Nancy Leigh Kelley is an adopted daughter of famous American actress Katherine Heigl and an American singer Josh Kelley. Her non-biological mother Katherine is an American former model, actress, and producer, who is popular for her portrayal of Dr. Izzie Stevens on the ABC television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
On the other hand, Josh Kelley, Nancy’s non-biological father is an American singer, musician, and songwriter. He is best known for his songs like ‘Amazing’ and ‘Only You’, which were listed in the top 10 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.
So, how does this famous couple think about adopting Nancy? Where Nancy is actually from? Does the star kid know the truth about being an adopted daughter of her parents? Well, today we are here to answer all these questions including more details on Nancy. Let’s start.
Who Are Nancy Leigh Kelley’s Biological Parents? Details on Her Early Life
Nancy (aka Naleigh) was born to Korean parents on the 24th of November 2008, in South Korea. She is 13 years and 9 months old, as of 2022. Her birth name was Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun.
In fact, she was adopted by her current family when she was just 9 months old. Since then, she is growing up in America with her famous parents.
Moving forward and talking about her early life, a teenage girl grew up with her another adopted sibling named Adalaide. Both the adopted sisters went to school on August 26, 2016, for the first time.
Well, there is no information about her school name, however, on her first school day, Nancy’s actress’ mother put a video on her official Instagram with the caption,
First day of school for my gorgeous girls! Yeah…I came up with an embarrassing cheer this morning laying in bed and couldn’t wait to sing it for them. The good news is…I did not do this in front of their classmates!
Since Nancy is just a teenager, so is still in grade school.
Nancy Leigh Kelley Had Open Heart Surgery in South Korea
Before her adoption, Nancy suffered from the disease named Congenital heart defect, a condition that is present at birth time and could affect the structure of the baby’s heart. She was on the special needs list which is why the celebrity couple reached out to her faster.
Before 8 months old Nancy left her birth land, her heart condition was already repaired through open heart surgery. In an exclusive talk with Harper Bazaar, Katherine, Nancy’s mother told,
Her heart is 100 percent ﬁne now. She has a scar, so she won’t be wearing bikinis, which is fine by us,”
So, as per the statement, she is absolutely fine now and enjoying her teenage with her beautiful family.
Her Curiosity On Her Biological Parents
As we said earlier, Nancy is Katherine and Josh’s adopted child. So, it is obvious that with growing age, a child can have curiosity regarding their birth parents especially when they knew they are adopted. In the same way, Nancy also is curious about her birth stories.
In this regard, her adoptive mother Katherine said, “They do have more questions as they get older”. Then how do the celebrity parents address their (Nancy and her other adopted sibling) curiosity? As a matter of fact, without any hesitation, the duo is willing to answer all of the questions for their daughter. They have said,
“We have said to them, this is your story. We don’t have any information about your biological fathers, but we do have a bit about your biological mothers. If you guys want to talk more about them, you can have as much or as little information as you want. Tell us what you’re comfortable with knowing.”
And we are certain that such a kindhearted duo won’t hesitate to say anything that their children want to hear. We hope Nancy will be able to know about her biological parents.
Reason Behind Nancy Leigh Kelley’s Adoption
As above mentioned, Nancy is originally from South Korea. Her birthplace has so much to do with her adoption. According to Nancy’s mother Heigl, she always wanted to have an adopted child as she comes from the same family background. She had her elder sister from South Korea which is why she think of adopting a child from the same region.
Fortunately, among many other children, Heigl chose Nancy to be her daughter from South Korea. Regarding Naleigh’s adoption, she told Parent and Child magazine,
“My sister Meg is Korean, and my parents adopted her three years before I was born, I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea.”
Nancy Has A Beautiful Family
Nancy Leigh Kelley is growing up in a beautiful family with so much love and care from her parents. In her family, she has adorable parent, Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley who nurtures her a lot. Besides, Nancy has two siblings named Adelaide Marie Hope Kelley and Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr.
Just like Nancy, her little sister Adelaide is also an adopted daughter of her parent. Adelaide joined the family in 2012 when she was just 8 months old. She is originally from Louisiana and was born in 2012. Likewise, her little brother Joshua, born on December 20, 2016, is the only biological child of her non -biological parents.
When going through her parent’s social media accounts, Naleigh is seen spending quality time with her loving family. She has a strong bond with her both siblings and has seen enjoying every festive in her home. She really is experiencing a great upbringing.
Leigh Kelley’s Interest In Technological Devices
As per her mother Katherine, she absolutely is into accessories, unlike her siblings. At a time when her little sister is showing interest in horse riding, Nancy prefers to spend her time on social networking sites which in fact is not possible without the devices.
On this matter, Heigl explained,
As for Naleigh, she, like many tweens, is into her technological devices. she’s been sneaking my iPad and creating TikTok videos without my permission.
From this statement, it is certain that as a mother, she does not like her daughter to waste her time in such activities. According to her, not allowing her daughter to be engaged with devices is her concern for the effect of social media on them. Let’s have a look at her own words,
I know she thinks I’m being a tyrant, but I worry about the effect of social media on kids her age. I watched The Social Dilemma. So I’m like, ‘Go ahead and hate me. I’m trying to save you!'”
Where is Nancy Leigh Kelley Today? Her Presence in Social Media
Currently, Nancy Leigh resides with her family on a ranch in Utah, a landlocked US state. She is a grade school student. What’s more, she is enjoying her teenage in an affectionate family environment.
Regarding her social media account, you can find Nancy on Facebook under the name ‘Naleigh Kelley’ where she has uploaded numerous childhood photos.
Her Net Worth
As we said, Nancy is just a school student and hence has plenty of time for her to start her career. Then obviously, we have to wait to know her net worth.
Nevertheless, her celebrity mother has a net worth of $30 million, and her musician father possesses $5 million.