No one enjoys having their parenting styles and choices constantly being put into question. But that is the daily lives of celebrity moms, who constantly face disapproval from total strangers who only feel brave writing behind their keyboards. Celebrity moms are reprimanded for everything from their wardrobe choices, all the way to the way they have chosen to care for their babies, feed them, dress them and most certainly, their choice of social media posts and captions.
Most celebrity moms just brush it all off, while others refute every claim made against them and others still, flip the script on their online critics. It's hard not to care what people think, even when you're not a celebrity, but some of these famous moms make not caring look effortless.
Take Chrissy Teigen, for example. The model was heavily scrutinized in April 2016 when she went out to dinner with her husband just a couple weeks after her daughter Luna was born. Her response?
"Funny there's no [one saying anything about dads]," she told Good Morning America. "When both of us go out to dinner, [criticize] both of us so Chrissy doesn’t have to take it all. We'll split it."
The criticism didn't stop, however, and Chrissy eventually proclaimed herself to be a "proud [critic] of mommy [critics]." Here are 20 celebrity moms who are done with your judgmental ways and all out of hoots to give.
20 Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner is one of the most relatable moms in Hollywood because "momming" is obviously more important to her than looking fine and put together all the time. Whether it's posting about her son's potty humor on IG or wearing the 12 ft home-woven scarf that her daughter gave her for her birthday, Jennifer Garner doesn't give a hoot what you think about her parenting choices, her health or her style.
In the end, the only people she's trying to impress are her kids.
"I try to be the best version of myself and to have faith that they’re watching me as carefully when I do something right as they do when I roll through a stop sign," she joked.
19 Kate Winslet
When it comes to criticism on meal plans after pregnancy, Kate Winslet is NOT THE ONE. Unlike Kim Kardashian, who quickly hit the gym with her trainer after her first two kids were born, Kate had zero interest in this kind of lifestyle right after her kids were born.
“I so didn’t want to be one of those ‘Oh, wow, she’s [changed her appearance] after 12 weeks’ women,'" Winslet said in an interview.
“When I read things like that, I just think, ‘Oh, for [goodness] sake, that’s actually impossible. I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well fed and happy. [My appearance] will never go back to what it was and I wouldn’t expect it to after three babies.”
18 Britney Spears
Britney Spears is no stranger to the judgmental stares of the public eye, but she's gone through it and come out the other side and we love her for it. Despite her well-publicized meltdown and her unapologetic love of Cheetos and cheeseburgers, Britney has turned into a pretty solid mom who really doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks.
Britney continues to just be herself (and allows her kids to do the same), although she's not been completely untouched by the dark side of fame.
“If my sons told me they wanted to be in the entertainment business, I’d lock them in their rooms until they turned 30," she said in an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine. Jokes, or nah?
17 Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have ALWAYS kept it real, whether it's about marriage counseling, parenting, or Kristen's anxiety and depression. It's really nice to hear celebrities be refreshingly candid about life instead of trying to maintain a "perfect image," so if you want a good laugh, simply Google "Kristen Bell quotes about parenthood."
Seriously, they won't disappoint.
"Every day when you're raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream 'This is ridiculous!' because there's so much nonsense, whether it's what they're saying to you or the fact that there's avocado or [#2] on every surface."
For real, tho.
16 Mila Kunis
Honestly, some of Mila's parenting quotes will have you ROFL because she's never been one to sugarcoat parenting for the media.
"Children are [...] crazy. [...] Like, at the park, certain jungle gyms have an opening for older kids to jump out of. [Daughter Wyatt is] 19 months; she can't jump. She just walks off it as if she's on a pirate ship."
When it comes to men saying "we're pregnant," Mila is NOT here for it.
"You’re not pregnant! When you wake up and throw up, is it because you’re nurturing a human life? No. It’s because you had too [much to drink]. Do you know [how much I had]? None."
It should come as no surprise that Pink doesn't care when it comes to what you think about her parenting style.
