Hill Harper Is Raising Adopted Son Amid Girlfriend And Gay Rumors
The Good Doctor Actor Hill Harper went public with the news of the adoption in June 2016, when he revealed Good Morning America that he had adopted Pierce as a newborn sometime in early 2015.
Speaking with the show's anchor Robin Roberts, the Iowa City native disclosed that his inspiration to adopt came from a very dear friend (unnamed) who called him in the summer of 2015 to do an intervention.
Harper's Mom Helped Him Raise His Adopted Son Pierce
Thankfully, Harper had an expert who could guide him through the adption process — his mom. In a segment with Opera Winfrey Network, Harper talked about how he relied on his mother's experience of raising two children to help raise his son.
During the conversation, Harper's loving mother, however, clarified that Harper had already looked up all he needed to look up to provide for Pierce. She talked about how Harper had decided on "formula" and the diapers that he would need. The respectable actor wanted young Pierce to grow up in an all-organic manner.
Harper, who is now five years of age as of November 2020, makes frequent appearances on his father's social media handles.
Writing a lengthy caption in one of his 2020's post that featured a snap of him with his son, he requested everyone to try to be a mentor for children in need through the "wonderful" organizations that were initiating the change.
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One of Harper's Friends is To Be Thanked For His Adoption Decision
Harper told Good Morning America in 2016 that he hadn't really entertained the idea of becoming a single parent before getting married and raising a few children of his own.
However, his friend convinced him that he need not wait to have that opportunity. His friend also hinted at the possibility that the Limitless star might come to a point in his life where he would decide to give up on the entire idea. In propelling him towards the decision, Harper quotes her as saying:
You’re going to be a great dad but I think you’re waiting too long. You may get to a point where you’ll decide you’re not going to do it. Even though you’re not married, why can’t you just be a dad now?
Harper was in the Room When His Son, Pierce, was Born
Harper's friend even got him to meet an "adoption person" to get him to know the process a little better. Harper recalled that even after meeting up with someone who could make his wish come true, he was not entirely sure that he was ready to take up the responsibility.
However, by Thanksgiving that year, he got a call from the same person who brought a possible adoption opportunity—a wonderful young woman was having a son in three weeks.
Yes, Harper was caught off-guard when the call came, but three weeks later, he was present to witness the birth of his son. What's more, it was Harper who cut the cord. The proud dad considers little Pierce the biggest blessing in his life. He also acknowledged that it was not an easy task to raise a child on his own.
Every day you’re making a different set of decisions that you feel impact the future of this wonderful person. That’s a challenge. It’s a beautiful challenge but it’s a challenge.
Is Hill Harper Married? Is He Single, or Does He Hava a Girlfriend?
Most known for portraying Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY, Actor Hill Harper has never been in a committed relationship as per public knowledge, which has only prompted fans to address the question such as, "Who is his wife?," "What is his relationship status?," and Is Hill Harper gay?
But in the past, Harper— who has been twice listed as one of the "World Sexiest Man" by People Magazine—had dated personalities such as Regina Hall and Taraji Henson. He was once also linked with a musician named Chole Flower, but it was never verified.
Speaking about his bachelor lifestyle during an episode of Unsung Hollywood in 2016, the then 50-year-old actor related that his fear of commitment could have been born out of his parents' divorce. In the interview, he then went on to describe his ex-girlfriend Regina as "one of the most beautiful, amazing, funny woman," and finally revealed why his relationship with Taraji Henson couldn't turn into a marital relationship.
"Taraji Henson and I were in a relationship for about a year and a half, two years. Wonderful relationship. Just because you’re in a healthy, great relationship that ends doesn’t mean it wasn’t successful or it was a failure. Not all relationships are meant to end in marriage," Harper clarified.
And while there have been rumors about him being gay because of his private love life, the speculations are baseless and unconfirmed. Still, one thing that remains irrefutable is his dedication as a single dad.
Harper, who has used the influence he gathered through cinema to reach out to and empower young people across the nation and beyond, has been a loving father to his adopted son Pierce Hill Harper.