These 5 celebrities are all single moms – some by choice, while for others it happened along the way and they’ve embraced it. Working hard on films, music and many more projects, these celebrities haven’t given up on their careers even though they have so much to juggle with their family too. Some just try to split their time as evenly as possible, while others are happy to get help from friends and others who are there for them to lend a hand when they need it. These 5 stars are all awe-inspiring examples of how single parenting can work.
Denise just tries her best to balance work and home, but without guilting herself if she can: “You have to take the pressure off yourself. If you try to make everything perfectly balanced, that can create guilt, when I’m working, things give at home and when I’m at home, things give at work.”
Michelle was surprised to find plenty of help when she became a single mom: “I loved so much becoming a mom and what had been, to me, this invisible community before [that] sort of rises up and says, ‘We’re here to help you.’ And then when I became a single mother, there was a smaller but equally powerful community that rose up.”
Madonna says she finds single parenting hard at times, but she is good at multitasking: “I’m not going to lie — it’s hard work having four kids and doing all the work I do.” She says her song ‘I Don’t Give A’ is about making it work as a single mother: “It’s about the life of a single mother, it’s a challenge juggling everything — multi-tasking is my middle name. I try to express that.”
Jennifer says she focuses on making sure her kids are ok and often feels like she is juggling her work: “All you really care is not messing up the baby part…that comes first for me and then everything else falls into line after that, that’s my philosophy, it’s just like any single working mom’s plight…it’s a juggling act and you just do the best you can.”
January got back to work after giving birth to her son, and found that ‘Mad Men’ were happy for her to bring her son to work so she could look after him: ”I was back [at work] when the baby was only six or seven weeks old so it was difficult. It was difficult to be a working mom and just juggling all of that. But everyone made it work and it was great. They made it baby friendly for me, because I’m the first female on set to have a baby so I got to bring him. He had his own room and I was able to work around it because I was nursing.”