"Yeah my kid [Willow] rides her bike inside. Without clothes. And helmets. While I ignore her and look at my phone," the singer captioned an IG alongside the hashtag #failingbeautifully.
YESSSSS. Pink doesn't ignore her haters, she trolls them! That's not the only time Pink has said what other moms are thinking, either.
On IG, Pink captioned a photo with,"'Babe, Mama's just gonna take a quick nap here while this iPad babysits you.'"
Please, like we all haven't done it before.
14 Blake Lively
Both Blake Lively and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, have been hilariously honest about their parenting journey since it began.
When it comes to "perfect moms on IG," Blake simply can't relate.
“Her toddler is giving her reflexology massages. What?! My kid is like playing with explosive devices. I don’t know where she found them. She already knows how to drywall because she puts holes in the wall.”
Despite admitting that her kids are basically mess-creating whirlwinds (same), both Blake and Ryan aren't afraid to add to their brood.
“I’m one of five kids. My husband is one of four, so we’re officially breeders. You can go on our website and we will give you some of our children.”
13 Chrissy Teigen
Anyone who follows Chrissy Teigen on social media is aware that she really couldn't care less. When keyboard critics comment on her parenting choices, Chrissie gets through it one disliker at a time with her witty comebacks and clever replies. Chrissie isn't trying to impress anyone with a perfect "comeback physique" or an organic, gluten-free line of baby food that's been picked from the hills of the Himalayan mountains! Never!
Chrissie loves to keep it real, and that's why we love her.
"No one told me I would be coming home in diapers too," she tweeted after the birth of her daughter, Luna.
Same, girl. Same.
12 Kelly Clarkson
Who doesn't love Kelly Clarkson?! She's been criticized since the moment she appeared on season 1 of American Idol, but it has not stopped her from getting famous, having a family, living life and taking names.
Kelly is constantly swatting away critics on social media and is forever reminding us of what's really important- loving yourself, despite what others think.
“I try not to compliment our boys or our girls so much on aesthetics. If they look handsome or beautiful, obviously we’ll say that, but I’m really adamant about everyone around us always saying like, ‘God, you’re clever. You’re smart. You’re witty, you’re funny … all the other things that make character.”
11 Tina Fey
Funny woman Tina Fey is the mother of two daughters, and she's not afraid to be honest about what it's like to raise them.
She confessed on Late Show with David Letterman in 2013. “I was giving her a bath one night, and she was overtired — in her defense — and I said, ‘Okay, bath time over.’ But it wasn’t okay with Penelope. She got real mad that I took her out of the bath. … She looked me square in the eyes, and with two tiny little hands, [put them around my neck]. It’s so funny because they’re not strong enough to [to do anything].”
10 Charlize Theron
Despite always looking flawless, Charlize Theron knows that this parenting gig ain't always pretty (and she's not afraid to say it). During the 25th ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration, the Oscar-winner wasn't afraid to share how she was really feeling.
“I feel like a tired mom who [had one too many],” the 43-year-old star told the crowd while accepting an honor. “This is late for me!”
Charlize has openly spoken about her experiences as a single parent and she isn't afraid to live authentically both off and online.
“This highly curated IG world of, ‘Which mom looks best in her bikini two hours after giving birth?’ I [don't like] that that’s happened — everyone’s life looks cute when you throw a filter on it.”
9 Reese Witherspoon
As a mother of three, Reese Witherspoon's IG account is filled with relatable quotes that would make any mom say, "same." Although Reese might always look glamorous (and no older than 25), it's clear by her posts on social media that she's no stranger to the struggles of the #momlife.
One of her posts was a hilarious quote by Jim Gaffigan that said, "Whenever I travel with my young children, I'm reminded of an important travel lesson...never travel with my young children."
HA! For real. Reese also has some pretty good quotes of her own, though, "If you aren't yelling at your kids you aren't spending enough time with them."
8 Drew Barrymore
Despite being in the limelight for literally her whole life, Drew Barrymore is surprisingly relatable as a parent. When it comes to the post-partum phase, Drew Barrymore speaks for us all.
