Ring the church bells, everyone! Taylor Swift is officially the godmother of her BFF Jamie King’s soon-to-be-born baby. Both Taylor and Jamie posted pictures to Instagram this weekend announcing the new familial appointment.
Jamie already has one son with Jessica Alba and Topher Grace acting as his famous godparents. Being a godparent means different things to different people, but what it certainly means is that the new baby will have a special relationship with Swift.
All this godparent talk with Taylor and Jamie’s announcement reminded us that Lady Gaga is also a famous godparent to Elton John’s two sons. We started digging around to find out who else has a cool godparent or who is a cool godparent and some of the examples are pretty shocking.
Check out our list for most surprising celeb godparents.
Joan Collins Is Cara Delevingne’s Godmother
It-girl model Cara Delevingne may give off a street smart, bad girl vibe, but she actually comes from real posh stock. Her father is a major real estate developer whose relatives were friendly with Winston Churchill. Her mother comes from a family with a radio station founder as its patriarch. When it came time to select a godmother for the yet to be famous Cara, the title fell on British actress Joan Collins, best known for her role in the 80’s soap Dynasty. For all the young people reading this, Collins also played the role of Wilma’s mother in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. So don’t let Cara’s beanies and brashness fool you. She has a diamond draped diva watching over her.
Drew Barrymore Is Frances Bean Cobain’s Godmother
There was once a time when Drew Barrymore and Courtney Love seemed like one in the same. They loved rock ‘n roll, hard partying and regrettable 90’s fashion. Now the perpetually sunny Drew has left most of that behaviour behind, but what remains is her lifelong connection to Courtney and Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean. Drew said in an interview in 2007 with Jane magazine, “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.” Frances’ godfather is the also very cool Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
Lady Gaga Is The Godmother To Elton John’s sons Elijah and Zachary
As we mentioned above, Gaga is the Mother Monster to the sons of David Furnish and Elton John. She did such a good job as a godparent to their first son Zachary that the parents doubled down by asking her to also be the godmother to their second son Elijah. “She’s a great role model, she’s young, [and] she’s been a great godmother to Zachary,” John told Extra. Don’t you just want to be Lady Gaga more and more these days?
Steven Spielberg Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Godfather
Gwyneth Paltrow’s father Bruce Paltrow was a director, who also produced the television series St. Elsewhere, while Paltrow’s mother is famous actress Blythe Danner. With that in mind, it makes sense that Steven Spielberg would be close to the Paltrow family. Paltrow’s famous godfather even cast Gwyneth in one of her first movie roles as a young Wendy Darling in Hook. But that isn’t the only A-list actress Spielberg has guided to adulthood. Drew Barrymore (also from a Hollywood legacy family) calls him her godpoppy. Want another link in this godparent chain? Comedian/actor Simon Pegg is the godfather of Gwyneth and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple.
Victor Garber Is The Godfather To Jennifer Garner’s Daughter Violet Affleck
This one goes out to all you Alias fans out there. Canadian treasure Victor Garber, who played Jennifer Garner’s father on the hit show Alias, is clearly quite close to the Affleck/Garner clan. So close that they made him the godfather to their first child Violet. Come on, how sweet is their embrace in that picture above. Also, take a look at these adorable pictures of the them taking a stroll through Central Park. Toooooo cute!
Dolly Parton Is Miley Cyrus’ Godmother
The country river runs strong in the Cyrus blood with legend Dolly Parton as Miley Cyrus’ godmother. Sure, everyone knows Billy Ray Cyrus, but what we didn’t know was that the man behind Achy Breaky Heart was actually super close with Dolly when Miley was born. This connection may explain why Miley’s version of Jolene stands out as one of our favourite covers. Taylor Swift made the switch to pop and now we are just waiting for Miley to give us a great old style country album.
Michael Jackson Was Nicole Richie’s Godfather
Nicole Richie is the daughter of R&B legend Lionel Richie, which makes the surprising connection a little less surprisingly. Lionel Richie adopted Nicole in 1984, the same period Billboard labelled as Michael Jackson’s ‘defining’ year. Can you imagine having the King of Pop taking you on special godfather outings? Michael and shares his Nicole Richie godfather title with music genius Quincy Jones. In addition to Richie, MJ was also the godfather to Bee Gee’s member Barry Gibbs’ son. Wondering who MJ bestowed this honour on for his own children? Macaulay Culkin took on the responsibility for Prince and Paris when he was still just a teen.