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Adele’s perfect 'bastard'

Singer Adele is having a baby, and her fans are protesting that she’s not married.

Singer Adele

Singing sensation Adele’s first child is reportedly due mid-September. Only recently did she confirm she’s expecting, having taken a break to spend time with her partner, Simon Konecki,  after a whirlwind of musical triumphs. She was forced to deny rumours that of a secret marriage, and fans appear to be enraged that she’s having a child... out of wedlock.

'Bad role models'

According to a comments thread in response to a People.com article, many fans are upset that celebrities choose to have babies without being married. Citing reasons such as the influence their decisions may have on vulnerable fans who may choose to do the same, to the ‘damaging effects’ on the child of having an unwed mother, there seems to be a stigma attached to baby-making before ring-exchanging.

Amongst comments from the article:

  • NM:  Do people NOT ever marry BEFORE having kids anymore??!!!!
  • RH:  I am really sick and tired of single celebrities having kids out of wedlock! Jeez!
  • Lauren:  It’s nice to hear but I’m just getting so sick of hearing about all these people having kids out of wedlock. What would be shocking to hear would be that a married couple is having a child!
And so on...

Is it still relevant?

‘Bastard’ children- children born outside marriage used to be a huge problem in certain societies. Even in recent memory, women often had to carry their pregnancies and give birth outside of their communities, for fear of embarrassing their families. Lately, though, many single moms are opting to have kids without the complications of a partner, or simply choosing to have a baby in a committed relationship- not necessarily marriage.

Surely, though, it should be up to the individuals concerned. If one person chooses marriage before kids, it shouldn’t mean that anyone else should opt for the same thing, right? Take a look at the trauma kids go through if a marriage fails, for example. In addition, a married couple may experience infertility.

What do you think? Is Adele wrong for choosing to have a baby without being married?

  By: Scott Dunlop

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