Biological Father Surprises Family To Thank Them For Adopting His Son | The Kelly Clarkson Show

– I wanna introduce you to
a family that went viral for a photoshoot celebrating
their youngest son’s adoption. What struck a chord with a lot of people was how multicultural the family is. Here to tell us about it is
the Jones-Baldwin family. Y’all, give it up for ’em! (audience cheering) Alright, well, welcome to the show! – [Keia] Thank you! – So, tell us, who is everyone here? – Okay, well, this gentleman beside me, this is my husband, Rick. Then, he’s holding our
two-year-old son, Princeton. We just recently adopted him. – Hey Princeton! – [Keia] And then we have Ayden. – [Kelly] Hey Ayden, you are so cute. – [Keia] He’s been with us for five years. He’s eight. And then we have the teenagers on the end, they’re 16, both of ’em. – [Kelly] Good luck! – [Keia] I know! (laughing) We have Zariyah, she’s
my biological daughter from a previous relationship,
and then we have Karleigh, and she’s been with us for awhile. (audience applauding) – Awesome! And just in
case everyone missed, this is Keia, obviously. Yeah, I was gonna say, I
don’t know if I said Keia in the beginning. – Yes, this is me. – So did y’all have some tacos backstage? – [Keia] We did. – Oh my gosh, I had the steak ones! – They were so good! – They were so good!
It melted in my mouth! (Keia laughing) I was like, this is not on the plan, Keia. – It’s not, not on my plan. – It’s not, but I do,
I love the photoshoot. Who’s idea was it to do it? You can walk around, Princeton. This is your show. (Keia chuckling) You wanna sit with me? You can come sit with me! (audience awing) – I have a three year
old, so I’m used to them feeling my mama energy! – [Keia] I know, right? – I have a three year old. (audience clapping) So who’s idea was it to do it? – It was our idea, it was my idea. – Yeah, it was my wife’s idea. We were pretty, everybody
was pretty excited about, you know, the adoption, and we wanted to do something special. She came up with the idea, we pretty much went over
the things that we wanted to go on our shirts. She reached out to one of my friends, and he made the shirts for us. – Oh, that’s so cool! Man, I love you guys. Princeton wasn’t your first
child to adopt, right? Was it Ayden, or was it, did you end up getting Karleigh first? – Karleigh came first, yes. – [Kelly] Okay. – But no, we didn’t think
about adoption initially because just having Zariyah
as a biological daughter and we couldn’t have
children the traditional way, I didn’t want to make it seem, you know, for it to be unfair, because I didn’t know
if I was gonna love them the way that I love Zariyah, and I just could not have that. And then when Karleigh came– – It’s really important that
you have that discussion with yourself before you do it, too. – You just never know,
and I didn’t want to, you know, have them feeling
any type of way in our house. And so Karleigh came in– – [Kelly] So how did Karleigh, yeah? – She changed everything,
my heart was like, oh my gosh, I do love,
I can love! Ya know? – That’s so awesome! Karleigh, you did that! – I did that! (audience applauding) – So, Zariyah, y’all were friends, right? – [Zariyah] Yeah. – Were y’all friends first,
and that’s how that happened? – Yeah, we were bestfriends. – [Kelly] Bestfriends, I love it! Now y’all are sisters! – Right. (laughing) – Well, how do you feel
when you’re adopted into the family? – Well, I was very, I felt
very loved, and stable where I was at. It was nice to know I had a family behind me that
was able to support me every step of my way.
As we said, me and Zary were bestfriends, and now we’re sisters, and couldn’t ask for
anything better than that. – [Kelly] So cool! (audience applauding) So Mike, you originally worked
with foster kids, right? – Yeah, I was just discussing
with them for a minute that I did work in a group
home for about a year and I learned so much from the experience and I felt like I didn’t
have as many tools because I was young and I came out of college, I had a graduates degree but not in this area of childcare or
anything of that nature. But what she told me which stuck with me was that, you know, really,
you just need someone that is love and cares about
the kids at the end of the day and that’s such an
