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Round 2: 3 Successful Famous People Raised By Single Parents

Pssst, something that keeps my single mom morale up is the fact that kids being raised by single parents succeed in life … check it out! And read round 1 here.  P.S. Mitt, we’re all doing OK. Thanks!


1. President Bill Clinton was supposed to be brought into this world by mom and dad, but 3 months before he was born on August 19, 1946, his father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr. sadly died in a car accident. Virginia Dell Cassidy found herself Storked! and left Bill with his grandparents so she could travel to New Orleans to study nursing as a means to support her child—Go girl!!!

She later married Roger Clinton, Sr., but unfortunately, President Clinton says, he remembers his stepfather as a gambler and an alcoholic who regularly abused his mother and half brother. In 2006 President Clinton told Good Morning America that he was a “Mama’s Boy” and that he still thinks of his late mom everyday.

2. Gorgeous mama, wife and best-selling artist, Alicia Keys was born on January 25, 1981 in New York City. Her parents Teresa Augello and Craig Cook separated when she was only two. The Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter who has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and 25 million singles was raised by her mom in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan. She began playing the piano when she was seven and enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at twelve. Within three years, Keys graduated as valedictorian—was mom her study buddy? “My mother was a single mother and she balanced it and worked at it and raised me so well. There’s always a way if you have the will,” Alica has said. Today she is married to Swizz Beatz and the couple welcomed their son, Egypt in 2010.


3. In 2008, American swimmer, Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the Bejing games. Each time, he gave his mom, Debbie Phelps, the flowers he got on the medals podium. Her hotel room was said to have resembled a florist shop—talk about show of gratitude! Born on June 30, 1985, the Olympic athlete was raised by his single mom. Michael became estranged from his father, Fred Phelps after his parents divorced in 1993. Despite reconciling in 2004, the pair fell out again. Michael has never publicly acknowledged his father as having any role in his success. His number one cheerleader, you ask? “The person I love the most is sitting in the front row—my mom—for everything she’s done,” Michael told reporters at the Beijing games in 2008.

Who inspires your single parent journey? 

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