With Mothers Day right around the corner, it’s only fitting that we paid tribute to seven celebrity single mothers. It’s tough out there raising children on your own and just because you’re a celeb doesn’t mean you have it easier. These ladies have had children at 17, hit rock bottom financially, and have dealt with tragic losses, yet still pressed on. Join us in saluting 7 hollywood moms who are holding it down raising kids alone.
1. Solange Knowles
Truth be told we’re kinda wish we were as lucky as little Julez—getting to travel around the world with his famous mom and aunt. But it’s actually Solange who feels like the lucky one. She told BET in 2008, “…having him in my life has given me the bravery, especially as an artist, to just go to new heights because children are so fearless and that has definitely impacted me.”
We very rarely see Brandy with daughter Sy’Rai, but we suspect their relationship is built on the stuff Hallmark cards are made of. The singer told Parade magazine in 2010 when asked why Sy’Rai doesn’t appear often on her reality show, “That’s strictly because her father and I felt it was best for her to have as much of a normal life as possible…you didn’t see her going to school, me combing her hair, or any aspect of our private, intimate moments, which sort of sucks because our relationship is so beautiful” Aww!
3. Tichina Arnold
Though she’s now engaged, Tichina was a single mother holding it down for her daughter Alijah.
4. Kandi Burruss
Kandi often guides her daughter Riley to make the right decisions in life but turns out that advice is often reciprocated. Burruss told Urblife.com,”My daughter said that when I bring someone into my life she wants to meet them when they’re just my friend. She says she can tell if someone is genuinely nice to children and they like them, or they’re just being nice to her to get in good with me.”
5. Taraji P. Henson
Taraji mom to 17-year-old Marcel may have her hands full raising a teen son, but recently told the Huffington Post “I love being a mother. It’s the best part of my life. It enriches my life so much. It gives me other things to think about besides this crazy industry that I decided to partake in. It keeps me grounded and focused on what life is really about.”
6. Jill Scott
Jill and her child’s father may have split up a week after son Jett was born, but the experience empowered her. She told Jet magazine in 2010 “I’ve become more of a woman than I was before. I have a different energy. I’m mom. I’m single. I’m alive.”
7. Garcelle Beauvais
The divorced mom of twins Jaid and Jax juggles her career with raising her boys, but not without mommy-guilt. She told HitFix.com “…now that I only have them half the time, I try not to do anything when I have them, like go out. This Saturday there was a sale…and I wanted to go and I felt guilty leaving for an hour and a half. Just an hour and a half! But you do the best you can. It’s about quality time, especially now that I only have them half of the time.”
StyleBlazers, did we miss anyone? Leave a comment with your celeb single mom fave!