important thing, ya know — – It really is! – Is to really care– – Man, that’s amazing! – Yeah– – Okay so– (audience laughing) – I love it! You keep running! You’re not gonna wanna do
that when you’re older, just keep doing it now! (audience laughing) – You originally didn’t
know Princeton was white? – [Keia] No – [Kelly] They don’t tell you that. – They don’t – Which I actually love.
‘Cause it doesn’t matter. – [Keia} Right. Yeah. – Because love is love. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gay couple. If
it’s a black or white couple an Indian couple. It doesn’t matter. (audience cheering) – [Keia] Yeah, no– – [Kelly] You just wanna be loved! – Yes, that’s right! And that was the only
qualification that we had. Just love. So, we didn’t
say, you know, send us any specific age, gender,
you know, or whatever, so, love. – I love it. Did it kinda
for your family, was that kind of a shock, though,
because you were like oh! – (imitating explosion) (laughing) – [Kelly] (laughing) Was it like, oh, well that’s different, but okay! – Yeah, it was! – [Kelly] Yeah, I imagine! – Did you unwrap, like
it came in a package, and you open it up and it was like– – It was like, oh! – Oh! – Turn it around, and surprise! – Oh my gosh, good luck, because you got a lot of energy! Don’t you fall! – Yeah, don’t fall off
that stage! (chuckling) – I like my money,
don’t sue me, Princeton! I worked hard for this! – Alright, well we’ll
find out how Keia and Rick made that discovery after the break, we’ll be right back y’all. (audience cheering) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (clapping) – Alright, y’all, welcome back, I’m here with Mike Colter, who is famous for playing a super hero! (audience cheering) And I have a family of
real-life super heroes, the Jonas-Baldwin family! (audience cheering) – Three of their four children are adopted and they recently went viral for their photoshoot, celebrating the adoption of their youngest,
two-year-old, Princeton. So, we mentioned, you
didn’t know Princeton was was white. How did you find that out? – They called me to do
skin-to-skin with him. Which is like, you know,
you go to the hospital, and you put them on your chest, I know! And you bond with them, you know, so he was in the NICU– – And for people that don’t have babies, it’s a really important thing for babies, especially babies that
don’t have moms around, so that’s why they ask people, because that skin-to-skin, is like really developmental– – [Keia] Right, yes. – For them, in the early stages. – So I get there, and I’m excited, and my husband’s like,
“Don’t go to that hospital, ’cause I know you gonna
bring the baby home.” And I was like.. (Kelly and audience laughing) (Princeton cooing) – And I was like, “no I’m not!” – Yeah. – And so I get there, and I’m like ew, you know, there’s a
lot of babies in there, and I’m like, the black and brown babies, like, “which one am I
putting on my chest?” And she was like, “no,
that one over there.” And I was like, “the white baby?” (audience laughing) You know, and I was like, “okay, well, give him here!” And I just put him on my chest! (Princeton shouting) (everyone laughing) (audience cheering) – He was like, “ahhhhh!” – [Keia] Growlin’! And I put him up here, and it was just like, I
fell in love with him. And I was like, my husband
was right, I shouldn’t’ve came, because I’m
bringin’ him home, sorry. – Awe, you fell in love with him! – Yes, I did! – That’s hard to do! I
can’t, I don’t know how people do that skin-to-skin
and leave without them. – I know! Leave them up there! – Yeah. – I was up there every day! – Yeah. My husband is backstage right now, going, she is not allowed to ever do that. (audience laughing) She’s going to bring home all these kids. – Skin-to-skin equals adoption. Skin-to-skin, adoption. Skin-to-skin, adoption. – [Kelly] Straight there, straight there. So what’s it been like, Ayden, having a little baby brother? – It’s been great, he’s
smart, he’s intelligent, he’s very cute, and he gives
very great, grateful hugs. (Mike and audiences awing) – I love you! You are gonna be a little lady killer! Look it, he’s just so cute, oh my God! Okay, so you’ve had mixed
reactions from people about Princeton, right? – Yes. – How is that? How do you deal with that? – Well, you know, we get lots of stares. It’s rare, you know,
where we’re from, to see African American families
