Penn Badgley's wife, Domino Kirke, is the proud mother of two, but she faced so many challenges before having her youngest son that she almost didn't have him.
Born on November 1, 1986, Penn Badgley stole everyone's hearts with his outstanding portrayal of Daniel Humphrey in the teen drama "Gossip Girl" from 2007 to 2012. However, he achieved international fame after starring in "You."
Badgley's performance as Joe Goldberg in the Netflix's hit series made him a star, with thousands of people swooning over him on social media. However, he is married to Domino Kirke. Here's everything you need to know about Badgley's wife.
Penn Badgley on October 16, 2018 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
PENN BADGLEY'S WIFE, SINGER-SONGWRITER AND DOULA DOMINO KIRKE
Domino was born on December 17, 1983, in Westminster, London. She grew up around art as her father, Simon Kirke, played the drums for the London-based rock band Free and has been the drummer of Bad Company on and off since the early 1970s.
Simon was crucial in Domino's upbringing as he helped her and her sisters, Lola and Jemima Kirke, train in everything related to music. Domino even studied piano and classical voice at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
Lola and Jemima chose different artistic paths and became actresses. Lola is the youngest, born on September 27, 1990. She made her acting debut in 2011's "Another Happy Day" and had a long and successful run as Hailey Rutledge in "Mozart in the Jungle."
Penn Badgley and his wife, Domino Kirke, on April 30, 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
Jemima is the middle child, born on April 26, 1985. She debuted as an actress in "Tiny Furniture" in 2010 before landing parts in the TV series "Girls," "Maniac," "Sex Education," and "Conversations with Friends."
When Domino was 17, record label Fun Machine signed her. She then met American filmmaker and musician Jordan Galland, and they formed a band named DOMINO.
[Amy] Schumer hired Domino as her doula, but after Gene was born, she fired her.
If being a musician wasn't challenging enough, Domino is also a doula – a trained professional who guides and supports women and their families during pregnancies.
Badgley's wife revealed she had always been interested in working as a midwife, but her experience giving birth to her first son, Cassius, "changed everything." Domino didn't get the support she expected, so she became a doula. She explained:
"There's such a need. I just realized that my labor was so long and crazy that I was really good at supporting a woman in labor—it just felt so close to home."
WHY DID AMY SCHUMER FIRE DOMINO KIRKE?
After getting her certificate, Domino founded Carriage House, a pregnancy care center based in New York and Los Angeles. One of her most famous clients was Hollywood star Amy Schumer.
The comedian and her husband, Chris Fischer, welcomed their son, Gene, in May 2019. Schumer hired Domino as her doula, but after Gene was born, she fired her.
Schumer explained that her insecurities made her do it. She didn't have the "strength" to have a person as lovely as Badgley's wife "floating around" her home while she felt vulnerable as she recovered from a c-section.
INSIDE DOMINO KIRKE AND PENN BADGLEY'S RELATIONSHIP
Badgley and Domino began dating in 2014 and tied the knot at a small courthouse ceremony in February 2017. Badgley, who began studying the Bahá'í faith after leaving "Gossip Girl," revealed he couldn't have valued human love without developing "divine love."
The couple tried to have children but sadly suffered two miscarriages consecutively. They almost gave up on having kids naturally because Domino stopped trusting her body.
Fortunately, she announced her pregnancy in February 2020 and welcomed James in September 2020. Domino knew that Badgley was a great father even before James joined their family due to the beautiful relationship the "You" star has with his stepson, Cassius.
The professional doula admitted Badgley was a "really good" stepdad because he didn't have to be a dad to Cassius. But while Badgley has more fun with the boy, he also takes care of him "really well."
BEFORE DOMINO KIRKE, PENN BADGLEY DATED OTHER CELEBRITIES
Badgley was romantically involved with other high-profile women before meeting Domino. His "Gossip Girl" co-star and on-screen love interest Blake Lively was one of them. They kept their relationship under wraps and dated from 2007 to 2010.
One year later, Badgley gave love a second try with Zoë Kravitz. He and Zoë's famous dad, Lenny Kravitz, became good friends during their relationship, but the former couple parted ways in 2013. Penn Badgley found "the one" in Domino Kirke, and they are made for each other. Way to go!
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