The Hollywood twin baby boom

It’s double trouble in Hollywood as the celebrity twin phenomenon adds new mum Mariah Carey to its roster. But which other famous couples are the proud parents of twins? Check out the fast growing twin trend that’s taking Hollywood by storm.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon welcomed their first children into the world on Saturday 30th April. Moroccan and Monroe Cannon were coincidently born on the couple’s third wedding anniversary. Like many celebs, Mariah and Nick announced the birth and thanked their fans via Twitter. Mariah wrote, 'I wish I could personally thank all those around the world who continue 2 send congrats+prayers for #dembabies! Mariah made the world wait to find out the names of her twins by only revealing the first letter of their names, M, and finally revealing their full monikers on 4 May. 

[Revealed: Mariah Carey announces her twins' names]

Juila Roberts and Daniel Moder

Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder kick started the trend of twins in Hollywood, giving birth to Hazel and Phinnaeus Moder back in November 2004. Julia appeared on the front cover of People magazine revealing the twins to the world when they were only three months old. The five-year-old twins are now joined by younger sibling, Henry born in 2007.

Celine Dion and René Angelil

After many failed attempts to conceive using IVF, Celine Dion and René Angelil finally had twin boys in October 2010. Nelson and Eddy Angelil were named after influential people in Celine’s life. Eddy is named after Eddy Marnay who produced Celine’s first five records, and Nelson honours Nelson Mandela, who the couple meet while Celine was touring a couple of years ago.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony had their double bundle Emme and Max in February 2008. The twins made their debut in People magazine when they were just one month old. Now two, the twins have continued their relationship with the camera having modelled next to their mum in campaigns for Gucci’s children’s line. 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt welcomed the fifth and six additions to their family in July 2008. Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt were born in Nice, France and also took to the front cover of People magazine, with rights to the photos selling for £7 million. These jet-setting twins are always on the hip of their parents and live a busy, jet-setting lifestyle.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

 

 

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcomed Tabitha and Marion to their family in June 2009. The twins were delivered by a surrogate mother a few weeks earlier than expected. Sarah and Matthew made a frantic plane dash from New York to Ohio to be on time for the arrival of the two girls.

Expecting twins?

Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy

 

Outside of Hollywood, Carla Bruni and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are reportedly expecting their first child together this October. There are rumours swirling that the former supermodel is pregnant with twins but she is remaining tight-lipped about the whole thing.

Why are there so many Hollywood twin babies?

There are several reasons that increase the chances of a woman having twins. It can be natural, if there is a high occurrence of twins in a family; it slightly increases the chances that twins will be born, also if a woman is over 45, the chance of her giving birth to twins increases 17%.

More commonly IVF is considered the cause for increased birth rates, yet there is no study to confirm the impact. It is estimated that the chances of having twins after fertility enhancing treatment is as high as 1 in 38. Other statistics estimate that using the drug clomid increases your chances to 1 in 5.

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