with Caucasian babies. – [Kelly] (giggling) He’s gone again. – So, we get a lot of
stares. I’ve had, you know, the police called on
me. Where I’ve had to– – What?! – Yes, where I’ve had
to show documentation that he’s my son, and– – Do you get mad at that?
I would get mad at that. – You know, we’ve tried
to just kinda push it to the side and just
choose to love regardless. – It’s almost like you’d
rather somebody just say something, like instead of, like, don’t stare at me, I
get that might be weird, but just say something– – Yeah, yeah, it’s just easier to say– – I didn’t steal this kid. – I know, I know! – There goes Ayden! Going after, y’all are going to be performers. It’s your stage, y’all, it’s your stage! – And I’m not the babysitter, ’cause I get that a lot, too. – [Kelly] Oh gosh, oh my gosh! – [Keia] Yeah, yeah. – [Kelly] People are rude! That’s like coming up to
ask if someone’s pregnant. Don’t do it! – [Mike] No, no. – Don’t do it! – [Mike] In all fairness,
so my wife is white, and so we have biracial kids
and she gets the same thing. And we have a white wife, and my kids, you know, they look, they’re black, so sometimes at the
airport and they are like questioning the kid a
couple years ago, the kid, she can’t talk at the time, they assume that she is the babysitter or something, and it’s awkward, it’s awkward– – [Kelly] That’s so weird, we’re such a multicultural.. America is
a melting pot of everyone. You see it everywhere here– – [Mike] Yeah, it’s annoying. – [Kelly] I love that about America. (audience clapping) – [Kelly] Yeah. This is what I love, too, you’re open to keeping in contact with all of the biological parents, right? – [Keia] Yes. – You’re open, I think that that’s a really cool thing. – [Keia] Yes, it has to be. You know, I think that
it’s really important to keep them connected, you know, to their birth families. I call
it my bonus families. I don’t want to ever put
my children in a position to where they’re questioning,
like, well why didn’t you, you know, uh uh. No. You know, I would rather them know, and especially that one. (audience laughing) – [Mike] He’ll burn out soon. – [Kelly] Alright, well, we
have one of the biological parents here today who
wanted to say thank you. Come on out, John! (audience cheering) – [Kelly] Thank you, how are you doing? – [John] I’m good, how are you? – [Kelly] Nice to see you! – [Keia] Oh my god! – [John] How you doing? (audience applauding) – It’s been awhile. – Oh my god! – [Kelly] I thought it’d be all smiles, and there’s tears, too, I’m so sorry! – No, oh my gosh, I’m so happy to see you. – What do you want to say
to the beautiful family? – I want to thank you Keia, and your family, for caring for Princeton and just everything– – No, thank you, you know, for the gift. – Oh, you’re welcome, at the time, I couldn’t, I was
seventeen, I just couldn’t, I wasn’t ready, and I’m
really really grateful for you guys. – [Kelly] Do you know how amazing that is? You are the greatest young man, to know that, man, this is more than I can handle right now, and you wanted to do something better for your child. (audience clapping) That’s the coolest.
Like, that’s a real man. That’s a real man, a real
woman that can do that. I think that it’s an amazing thing that you get to see this beautiful family that they’re with. Like, what a beautiful familey of mixed culture
and everybody’s invited, and it’s just a really nice thing. Is there anything that
you want to tell John? Have y’all met yet? – [Keia] Yes! – [Kelly] Okay! – Yep, John was right there with me, doing skin-to-skin. He
was there the very first parts and different things just led to, you know, the separation, but we got in contact with eachother
a couple weeks ago when the adoption was finalized because before then we couldn’t. – [John] Yeah. – [Kelly] Yeah. – And I told him, I was like, it’s time for you to meet your son and be aquatinted with him, but that’s it, this is our son. This is our son. (audience clapping) – I love that you just said, “our son.” Because what people don’t
realize, too, is that, I mean, I grew up with a
single mom, and it’s like, a village raises a kid.
Not just one person, not just two. A whole village
of people raises children, teachers, everybody– oh,
watch yourself, yeah I know. I love you, I just don’t want
you to die on my show, okay!


