The very moment I discovered I was pregnant I started making plans. Having a baby is one of the most exciting moments of your life and pregnancy is the ultimate rollercoaster. A pregnant mother-to-be experiences some very intense highs and lows. Recent research has suggested that an unborn baby may be negatively affected if a pregnant woman suffers with a lot of stress, so keeping Mom happy and stress free is essentially vital.
However, there is many a pregnant Mom who has suffered intense sadness, anger, hurt and stress during pregnancy due to the collapse of her relationship with her unborn baby's father. There is something incredibly hurtful and almost unforgiving when a man ends a relationship with the pregnant mother of his child but unfortunately it does and has happened.
Here, we are sharing with you the sad stories of fifteen women who were abandoned by their babies daddy while pregnant. We salute them for their strength and courage for coming through such a difficult time in their lives when they should have been elated and happy with the impending arrival of their baby. These women may be celebrities but they are also women who proudly grew and gave birth to their babies despite their partners abandoning them at a time when they needed them the most.
14 Kathryn Lockhart And Diplo
Thomas Wesley Pentz, is the outspoken and fearless DJ and producer known as Diplo. He suffered a somewhat rocky relationship with his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Kathryn Lockhart. The couple were going through a bad patch and had once again called it off when it was discovered that Kathryn was pregnant with the couples second child. To make matters worse for the pregnant mother-to-be, Diplo was dating Katy Perry at the time of the split but of course Lockhart was already pregnant and was left to deal with the nine months of nauseum, back pain and baby kicks, while preparing for their babies arrival by herself.
Lazer Lee Louis Pentz was born in November 2014. Diplo and Perry ended their romance not long after the birth. The arrival of Diplo and Lockharts son was seemingly not the cause of their split but it also did not reignite the passion between Lazers parents. Lockhart subsequently set up her own party planning business and has not let anything stand in her way or that of her sons.
13 Michelle Tomlinson And Donnie Wahlberg
Donnie Walberg of Blue Bloods fame, split with model Michelle Tomlinson while she was pregnant but the pregnancy was not the cause of their relationships demise. At the time of Tomlinson's pregnancy announcement, Walberg was married to Kimberley Fey, and incredibly Tomlinson was his alleged mistress. Apparently Wahlberg was shocked and incredibly upset by the news that Tomlinson eas pregnant and he dramatically dumped her after she told him what should have been happy news. Walberg, as a two timing womanizer, was caught and dramatically suffered the consequences.
Fey filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, while Walberg, who initially was said to have "freaked out" at the news has kept his distance from his baby's Momma, leaving her to raise the child solo.
12 Bridget Moynahan And Tom Brady
The incredibly dashing New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, was linked to actress Bridget Moynahan for a long three years but that all came crashing down when they split in December 2006.
Fans around the globe were saddened by the ending of their romance but one month later, Moynahan's rep confirmed that the actress was pregnant with the NFL stars baby. Moynahan, who only discovered she was pregnant when she was two months gone, found it difficult to watch her ex boyfriend move on with the beautiful supermodel Gisele Bundchen but she moved on and up.
In 2009, Moynahan implied that her relationship with Brady was tense and she expected very little from him in terms of being a dad. She said that Brady, "was not in the [delivery] room. He was there on that day and came in afterwards. He certainly wasn't holding my hand while I pushed."
11 Christina Milian And The-Dream
I find Christina Milian and The-Dream split quite heartbreaking considering they ended their relationship just nine days before the birth of their daughter, Violet. Being pregnant is a very long and hard journey and getting closer and closer to your due date should be a momentous occasion. Not for Milian it would seem, who spent the final weeks of her pregnancy in a battle of wills with her ex.
The producer filed for divorce just days before their baby was born but kept the split hidden from the public for another five months as they came to terms with being parents. Their breakup was hurtful and difficult and the couple were distraught over the failed marriage.
During the divorce proceedings it came to light that Milian accused The-Dream of cheating on her. She says the only reason she signed the divorce papers was because she was in no real position to sign the papers considering she was nine months pregnant at the time.
