Let me confess: I am an only child.
My parents didn’t stay together long enough to have any more than me, and I spent my whole life explaining why I was an only kid. That yes, I was ok with it. And yes, it would have been nice to have a sibling, but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbled. The minute folk would hear I was an only child, their opinion of me would change. ‘Oh, that explains it…’ they would mumble. Explain what exactly? What the heck is so wrong in being an only kid? I wasn’t spoiled, yet I will admit that maybe (occasionally) I was a bit lonely. But it gave me courage to go out and make buddies, to climb that tree alone, to challenge myself because I had no brothers or sisters to fall back on for support.
A recent report here in the UK, concluded that within the decade children with no brothers or sisters will form the majority of families. Yet I know friends with only one child who fret about what this will mean for this solitary kid. Guilt pours from them, that they never provided a sibling. No matter how many reports prove that only kids grow up to have just as many friends and to be no more spoiled or lonely as those with siblings, parents can’t seem to shake their worries.
So for all those parents of only kids, or only children — I thought I’d share 10 celebs who between them changed music forever, won a handful of Oscars, a shedload of Grammys and have enjoyed success worldwide. In fact two are cultural icons who defined their eras.
How’s that for being an only child eh? (*blows a raspberry to all those who judged us!*)