They may live glamorous lives, but when it comes to motherhood, these single celebrity moms have no choice but to get down and dirty!
Being a single mother is hard. But is being a single celebrity mother in Hollywood harder or easier than it is for other single moms? It’s difficult to maintain a stable family life when you’re constantly in the limelight, whether it’s filming, traveling, partying and attending events. But they also have lots more money to hire help!
One of the single moms that stands out in the pack is Oscar-nominee, Michelle Williams. The 30-year-old Blue Valentine star fell in love with the late Heath Ledger while the pair were filming the movie, Brokeback Mountain. They eventually became inseperable, which in turn led to the birth of their baby girl Matilda, who was born on October 28, 2005. Although the couple parted ways a few short months before Heath passed away in January 2008, the grief and loneliness Michelle had to face was at times unbearable. The pair may have ended their romance, but neither of them ever stopped being a parent to Matilda. “I was so moved by this new kind of community of people,” Michelle says. “When I became a single mother, there was a smaller but equally powerful community that rose up.”
Another mom going at it herself is singer Sheryl Crow, who is not only a single mommy, but a mom to two adopted boys, Wyatt, 3, and Levi, 9 months. Sheryl credits her break-up with long-time love Lance Armstrong for motivating her to become a parent. “I’d just been through a pretty painful break-up where there were kids involved, and I’d also been through breast cancer treatment,” Sheryl, 48, explains. “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.”
And of course there are single moms like Kate Gosselin who don’t have one or two kids to care for, but eight — all on her own! Although her ex Jon Gosselin is still in the picture on weekends, Kate, 35, has to handle all the crying, complaining, laughing, playing and tantruming kids throughout the week. Take one child’s needs and times that by eight, whoa that’s rough.
We give props to these 12 single moms who work their butts off to give their kids a normal and happy life.