June 19th, 2017 | Updated on February 14th, 2020
Parenting is a difficult job all together. It is no easy to do what the other person would be doing in a parenthood. But some people tend to take up the single parent responsibilities. Whether they’re co-parenting through divorce or completely on their own, these celebrity single moms handle it with grace.
1. Amanda Stanton
Reality star Amanda Stanton may have gotten her fairytale ending when Josh Murray dropped to one knee and proposed on the season finale of Bachelor in Paradise, but life has certainly not been all, um, roses, for the single mom-of-two. The 26-year-old recently opened up about her struggles in an honest and revealing blog post. “I felt guilty and blamed myself for not giving my kids the life I had always dreamed of giving them,” she wrote. “I felt so much guilt that they were growing up with not only parents who weren’t together, but parents who couldn’t get along, not even for their sake.” But once Amanda realized all the things she was stressing were out of her control, she resolved to change course. ”I decided instead of being embarrassed of my failed marriage and ashamed of being a single mother, I was going to OWN it,” she wrote. “Being the best mother you can be and giving your kids the BEST life possible has nothing to do with your relationship status and you don’t have to be happily married to have a ‘picture-perfect family.
2. Malin Akerman
The actress split with husband Roberto Zincone in 2013, when their son Sebastian was just 7 months old. Divorce after six years of marriage was very difficult, Akerman told People, but, “There is a beautiful thing about relations where you can grow forward but not together.” Ever the optimist, Akerman adds, “You can’t control life. I roll with the punches.
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The singer-songwriter was vocal about her struggles with fertility before giving birth to son Kase in 2011, with then-husband and rodeo cowboy Ty Murray. The pair quietly married in 2008, after a decade together, but divorced in 2014. Jewel announced the split on her blog, saying: “Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents – we wish only what is best for our son.” Murray has echoed that Kase is top priority for the pair, and the three have remained close despite the divorce, with Jewel often sharing photos of her “two favorite cowboys” on social media.
4. Sandra Bullock
Bullock, America’s sweetheart and an Academy Award-winning actress, may have been blindsided when her marriage to Jesse James—and her role as stepmom to his three kids—ended, but heartache didn’t stop her from opening her heart. The Gravity leading lady adopted Louis Bardo, a baby boy from New Orleans, proving the greatest love of all is that a mother has for her child. Then, in 2015, Bullock adopted 3-year-old Laila from the foster care system.
5. Denise Richards
We have to salute this actress, model, and reality-star single mom for raising her three daughters with full legal custody. (The girls’ famous father, of course, is former Two and a Half Men star and social media firebrand Charlie Sheen.) But the hands-on mom doesn’t just keep her eye on their kids — Sam, Lola and Eloise — she’s even been known to lend a hand to Sheen’s other children, twin boys Bob and Max, whose mother is Brooke Mueller. Talk about a class act.
6. Katie Holmes
When the Dawson’s Creek alum was a kid she told people it was her dream to marry A-lister Tom Cruise. And while her fairytale wedding didn’t have a happily-ever-after, she did come out of her divorce to the Mission Impossible star with a daughter, Suri. Still, being a celebrity with a famous ex doesn’t necessarily make being a single mom easier. In an exclusive cover story with People, she spoke honestly about the challenges: “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”
The Top Chef host gave birth to her daughter, Krishna, in February 2010, but chose to keep the identity of her daughter’s daddy a mystery. While it later broke that venture capitalist Adam Dell is the father, Lakshmi prefers to be a strong single mama. That doesn’t mean she’s doing it alone. Lakshmi told the New York Post she doesn’t juggle it all and admits to being very privileged. Her staff includes a live-in nanny, an assistant, and a director of operations. “I have a lot of hands helping me. My nanny is awesome. She was in the Indian army for five years. She was a female paratrooper. And she’s a great cook.”
8. Gwyneth Paltrow
Yes, it was newsworthy when the Academy-Award winning actress and GOOP founder separated from Coldplay’s Chris Martin, but it was the way the split was presented, as much as the split itself, that made headlines. The parents of Apple and Moses announced the end of their marriage on GOOP in a blog post titled “Conscious Uncoupling.”We have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate,” they wrote. “We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.”
9. Charlize Theron
When it comes to marriage, Theron says it’s never been important to her. Adoption, on the other hand, has always been part of her plan. The Monster star told the Australian magazine Madison that she knew she’d always adopt. “My mother found [a letter I wrote]. It said, ‘Would you please take me to an orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?’ Indeed, after ending a 9-year relationship with actor Stuart Townsend in 2010, she adopted a son, Jackson, in 2012. She told Madison, “You know, I don’t think any mother aims to be a single mom. I didn’t wish for that, but it happened.” Single motherhood must agree with her, too, as she recently adopted another baby — a girl named August.
10. Bridget Moynahan
Moynahan was 3 months pregnant when she and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broke up, and it wasn’t an easy experience. As she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2008, “going through that traumatic time of being heartbroken and then being pregnant turned my whole life upside down and inside out and just knocked the wind out of me.”But the single mom to son John said she “got so much” out of the struggle. “It’s golden and it’s tough and it was f–ked up. But now I have a child, and it’s the best thing in the world.