Hollywood's Unmarried Parents: Should They Tie The Knot For The Sake Of Their Kids Or Stay Happily Unwed?

Tue, February 8, 2011 5:33pm EDT by 8 Comments
Posted Tue, February 8, 2011 5:33pm EDT

Brad and Angelina aren’t into taking the plunge, while Nicole and Joel made it down the aisle after becoming parents. Experts say tying the knot just because you have kids isn’t always for the best. Are you surprised?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may have six children, but they are one of the many celebrity couples who have yet to tie the knot. Thing is, they’re fine with that. “I have love in my life, a soul mate – absolutely,” Brad, 47, says. “When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, ‘Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else.” But although Brad and Angie are happy raising a family out of wedlock, have they considered how their kids feel about their relationship?

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“We’ve done everything the wrong way around, but sooner or later the children will ask, you know, they watch films and ask questions,” Angelina, 35, explains. “They want to know why Shrek and Fiona got married and we haven’t.” And they’re not alone. A recent study showed that unmarried mothers gave birth to 4 out of every 10 babies born in the United States in the past few years.
And that brings up a good question, should these unwed celebs take the plunge for the sake of their kids? “The healthiest thing a couple can do for their children is to SHOW them healthy love, love BY EXAMPLE.  There’s no sense in getting married and being miserable in front of your kids,” relationship expert, Dr. Gilda Carle tells HollyBaby.com. “Either marry for the sake of love and respect, or love and respect your child by staying single and offering a peaceful household.”

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On the other hand, actress Julianne Moore recently confessed that her children Caleb, 13, and Liv, 8, convinced her to marry their father Bart Freundlich. “The only reason I got married in 2003 was for my children,” Julianne, 50, tells the British newspaper the Guardian. “I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family, and that made sense to me.”

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Couples like Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are fine raising Vida, 1, and Levi, 2, as an unwed pair, while Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise decided to tie the knot after Suri, 4½, was born. HollyMoms, what’s your opinion on marrying for the sake of your kids?

–Leigh Blickley

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