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All grown up. Brooke Shield’s kids learned a lot from their mama. The Pretty Baby star raised two daughters who live up to all the philosophies of their mother.
Brooke Shields married TV writer and producer Chris Henchy in 2001 after her marriage with tennis player Andre Agassi. Shortly after, they welcomed their first daughter Rowan in 2003 and their second daughter Grier in 2006.
At the premiere of her Hulu documentary, Shields told People that she recounted her life to her daughters but they were still surprised by some facts in the new documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields. “You know I thought I did [teach them], but there’s a lot in the documentary they did not know about with which I got in trouble with them for because they were mad that I didn’t inform them about everything,” Shields explained. “But needless to say, it opened up some other conversations.”
She continued, “The women that I’ve known that have had certain things done that they’ve waited to get done, it’s been the happiest thing that they’ve ever done. They waited, they earned it.”
Shields recounted how she felt about her daughters appearing at the end of her documentary. “That last scene in the movie where they are confident and free. They’re confident, they’re being listened to, I’m proud of them speaking their mind,” she told the outlet. “They are young women who are already beginning to find their own agencies. It took me until practically today.”
As an extremely supportive mom, Shields often opens up about parenting in interviews. “Even though I’ve always wanted to have kids, it’s really not easy. Sometimes loving that much, it’s just a pain in the ass,” she told the Dear Chelsea podcast. “I’m surprised at how much freedom emotionally I give my kids. I never thought that talking to them about sex … because my mother never talked to me about anything. You just were told, ‘Don’t do it, you’ll burn in hell,’ and then I became sort of known for being a virgin. We talk about everything together and I have no judgment and I’m shocked at myself. I mean, we talk about it all and I didn’t think that I’d be comfortable with it on that level.”
So who are Brooke Shields’ kids? Read more below to find out.
How many kids does Brooke Shields have? Shields has two children, both daughters.
Who are Brooke Shields’ kids? Meet Shields’ children and see how old they are ahead.
Rowan Francis Henchy
Born: May 15, 2003
Brooke Shields’ first child with Chris Henchy was Rowan Francis Hency who was born on May 15, 2003. She’s currently a student at Wake Forest University. In a viral Instagram post, Shields got emotional about sending off her first child to college.
“So I just waved my daughter goodbye again and I thought it would be easier the second time. She’s already been away and been with me all summer, but… I’m not making the drive with her, she’s driving with her dad,” Shields shared. “But she’s taking my car, which was my car as my graduation present car, so she’s going to be driving that.” “It was just too painful, I don’t think I could go through the driving away from campus again. So if there’s anyone else going through this, we’re all in it together.” “It’s so hard, I miss her already,” she said. “Our babies. This is what you want. You raise them so that they leave you.”
In another Instagram post when her daughter was in college, she revealed that she wore her mother’s red 1998 Golden Globes dress to prom and got matching ladybug tattoos. She even supported her mother at the premiere of her documentary by Facetiming her. Shields said that she “called me from college and was like, ‘Mom, let me see what you’re wearing,’ and ‘I’m so proud of you.’”
Grier Hammond Henchy
Born: April 18, 2006
Brooke Shields welcomed her second child and daughter Grier Hammond Henchy on April 18, 2006. After Grier’s birth, Shields experienced post-partum depression and openly talked wrote a book about it called Down Came The Rain
“I actually felt strong. I felt good. Easy,” she said about her pregnancy to Oprah. “I didn’t have morning sickness. I was fine. Was able to do yoga and everything was picture-perfect. And it was what I always thought it would be, you know?
“Everybody says it’s the most amazing moment in your life,” Brooke says. “I don’t know how many people are really telling the truth because I think it becomes amazing—you have to grow into it. It was so dramatic and it was not glorious.”
However, with a very difficult birth that involved a C-Section, she fell into depression and her husband was concerned about what was happening between mother and daughter. “I had no desire,” Brooke remembers, “to even pretend to care about her. And it absolutely terrified me.” However shortly after, she gushed about her second child. I can smell her breath now and my mouth waters.”
Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields is available to stream on Hulu.
When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed–a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter. In this compelling memoir, she talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery.
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