10 Shar Jackson And Kevin Federline
Shar Jackson is almost as famous for her role in Moesha as she is for her relationship with the dancer K'Fed. Jackson was in fact engaged to Kevin Federline when she fell pregnant with the couples second child in late 2003. What happened next has been permanently cemented into the history books. Federline had met Britney Spears and in what seemed like a very short space of time, the couple had walked down the aisle.
Jackson gave birth to Federline's son, Kaleb, a month after he and Spears' tied the knot. Sadly, Jackson has been quoted as saying that Federline leaving her while pregnant "wasn't like just breaking up a relationship. It was breaking up a family."
9 Heidi Klum And Flavio Briatore
Heidi Klum has been dealt a fair share of blows when it comes to relationships and was left in parenting limbo when her Italian businessman boyfriend, Flavio Briatore, ended their relationship very shortly after she fell pregnant with their daughter Leni in 2003.
According to Briatore, it was the best decision, not only for him but for Klum and their daughter also. It's a decision he doesn't regret at all. Briatore said, "Leni is my natural daughter, but the three of us happily agreed that it made more sense if Seal adopted her, because a child needs to grow up in a family. Heidi, Seal and I have built an amazing relationship. It's hard to miss a baby that you never see. But I know that Leni is not an abandoned child."
Klum, as you can see, did not hang around and quickly moved on to musician Seal, whom she married. After Leni was born in 2004, Seal adopted her and changed her last name to Samuel to match his own.
8 Denise Richards And Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards met on the set of the film Good Advice in 2000 and began dating almost a year later in 2001. After a whirlwind relationship, they became engaged and married pretty soon after. In 2004, the couples first daughter was born, Sam, and in 2005 their second daughter arrived, Lola Rose.
Sadly, it was while Richards was pregnant with their second child, Lola, that she filed for divorce citing alcohol and drug abuse along with serious threats of violence. The couples divorce was granted late 2006 and what followed was an intense custody battle over the couples two children which was broadcasted for the world to see.
You would imagine that considering their relationship ended at such an important, vital and difficult time for Richards that she would want nothing to do with Sheen but she became closely connected with Sheen and his wife at the time, Brooke Mueller. Richards is a very strong mother and understands the devastating effect the break up of marriages can have on children. Throw in addiction and abuse and you very well have a recipe for disaster which anyone would want to run away from but Richards didn't.
There are not a lot of women like her out there. She deserves a lot of praise and respect for her actions in attempting to protect the children from hardships and negative influences.
7 Elizabeth Hurley And Steve Bing
Not only was Liz Hurley dumped while pregnant with film producer Steve Bing's child but he also vehemently denied being the Dad. Bing, however was forced to sit up and listen in 2002 as the courts settled a paternity suit which proved he was the father of the former models son. Bing and Hurley had an eighteen month relationship which he said was not exclusive, suggesting that she was promiscuous. His slurs damaged her reputation which she believes he did on purpose to discredit her.
But DNA does not lie and when the family courts proved that Bing was indeed the father, Hurley was in some way vindicated. Bing was also involved in a second paternity suit around the same time with Lisa Bonder and MGM magnate, Kirk Kerkonian, for Bonder’s daughter Kira. DNA results proved yet again, that Bing was Kira’s father.
6 Keshia Knight Pulliam And Ed Hartwell
Keshia Knight Pulliam who is best known for her role in the Cosby Show was only married for six months to NFL linebacker Ed Hartwell when he filed for divorce. Shockingly the announcement of the couples split came to light just a week after Knight Pulliam announced she was pregnant. Sadly Hartwell confessed that the pregnancy was the reason for the breakup, due to the fact that he questioned whether he was the father of the child. He demanded a paternity test to ensure that the child was his before he paid any support to Knight Pulliam.
Considering the couple were only together less than a year, Hartley admitted that he felt pressured to have a child and said "She wanted a baby really fast, and what I was trying to explain to her was that…when you first get married, especially since we didn't have a long courtship, that we should actually focus on each other and not just have a baby."
