Being a mom is no easy task. But being a single mother presents it's own unique set of challenges. You're forced to take on the roles of mother and father; good cop and bad cop. You don't have anyone who can tag in and take over when things are overwhelming. And mere mortals are not the only ones who face the challenges of single motherhood. There are a number of celebrities who are single moms, that deal with the same issues as every day women.
OK, maybe not exactly the same. After all, A-listers have access to assistance that some two parent households would kill for. But that doesn't mean they don't struggle. Whether they became single mother by choice or because they lost their partner to divorce or death, it's not easy raising a child (or children) on your own. Even if you do have a case full of Oscars.
They may have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but like the millions of women facing single motherhood, they don't have a partner to help them through the inevitable struggles that come with parenting. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. From the queen of the Empire to a television anchor, here are some of the celebrities who are single moms that prove you don't need a partner to be a good parent.
Shortly after divorcing Jesse James In April 2010, People reported that Sandra Bullock finalized the adoption of her son Louis. The expanded her family five years letter by adopting daughter Laila. "I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time,” she told People in December 2015.
Though Charlize Theron is a single mom to son Jackson and daughter August, she doesn't think the term relates to her. In a 2014 appearance on Ellen, Theron joked that her dogs are her co-parents. "People keep saying, 'You're a single mom,'" she told the talkshwo host. "I go, 'Actually, I'm not. I got two boys helping me out.'"
After losing co-parent Heath Ledger in 2008, Michelle Williams was forced to play mother and father to daughter Matilda. Though it's challenging, the actress has found a way to power through. "You make it work," Williams told USA Today of single motherhood. "You keep getting out of bed. Sometimes it's just because you know there's a cup of coffee downstairs."
After giving birth to her son in 2008, Minnie Driver didn't reveal the father's identity till 2012. According to The Daily Mail, driver said the father knew about the child but "hasn't been that involved."
After losing her husband to colon cancer in 1998, Katie Couric became a single mom to two girls. Though she remarried in 2014, Couric told Huffington Post that the hardest part of being a single mom was not having a good cop to her bad cop.
Some say Kate Moss is stone cold, but her daughter Lila Grace has a different opinion. "Like every mum, she's embarrasing and annoying," Kate Moss's daughter told The Daily Mail. "But you love them really." I bet the model was pleased about the last part.
A proud single mom to all all girls, Denise Richards has two children from a previous marriage to Charlie Sheen and one that she adopted on her own. The Huffington Post reported that Richards couldn't be happier in her role as a mom. "Motherhood — it’s changed my whole outlook on life," she said during an appearance on Oprah's Where Are They Now. "It’s so wonderful seeing life through their eyes.
9Taraji P. Henson
When the death of her son's father forced her into single motherhood, the Empire star stepped up to the plate. And she credits a lot of that to her son, Marcel. "My father said, 'That's your baby. That's your blessing. He's going to be your strength,'" Henson told Glamour in 2015. "And you know what? He was."
According to Vanity Fair, Mia Farrow raised 14 children on her own — 10 of whom were adopted.
11Mary Louise Parker
Though she shares custody of her son William with ex Billy Crudup, Mary Louise Parker adopted her daughter Ash in 2007. "I finally just decided, 'OK, I’m going to do this, and it’s going to be really hard because I’m single, and I’m going to do it anyway," she told People of the decision to take on single parenthood.
The Top Chef host happily embraced the title of single mom when daughter Krishna Thea was born. "It’s the only way of life I’ve known," Padma Lakshmi told The Daily News. "I was raised by a single mom. I was told I couldn’t have children, so every day I am kissing the sky with happiness about it.”
Though the actress and her ex Denis Quaid happily co-parent their son Jack, Meg Ryan adopted daughter Daisy in 2006, according to People.
Though Keaton has said she would have loved children Duke and Dexter to have a father figure, she knew marriage wouldn't be in the cards for her. As Keaton told MORE, she wanted to be married but couldn't find the right man. "I told myself I wanted to, but I didn't really want a man that I could have," she said. "I wanted the dream."
In a 2012 interview with Anderson Cooper, Edie Falco explained why she chose to adopt kids without a partner to help her "At that time I was single and the idea to adopt came to me," she said. "I just knew at a certain point it was time to raise kids."
After marrying — and then splitting from — her high school sweetheart, Sophia Vergara was forced to raise her then 2-year-old son Manolo on her own. But, as she told People, it as worth it. "I raised him trying to set the best example and give him the best that I could," she said. "When people compliment me on him, on how well mannered, how charming, funny and well-behaved he is, it makes all the sacrifices worthwhile."
Mother to son Augustin James, Linda Evangelista battled her ex for child support went through a child support battle with her son's father in 2012, according to The New York Times.
People reported that Kristen Davis, who adopted daughter Gemma in 2012, had always thought of adopting, but was scared of the outcome. "It is terrifying, partly because with adoption you always know there’s the chance that it won’t work," the actress said.
While most moms would be scared to tackle solo parenting, TV Guide reported that January Jones was "excited" to be a single mom to son Xander. "I knew I would be raising my son alone," she told The Edit. "It was something I went in to knowingly, I was prepared mentally — and I was excited about it."
Connie Britton told Redbook that a personal heartache led her to adopt son Yoby without a partner. "My parents passed away within three years of each other," she told the magazine in 2012. "Right after that, a lightbulb went off in my head and I thought, 'What am I waiting for?' I wasn't in a relationship at the time, but I thought, 'This is something I want to do. I can do it.'"
In a 2010 interview with People, Kalis opened up about raising son Knight with help from her father, and her former husband, Nas. she opened up about what life is like a single, working mom. "It’s hard being a working, single mother," she said. "But on the flip side, it’s awesome, too.”