of each other, they love each other, and we all learn from each other."

    2. Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonnet

    closeup of Jason and Lisa

    Jason is Native Hawaiian, German, Irish, and Pawnee while Lisa is Black, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Cherokee. The pair – who are currently getting a divorce – share 15-year-old Lola and 13-year-old Nakoa-Wolf.

    Jason with Lola and Nakoa-Wolf

    In 2019, Jason told People, "The biggest thing I’m trying to do for my children is just let them have their imagination, their creativity and to let that flourish. I hope they get to see I’m striving for my dreams and building new ones always."

    3. Henry Golding and Liv Lo

    Henry and Liv at an event

    Henry is English and Malaysian while Liv is Taiwanese and Italian. Last year, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lyla.

    During a 2021 interview with People, Henry said, "I think I grew up lucky enough to have parents who saw the importance of traveling. I come from a multicultural family. My dad's British, my mom's Malaysian. So, we've always had that mixed kind of heritage — like a child of two worlds, I suppose. I think it's really important to understand from a young age, how lucky we are. So I think going to places like Asia and allowing [kids] to experience a very different culture is really important."

    4. Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

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    Serena is Black while Alexis is German and Armenian. The couple has one daughter, five-year-old Olympia.

    closeup of the family at an event

    During a 2020 Engineering a Better World speech, Alexis said, "As a husband, you just get outraged, and then especially now in the role as a father, I just can’t help but want to create a world that is just fair to my daughter. And I know that that’s lofty, but it’s a thing worth striving toward."

    Alexis and Olympia

    5. Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel

    Shay and Matte

    Shay is Filipino, Scottish, and Irish, while Matte is Black and white. The couple shares a two-year-old daughter, Atlas, and welcomed another daughter, Rome, earlier this year.

    In 2020, Shay told Entertainment Tonight, "We're reading books, one of her nighttime books is A Is for Activist. We're starting her right now because I think it's so important to educate them at a young age so they know that truly no matter what you look like, you deserve to love and be loved without judgment, be all, and end all, and that's it. Especially coming from a mixed family herself. I hope it's in our generation, and I really pray that it's in hers as well that there will be a huge change, and I slowly see it right now."

    6. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

    closeup of Harry and Meghan

    Meghan is Black and white, while Harry is white. The couple shares three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet.

    Meghan holding Lilibet while harry places his arm on Meghan's back

    At the 2020 Most Powerful Next Gen Summit, Meghan said, "The things you’re able to tolerate on your own are not the same that you are going to put your child in a position of vulnerability for. You go every single day: 'How can I make this world better for Archie?' That is a shared belief for my husband and I."

    the family at the palace

    7. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra

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    Nick is German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian, and French-Canadian while Priyanka is Indian. Earlier this year, the couple welcomed their first child, Malti, via surrogate.

    During a conversation with Lilly Singh, Priyanka said, "As a new parent right now, I keep thinking that I will never be imposing my desires, fears, my upbringing onto my child. I have always believed that children come through you, not from you. There is no belief like 'this is my child, and I will shape everything.' They come through you to find and build their own life. Recognizing that really helped me, my parents were very nonjudgemental in a certain way."

    8. Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin

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    Ashley is white while Justin is Black. They share two-year-old Isaac and welcomed twin boys Malachi and Roman earlier this year.

    On an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she said, "When you’re in an interracial relationship, it’s even more of a duty for the white person to ask questions and to gain as much information as possible. This is a time to not shy away from this. This is a time to have deep conversations about discrimination and racism in America. Our children need to know what’s happening."

    9. Kimora Lee Simmons

    Kimora backstage at a fashion show

    The fashion designer is Black, Korean, and Japanese. She shares daughters Aoki and Ming with Russell Simmons, son Kenzo with Djimon Hounsou, and son Wolfe with Tim Leissner. She is also a mom to her son, Gary, who she adopted when he was 10.

    Kimora has been open about the ridicule she endured in school for being mixed. She's made it a point to teach her children to respect others and told Working Mother that she encourages her kids to "learn about tolerance — to respect differences in culture, religion, and even the way we look. I also try to set boundaries, let them know what’s expected, and give them room to develop and grow."

    10. Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery

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    Ellen is Italian, English, and Irish while Chris is Black. They have three kids: 12-year-old Stella, eight-year-old Sienna, and five-year-old Eli.

    ellen and chris with one of their young kids at a game

    During an episode of Red Table Talk, Ellen said, "My challenge with raising brown children is how much do you say to them and how much do you not say to them? A couple of weeks ago, I had some friends over [to] the house — little girls of color — and the little girl came in, and I introduced myself, and I said, 'I’m Stella’s mom.' And she looked at me, and she was, like, almost scared, and then she went right to Stella, and she said, 'That’s your mom? I thought that was your mom,' and pointed to the nanny."

    11. Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid

    Zayn and Gigi walking

    Zayn is Pakistani, English, and Irish while Gigi is Dutch and Palestinian. The pair – who reportedly broke up last year – share a two-year-old daughter, Khai.

    During a 2021 interview with i-D, Gigi was asked how they approach parenting with a mixed-race child. She said, "We think about it and talk about it a lot as partners, and it’s something that’s really important to us, but it’s also something that we first experienced ourselves. Because both of our parents are their own heritage. We are that first generation of those mixed races, and then that comes with that first generational experience of being like, 'Oh damn, I’m the bridge!' That’s not something that my parents experienced or that they can really help me through. It’s something I’ve always thought about my whole life."

    "I think that Khai will grow up feeling out the way that she can or wants to be a bridge for her different ethnicities. But I think that it will be nice to be able to have those conversations, and see where she comes from it, without us putting that onto her. What comes from her is what I’m most excited about, and being able to add to that or answer her questions, you know?"

    12. Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson

    Jodie and Joshua at an event

    Jodie is Jamaican while Joshua is Irish. The couple shares one daughter, two-year-old Janie.

    closeup of Joshua and Jodie

    Earlier this year, Jodie told Refinery 29, "At the end of the day, I am raising a biracial daughter. I'm raising a girl who does not look exactly like me, who is lighter than me. I want to figure out how I can raise her to have an understanding of white supremacy, of colorism, of how she benefits from that, of how she does not benefit from that, of how to have these kinds of conversations in a way that is really powerful and empowering."

    a pregnant Jodie with Joshua on the red carpet

    13. Jhené Aiko

    close up of Jhene

    The singer is Spanish, Dominican, Japanese, and Black. She shares 13-year-old daughter Namiko with R&B singer O'Ryan. Currently, she is dating Big Sean, and they are expecting their first child together.

    Jhene and Namiko at an event

    In 2021, she told Billboard, "I think it’s important for people to share their stories in general. I think we should be sharing them more so to learn from one another and not judge each other. Especially because I have a daughter, I want her to see me live my life as my most authentic self so that she can be inspired to do the same. We just love ourselves, we love our family, we love our roots and everything that makes us who we are."

    close up of Jhene

    14. And finally, Zoe Saldaña and Marco Perego-Saldaña

    closeup of up Zoe and Marco at a dinner table

    Zoe is Afro-Latina (Dominican and Puerto Rican) while Marco is Italian. The couple have three sons: seven-year-old twins, Cy and Bowie, and five-year-old Zen.

    the family on the hollywood boulevard

    During a Rosé Roundtable, Zoe said, "My husband is an immigrant. I'm first-generation. It is a necessity for us to raise our children with our roots so that they can communicate with their grandparents. But also so they can create some kind of empathy for human beings that do not look like them and do not sound like them and do not smell like them."

    Can you think of other celebrities who've spoken about raising mixed kids? Let me know in the comments below!