3 Successful Famous People Raised By Single ParentsChristine Coppa
1. Born on August 4, 1961, Presidential candidate Barack Obama II is the 44th and first African American President of The United States of America. He’s also proof single moms are raising leaders! His late parents Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr. divorced when he was only two. When he ran for president in 2007 (JD was a brand new baby!) he spoke often about being brought up by his single mother and maternal grandparents. Obama’s biological father died in a car crash in 1982 after visiting the future President only once. “My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think that is a feat that is unmatched,” Obama has said. #OBAMA2012 Via ABCnews.go.com
2. Irmelin Indenbirken and George DiCaprio welcomed my favorite actor and and environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio on November 11, 1974. Fun Fact: He got his name when his mom was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy and he first kicked. His parents divorced when he was one, so the A-lister primarily lived with his single mom. While promoting the film Blood Diamond in 2006, a reporter asked Leo if he felt differently about buying diamonds since making the movie. He gave the perfect (swoon) answer: “My mom is the only person that I would buy something like that for.” Via People.com
3. We hear a lot about single moms championing their kids—but not so much about single dads raising real life champions. Well, check this out: Apolo Aton Ohno, the American Short Track Speed Skating competitor has won a total of eight Olympic medals—two gold! Born on May 22, 1982, his mom, Jerrie Lee split when he was an infant (leaving Apolo’s dad Storked!). Except for a few photographs, the Olympian has never even seen, let alone met his mother—and has NO interest in learning more about her. “Fatherhood was a mystery. I was incompetent. I didn’t think I could pull this thing off,” Yuki has said of winning full custody of his son. He worked 12-hour shifts in a hair salon to support the one day Olympian. According to Apolo, dad did a great job! “He’s really been the backbone of my support group. He knows when I’m up and when I’m down,” Apolo has said. Via FoxNews.com My friend MattLogelin.com is a single dad doing a rad job too.
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