Megyn Kelly is the mother of three small children with her husband, Douglas Brunt. Kelly and Brunt have two sons and a daughter, all of whom are under the age of nine.
Kelly’s sons are named Edward (also called Yates) and Thatcher, and her daughter is named Yardley. Yates was born on September 25, 2009. Yardley was born on April 14, 2011. Thatcher was born on July 23, 2013. People have grown more interested in Megyn Kelly’s family as she has attempted to transition from an acerbic and tough prosecutor-style evening host to morning talk.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Kelly’s Oldest Son, Yates, Is Named After His Two Grandfathers & She Called Him an Old Soul
Megyn Kelly’s oldest son is named Edward Yates Brunt, but he goes by the nickname Yates. Kelly worked hard throughout the tail end of her pregnancy. According to People Magazine, “Kelly delivered a healthy baby boy…one day after delivering the news as co-host of America’s Newsroom.”
Kelly was already 38-years-old when she gave birth to Yates. “Edward Yates Brunt arrived around 10 a.m., weighing in at 7 lbs., 10 oz.,” People reported. He was her first child. The “baby boy is named after his two grandfathers and will go by ‘Yates,'” reported People. Yates was the name of her husband’s father.
In her book, Settle for More, Kelly wrote of Yates, “People say Yates is my twin, but I think he’s a mini Doug. He came into this world a sweet old soul and he remains that way to this moment.”
In 2017, Kelly was photographed on a shopping excursion with her two sons for school supplies.
2. Kelly Had Her Daughter, Yardley, When She Was 40 & Claimed She Switched to NBC In Part For Her Children
Kelly is an older mother. According to People. her daughter Yardley was born when she was 40. “The America Live host, 40, delivered daughter Yardley Evans Brunt…Weighing in at 7 lbs., 12 oz., Yardley joins big brother Edward Yates, 19 months,” the magazine reported in 2011.
People Magazine reported that Kelly made the high-profile switch from Fox News to NBC in part because of her children. “I feel less stressed, and less distant from the things that matter to me — my husband and my children,” the magazine quoted her as saying. “My life.”
Kelly and Brunt chose the name Yardley because they wanted a name that matches Yates in strength. They spotted the name in a baby book, she told People. Kelly has said one of her lowest moments came when her then 5-year-old daughter asked her what a “bimbo” was after President Donald Trump insulted her.
“Yardley is amazing,” Kelly said about her daughter on “Good Morning America,” The Washington Post recounted. “A year ago after I went to the Fortune Most Powerful Women’s conference, she said, ‘What is that?’ I said, ‘Well it’s a gathering of really strong women who celebrate their accomplishments.’ I was taking Yardley down there with me and she said, ‘Are we two of them?’ And then not quite a year later, she joined me at the presidential debate in Detroit and that’s when she told me she was afraid of Donald Trump.”
3. Kelly Said Her Third Pregnancy Was a ‘Valentine’s Gift’
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream announced the birth of Kelly’s third child, Thatcher, on the air. “Megyn and Doug’s third child was born at 8 pounds, 2 ounces,” Bream said, according to US Magazine. “He has brown hair, blue eyes; he is gorgeous.”
Bream continued, according to US: “Mom says the best description of him — and this is a quote — ‘Totally awesome.’ Mom and dad are thrilled, and so is Thatcher’s big brother Yates and his big sister Yardley.” When Kelly announced she was pregnant again on the air, she said, according to US, “Every Valentine’s Day we always struggle to find just the right gift, and yet this year I believe that we found the perfect solution. Happily, Doug and I are expecting another baby.”
4. Megyn Kelly’s Husband Is a Novelist
“We started dating shortly after she acquired a stalker—bad start, I know. So she had security with her 24/7. Our first date went great. It was the kind of night that was clearly going to end with a kiss. But I had to kiss her in front of the security guards. It was awkward. It was like our parents were watching. The next morning she knocked on my hotel room door. She was alone. She walked into the room, and said: ‘I can do better.’”
Douglas Brunt, Megyn Kelly’s husband, and the father of her three children, is a novelist who hails from Philadelphia. Brunt wrote the book Ghosts of Manhattan, which, according to the blurb on Amazon.com, “offers a withering view of life on Wall Street from the perspective of an unhappy insider who is too hooked on the money to find a way out, even as his career is ruining his marriage and corroding his soul.”
Brunt’s second book was The Means; the book’s blurb on Amazon says, “Part Primary Colors, part House of Cards, The Means takes you deep into high-stakes politics where everyone has something to hide. Tom Pauley is a conservative trial attorney in Durham, NC, who is tapped by GOP leaders to campaign for the Governor’s mansion. His bold style makes him a favorite for a run at the White House.” The book includes a character named Samantha Davis, described as “a child actor-turned-lawyer-turned-journalist, working her way up from the bottom in a competitive industry. She is determined and brilliant, and her dogged pursuit of a decade-old story could trigger a scandal that would upend the political landscape.”
In 2017, Brunt’s book, Trophy Son, was published.
Kelly and Brunt met on a 2006 blind date, she recounted in her own book, Settle For More. “A woman I knew e-mailed me to say that she wanted to fix me up with a colleague of hers,” Kelly wrote. “They’d been flying somewhere and were watching me on Fox News from their seats. She saw that he liked me. He’s reserved, but she saw it.”
In Humans of New York, Brunt said, “We started dating shortly after she acquired a stalker—bad start, I know. So she had security with her 24/7. Our first date went great. It was the kind of night that was clearly going to end with a kiss. But I had to kiss her in front of the security guards. It was awkward. It was like our parents were watching. The next morning she knocked on my hotel room door. She was alone. She walked into the room, and said: ‘I can do better.’”
5. Kelly’s Children Don’t Realize She’s a Celebrity
In 2014, while she was still on Fox News, Kelly told People Magazine that the show gave her a “a setup that allows me to be a stay-at-home mom in the day and full-time employee in the night. It works out well for my home and work life, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for rest.”
She told People that her children don’t realize what she does for a living, saying, “I don’t think they know I’m actually on TV for a living.”
Kelly was married before. Her first husband, Dr. Dan Kendall, told UK Daily Mail in 2015 that they broke up in part because she didn’t want a family at that time and because he believed she needed a “Type B husband” due to their long work hours.