Ever since the fable of Snow White, the word Step-Mom brings all sorts of nasty connotations to mind. Yet, all around us there are amazing Step-Moms (and dads!) in this era of extended families.
Halle Berry got married this weekend, and little was mentioned of the fact that Oliver Martinez is now a step-dad to Halle’s daughter Nahla.
Yet when a celebrity woman becomes a step-mom it is hot news, and the media awaits the perhaps inevitable twitter fallout with the kids’ mom with glee.
I have a step-mom myself, and it hasn’t been plain sailing. She arrived into my life when I was 11, and it wasn’t the easiest age to accept a new woman in my Dad’s life. But somehow, you muddle through. Researching this I found several step-moms I had never heard about before, such as Sharon Osbourne…
So check out the women below, all of whom no doubt at some stage, were also muddling through…
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 1 of 10
Perhaps the most famous step-mom in the world, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, married Prince Charles and in doing so became step-mom to Princes William and Harry.
Jada Pinkett Smith 2 of 10
Mrs. Will Smith recently commented on her role as a step-mom, "When I married Will, I knew Trey was part of the package…Period! If I didn't want that…I needed to marry someone else. Then I learned if I am going to love Trey…I had to learn to love the most important person in the world to him…his mother. And the two of us may not have always LIKED each other… but we have learned to LOVE each other." If only all extended family relationships could be as mature as this!
Rachel Weisz 3 of 10
When Rachel Weisz married Bond star Daniel Craig on June 22nd 2011, she became step-mom to (then) 18 year old Ella. Craig had married actress Fiona Loudon in 1992 and divorced in 1994. Craig of course also became as step-parent to the (then) 5 year old Henry.
Barbara Streisand 4 of 10
Barbara Streisand married actor James Brolin in 1998. Brolin has two children from his first marriage, including Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin, and one child from his second marriage. So Babs is a step-mom of 3 and Mom of one.
Mel B 5 of 10
Spice Girl Mel B secretly married Stephen Belafonte in June 2007 in Las Vegas, and is step-mom to Belafonte's daughter, Giselle Belafonte. Mel has 3 children of her own, daughter Phoenix Chi by Jimmy Gulzar, daughter Angel by Eddie Murphy, and daughter Madison with Stephen.
Rita Wilson 6 of 10
Rita has been married to actor Tom Hanks since April 1988, and the couple have two sons, Chester (born August 1990) and Truman Theodore (born December 1995). She also has two stepchildren from Tom Hanks' previous marriage, Colin and Elizabeth Ann.
LeAnn Rimes 7 of 10
Step-Mom LeAnn Rimes is a famous step-mom, but perhaps for the wrong reasons, as she and her husband Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife Brandi Glanville have engaged in a very public war on Twitter. LeAnn is frequently pictured with her step-sons Mason and Jake.
Catherine Zeta Jones 8 of 10
Catherine Zeta-Jones married Michael Douglas in 2000. Previously, when he was 32, Douglas had married 19 year old Diandra Luker. They had one son, Cameron, born in 1978, making Catherine a step-mom of one. Douglas and Zeta-Jones have two children together Dylan Michael (born August 2000) and Carys Zeta (born April 2003).
Salma Hayek 9 of 10
Salma's husband FranÃ§ois-Henri Pinault was previously married to DorothÃ©e LepÃ¨re until 2004, and they have two children Zander and Mathilde, making Salma a step-mom. Pinault also allegedly fathered a child with supermodel Linda Evangelista in 2006. Meanwhile Salma has had daughter Valentina with Pinault; she was born in 2007.
Sharon Osbourne 10 of 10
Believe it or not, Sharon Osbourne is a step-mom! Ozzy Osbourne has been married twice and is the father of six children total (five biological, and one adopted). He was first married to Thelma Riley and adopted her son, Elliot Kingsley. Then together they had Jessica Starshine Osbourne Hobbs and Louis John Osbourne. Sharon has 3 children of her own, Aimee, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne.
All Photos credited: Pacific Coast News