Happy Mother's Day
It's isn't easy being a mother, especially when you are trying to raise kids by yourself. It is even harder when doing it in the spotlight under the scrutiny of fans and strangers. Therefore, we celebrate these famous moms who are giving their all to be the best they can be.
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It started out like a fairytale romance, Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger met and fell in love on a movie set and went on to have a child together in 2005. But tragedy struck when the Australian actor died from a drug overdose in 2008, leaving Michelle a single mom to two-year-old Matilda Rose. With courage and grace, Michelle and her little cutie pie, who resembles her father, have built a life for themselves and are often spotted in NYC with all of the other cool families. This down-to-earth single mom admits she sometimes suffers from burnout. In an interview, she said, "It's a real luxury to have a moment when I'm not scrambling. I feel like most of my life, I'm trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities. So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted."
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When Malin Akerman's son Sebastian was just 4 months old, her husband, actor Roberto Zincone left her. Divorce after so many years of being a couple was harsh Akerman admitted in an interview, "You can't control life. I roll with the punches. 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."
Actor Tom Arnold lashed out at Zincone for leaving Malin with a young child. He said "She's a single mom. Her deal--and I probably shouldn't talk about her--but...I have so much respect for her. She is such an amazing woman. You know, her husband, they're together 10 years, they have a baby, [and] four months in, he's like, 'I'm done.' So, she not only pays him alimony to take care of this guy, but I watched her as a mother, and I was like, 'This is the most inspiring woman. I'm not gonna complain about anything in my life.' Because she is incredible," the actor raved. "She is an inspiration."
The singer-songwriter didn't hide her fertility struggles 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 just a few years later. On her blog, Jewel wrote: "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 a 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. "Whatever makes Kase win is great for us," Jewel told Yahoo, of her relationship with Murray. "We're very aware that having a divorce doesn't get you out of a relationship, so we're very dedicated to being great parents and doing what's best for him."
After breaking up with fiancé Lance Armstrong and surviving cancer, the singer decided to move forward with her life by adopting son Wyatt in 2007 and son Levi in 2010.
In 2013, juggling motherhood and a career, Crow told Parade magazine she is a quintessential single working mom. "All of my decisions are based around what's best for my kids," she said. "I'm lucky that right now they're little and pretty malleable when it comes to travel. I get to take them on the tour bus, and I get to tuck them in at night even though I'm tucking them into a bunk. We read stories, and I try to keep things as normal as possible. We take the things on the road that matter to them, and we try to keep things schedule-wise as normal as possible: naps, meals, and that sort of thing. But I'm just like every other working mom -- I go to sleep at night with them on my mind, and I wake up with them on my mind, and all my decisions are informed by their presence in my life. I think that's what all moms do."
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Motherhood agrees with this former party girl. This busy star, split from her ex-husband Will Kopelman a few years ago. Now she juggles acting, a cosmetics company and being a supermom to two adorable daughters, Olive and Frankie. Somehow, Drew makes it all look easy and, most importantly, enjoyable. Drew said: "It was just like my worst nightmare. I so wanted to raise kids in this ultra-traditional way and do everything so the polar opposite of my experience." Drew had a difficult relationship with her own parents and divorced them while still in her teens. Incredibly enough, her setbacks have not slowed her down at all and she is giving her children and her career everything she has.
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The Lizzie McGuire star is all grown up. This talented actress also has a clothing line "Stuff by Hilary Duff" and a fragrance "With Love". While still in her teens she fell for hockey player Mike Comrie, whom she married three years later at the age of 22. In 2012, the couple welcomed their first and only child together -- son Luca Cruz - but separated two years later. Co-parenting son Luca with ex-husband Mike Comrie is not always easy and Hilary admits she often experiences feelings of guilt as she struggles to balance motherhood and her career. But her Instagram channel shows the world what a dedicated mom she really is.
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The Mad Men star made a startling announcement in April 2011 - that she was expecting her first child and did not reveal who the father was. She was totally cool about being a completely single mom. Two years later, she revealed to Net-A-Porter's The Edit online fashion magazine what it was like to be a single mom to son Xander, "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."
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The Oscar-winning icon adopted daughter Dexter in 1996 and then son Duke in 2001 when she was already in her fifties. Diane said, "The loves of my life are my children and my mother," she said. "I don't feel as if I need a man." However, it took her a long time until she decided to become a mother. She admitted that was waiting until she was in a "strong and substantive" relationship before becoming a mother -- but that never happened for her. "I've had such an unusual life. Obviously career-oriented. I was happy to be a daughter well into my 40s. That was something that meant a lot to me," Keaton told Ladies' Home Journal.
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Empire star and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson raised her son Marcell, now 24, alone after his father, Henson's high-school sweetheart, was murdered in 2003. In an interview, she said, "I think we try to do our best. And yes, we can do it all, but I wouldn't wish being a single parent on my worst enemy. It is not easy." She moved to Los Angeles with her son to pursue an acting career even though she was struggling financially. She didn't want to shelter her son so he would be prepared to face life's challenges head-on. It looks like she made a smart move.