  • lion man

    This show honestly is not good

  • shnuggumz

    Kelly is "code switching"…I can't help but notice that along with her guest panel, her pronunciation has changed for some reason. Hmmm…annoying.

  • Seeallknowall Not

    It is so sad that the world we live in that they still get stares, and racist questions. Why in this country in 2019 people still act this way, especially when she said she had to show proof to the police that; that was their son. That was utterly ridiculous, so what that tell me is that she has to carry adoption papers with her at all times. That sound like a third world country, not the US. SMDH

  • Sonia C

    It is very rare that a different ethnicity is "allowed" to adopt another ethnicity, esp black and white. DHS believes that a black child should be raised in a black family because they need to know their "culture". How is that any different from adopting a child from China, Africa, etc? If a family wants to love and adopt ANY child that's all that matters. But in America DHS really controls that. I know many who've had to go through that, it took years. It's easier for a gay couple to adopt than a white or black family adopting out of their " ethnicity"

  • Joy Ranya

    I’ve never cried for awhile this right touched my heart. 💓 it’s great to see there’s still amazing people.

  • Unisia


  • Josie Smith

    Kelly Clarkson has a show??! Great!

  • Josie Smith

    That is so heartwarming to see the openness and love in this family. "This is OUR son".

  • Makenna Mays

    Is no one gonna say she looks like tasty from orange is the new black?!?! Like DAMN.

  • Julie McKenzie

    Ephesians 1:5
    He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–
    Once when my kids were getting out of our car at the store, there was a family getting out of their van, they were a white couple with three adorable brown children. My kids look at them then look at me as if asking, "How"? They were too small to discuss the hundreds of ways this could happen. One of the children spoke up and said, "We're adopted". I said, " That's great! We're adopted too! We are all adopted by God and joint heirs with Jesus"! This made the little boy smile. I was so happy!
    Acts 17:26 (We're all related).

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  • mixedandnot

    Kelly, besides loving your glorious voice, your personality will never ever be forgotten. Love you girl.

  • fritz de

    this is our son.

  • Amanda Lani

    There’s a kelly clarkson show?

  • TheSistaWarrior

    and the father….he's just taking up space on the sofa. Wow this world has gone overboard with the gynocentrism.

  • Chan R

    why does the thumbnail look like an SNL skit??

  • Alicia Pink

    He is so cute I would love to adopt one day.

  • Siam Hangzo

    The mother is a wonderful woman i love her attitude may God continue to bless their family..

  • Nicola DeFalco

    Kelly is trying way too hard. Let them talk and stop fake laughing hysterically at everything. Hosting a show like this seems to require a certain talent and x factor that comes naturally. Kelly had that x factor with her singing voice but unfortunately not with her hosting capabilities. Way too awkward for me to enjoy watching. Oh well. 🤷‍♀️

  • Evita Duran

    This is beyond amazing! Opening the conversation and a different kind of family.

  • K J

    Did I miss something? Where is the mom to the baby? and even the 16 year old's mom. They said they were friends first so….just curious but I love this family and their demeanor.

  • Rosie H

    The dad looked straight at the kid (with pain in his face), the second she said "did you care that he was white?". I am glad the child wasn't old enough to be hurt by this sentiment, also he has a great dad looking out for him.

  • Deborah Monticue

    Love has no color

  • Gloria Lyy

    such a cute story and family. I didnt know Kelly Clarkson had a show, I see why and how I didnt know. she is so obnoxious, and talks way to fast

  • violet_ l

    yoh but I am faaar behind, I mean I am in South Africa #shoutout but Kelly Clarkson has a show now…. That's what's UP!

  • MariaO

    I was about to give my baby for adoption. Thank God I didn’t! I rather struggle and now my son is 22 years old. Good for the family, but it’s not for me!

  • jfjdj hdjdj

    😢 LOVE IS LOVE. ❤

  • sand paper

    With so many black children waiting to be adopted why adopt a white child.

  • Sarah

    Notice kelly told the lightest skin child he was cute

  • Emilia's world

    First time seeing Kelly Clarkson show… I don't know how I feel about her hosting a show she needs a lot of work. She kind of seems just all over the place.

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  • hoda

    kelly clarkson is a great musician, talk show host? not so much 🙁 definitely needs more experience

  • Cili PB

    That is so dangerous to say, that a village raises a kid. It takes a family made up of a married man and woman. Studies show kids grow more stable with mom and dad.

