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Sheryl Crow Says Her Painful Split From Lance Armstrong Inspired Her to Adopt Her Two Sons

Thu, July 8, 2010 10:56am EDT by 4 Comments

The singer tells Redbook how a broken heart and battle with breast cancer pushed her to become a mom.

When Sheryl Crow’s life collapsed around her in 2006 following a breakup with cyclist Lance Armstrong and a battle with breast cancer, she decided it was time to radically change her life. At the top of her to-do list: Motherhood. In a candid interview in the August issue of Redbook, the singer says that the difficult time “rebooted my sense of what was important.”

“I always knew I wanted to be a mom; it was just a matter of when,” Sheryl says. “I’d just been through a pretty painful breakup where there were kids involved, and I’d also been through breast cancer treatment. After that, I felt an acute sense of urgency about how I wanted my life to feel. Since I wasn’t married, my idea of what the picture was supposed to look like no longer served any great purpose. So I started doing an adoption ‘home study,’ which means you fill out the paperwork, get certified in infant CPR. The idea was, if the opportunity came, I would be ready.”

The following year, she adopted her first son, Wyatt. Sheryl took to her new role instantly, and like all new moms, turned to her closest pals for parenting advice.

“I’ve got great mommy friends,” the 48-year-old says. “Here in Nashville, it’s Kim Williams-Paisley [the actress and wife of country singer Brad Paisley], Nicole Kidman, and another friend, Tracie Hamilton. They’ve been a wonderful resource for me. We get together at each other’s homes, make dinner, and have girls’ nights in. Or we’ll go out for dinner and a drink — though we’re mommies, so we don’t let it all hang out. We’ve had good conversations about vaccinations, child-rearing, the ‘terrible twos’! Luckily, Wyatt’s past the ‘terrible twos’ now, which is great.”

Sheryl also reveals that her plans to adopt a second child had been in the works for a while but didn’t come to fruition until she brought Levi James home in June.

“I was hoping to adopt a child when Wyatt was 2; a lot of the adoptions fell through,” she says. “But things always work out perfectly. They just do. Generally, when you let go of your vision of how something is supposed to be, the universe hands you exactly what you need.”

The August issue of Redbook hits newsstands on July 20.

— Kathy Campbell