Sharon Stone has the wrong name. She’s no mere rock. She’s pure steel: tested and tempered by some of the worst crises a human can face, then coming through strong and gleaming.
In the new AARP magazine – hard to believe, but she is 53 – Sharon talks candidly about the dark times in her life, as well as the bright spot: the two adopted sons she’s raising as a single mom.
Motherhood was a dream of hers when she was still a girl in rural Meadsville, Pennsylvania, and even then she was open to all options. “I always thought I would adopt,” she says. “Even when I was young, I used to look up how to adopt.”
She may have had a (forgive the expression) basic instinct that adoption would be in her future. A lupus-related condition made it difficult for her to carry a baby; Sharon suffered one miscarriage during her first marriage, then two more when she was married to Phil Bronstein. But she and Bronstein had already started to pursue adoption when she became pregnant for the last time.
“The last time I lost the baby, I went into 36 hours of labor,” she says emotionally. “While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called.”
The couple adopted son Roan in 2000. But less than two years later, Sharon suffered a devastating brain hemorrhage that left her bedridden for months. “The side of my face was falling down. I thought, ‘I’ll never be pretty again. Who’s going to want to be around me?’ ” she recalls.
What followed was a nightmare of a deteriorating marriage, a bitter divorce and a judge’s decision to award sole custody of Roan to Bronstein. Now 11, he visits his mom every month, and she’s at peace with the situation. “My main concern is that I support him, I love him and am steady.”
Since her divorce, Sharon has gone on to adopt sons Laird, 6, and Quinn, 5. “I’m loving raising my kids,” she says. She calls Quinn “Agent Quinn” because of his detailed observations of things like the dog pooping in the yard. Laird is “a big romancer. “When you talk to him on the phone, he’s like, ‘I’m in love with you, Mommy.’ ”
Busy with her family and with humanitarian causes like Drop in the Bucket (which provides clean water to impoverished Uganda), Sharon has put acting low on her priority list. “Besides, I haven’t always been good in my roles,” she admits.
Check out the rest of her interview in AARP Magazine for more insights from this incredible mom with an even more incredible story.
[Photo: courtesy AARP]
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