Celebrity Moms on Single Motherhood


Being a single mom isn’t easy for anyone, celebrities included.  Katie Couric recently shared that at times she feels very alone in parenting her two daughters since her husband passed away from colon cancer in 1998. How do other celebrity moms feel about single parenthood? Read what moms like Mary Louise-Parker, Minnie Driver, Liv Tyler, Sheryl Crow and Bridget Moynahan have to say.

Mary Louise-Parker: “It’s hard raising two kids as a single person. It’s a lot of pressure…. I wish I could give them everything that was a perfect little family paradigm, but I can’t. Honestly, I feel like that doesn’t even exist, or at least I try to tell myself that when I am feeling bad about not providing it.”

Minnie Driver: “I’m not married and don’t know if I’ll stay with the [father]. It’s great to be an independent creature. Today you don’t need a man anymore. In the old days, a baby without marriage and people would put you out. Today you speak about it on talk shows.”

Bridget Moynahan: “Going through that traumatic time of being heartbroken and then being pregnant turned my whole life upside down and inside out and just knocked the wind out of me. But I got so much out of that … But now I have a child, and it’s the best thing in the world.”

Liv Tyler on motherhood upon splitting with her husband: “I’m trying to just take one day at a time and be the best mom I can, but it is a strange time, like walking down the road with nowhere to go. We’ll see where it takes me.”

Sheryl Crow on dating (when son Wyatt was a baby): “Right now it is easy, because Wyatt doesn’t discern ‘That person is dating Mommy’ or ‘That person is a friend of Mommy.’ … I got introduced to some [of her boyfriends’] kids very, very early on and you form an attachment. I think it’s hard for the kids and it’s definitely hard for me. I don’t want Wyatt to have that experience — to feel like people are coming and going from his life.”

Melissa Rivers on the biggest challenge of motherhood: “I’m a single parent or “co-parent,” that horrible term they use, so talking with my ex-husband about things we have different opinions on and staying consistent with rules for [her son].”  Read the Babble interview with Rivers here.

Kelly Cutrone, the “Kell on Earth” star on criticism she works too much: “I don’t have the option to be a stay-at-home mom. If you’re a mom who has a husband who’s paying for everything and having a good time and that makes me a bad mom and that’s what you want to project on me, go for it. I really don’t care.”  Want more Kell-isms?  Click here.

Are you a single mom who can relate to what these celebrity moms said?