Sharon Stone covers the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine and opens up for the first time ever about a decade of personal struggle, from the brain hemorrhage that nearly killed her to coping with a miscarriage and losing a custody battle over her now 11-year-old son Roan with ex-husband Phil Bronstein. Read on about how the single mom to two more sons she adopted in infancy — Laird, 6, and Quinn, 5 — says the hardships have strengthened her.
On her miscarriage and choosing to adopt: “The last time I lost the baby. I went into 36 hours of labor. While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called. I thought, ‘This is such a godsend. This is so right,” she says. “I always thought I would adopt. Even when I was young, I used to look up how to adopt.”
On parenting: “I’m loving raising my kid. Quinn is in junior kindergarten, and he’s very exclamatory! Like a little FBI agent, he tells you everything that’s happening, so I call him Agent Quinn. ‘Mom! Toots pooped in the yard!’ ‘Thank you, Agent Quinn.’ And Laird is like a rocket. He came home with his violin from school yesterday and played it all night. He’s a big romancer: When you talk to him on the phone, he’s like, ‘I’m in love with you, Mommy,’” she says. “I’ve made humanitarian causes and my children much more my priority than the Hollywood scene, being liked and getting movie parts.”
On recovering in bed for 8 months after suffering a brain hemorrhage: “I thought I’d never be okay again. But you can get okay—though you have to have fortitude,” she says. “He just didn’t see me, talk to me, look at me,” she says of Bronstein. She now believes “his initial intention with me was probably corrupt. I was suckered. I’m embarrassed to say that.”
On life after losing custody of Roan: “I would go to these [philanthropic] events where I had to get on stage. I would be in the wings, with people looking at me, my head on the floor, praying: ‘God, please help me. I know I have to go out there and raise money. But I’ve lost my child, I’ve lost my health, I’ve lost everything.’ I was just broken.”
Continue reading the interview with Sharon at AARP The Magazine…