Mom confession here: the other night, I had a special mom’s night out with a dear friend who I’ve known since my high school days, and along with a margarita, I had one cigarette. It was my first mom’s night out in maybe six months and my first cigarette in almost a decade. Yes, a decade.
Now, before we begin judging that one little cigarette (or me who puffed on it), let me say this as my disclaimer: I’m a mother who loves to stay healthy by eating right and exercising, but I do have my days when I’d rather eat a bag of peanut butter M&Ms or snuggle with my children in bed than go on another 6-mile long run. Kind of like Chandler Bing on Friends, I too have that “ahhhhhh” moment whenever I allow myself to do something I’m not allowed. Ahem.
I mean, just like you, your neighbors, your co-workers, and so on, I’m human. Before I had my children, I was never an addicted smoker per say, but I did have an occasional smoke during my college years for social purposes. I’d say it was about one cigarette per week, and oftentimes I also shared it with one my girlfriends. Of course, I was also a secret smoker who made sure that my parents would never find out, and I never did it in broad daylight either.
Now, was it wrong for me to be a social smoker back then or to have that one cigarette during my mom’s night out? Some might say yes, some might say no. I don’t plan on making a habit out of it, and just like with my parents, I would never have one in front of my children, because that would be setting a horrible example. We’ve all got our vices and our secrets, and just because we’re parents, it doesn’t mean we can’t make our occasional mistake that we choose to do once in awhile. Mine are, of course, peanut butter M&Ms and my one-per-decade cigarette.
Now, as far as the celebrity world goes, there are other celebrities who sneak in that occasional cigarette, too. As health-conscious as Gwyneth Paltrow is, she too has admitted to having one cigarette per week just to help her unwind and relax. Now, that doesn’t mean that every mother out there uses a cigarette stick to help her calm down after a busy day at work and at home, but we all have our methods of de-stressing, whatever they may be.
Check out our photo gallery below of celebrities who are also “secret” smokers, and let us know what you think. You’d be surprised to see who made the list! Also, would you judge another mother if you found out she was a smoker?
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Stars who secretly light up. Check out our slideshow!
Angelina Jolie 2 of 20
Angelina Jolie takes a cigarette from a crew member back in 2006.
Brad Pitt 3 of 20
Brad Pitt smoking a cigarette.
Kate Winslet 4 of 20
Kate Winslet puffs on a roll up.
Lady Gaga 5 of 20
Lady Gaga shows us her smoker face.
Lily Allen 6 of 20
Lily Allen smoking a ciggie.
Katy Perry 7 of 20
Katy Perry having a smoke break during Coachella in 2010.
Salma Hayek 8 of 20
Salma Hayek wears aviator sunglasses and a tank top while enjoying an afternoon smoke outside of her hotel room.
Jessica Alba 9 of 20
Jessica Alba holds a cell phone in one hand and a cigarette in the other while out shopping with a friend in Soho.
Kiefer Sutherland 10 of 20
Kiefer Sutherland smokes a cigarette on the famous Santa Monica pier, where smoking in public is illegal, before shooting a scene for his hit show Touch.
Rumer Willis 11 of 20
Rumer Willis seen on a night out at Sayers night club in Hollywood.
Keira Knightley 12 of 20
English actress Keira Knightley seen smoking between takes while filming scenes with Mark Ruffalo for new movie Can A Song Save Your Life? in the Soho district of New York.
Jon Hamm 13 of 20
Actor and Mad Men star John Hamm seen chatting on his iPhone and smoking a cigarette while leaving a bar in Hollywood after an evening of partying.
Scott Disick 14 of 20
Scott Disick sneaks a cigarette during an afternoon at the beach in Miami.
Nicky HIlton 15 of 20
Nicky Hilton takes a cigarette break with a male friend in New York City.
Miley Cyrus 16 of 20
Miley Cyrus smokes a suspicious looking cigarette as she relaxes on the balcony of her hotel in Miami.
Dakota Fanning 17 of 20
Dakota Fanning sneaks a smoke outside the back door of Cino's Hot Bagels before jumping into a blue pickup truck in a scene for Every Secret Thing in New York.
Leonardo Di Caprio 18 of 20
Leonardo DiCaprio smoking an electronic cigarette during the Day 15 of the Roland-Garros 2013 - French Open 2013 at the Stade Roland-Garros, Porte d'Auteuil in Paris.
Elijah Wood 19 of 20
Elijah Wood and Alison Pill smoking on the set of Cooties in Los Angeles.
Robert Pattinson 20 of 20
Robert Pattinson films scenes with costar Mia Wasikowska for their new film Map to the Stars in Toronto.
Photos via PacificCoastNews.com
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