“It took nine months to build,” Drew told People. “It should take nine months to get off. I wanted Fettuccine Alfredo; I didn’t want a barbell.”
I feel like those words should be cross-stitched and hung on a wall somewhere because they're THAT TRUE. Drew is also pretty protective of her kids, especially given her own background.
"I'd never let them become child actors," she told Good Housekeeping of daughters Olive and Frankie. "They'll have a chastity belt, a tracker system, no cell phones and we'll live in the middle of nowhere."
7 Emily Blunt
It's not easy to feel "normal" right after your baby is born, despite how some celebrities make it seem, but you can count on actress Emily Blunt to speak the truth about a new mom's quality of life.
"After we got home from the hospital, I didn’t shower for a week, and then John and I were like, 'Let’s go out for dinner,'" Blunt revealed to InStyle. "I could last only about an hour because [I] were exploding. When the milk first comes in, it’s like a tsunami. But we went, just to prove to ourselves that we could feel normal for a second."
6 Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani is about as about as famous, beautiful and talented as it gets, but even she admits that her life isn't as glamorous and easy as the magazines make it out to be.
"It gets crazy. Everybody knows that whole 4-8 at night is like chaos. It’s like the crazy time in our house," the mother of three said during an appearance on Ellen. "The other day we were driving home and I was thinking,
'Ok, Motel 6. If I can just find one and go there and disappear. Disappear from my life.'"
Way to keep it real, Gwen, but nobody believes you'd stay at a Motel 6.
5 Mindy Kaling
Although Mindy is notoriously private, she's not afraid to talk about her experience with motherhood in interviews. Like me, Mindy wasn't really prepared on how to deal with babies before she had one herself.
"I was the person, if you had a baby at a party, I would go up to them and shake their hand and be like 'hello.' So I didn't know or understand how to be around babies," she admitted.
After the birth, Mindy admitted that she might be going overboard with the pictures.
"I want to remember everything. She's only been in this world for three months and I have like eight photos of her in my home. At this rate there will be no wall space left!"
4 Olivia Wilde
Like her husband, Olivia Wilde is unbelievably hilarious. “Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has [went #1] on his own face. #awesome,” the actress tweeted about son Otis, just after he was born.
Hold onto your hats, that's not the only candid parenting quote to come out of Olivia's mouth. After the birth of her first child, Olivia joked herself post-partum in an interview with Shape magazine.
“In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme [along with another thing that isn't allowed]."
Clutch your pearls, Olivia doesn't care.
3 Keira Knightly
Keira Knightley doesn't hold back when it comes to society's pressure on women to "bounce back" after having babies.
"It's a different [physique], as it should be, because it's done an extraordinary thing ... I thought I was going to go, 'God, I've got to get back into shape.' I actually went completely the opposite. I went, [never mind] that, I'm not putting that pressure on myself in any way.'"
She wasn't finished, either. Keira went onto tell Harpers Bazaar (i.e. the media) that the way the media treats celebrities for not getting back into shape is less than ideal.
Can we get a slow clap for this woman?!
2 Zooey Deschanel
Like Keira, Zooey is NOT THE ONE when it comes to quickly going back to your appearance pre-pregnancy.
"Haven't we all seen those pictures of a new mom in a bikini after one month? I will not be that person. I've always gone my own course and never been someone who had the need to be super skinny," she told Cosmopolitan magazine.
After the birth of her daughter, Zooey was happy to elaborate.
"To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd," she told Redbook. "Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human — there's a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around."
CAN I GET AN AMEN.
1 Amy Adams
Amy Adams has said that becoming a mother has helped her find her "true relationship" with her appearance, "meaning that it wasn't put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit." (Can someone please tell that to the Kardashians?!)
Amy also happily admitted that working out was NOT her first priority after the birth of her daughter.
"I've been working out when I can, and I'm trying to eat in a healthful way, but [my appearance] is not my number-one priority," she said. "It's part of my job to return to some semblance of what I was before. But I don't feel I've ever made my career on my rockin' bod."