5 Kelis And Nas
Sadly, rapper Nas and singer Kelis split when she was pregnant with their second child due to the fact that their relationship was on tenderhooks. Nas said of the relationship, "There was a point where we were trying to hold onto a relationship that was finished. She was pregnant and in the studio while we were recording Distant Relatives, and he would move when the music would come on. That was a great feeling for me, just to have that feeling of family. It ended around the time the record was being done."
Kelis however was reported as saying some very different things about their relationship and accused the rapper of chasing other women during their marriage. She was fairly blunt when she was quoted as saying, "I divorced his cheating behind lol I don't want him back at all."
4 Kelly Rutherford And Daniel Giersch
Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford, has been through the mill the last few years and has suffered years of going back and forth in the courts in an attempt to have a life and a relationship with her two children.
Rutherford married entrepreneur Daniel Giersch and before the end of their first year of marriage, Rutherford gave birth to the couples first child. It was when Rutherford was pregnant with the couples second child, that she filed for divorce from Giersch citing irreconcilable differences. What has resulted has been one of the longest, most complicated and heart-breaking custody battles ever to be seen in celebrity circles.
The battle for custody of the two children has been ongoing for a staggering nine years with no end in sight as the courts struggle with jurisdiction issues and Rutherford suffers bankruptcy. Considering this entire saga began when Rutherford was pregnant is heartbreaking. Will there ever be a positive end for her and her children?
3 Mary Louise Parker And Billy Crudup
Another man who selfishly upped and left when his partner was pregnant with their child is Billy Crudup. Parker was left abandoned when, the man she loved left her for his Stage Beauty costar, Claire Danes. Parker was seven months pregnant at the time. Feeling betrayed, Parker reminisced in her autobiography, which reads like a series of letters.
She wrote about how when her taxi got lost enroute to a doctors appointment, the intense sadness of her situation hit her and she started shouting at the taxi driver. So intense was her shouting and screaming that the driver asked her to get out, saying that he didn’t want her anymore. To which Parker replied, “No one does… Look at me… My life is worse than yours in this moment… I am alone. Look, see? I am pregnant and alone. It hurts to even breathe.” Her words are heartbreakingly sad and show the incredible rejection and loss she felt at being abandoned by Crudup.
2 Melanie Brown And Eddie Murphy
In 2007, Melanie Brown made what seemed to be an outrageous claim that Eddie Murphy was the father of her daughter. Even better, Eddie Murphy vehemently denied those claims and refused to believe that he was the Dad. So much so, he stuck it out in courts and demanded a paternity test resulting in a harsh battle in the courts.
After a short relationship, Brown became pregnant but the relationship never saw the birth of that child considering the couple split before their daughter was born. Brown was never in doubt as to who the father was but Murphys bitter denial dominated the pregnancy and birth.
It took the courts to settle the issue of paternity which proved that Murphy was indeed the father. Brown has spoken openly about the horrendous time she had regarding the parentage of her daughter. Not only did Murphy deny that he was the father, Brown had the world of the media on her shoulders calling her a gold digger and saying that she got pregnant on purpose. She was followed by the paparazzi and suffered terribly during her pregnancy and after her daughter was born.
1 Ginny Cha And Tiki Barber
In a shocking break up, NFL legend Tiki Barber abandoned his wife of 11 years, Ginny Cha, when she was pregnant with twins and on doctor-ordered bed rest no less. Barber was very quickly spotted enjoying the company of a blonde who was ten years Cha's junior. Clearly a shock to the system, especially when your body and mind is taking a beating due to a twin pregnancy. Ridiculously, Barber was said to have been shocked when Cha filed for divorce before the twins were born.
At the time of the split Cha and Barber were already parents to two children and their divorce became a battle as arguments pursued throughout the courts over finances. It took two years to finalise the divorce. For Cha, the split was a traumatic and upsetting time and the very last thing she needed during her pregnancy.