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20 Celebrity Godparents: Elton John, Sting, and Jamie Lee Curtis Are All A-list Guardians

Traditionally, a godparent is someone who is chosen from the congregation and makes a commitment to assisting in the spiritual development of their godchild from the time of their baptism. But families don’t have to be religious or even spiritual to select godparents for their children. Nowadays, parents pick their relatives or anyone who is close to them as their children’s godparents.

For many people, being a godparent might signify different things. It could be a role with strong spiritual growth, a display of adoration for the child, or serving as a godchild’s tutor.

Being a godparent is a lot of duty, but it’s well worth it to have a significant impact on the lives of your favorite young people. What’s more, celebrity godparents are quite common in both the Hollywood scene and the music scene. Celebrities like Elton John, Sting, and Jamie Lee Curtis are capable of doing everything from offering career advice to instructing their godchildren how to put on cosmetics.

Scroll down to see 20 Hollywood A-listers who have the special privilege of becoming godparents to other celebrities’ children, as well as the stories behind them.

#1 Leah Remini, and Max and Emme Anthony

Source: Leah Remini, and Max and Emme Anthony with their mother Jennifer Lopez. AFP, Shutterstock

The former Police frontman and his actress wife, Trudie Styler, were chosen by Madonna and filmmaker Guy Ritchie to be godparents to their son, Rocco.

#2 David Beckham and Sailor Gardner

Source: David Beckham, and Sailor Gardner with parents Dave Gardner and Liv Tyler. Getty Images

Sailor, the child of the actress Liv Tyler and Beckham’s close friend Dave Gardner, has the player as his godfather.

#3 Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus

Source: Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus. Reuters

Miley Cyrus has Dolly Parton as her godmother. Back in the 1990s, when the Jolene singer and Cyrus’s father, Achy Breaky Heart actor Billy Ray Cyrus, became friends, he urged her to do the honors and step up to the plate as his famous daughter’s guardian.

#4 Marisa Tomei and Zoe Kravitz

Source: Marisa Tomei and Zoe Kravitz. WireImage

Ten children have the singer of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as their godfather. John Lennon’s son Sean, Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damian, and Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham of Victoria and David Beckham are a few of the most well-known.

#5 Jude Law and Lila Grace Hack

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The actress-turned-model Cara Delevingne has the good fortune to have Joan Collins as her godmother. Delevingne’s aristocratic parents, Pandora and Charles Delevingne, have known the Dynasty actress for a very long time.

#6 Elton John, Sean Lennon, Damian Hurley, and Romeo and Brooklyn Beckham

Source: Elton John, and Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham, with their father David and brother, Cruz, front. AP; Getty Images

Since the singer has known the Seven actor Brad Pitt for a long time, he is the godfather of Vivienne and Knox, the twins of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

#7 Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne

Source: Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne. Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez asked her best friend, King of Queens actress Leah Remini, to be their guardian after she had her twins with singer Marc Anthony back in 2008.

#8 Bono, Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt

Source: Bono, and Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt, with their brother, Maddox. AFP, Getty Images

Hugh Grant, the actor from Notting Hill, and Elton John, the only child of Elizabeth Hurley, both serve as godparents to the kid.

#9 Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal

Source: Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal. FilmMagic

Jake Gyllenhaal has the legendary Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis as his godmother. Curtis has known the parents of the Brokeback Mountain star for a very long time: writer Naomi Foner and filmmaker Stephen Gyllenhaal.

#10 Hugh Grant and Damian Hurley

Source: Hugh Grant and Damian Hurley. WireImage

Simon Pegg, star of Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek, was Chris Martin’s close buddy and the first choice to be godfather to his baby with Gwyneth Paltrow.

#11 Sting, Trudie Styler and Rocco Ritchie

Source: Sting and Trudie Styler, and Rocco Ritchie. Getty Images

Frances Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has Drew Barrymore as her godmother. When the ET actress was eight and Love was 18, the two first met in a restroom, where they later became friends.

#12 Simon Pegg and Apple Martin

Source: Simon Pegg, and Apple Martin with her mother Gwyneth Paltrow. Getty Images

Zachary John, the son of Elton John and Tiny Dancer vocalist John, has the Oscar-winning actress and singer as his godmother. Elton John has said of the House of Gucci star: “She’s all about inclusiveness and tolerance.”

#13 Drew Barrymore and Frances Bean Cobain

Source: Drew Barrymore and Frances Bean Cobain. AFP

Bryce Dallas Howard was always going to have a famous godparent because she is the famous actor and director Ron Howard’s daughter. Henry Winkler, who portrayed The Fonz on the television show Happy Days, was chosen by Ron to perform the honors.

#14 Lady Gaga and Zachary Furnish-John

Source: Lady Gaga and Zachary Furnish-John. AFP

Zachary John, the son of Elton John and Tiny Dancer vocalist John, has the Oscar-winning actress and singer as his godmother. Elton John has said of the House of Gucci star: “She’s all about inclusiveness and tolerance.”

#15 Henry Winkler and Bryce Dallas Howard

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Bryce Dallas Howard was always going to have a famous godparent because she is the famous actor and director Ron Howard’s daughter. Henry Winkler, who portrayed The Fonz on the television show Happy Days, was chosen by Ron to perform the honors.

#16 Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Drew Barrymore

Source: Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow. AFP

The Oscar-winning director is the godparent to several famous people. Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow are two of the most well-known.

Bruce Paltrow, Paltrow’s late father, and Blythe Danner, an actress, are friends with Spielberg. Sofia Loren, a famed Italian actress, is Barrymore’s godmother in addition to Steven Spielberg.

#17 Jake Gyllenhaal and Matilda Ledger

Source: Jake Gyllenhaal, and Matilda Ledger with mother Michelle Williams. Getty Images

The daughter of Michelle Williams and his late Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger, Matilda, has actor Gyllenhaal as her godfather.
Busy Philipps, the actress from Cougar Town, is Williams’ best friend and Matilda’s renowned godmother.

#18 Johnny Depp and Billy-Ray Burton

Source: Johnny Depp, and Billy-Ray and Nell Burton with their father, Tim Burton. Getty Images

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is Billy-Ray Burton’s godfather. Billy-Ray Burton is the son of Tim Burton, a frequent collaborator, and Helena Bonham Carter, an actress.

#19 Eva Longoria and Harper Beckham

Source: Eva Longoria, and Harper Beckham with her father, David Beckham. Reuters; Getty Images

Harper Beckham appreciates having actress and director Eva Longoria as her famous godmother. She is the lone girl in a household of three guys.

#20 Cameron Diaz and Frankie Kopelman

Source: Cameron Diaz, and Frankie Kopelman with her mother, Drew Barrymore. Getty Images

Despite sharing screen time on Charlie’s Angels, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz have been pals since Barrymore was sixteen. She asked Diaz to be the godmother of her 2014-born baby Frankie.

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