Knocked Up star Katherine Heigl was recently in the news talking about how she’s been having difficulty managing her duties as a mom with her duties as a wife and her professional life. All that is forgotten, the actress could be taking the adoption route for the second time:
“We have talked about having biological children as well, but we decided to adopt first,” Heigl stated. “I just wanted to be a mom. So however we did that, it’s fine with me. I’d like to adopt again.”
“Josh [Kelley] and I started talking about [adoption] before we were even engaged,” admits the 33 year old actress. She then goes on clarifying her reasons “My sister Meg is Korean, and my parents adopted her three years before I was born. I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea.” The couple adopted Naleigh, 3 years old, from Korea in September 2009, while hubby Josh Kelley took time to get used to the idea: “But he was so gracious and accepting.” Indeed, taking the adoption route before the biological might not have been Kelley’s #1 choice seeing that his childhood was most probably not similar to Heigl – IE, he doesn’t have any Korean brothers and sisters.
Amusingly enough, it was actually Heigl that had trouble bonding with the adopted Naleigh who “felt really comfortable with Josh and they bonded quickly,” Heigl calarified. “It was harder for me. Our social worker told us that it’s pretty typical for kids to react differently to their new mother. It was a struggle for me because all I wanted to do was bond with her. But it takes time for a child to trust this new situation and to trust you. My advice is don’t be discouraged. The reward is so great.”
Heigl then clarified that the couple strives for the family values: “We both have families who believe in character integrity and morality,” starts Heigl. “Not to be overindulged, to be respectful of parents. We feel strongly about these things, especially because of the industries we’re in. We’ll have to work a little bit harder to keep Naleigh grounded and to make sure she understands how blessed she is — how blessed we all are.” Does this sound familiar to any other Hollywood superstar couple?