Singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth declares she's ready to adopt a child. The 48-year-old accomplished Tony-award winning actress says she wants to become a mother and raise an adoptee just as her parents did when she was a baby.
After devoting years to her craft and putting off marriage, Chenoweth, who is currently single, told Closer she feels now is the time. She said she longs to give at least one orphaned child a home.
"I have many kids in my life that I take care of," Chenoweth said. "In some ways, I feel like I've adopted them," she added. "I would probably adopt before I have my own."
In January, Chenoweth wrote a piece on Huffington Post when the adoption drama "Lion," starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, came out in theaters. Chenoweth praised the film for taking an "honest look at adoption" and she reached out to other kids like her to never feel it's weird if they want to learn details about their birth.
Little is known, however, about the birth mom she never met, as Chenoweth penned in her memoir, "A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages." She suspected the woman came to see her one time and congratulated her after she won a beauty pageant in her hometown of Oklahoma. Chenoweth described the woman as her mirror-image, according to Contact Music.
Meanwhile, the actress credits her adoptive parents, Junie and Jerry Chenoweth, as her biggest support system in all of her endeavors. They never hid the truth from her and explained to her as a child that being adopted doesn't mean she was abandoned. Rather, she was chosen by a family who truly loved her.
Chenoweth also doesn't harbor bitterness against her birth family. "Being adopted was one of the best things to ever happen to me," the Broadway star said. "I count myself lucky to have a birth mother who loved me enough to know she wasn't ready to be a mom."