Celebrities have a knack for creating the drama. Most of the time we love it, but sometimes the negativity gets us down. We’ve compiled a list of 10 celebrity parents who not only reek of positive energy, they also inspire us to become better people.
From Jamie Oliver, to Angelina Jolie, to Seal, there are plenty of admirable role models coming out of Hollywood.
Click below to see the 10 celebrity parents that inspire us…
- Seal adopts daughter Leni:
Seal and his supermodel wife Heidi Klum recently welcomed their fourth child, Lou Sulola. While the 47-year-old musician is not the biological father of Heidi’s firstborn daughter Leni, he legally adopted the adorable 5 1/2-year-old girl late last year.
It’s [the adoption] only happened fairly recently. But it doesn’t make her any more or less my daughter. She always has been,” Seal said. “All it means is that both Heidi and I wanted her to have the same last name as the rest of us. It was about Leni. I don’t want her to feel different because I know what that’s like, being a kind of stepson. And I don’t want that dynamic for my little girl.”
This was inspirational enough! But when asked about Leni’s biological father, Flavio Briatore, who has not been a part of Leni’s life, Seal could have easily started a hate-parade. But instead, only praise:
Flavio was a gentleman about the whole thing. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I’m not talking about in a professional level but just in the way that he has handled the situation, which, let’s face it, must have been really difficult. I don’t know if I would have been that adult about it. I certainly have nothing but good things to say about the way he’s been with us and he’s more than welcome to see Leni any time he wants to.”
Such an inspirational story!
- Angelina’s call for action in Haiti:
Not only does she adopt orphaned children from numerous impoverished countries, Angelina Jolie also helps empower others in need. After a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti earlier this year, Angie sprang into action. The mother-of-six and UN Goodwill Ambassador made an official statement after the disaster, encouraging people to give to SOS:
SOS has been in Haiti for over three decades, now raising over 300 orphaned and abandoned children and caring for 4,000 more impoverished children and families to help prevent child abandonment.
That was before the earthquake. Now the needs for orphaned children are almost incalculable. SOS has been pulling resources together to provide temporary shelter for unaccompanied children, safe areas for mothers, and food, medicine, trauma counseling, and reunification programs for families and children.
SOS was there before the earthquake, and during it — but most importantly, SOS will be there for many years to come — to raise these children, in their communities until they are self sufficient adults.
Where’s my checkbook?! Thanks for all that you do to make our world a better place, Angie!
- Jennifer Garner encourages women to stop criticizing each other:
She’s our favorite celeb mom year after year. So what makes Jennifer Garner so darn loveable? The jeans, tee and ponytail look? The fact that she goes grocery shopping on the weekends and makes homemade meals for her family? Her two adorable kids who are always seen smiling? Or maybe it’s because of inspirational statements such as the one below that encourages women to stop criticizing and start supporting one another:
I will tell you what I can’t abide – and I think the Internet has really created a space for it – women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers. It just makes me crazy, whether it’s between staying at home, going to work, how long you breast-feed, if you use formula. I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down. I would just like to see a mother who really believes that she has done it all so right, you know what I mean?”
I couldn’t agree more, Jen! Let’s support one another, not knock each other down!
- Madonna funds The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls:
Madonna – who has dominated the celeb scene for years/decades with her fashion statements, love affairs and top 10 hits – has taken on a new project. A big one! And while her fans in the western world might not realize just yet, the global impact she is making with her multi-million dollar all-girls school in Malawi, Africa is immeasurable.
The Queen of Pop talked about her latest – and most important – project in the country where her youngest children originate:
Growing up in a privileged life, I took education for granted…but coming to Malawi has taught me a lot of things and (I have) learnt to appreciate what life gives. I realized how much they deserve to be educated and so for me the best thing I could do was to build a school, a unique school that will create future female leaders, scientists, lawyers, doctors and if this school is successful it will be used as a model to replicate it in other countries.”
In a statement released to Celebrity Baby Scoop, Millennium Promise CEO John W. McArthur commented on Madonna’s efforts.
In the space of just a few years, Gumulira has made major gains in food security, health services, education, and income-generation. We are incredibly grateful to Madonna and Raising Malawi for their partnership in making this progress possible, and their broader leadership in helping to highlight the dramatic and rapid inroads that can be made against extreme poverty.”
Hats/fedoras/stylish caps off to the Material Girl!
- Gisele Bündchen’s “empowered” drug/pain-free birth:
I used to think she was just another perfect body/face/untouchable celeb. But after hearing her incredible birth story, Gisele Bündchen became a celeb mom to admire. With so many “horror stories” out there about the birthing process, the Brazilian beauty recently spoke of a much more positive view of childbirth.
My delivery was in a bath tub, in water. I wanted to have a home birth. I wanted to be very aware and present during the birth… I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation, I did yoga and meditation, so I managed to have a very tranquil birth at home. It didn’t hurt in the slightest. The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought ‘my baby is closer to coming out.’”
A few weeks later the supermodel looked svelte on the cover of Vogue and spoke of her “empowered” birth experience:
I wanted to experience the transformation. It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body. And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!”
Such a beautiful birth story! We hope to hear more like this out of Hollywood.
- Hugh Jackman’s “mad love” for wife Deborra-Lee Furness:
Hugh Jackman has said that “being with my family, definitely, without a doubt” makes him the happiest. The sexy 41-year-old Wolverine star talked about his “mad love affair” with his wife of 14 years, Deborra-Lee Furness.
