No, these celebrity mothers didn’t cure cancer or learn calculus (or even know how to spell calculus), but they did shed bad habits – from Hollywood hot-spot hopping to unhealthy eating – and transform into patient parents. We celebrate these celebs for putting family first.
She went from an arrest for driving under the influence to mother of two (daughter Harlow is two and son Sparrow is eight months) in less time than The Simple Life was on the air. In February she announced her engagement to Joel Madden on Letterman, telling Dave: “Your whole life changes and your priorities change 100 percent : in the best way possible.” From outlaw to in-law? Nice.
Richie’s pal Ashlee became a mom to son, Bronx, shortly after marrying emo rocker Pete Wentz in November 2008. Pre-baby? Her career consisted of a solid role on the family-friendly sitcom 7th Heaven followed by a less successful spell launching her music career. There was the infamous nose job, the lip-synching debacle on SNL and a reality show about her life which played like a poor man’s Newlyweds. Post-baby? She was cast in the revamp of Melrose Place and achieved critical praise for her role as Roxy in Chicago (in both London and New York.)
Faster than Hugh Hefner changes girlfriends, Kendra went from being a Girl Next Door to wife (to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hank Baskett) and mother (to Hank Baskett IV, now five months). Now the only bare butt she talks about is her son’s: “I miss his poop so much!” she recently told Access Hollywood.
Last year, the eldest Kardashian moved with her family’s reality show to Miami, where she and sister Khloe let loose while setting up their new Dash clothing store. For Kourtney, that meant making out with girls, guys, and forgetting about her ex, Scott. Until she, uh, remembered him and announced her pregnancy. But by the time Kourtney gave birth to little Mason Dash Disick on December 14th, she seemed to have rearranged her priorities. She recently was quoted saying, “I don’t have a nanny at this time :I bring Mason with me everywhere. I made a decision to really spend as much time with him as possible.”
Wearing blood around her neck, playing with knives in the bedroom, kissing her brother – beside being one hell of an actress, these were the types of stories Angelina was making headlines with before adopting her eldest son Maddox, now eight, in 2002. Now she’s a mom of six with partner Brad Pitt. But even in a 2006, it appeared that motherhood had changed her. She told Vogue: ” Before my son, I was a little nihilistic. But once I adopted Mad [Maddox], I knew I was never going to be intentionally self-destructive again:I’m starting to be able to see being 50 years old with the kids graduating from high school.”
From teenage pop sensation to “Dirrty” diva, Aguilera’s image and outlook did a 180 when she gave birth to son Max two years ago. Even though she’s still often photographed in her seemingly defensive mask of makeup, she has also been snapped trick-or-treating with Max and husband, Jordan in more-silly-than-sexy Halloween costumes. And she attributes the more playful sound on her new album, Bionic, to her son. “I had a really hard time being light before,” she recently told Marie Claire magazine. “[Bionic] is just about the future:my son in my life, motivating me to want to play and have fun.”
She’s married to Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. McSteamy (Eric Dane), but when videos surfaced of her in an apparent drug-fueled threesome with her hubby and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche, her star in Hollywood started to fall. But then she began showing a baby bump and was photographed walking along the beach and leaving yoga classes. Since the baby was born in March, the couple has kept a low profile. And already, talk has begun to focus on the adorable name they picked – Billie Beatrice – and not the scandal.
Hudson has been through extreme highs and lows in the few years since she went from American Idol breakout star to Grammy-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress. Besides the professional accolades, she’s had to deal with the tragic shooting deaths of her mother, brother and nephew. But after the birth of son David Daniel Otunga Jr., on August 10 of last year, she seems happier – and healthier – than ever. Of her recent weight-loss and stint as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, she told Good Morning America: “I set my mind to this challenge for a healthier lifestyle: It’s like, ‘OK, I have a child now and I want to set a great example for him.’” Looks like she – and the other ladies on this list – are doing just that.