Parenting is not easy, especially when it needs to be done solo. Not too many people head into parenting knowing they are going to end up doing it alone, so it can come on as quite the surprise when the relationship quickly unravels. Still, others march into solo parenting of their own accord by choosing to adopt all by themselves. No matter the situation, parenting solo is never an easy task.
It can be easy to assume that celebrities that are rich and famous have no problems with parenthood but in that respect, they are just like us. Even with millions of dollars in their bank accounts, they can struggle with solo parenting much in the same way that we do. Sometimes for celebrities, solo parenting can be made more difficult because they are in the public eye and their children are being photographed without their permission.
We have to give credit to solo moms in Hollywood these days because despite some of the hardships they have encountered over time, they are truly slaying it now. These are the kind of women that we can proudly look up to. Check out these 20 celeb moms we forget are solo but are totally slaying it.
20 Sandra Bullock Decided To Do It Alone
After her divorce from Jesse James, Sandra Bullock decided that she wanted to have children. She went jumped into adoption knowing full well that she would be doing it alone. "There are hundreds of thousands of children that are ready to be your child," Bullock said to TODAY. "You're a forever parent the minute you accept the love of that child."
However, she did also state that not everyone feels positive about adoption. "It's amazing to me how we can take away people's happiness by telling them that this is the box that you have to stay in," she says. "There is no box. There is no box."
19 Amanda Stanton Didn’t Get The Fairytale
Amanda Stanton thought she got her fairytale ending after getting proposed to on Bachelor on Paradise but things haven’t quite worked that well for her in the end. She has stated that she feels a large amount of guilt for her marriage ending.
“I felt guilty and blamed myself for not giving my kids the life I had always dreamed of giving them,” she wrote in a blog post.
“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.”
18 Michelle Williams Keeps Heath’s Spirit Alive
Michelle Williams became a solo mom when Heath Ledger left us too soon and her love life has stayed under the radar ever since. She is very protective of her daughter Matilda and you don’t see her in the spotlight very often. It’s definitely not easy to be a solo mom. “Sometimes it can feel alienating; at school functions, there’s only two of us [solo] mothers. Everyone else has a partner, so we buddy up.”
We love how strong she is. “When you’ve been a parent for 11 years and you’ve done it alone, you don’t have romantic ideals, because you have a practical understanding that you can do it by yourself.”
17 Jenna Dewan Dances Her Way Through Solo Parenting
Jenna Dewan is one of the most surprisingly-solo moms in Hollywood and it’s all because of her recent split from Channing Tatum. The two split up this year and have been trying since then to co-parent the best that they know how.
Dewan has managed to juggle a very demanding schedule in Hollywood all the while all the while playing the role of a solo mother to her own little girl.
“I think everyone wants to hold on to what’s in front of them, but when you open your mind, saying, ‘I want what’s best for myself and my daughter,’ you have to be okay with however that looks,” she said. “I feel I’ve been on a wave of growth.”
16 Britney Spears Turned Her Life Around
Britney Spears has certainly had her ups and downs when it comes to parenthood but she also knows how to pick herself up. After her infamous misfortunes in 2006, she completely managed to transform her life.
These days she has her boys back in her life and is doing better than ever. She values her family time and says that even though she is a solo mom, she is still blessed. “My kids come first, always,” Spears told PEOPLE. “There is nothing more rewarding than being a mom and watching my sons grow into young men.”
15 Taraji P. Henson Didn’t Have A Choice
Taraji P. Henson became a solo mother to her son Marcel in 2003 after the unexpected loss of her husband. It’s just one of those things that no one really expects to happen to them.
But Henson has managed to build a successful name for herself in Hollywood, slaying her style and her red carpet looks all the while raising a son who grew up to be a respectable man.
“I think we try to do our best. And yes, we can do it all, but I wouldn’t wish being a [solo] parent on my [...] enemy,” Henson told Redbook. “It is not easy.”
14 Charlize Theron Co-Parents With Her Dogs
Charlize Theron was another celebrity mom that decided to adopt on her own. Although these are strong women who know what they want, it couldn’t have been easy doing it alone. She joked with Ellen DeGeneres saying that she co-parents with her dogs.
“People keep saying, ‘Oh you’re a [solo] mom’ and I’m like, ‘actually I’m not I got two boys (her dogs) helping me out. It’s incredible,' the 36-year-old Oscar winner said.
“From the moment this baby came into our home, those two dogs have never been more in love. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed.”
13 Katie Holmes Does The Best That She Can
When she was young, Katie Holmes always believed she would marry Tom Cruise and she certainly got her wish. The marriage didn’t last, however, but she ended up with something even more special, her daughter Suri. She now holds full custody of her daughter and juggles a full-time schedule in Hollywood.
Not surprisingly, she has had her ups and downs in parenting. "You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don't." A lot of solo mothers could certainly relate to that and it just goes to show that celebrities are still a lot like us.
12 Malin Akerman Was Doing It Solo From The Beginning
Malin split from her husband after six years of marriage and her son was only 7 months at the time. She told People that it was difficult for her. "There is a beautiful thing about relationships where you grow each other to a point where you can't grow each other anymore."
Ever-the-optimist, Akerman added, "You can't control life. I roll with [all the ups and downs]. And ultimately, it's like, 'Where is the opportunity in this?' And that's been a nice way to look at it. Like, oh my God, I get to have so much special time with my son now."
