Lucy Liu: Role Model For Non-Traditional Families And Gestational Surrogacy

Lucy Liu probably doesn’t have a lot of free time to spend browsing the internet these days, as she is in her new full-time role of being a single mother to her infant son, Rockwell. But if she did take a moment between diaper changes and bottle feeds, she might find that she is being heralded as a bit of a hero among certain circles online.

People are saying that Lucy Liu is the epitome of a perfect example, a role model for non-traditional families which include single parent, same-sex, and other alternative families. Not only is Lucy Liu seemingly planning to raise her son as a single mother, but she also used a gestational surrogate to bring her child into the world.

Liu’s decision to become a single parent, to be part of a non-traditional family, did not come as a shock to anyone, even Perez Hilton.

“We’re not entirely shocked by the 46-year-old’s decision to become a parent on her own as she’s never felt pressured to have a ‘traditional’ family.”

Liu has stated in the past that she has never had a timeframe in which she would settle down, much less in a traditional manner.

Lucy Liu posted a picture of her son on Instagram shortly after he was born. The baby boy, who looks stunningly cute in the pictures, has been named Rockwell Lloyd Liu.

She later updated her Instagram with a newer photo of herself and her son, giving fans a better look at the little boy’s face. Lucy also took the opportunity to thank her fans for their messages of support.

“Rockwell and I so appreciate all your warm wishes!”

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A Lucy Liu representative, speaking to Us Weekly on behalf of the actress, said she was thrilled at having become a mother.

“I can confirm that Lucy Liu is the proud mother of Rockwell Lloyd Liu, brought into the world via gestational carrier. Mom and baby are healthy and happy.”

Lucy Liu is the not the first Hollywood star to use a gestational carrier for her baby, according to Yahoo. Though still not very common, surrogacy has been used by many celebrity couples in the recent past, with Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, and actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, Keith Urban, all becoming first-time parents through the help of a gestational carrier.

A gestational carrier is a woman who carries a child for another couple. In the process, egg from the biological mother and sperm from the father are combined in a lab dish (in-vitro fertilization), before implanting the fertilized embryo in a surrogate carrier. Though a single parent or a couple may choose surrogacy for various reasons, some common problems include fertility issues or structural abnormality of the uterus.

As far as the identity of Lucy Lui’s partner is concerned, it is probable that the actress used donor sperm cells for the fertilization process. She is known to be very reserved about her private life, though she has been linked to Noam Gottesman, Zach Helm, and Will McCormack in the past.

Lucy Liu first made her name through movies such as Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angels, and Kung Fu Panda. The 46-year-old actress plays Dr. Joan Watson on CBS’ Sherlock Holmes-inspired crime-drama, Elementary.

[Photo: Lucy Liu / Instagram]