More and more celebrity moms are becoming single parents due to divorce, the untimely passing of their partner, or adoption.
Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron is the latest celebrity to announce an adoption and join in the ranks of single motherhood. Let’s take a look at the stories of 10 single moms in Hollywood such as Sheryl Crow, Michelle Williams and Sandra Bullock.
- Charlize Theron:
Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is that latest celebrity to adopt a baby. The actress just announced she is the proud mom of a 4-month-old boy named Jackson.
It’s been amazing, the amount of emails and congratulations,” Charlize said. “Everyone’s just been so lovely — it’s been really nice.”
- Sandra Bullock:
There were big changes for Sandra Bullock in 2010! She won an Oscar, went through a divorce, and welcomed her son Louis. Proud to adopt a child from the U.S., Sandra has talked about the first time she met her son.
The first time I met Louis, it was like the whole outside world got quiet,” she said. “It was like he had always been a part of our lives. All I said when I met him was, ‘Oh, there you are.’ He’s just perfect, I can’t even describe him any other way.”
- Halle Berry:
Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry has had a rocky love life! Since her 2010 split from Gabriel Aubrey, a nasty custody battle has ensued over their 4-year-old daughter Nahla. Although things are ugly now, the pair were amicable right after first splitting.
While it was not a love connection for us, he was absolutely the right person to have this child with because she is going to have an amazing father,” Halle said of Gabriel. “And that was really important to me. We’ll make sure we always do what is right for her and put her first. And she will see as she grows that we have a lot of love for each other.”
- Denise Richards:
Actress Denise Richards was once wed to Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen. Since their divorce, the pair have worked hard at peacefully co-parenting their daughters Sam, 8, and Lola, 6. The 41-year-old actress went on to adopt daughter Eloise in June 2011.
I’ve always wanted more children and [I] had to make a decision: Do I wait to find the right partner or do it on my own?,” Denise said. “So I just did it on my own.”
How does Denise juggle three kids and her busy career?
You have to take the pressure off yourself. If you try to make everything perfectly balanced, that can create guilt,” Denise said. “When I’m working, things give at home and when I’m at home, things give at work.”
- Minnie Driver:
Academy Award-nominated actress Minnie Driver recently identified her 3-year-old son Henry‘s father, Scotland-born producer Timothy Jonathan Lea, 52, co-producer of The Riches as well as the hit shows CSI New York and Law and Order.
Is he a good dad? Sort of,” Minnie admitted. “He’s figuring it out… I mean, he hasn’t been that involved, his choice. But he is now.”
The Good Will Hunting star admits she’d like more kids, but only if she has a partner.
Henry’s dad and I probably wouldn’t have any more together, but I would love to have more,” she said. “But I couldn’t do another one without a partner; I couldn’t do two as a single mum, I really couldn’t. It would be too much.”
- Bridget Moynahan:
Motherhood hasn’t gone exactly according to plan for actress Bridget Moynahan, but in a recent interview, she said she has absolutely no regrets. The Sex and the City star opened up about her life as a single mom to her 4-year-old son Jack with ex Tom Brady – who ended their relationship when she was 3-months pregnant and quickly moved on with supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
I never made a comment about Gisele or Tom publicly,” Bridget said. “I have a relationship with these people on a daily basis. My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love.”
- Sheryl Crow:
After splitting from Lance Armstrong and then battling and surviving breast cancer, singer Sheryl Crow adopted son Wyatt, now 4. Of the decision to adopt Sheryl said,
There was a shift in my life when I got diagnosed, [with breast cancer] because it demanded I look at everything and redefine my life,” Sheryl said. “I always felt I would be a mom. I have strong maternal instincts.”
Sheryl went on to adopt another son named Levi, who turns 2 in April.
My sons didn’t have to be from me,” she said. “They didn’t have to look like me. I just wanted children to love.”
- Michelle Williams:
Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams was already a single mom to daughter Matilda, now 6, when she split with ex-fiancé Heath Ledger. Ledger’s untimely and shocking death due to an accidental overdose made her role as mother even more difficult.
As a single mom, Michelle said she felt pressure to find a partner and to give her daughter a brother or sister,
Because I really wanted, and I really expected or imagined, that Matilda would have siblings that were close to her age,” Michelle said. “I wanted that for her. But I couldn’t make that happen. And now that she’s 6 that isn’t even a possibility anymore. So something that was making me feel impatient, that’s been removed. For whatever reason, that’s not our luck, or our path.”
Queen of Pop Madonna recently admitted that raising her four kids – Lourdes, 15, Rocco, 12, David, 6, and Mercy, 5 – as a single mom is hard work.
I’m not going to lie – it’s hard work having four kids and doing all the work I do,” Madge said. “Everybody has something to say about the way I live my life. At the end of the day I’m doing my best. If people don’t like it, then that’s really their problem. Sometimes I cope with it very well, sometimes it’s a struggle. It’s a challenge juggling everything – multi-tasking is my middle name.”
Lourdes’ father is Carlos Leon, Rocco and David’s father is Madonna’s former husband Guy Ritchie, and Madge adopted Mercy on her own.
- Natascha McElhone:
Californication star Natascha McElhone – mom of sons Theodore, 11, Otis, 8, and Rex, 3 – became a single mom when her husband unexpectedly died of a fatal heart condition while she was pregnant with their youngest son. She says of her sons’ late father,
He was the most unique father, as well,” Natascha said. “Always giving our beautiful ‘pups’ the alternate answer to any question, stimulating them, provoking them…I could write about him for the rest of my life. The part that saddens me most is that, whatever I can try to give my boys, their world for now has been halved, I cannot become him…”
The mom-of-three keeps the memory of her late husband alive while raising their sons herself,
We talk about him all the time,” she said. “There are pictures of him everywhere and his office is still exactly as it was. The boys go in there and raid it – they love the fact that they’re not going to get told off. I’ll often say to the boys, ‘That would really make Daddy laugh’ or ‘He’d be so proud of you,’ but the other day my eldest son was being trying. I said to him, ‘I think Daddy would have a few words to say to you about that.”
We salute all the single moms out there! How do you do it all?