I’m madly in love with her… more and more each day.”
That’s not the only public gushing he’s done! While out at the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Benefit Gala last October, Deborra-Lee’s adoring husband went on to say:
One of the highlights is honoring this beautiful, amazing woman who happens to be my wife, and she does amazing work and has done for many years all over the world.”
Sigh! One more reason to love this amazing man!
- Nicole Richie’s transformation:
I was about 13 when I started drinking. I think I started using drugs at 13 as well – smoking pot, snorting cocaine. I would just do a lot of drinking and drugs and hang out till six in the morning. I was someone who was always going to get into trouble because of my situation. I can’t say exactly when it started, but I experimented with everything. I am not proud of what I did.”
When we first heard she and her boyfriend Joel Madden were expecting a baby, we were worried. Little did we know that Paris’ BFF was about to embark on a completely different and positive lifestyle.
Just one month after welcoming her adorable daughter Harlow, Nicole said,
It’s almost like I don’t even remember what life was like before her. She gives life a whole new meaning and a whole new purpose.”
Even papa Joel admitted that Nicole really came into her own when Harlow arrived:
[Parenthood] was not in the plans. But it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. It was a gift from God. It was a big surprise but neither one of us even skipped a beat.” He added, “Nicole can tell the difference between a whine and a cry. I’m like “Oh, she’s making a noise, I gotta go in there,” And Nicole’s like “Let her self-soothe for a minute and see how she does.”
Congratulations on your amazing transformation, Nicole. You are one of our fav celeb moms!
- Michael J. Fox doesn’t allow Parkinson’s Disease to define him:
While Michael J. Fox was once best known for his Back to the Future films, he is now widely known as an advocate for Parkinson’s Disease, a condition he was diagnosed with in 1991. The inspirational father of four has spoken about how he doesn’t let his disease bring him – or his family – down.
With Parkinson’s, my kids just make the transition. If I am reaching for something, they will just do it and carry on. Again, people say to me, ‘How do you cope?’ And I think, cope?! It’s really hard to even think that way. Sometimes I’ll stop and think, am I selling short the experience my family is having? But then I’ll look back at it and say, no — they’re having fun.”
Michael has also talked about how he doesn’t let the disease define him:
My natural state is trembling and halting and having difficulty talking. And if I’m in public and I am symptomatic, it has no bearing on who I am or what I’m trying to get done. Not to get too Zen about it, but if I stand apart from the moment and say, ‘In this moment, I’m struggling and I can’t do what I want to do,’ not only have I not had a good moment, I’ve missed the moment completely, just by standing outside it and judging it.”
What an inspirational and positive person!
- Jamie Oliver encourages healthy eating habits:
Can one person really make a difference? In one of his most famous quotes, former president John F. Kennedy addressed the nation with this very notion. And today, we find ourselves with a powerful role model who can charm his way into any kitchen and any skeptic’s heart. A bloak, if you will, who says he was “rubbish” at everything else in his life except for cooking.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has come to America to lead a revolution. One that encourages adults to provide children with healthy, well-balanced meals. He did it in the UK – where the kids were addicted to ‘fish’ sticks and fries – and he can do it here too! Are you a part of the revolution? Jamie asks all to join:
I believe that every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food. Too many people are being affected by what they eat. It’s time for a national revolution. America needs to stand up for better food!
You live in an amazing country full of inspirational people and you have the power to change things. With your help, we can get better food into homes, schools and communities all over America and give your kids a better future. Sign the petition to save America’s cooking skills and improve school food. It could be the most important thing you ever do for your family. America’s health needs you now!”
Now this is one revolution I can stand behind. I’ve just signed the petition. Have you?
- Christy Turlington, master’s student and human rights advocate:
Celebrity mom Christy Turlington might have quit the world of supermodelling, but she’s never been busier.
Long involved in health and human rights issues, Christy is currently completing a master’s degree in Public Health at Columbia University. She also spent a large chunk of last year in impoverished nations such as Tanzania, Bangladesh and Guatemala working on a self-financed film on maternal health titled, No Woman, No Cry.
Christy talked about the movie that advocates for health-care reform:
Now I’m 40 and getting this degree, I might be on the cusp of the career that I always wanted. Maternal deaths mean there are very serious things going on under the radar about women’s status. There is aid for children, but without mothers, what are their chances of survival? International health-care reform is moving toward the American model, but it’s broken. The United States ranks forty-first in maternal health. I think one of the reasons we’re doing more Cesarean sections here is because that means more people in the delivery room, and the hospital can charge you for four days instead of two. It’s all for profit and not about taking care of people.”
Christy gives credit to her good fortune and her responsibility to help the global village:
They’re incredible mothers, but I know that because Eddie and I have more… well, to live a good life, in this country, is expensive. I appreciate that my life has been unique, and that’s why I’m quite thankful for my career, that it took me this far and gave me the ability to do more.
Good fortune carries a responsibility to do good. You learn more going into things that are a little bit scary, that could potentially wake you up in some way,” she says. ‘‘One of the things I tell my daughter, when she says, ‘It’s so sad the way they live’ — I say, well, yes, but there are also a lot of things they have that we don’t have.’’
No Woman No Cry premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24. Can’t wait to see it!
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