  • angela kelley

    I love this segments

  • Travon Jones

    Honestly i cant understand why any black person would subject themselves to hate and criticism and prejudice for trying to love a child who needs help! I couldnt do it! White children belong with white people and black children have no business being a adopted by white people who need slaves!😕

  • S G

    The older brother is super ❤️ Speaking so kindly of his little brother then following him around when he got rambunctious

  • Lauren Marann

    Both of my kids are korean/black/white …. their skin tone is dark. I always get asked are those my biological kids or are they adopted…. they are my biological kids and they are loved! Love is LOVE!

  • Ramon C

    I am crying my heart out!

  • Life in Bonnieland

    "I love you. I just don't want you to die on my show." 😅

  • Bobbie Montgomery

    Beautiful, so beautiful

  • okech fredrick

    He's cute

  • Brenda Dickson

    Beautiful family wow

  • Danielle Baldwin

    Bring back steve

  • cheryl herd

    I love kelly

  • Love Yu2

    I wonder where the bio mother is..

  • carynis1hotassgirl

    She has a show!! What in the world??? I enjoyed seeing the family and the real father. Kelly doesn't seem real enough for this though. She seems more like "I don't really care. This is boring. Where's my check?". I can't be the only one who feels she's wrong for a talk show…

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  • x̸͟͞X̸͟͞X̸͟͞ W⃠e⃠i⃠r⃠d⃠ P⃠e⃠r⃠s⃠o⃠n⃠X̸͟͞X̸͟͞x̸͟͞

    I'm sorry but I died when she said the name of her adopted son…….

  • RealTrue Treasure

    Is that singer. Who sang "" since you have gone, '' She changed a lot

  • hrsnrnd10

    So funny when she says “The white baby?????”

  • WealthisoftheMind

    She’s had the police called on her?! Sheesh, what a world.

  • HolyLand Fan

    I think Kelly is a wonderful host!!

    Congrats on your show.

  • Toriyanna Jones

    This whole video was cringing 🥴🥴like wtf

  • Ice 247

    All children need to be loved. Too many grow up without a stable home. It’s Great if the parents are loving and caring for them. Race doesn’t matter.

  • Minnie Dillys & Me

    anyone want to support a small YouTube channel? I have one and am trying to grow mine. It’s a family style vlogging and just my experience as a mom of 4 🥰😍☺️ I would appreciate the subs ❤️❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾

  • Mel

    As a young girl My first love was a black man in the air force. He was the father of my baby sitters and when we would go to their house to have dinners or what ever I just remember I loved that man with all my heart. I loved his daughters too, they were family. In the military you do not grow up seeing color… you grow up seeing people.. at least that is how I grew up. Now it seems as if you can't see anything different in anyone or your politically incorrect. It makes my heart sad.. and makes me wish we were all purple skinned with green hair and black eyes.. then lets see how we can all get along. Love knows no set lines and these people show us that.. we should all stop making assumptions.. stop pretending we are on twitter and can say what we want without repercusions… and remember there are real people behind these comments real lives.

  • Jennifer Sparber

    Omg damn onions

  • Hello It’s me

    Why did I just found out now that Kelly Clarkson has a tv show

  • Jade Alise

    Keia is an angel on earth! She should teach a class!

  • Exjwbear79 Awake

    This came across awkward 😳 Why in 2019 are we still worried about race at all..?

  • Chunitta Tunstall

    They give anybody a show😕😕🤨

  • Melissa Decker

    I get that too with my son because his mixed with Mexican and white and I'm white so i always get are u mom?

  • Sharon Coleman

    OMG am emotional and crying thumbs up John for being real man 💯💯👏🏾👏🏾😓😓

  • Matka Plio

    Kelly Clarkson is a little annoying here

  • jessica

    America is a melting pot!

    camera plans over caucasian people clapping in crowd

  • Gabrielle Williams

    I LOVE this!! What a beautiful, loving, grateful family! I wish you all the best. Love is love, it has no color. What a blessing!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Naomi Mobley

    no offense to that dude but no in all fairness it’s NOT the same thing, ur white wife doesn’t get the cops called on her for having a mixed child, she’s just asked if she’s the babysitter which is bc the CHILD is black not because she’s white. That lady had the cops called on her because SHE was black not the child

  • Jennifer Williams

    There are an estimated 437,465 children in foster care as of September 30, 2016…….

