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Author Claims Shakespeare Had Secret 'Bastard' Son

William Davenant would go on to become the poet laureate of England

(Newser) - William Shakespeare wasn't necessarily a doting husband: In his will, he famously left his wife Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children, his "second best bed." Now a new biography of the Bard of Avon suggests the playwright had a son with a married tavern mistress,... More »

Final Resting Place for 800 Irish Babies: Septic Tank

Historian uncovers death records of hundreds of illegitimate children

(Newser) - Between 1925 and 1961, Irish women who lodged at "the Home" in County Galway were made to work for free for as long as three years and handed uniforms and a new name. It was their way of atoning for their out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but as Ireland is now learning,... More »

Ex-Senator Domenici Admits Out-of-Wedlock Child

He had affair 34 years ago with daughter of Senate colleague

(Newser) - Pete Domenici retired from the Senate five years ago, but the New Mexico Republican still has to deal with the messy consequences of being a public figure. The 80-year-old tells the Albuquerque Journal that he fathered a child 34 years ago with the daughter of a fellow senator. Domenici was... More »

Pregnancy From Rape Like Illegitimate Kid: GOP Hopeful

Tom Smith is running for Senate in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Well, it turns out that if legitimate rape could result in pregnancy, it's basically the same thing as an unmarried woman being pregnant, at least according to the latest ill-advised Republican to touch the subject with a 10-foot pole. The Republican in question is Tom Smith, who is running... More »

9 Ways Plot of Arnold's Nixed Movie Mirrors His Scandal

'Cry Macho': A burly ex-star, an affair, a teen love child...

(Newser) - Before the world learned he’d fathered a child with his mistress, Arnold Schwarzenegger was due to star in his first post-governor film: Cry Macho, a story that bears nine weird similarities to the Governator’s own recent tale, learns the Daily Beast after taking a look at the 1975... More »

South African President Fathers 20th Child

Polygamist Jacob Zuma welcomed daughter before 3d marriage

(Newser) - South African president Jacob Zuma became a father for the 20th time when a friend's daughter gave birth to a baby girl in October. Zuma, 67, later married his third wife and is planning a wedding to a fourth woman, neither of them the baby's mother, the Times of London... More »

Edwards Mistress Wants DNA Test

Love child could be exposed as John's

(Newser) - Elizabeth Edwards’ trash talking of Rielle Hunter is backfiring—Hunter now wants a DNA test to prove John Edwards is the father of her baby, the National Enquirer reports. Rielle is so infuriated by his and Elizabeth’s actions that she’s throwing her loyalty to him out the... More »

Paraguay's Bishop-Turned- Prez Admits Fathering Child

(Newser) - The president of Paraguay admitted today to fathering a child with a 26-year-old woman while he was still a Roman Catholic bishop, the Daily Telegraph reports. Fernando Lugo, 57, left the church to pursue political office in December 2006; a son was born five months later, according to the paternity... More »

Lindsay Has Secret Half-Sis, 13, Dad Says

Papa Lohan fathered girl with other woman while separated

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan may have a secret sister, if her dad is dishing the truth. Michael Lohan told OK! today that he fathered a child with another gal while separated from ex-wife Dina 13 years ago. She’s “beginning to look a lot like Linds,” Papa Lohan wrote to... More »

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