Spouses of 24 years, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, are crazy about their four grandchildren.
Both grandparents could barely contain themselves after finding out their daughter-in-law was pregnant with their youngest grandchild.
Visits to chapels around the world inspired the name of the youngest granddaughter.
After 24 years together, celebrity couple James Brolin and Barbra Streisand are grateful to be grandparents to four adorable little ones. Barbra and James are proud to say that their enlarged brood is growing at a rapid pace. Most recently, the youngest of the siblings, Chapel Grace Brolin, turned two.
Chapel is the daughter of James’s biological son and Barbra’s stepson, Josh Brolin. Like his father, Josh has made a name for himself as an actor and is married to Kathryn Brolin. Besides Chapel, their four children include Eden Brolin, Trevor Brolin, and Westlyn Brolin.
Grace Brolin Chapel, 2022 | Source: instagram.com/kathrynbrolin
Kathryn congratulated her daughter on her birthday with a photo of the little one on Instagram, saying her youngest brought her nothing but happiness. The image showed the blond-haired toddler standing outside, wearing a comfy jacket and a warm expression. Her mother called her her “little baby unicorn”.
Barbra was already struggling to control her excitement early in the pregnancy, and as the months passed, she and James could barely contain themselves.
Chapel’s father, Josh, also showed his affection for his children by posting an image of the four of them two days before his youngest’s birthday. The photo showed a golden, collapsible picture frame, much like a locket. The frame contained two snapshots, each representing two of his children. In the caption, Josh wished all parents and children a Merry Christmas.
Barbra and James’ emotional reaction to their stepdaughter’s pregnancy
Josh was married before he met Kathryn, and he shares his two oldest children with his ex-wife, Alice Adair. The actor only had his two youngest daughters with his current wife. Nonetheless, Barbra and James can’t get enough of their four grandchildren, especially when Josh and Kathryn announced they were having another baby.
Josh and Kathryn shared how they landed on the name, saying it was greatly influenced by their travels.
The couple broke the news to James and his wife before anyone knew about the pregnancy. Barbra was already struggling to control her excitement early in the pregnancy, and as the months passed, she and James could barely contain themselves. Barbara recalls:
“First they told us very early on and said, ‘Don’t tell anyone,’ and I think that’s because [Kathryn] wanted to collect her ultrasounds and be sure of everything. And then when they found out it was another girl and [they] told us, we were just jumping up and down.”
James shared that his wife loved his grandchildren very much. She loves being a grandmother, and even though they aren’t her biological parents, she would do just about anything for them. Her husband admitted, “Barbra, by the way, they’re not her blood grandchildren and she’s just mush.”
Why did they name the girls’ chapel?
Most people would agree that while Chapel is a great name, it is relatively unique. Josh and Kathryn shared how they landed on the name, saying it was greatly influenced by their travels. They admitted that none of them were seriously religious, but they often felt humbled in the chapels. Josh commented:
“Wherever we traveled, the one place where Kathryn and I always found great solace was the chapels. Not being particularly religious, but a divine feeling strongly flooding our lives, the chapels have always been the sanctuaries where we felt most free to give thanks.”
The couple described their feelings of respect and humility as they visited chapels around the world as something “heavenly”, and they said they had the same feeling when their youngest daughter was born. The ‘Inherent Vice’ star said their daughter seemed like the physical “manifestation” of that feeling of admiration.
Along with the explanation of Chapel’s name, Josh posted a photo of his daughter when she was a newborn. The image showed young baby Brolin wrapped in a white blanket and laying on the hospital bed as Christmas lights shimmered hazy in the background.
Of course, James and Barbra were over the moon when Chapel was finally born, and the “Yentl” actress made sure she could spend as much time as possible with her newest grandchild. She and James were practically “jumping” for joy.
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