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  • zoralla pena

    I love you I just don't want you to die on my show lol

  • Tre Hearns Da Truth

    I don't see how that dude could sit there and be that emotionally disconnected towards his biological son. Wowwww.. To me he is just sitting there like that baby is not even his.. he didn't even hug him or hold him wowww

  • Sina Leupolu

    Gb this family n more blessings


    What an amazing family and mother

  • JM G

    Wow what a pos the real father is. Does even acknowledge his kid when he walks out on stage. He will have huge regrets when that kid gets old. Probably choice partying over been a father. Money don’t matter

  • Nessa

    Kelly seems soooon naive lol. Just very out of the loop with reality

  • Thisgirl whodis

    “I love you, I just don’t want you to die on my show.” 😂😂😂😂

  • Dejia Gash

    So glad to not see hateful comments ❤

  • decarya andrews

    No matter the race, all children need someone to love them and a home.

  • paula H

    Very kind hearted woman, god bless you

  • Dila Lolita

    Kelly let het speak omg!!!!!

  • kristinpeterson

    I love kelly so much. Her clapping into the mic is hard though!

  • Kita Payne

    I love ya just don’t die on my show “ha”

  • whatever mate

    I'm sorry but 08:04 is so flippen cute what a lovely brother moment 😍😍😍😍

  • Carolyn Pullum

    He wants he's son BK..n it looks like he's ready

  • Keia

    Loved the video! Also it’s so rare for me to see another “Keia” who spells their name the exact same way as me! 😮

  • Amanda Perez

    What a time to be alive may God bless them always

  • bigwife

    Prime example of how beautiful this world could be .

  • Nancy Lee

    Love this story and touch my heart. Caring and sharing. Crying with joy.

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  • TinaKii LuEll

    I love them 😊

  • Yeyen Lestari

    I was crying to see this video coz so much love from them to their children,fyi no matter ur skin are black,white,chocolate or wherever,i don't care about it coz so happy live in this world with many colors n respect each other🤗,i love them n i love this video so much

  • Poetry Slay

    I love the way he was sitting on his father's lap and the way the father held him with so much love and affection love doesnt have anything to do with the colour of your skin or DNA

  • Tan Tan

    wow what an amazing family

  • Aryn legacy

    Better change shows name as kelly Clarksons speaks show coz she speaks alot

  • Elaine M

    I love families like this, blended ,rainbow families. Something so beautiful about a family built purely on love and the selflessness to those who want to give a child a chance who may have had nothing otherwise. That's so beautiful I love how she got to do skin to skin and all and you can tell how well these couples are bringing up their children as they all look so happy and content ,the second youngest is so articulate. I have found out I may not he able to have children and its becoming ok with me, seeing all these beautiful families makes me happy that I could do that one day and I really think it's so beautiful. Best of luck to all of them. The mom is one incredible lady ❤

  • Murphy's Law

    I absolutely love this episode, and can totally relate on the biracial issue. someone called 911 on me saying I kidnapped my daughter( I look white and her father is black, she's very dark), I was mortified. I did laugh when I was asked if I was her foster mother on a separate occasion. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Wendy Edwards

    Such beautiful children! God bless these loving parents

  • Wendy Edwards

    Where’s Princeton’s mother? Am I the only one wondering ?

  • Smiley Face

    White folks are always fucking with people. Devils! I bet they don't call when they see whites with black kids.

  • Samyra Chichester

    Keia::: “Oh the white baby, okay give em here”


    Hilarious 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    I can’t wait to go into foster care and hopefully adopt. I was in foster care from 3 days old until I aged out at 21 years old. After 12 different homes in 21 years, I think I would make a great foster parent, because i know first hand how it feel mentally and physically from both the system and child.

    God bless them and all GOOD/SINCERE adoptive and foster care guardians 💪🏾💪🏾🖤🖤🖤


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