11 Angelina Jolie Has Her Hands Full
A lot of women would probably feel a touch of anxiety about suddenly becoming a solo parent to six children. Although Brad Pitt does want to be in their lives, she has filed for full custody and things are still being worked out in that regard. Despite what must be a very stressful situation, Jolie seems to be handling it with grace. They recently moved to a six-bedroom home in Los Angeles and Jolie told Vanity Fair, "[This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family,” she said.
10 Halle Berry Built Something Beautiful
Halle Berry hasn’t had the best of luck over the years when it has come to love. Both of her marriages have been notoriously shaky and didn't have the happy ending she was seeking.
She has two beautiful daughters from her experiences with love and that’s all that matters. "I knew from playing a mother in this movie and having two adorable, smart children around me all the time that I was meant to be a mother," she said.
"It's no mystery that right after we finished the movie it manifested itself in my life because I think I subconsciously knew, 'Yes, I can do this. I'm really, really ready'."
9 Jennifer Garner Is Rocking Solo Motherhood
Jennifer Garner didn’t expect to split from Ben Affleck and suddenly becoming a solo mother wasn’t what she thought would happen. “I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids,” Garner told Australian publication News.com.au.
“I would not choose to [...] be in this position. It’s something that we are working through. I haven’t been on a date and I am not interested in dating. People want to set me up and I am just like, ‘No thank you!’,” she added.
You would never know that she was stressed by her funny social media posts where we see her reading books to her dog and cooking.
8 Jewel Chooses to Co-Parent With Ex
Jewel is now a solo parent though she does her best to co-parent with her ex. "As soon as you get a bead on something that works, your child’s needs change, so you have to rework it," Jewel told In Touch of one of her biggest challenges with co-parenting. "You have to put [your child] first. Sometimes you have to do some deep breathing, some letting go [and think], I'm not going to call any names, I'm just going to be kind…." She continues, "Only kindness matters!" It can certainly be hard to get along with someone that you no longer love.
7 Mary Louise Parker Isn't The Best At Dating
Anyone who is a solo mom knows that it can be hard to date. Trying to be a mother at the same time as remembering that you are still a woman can be hard.
Mary Louise Parker has two children, one who she adopted from Africa and the other who she had with Billy Crudup after they split. She was 7 months pregnant at the time of their split. "Some men are daunted by it, some are [more encouraged]. I had someone ask, 'Does this mean we can't go out anytime we want?' And I said, 'Yes, that's exactly what it means. It means you come fourth, 'cause it's my kids, my job, my family.' I don't ever want to come first to anyone. It's too much pressure," she told More.
6 Gwyneth Paltrow Co-Parents With Love
Gwyneth Paltrow has said that she is successfully co-parenting with her ex-husband Chris Martin which is certainly a rare occurrence when it comes to divorce. "We have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate," they wrote at the time of separation.
"We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways, we are closer than we have ever been." Martin still spends a lot of time with her and is often at her home. “These children are our priority,'" she said. "What that really means is, 'Even though today, you [dislike] me and you never want to see me again, like, we're going to brunch, 'cause it's Sunday and that's what we'll do!'"
5 January Jones Was Excited to Parent Solo
In 2011, January Jones declared that she was pregnant and was more than happy to be doing it solo. She wasn’t even willing to discuss who the baby daddy was. “I don't have room for anything else so I don't know how I would have done it with a partner." She continued, "I knew I would be raising my son alone. It was something I went in to knowingly, I was prepared mentally -- and I was excited about it,” she told Net-A-Porter's The Edit.
Sometimes things just work out the way that they are meant to.
4 Diane Keaton Adopted Later In Life
Diane Keaton became a solo mother much later in life when she made the decision to adopt two children. Keaton has admitted that being a solo mother is hard and has strong feelings about the situation.
“As a parent I provide all I can, but I think in the best possible scenario you need to have a man,” she shared.
She adopted them when she was 50 which is remarkable but for Keaton, she’s really had no interest in slowing down. She’s been a driven woman and continues to work enthusiastically.
3 Meg Ryan Did It On Her Own
Meg Ryan had a son with Dennis Quaid before their marriage broke up and she found herself as a solo mom. She also decided to adopt a little girl named Daisy later on in life. When it comes to being a solo mother, she believes she is doing the best that she can. Bringing up a very good point, she said,
"I know I'm really her reference, for better and worse, and I'm glad she has other influences. One thing that is nice is you don't get overruled."
There are definitely both pros and cons to being a solo mother.
2 Madonna Continued To Adopt
It only makes sense that with her two biological children being pretty much all grown up that Madonna would want to adopt more... four to be precise. Despite her fame and obvious wealth, she said that she had difficulty adopting because she was a solo mom.
"Every newspaper said I [was taking] him," Madonna revealed to People. "In my mind, I was thinking, 'Wait a minute. I'm trying to save somebody's life. Why are you all [writing this about] me right now?' I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me. I would cry myself to sleep."
1 Connie Britton Didn’t Expect To Do It Alone
In 2011, Connie Britton decided to adopt a son all by herself and she’s never been happier. She didn’t expect this would be the way she would have children but she is fine with that. “I didn’t think I’d have a baby on my own,” she told Ladies' Home Journal. “Even after a long, difficult day, coming home and being with Yoby just washes any stress away.”
Having a child, regardless of the way is a blessing for any mother and we are thrilled to see all these celebrity moms rocking out solo motherhood, proving that anything is possible.