It is undeniable that it requires a superhero to bring up a child without a partner, from converting on demand into a mom or dad to heavily multitasking, all while having a miraculous level of tolerance. And other celebrities are sharing to the public about their adorable daily life as single parents, illustrating that no amount of fame or riches can match to the fulfillment we get when we’re alone on the difficult yet emotional road of parenthood.
We respect superstars who show us more than just their bright, dazzling lives. Here are 12 well-known people who have shared their heartfelt experiences as single parents.
1. Drew Barrymore and daughters Olive and Frankie
In 2016, when her daughters were 4 and 2, Drew Barrymore parted ways with her spouse. The U.S. actress and TV presenter has been sharing a lot on bringing up her children on her own, confessing that it’s quite difficult in certain times.
Despite this, Barrymore still favors being a single mother, adding, “I get to wear a lot of different hats with my kids. So I feel really fulfilled.” The 46-year-old mom even admitted she had only lately resumed dating, but there is one thing that she is certain of: she will “never, ever, ever, ever get married again.”
2. Charlize Theron and daughters Jackson and August
Theron confessed that she has long opted to child adoption since she was at the age of 8. In 2012, she eventually realized her childhood ambition when she brought into her life her daughter, Jackson. August, another girl, joined the little family 3 years later.
The Hollywood star is a proud single mother believing that “there is absolutely no shame in that game to be in a relationship with yourself.” She continued to state that since her 2 daughters are “the great loves of her life,” she’s “never been lonely.”
3. Malin Åkerman and son Sebastian
In 2013, the Swedish-American Hollywood star welcomed a new boy into their family with her husband, though the pair split up only after some months. Åkerman has stated that she is not in a rush to return to the dating scene following their split, noting that she is “’really loving” to concentrate on her son. She also stated that the mother-son relationship “’’is beyond any love you felt in your whole life.”
4. Louis Tomlinson and son Freddie
When he was 24 years old, the English singer became a father. He had broken up with his girlfriend, Freddie’s mother, since then. The young father appears to be loving every minute of fatherhood, stating, “the whole thing is super cool.”
5. Padma Lakshmi and daughter Krishna
At the age of 40, the Indian-American TV host welcomed her newly-born daughter into her family. Being Lakshmi’s only child, Krishna and her mother have a deep and intimate relationship, which is often shared on Lakshmi’s social media. Becoming Krishna’s mother “has been the privilege of my life,” the Top Chef host and judge revealed.
6. Michelle Williams and daughter Matilda
Heath Ledger, her ex-partner, died in 2008 when Matilda, their daughter, was only under three years old. Even while the Oscar winner said that being a single parent isn’t sometimes difficult and may be “alienating,” she continued to say that she often figures out how to balance motherhood and her job so she doesn’t have to “worry about the stability of our unit when I have to go back to work.”
7. Alex Rodriguez and daughters Natasha and Ella
With his ex-wife, the former professional baseball player has two children, ages 13 and 17. He is known for being quite close to his little girls and frequently posts nice images of them on his social media pages.
This loving father never misses an opportunity to express his unconditional love for his children, calling them “the best part of me.”
8. Sofia Vergara and son Manolo
When she was 19, the Colombian actress had her son with her high school beau. Manolo’s parents split when he was two years old, and Vergara revealed that she raised him as a young single mother, attempting to “set the best example and give him the best” she could.
She’s now a proud mother to a 30-year-old young man, and she says it makes all the sacrifices worthwhile when people comment on “how well mannered, charming, humorous, and well-behaved he is.”
9. January Jones and son Xander
In 2011, the Mad Men actress gave birth to a child, the identity of whose father she kept a secret. The Hollywood star appeared to be content in her role as a single mother, and she even said a few years ago, “I just don’t feel I need a partner.” She went on to say that her life is already “so full,” and that she’d rather “be at home sleeping…or hanging out with my kid” than dating.
10. Skeet Ulrich and twins Jacob and Naiia
In 2001, the American actor welcomed a twin boy and girl into his family. Skeet prioritized his two children over his acting profession when he and his wife split, when their children were four years old.
Being a father seemed to hold an unique place in the heart of this 52-year-old, who even confessed that parenthood allowed him to ” re-experience my own childhood in a new way and be the parent I wish I’d had.”
11. Elizabeth Hurley and son Damian
In 2002, the 56-year-old actress gave birth to her sole child. Damian is now following in his mother’s footsteps and has worked as a model as well as in acting roles. Despite their closeness, Hurley spoke up about her child’s growing up a few years ago, saying, “I know he’ll need to leave the nest at some stage, so I’m making the most of the time we still have.”
12. Cristiano Ronaldo and son Cristian Jr.
Despite the fact that the football hero now has three additional children with his girlfriend, he has been a single father to his oldest son for many years, the identity of whose mother has remained a mystery to the public. When asked about raising his son without a mother, the Portuguese athlete stated that Cristiano “doesn’t need a mother, just me – having a father is enough.”
What do you think the most difficult aspect of being a single parent is? Do you believe that raising a child alone is preferable to being in an unpleasant relationship?