Actor Sunny Leone ─ a former adult movie star and most recently a 2016 laureate of BBC’s 100 Women series ─ loves breaking stereotypes. And this time, she’s done it by holding a little girl’s hand as her own.
Leone and her musician husband Daniel Weber of six years have officially adopted a baby girl, The Indian Express reported Friday. They call their toddler Nisha Kaur Weber, who carries the last names of both of her adoptive parents with her maiden name.
Little Nisha hails from Latur, Maharashtra, and will turn two years old coming October.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Leone and her husband shared the ups and downs of the adoption process.
“For me, it has just been lots of paperwork for two years and then one day, that’s it. You get an email that you have been matched with a child. It’s so crazy,” Weber told the English-language daily.
The parents are well-aware of the challenges that come with adopting a conscious, 21-month-old child.
“We have read up and consulted our friends about how to cope with her at this stage,” Leone said, adding the couple knows it will take Nisha some time to adjust in her new environment.
“Of course, we are going to have to adjust a lot of different things but I do believe that God brings people in your life and does things for you only when you are ready for it,” the new mother said. “She has come to us at 21 months, so she is mobile, can function, and going to be able to communicate with us.”
“Also, we have a great network of people and family around us. She is still a tiny baby right now, so we can structure our lives and figure out how we are going to move forward with projects,” the star added as she spoke about balancing family with the couple’s careers.
Leone, who was raised in Canada, said she always felt heartbroken when she’d see children living a life in poverty.
“While going to the airport, you cross this overpass and see little kids with no clothes, no shoes or no food, and it’s heart-breaking,” she said.
“Maybe, we can’t save every child but can do it for one little girl,” the actor added.
“They (the orphanage) gave her everything that they could but she is still underweight, and still needs a lot of care. And we are ready.”
“Nisha chose us, we didn’t choose Nisha,” Leone added.
“I believe God sent her to us and said, ‘this is going to be your baby,” the new mom said.
“I look forward to her growing up to become an independent and being her own woman,” Leone said.
While Saif Ali Khan is warring between “genetic investments” and racehorses, a little girl has found guides for life in a very non-genetic way.
We wish the very best to the Kaur-Weber family!