Money can buy a lot of things. Swarovski-encrusted dresses? Yes. Infinity pools with ocean views? Yes. A 100% guarantee that a man will forever be there? That's where bank balances become meaningless.
Angelina Jolie has $160 million to her name. Scarlett Johansson is looking at a $15 million paycheck just for starring in a standalone Black Widow movie. Mariah Carey's $535 million puts her closer to being a billionaire than a millionaire. The one thing these ladies have in common? They've all been raising kids as solo mothers.
Cardi B is the latest #SoloMom on the Hollywood circuit. Despite Us Weekly's reports of a "deep love" between Cardi and Offset, this hard-hitting loudmouth is stamping out rumors of any reconciliation between herself and her baby daddy– Kulture might come with a $4,500 Lucite crib, but this baby is being raised by a solo mom.
13.6 million Americans are raising kids as solo parents. The reality hits moms with everything from job hours and childcare to food costs and custody battles. Some fathers are responsible. They pay what they owe, they visit when they can, and they work hard to co-parent. Others? Well, everyone knows "one of those" fathers.
Jennifer Lopez. Leah Messer. Kourtney Kardashian. JWoww. Whether they're in music, film, reality TV, or fashion, the celeb world is just as full of solo mothers as the real world. Here are 20 celeb faces who've been in the "table for one, plus a baby" situation.
20 ANGELINA JOLIE: 43 YEARS OLD, THREE DIVORCES, SIX KIDS
Nobody expected Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to fall apart. Hollywood's golden couple stuck it out for 12 years, they got married, and Ange's three adopted kids were joined by three biological ones as Brad became her man. Following their 2017 split, Ange opened up to Vanity Fair:
“It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air."
"We’re all trying to do our best to heal our family,” she added. At 43, Angelina is now a solo parent to six kids. Brad was Angelina's third husband, following failed marriages to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
19 KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN: FEELS SCOTT "LET HER DOWN"
Everyone's eye is on Kourtney Kardashian right now. The "OG" Kardashian mom once came as Scott Disick's partner, but while these two share three kids, they haven't been a couple since 2015. We've since seen Kourtney date much younger men, including Younes Bendjima and Luka Sabbat.
"Kourtney is more angry and disappointed than sad," a source told People. "She has been let down by Scott many times in the past, but she is done this time." KUWTK has recently shown Scott and Kourtney attend couples therapy in an attempt to co-parent their kids in a healthy way. It isn't simple with these guys– not by a long stretch.
18 KATIE HOLMES: "YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN"
Back in the day, Katie Holmes came as one half of "TomKat." This Dawson's Creek sweetheart fell for the Hollywood hunk, although Katie's marriage to Tom Cruise mostly made headlines for its 2012 end (and those rumors of a controlling marriage). "Cannot date publicly for five years after Tom" was The Daily Mail's headline.
Katie and Tom are now raising Suri Cruise as solo parents. "Ease up on the expectations, and the worrying," Huff Post quotes Katie saying. "[You] do the best [you] can." Katie added that she feels "blessed" to do what she does and that watching her child succeed is the greatest pleasure there is.
17 CARDI B: #NEWLYSOLO, KEEPS KULTURE OUT OF SIGHT
When it comes to Cardi B and Offset, the headlines change on a daily basis. Back in December 2018, The Daily Mail was suggesting a "reconciliation" as Cardi was reportedly considering rekindling her relationship with her baby daddy– Cardi announced the split in an Instagram story before the year was through.
Despite Us Weekly's report of a "deep love" between the parents to baby Kulture, Cardi has not yet provided any evidence to suggest she's taken Offset back. All we know for sure is that baby Kulture is being kept under wraps (although Cardi is open about motherhood itself). Cardi has already called her baby her "boss."
16 JENNA DEWAN: RAISED BY A SOLO MOTHER, BECAME ONE
It's quite possible that Kleenex factories ran low on stock following the 2018 news that Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were calling time on their nine-year marriage. These two parted ways amicably, as per their Instagram announcement, but the split leaves Jenna raising the couple's daughter, Everly, alone.
“I’m very nurturing as a person and I know absolutely it came from you"– Jenna credits her own mother for giving her the strength to be a solo parent.
As Babble reports, Jenna is thanking her own mother (who herself was a solo parent). "I got it from you," Jenna said, regarding her mom's "energy" and "sense of independence."
15 JLO: DID IT WITH TWINS, BUT THE RIGHT GUY STEPPED IN
With American Idol, Shades of Blue, Second Act, and those inspirational workout snaps, it can be easy to forget that Jennifer Lopez is a mother. JLO became a mom to twins in 2008 back when she was married to Marc Anthony. Max and Emme have been raised by a solo mom following the couple's divorce.
"They just make life so much better. I'm forever grateful," Jen told Today. Jen's kids come with a family feel these days thanks to A-Rod (and everyone is waiting for this guy to propose). While stable family life is the current status for Jen, let's not forget the years before this guy came along.
14 JWOWW: SHUT OUT HURTFUL SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS
Everyone on Jersey Shore now comes with a #180. Snooki is expecting her third, the partying has toned right down, and much like Snooki, JWoww is now a mom. 2018 came with its hardships for this mother, as she and husband, Roger Farley called it quits.With a career built on reality, JWoww faces daily backlash from social media.
"'How dare you put your kid in a chlorinated pool? He's only two months. How dare you put your children in the sun with no SPF?' And the whole time I'm thinking: How the hell do these people know whether my kid is in a chlorinated pool, if he has sunblock on," Jen told Yahoo! Shutting out the hurtful comments is just part of this mom's struggle.
13 REESE WITHERSPOON: "I WAS SO ANXIOUS ABOUT BEING A SOLO PARENT"
Reese Witherspoon might have fans gushing over her "mini-me" daughter, Ava Phillippe, but let's remember that #SoloParent applies to this mother following the split from her former husband, Ryan Phillippe.
"I got married when I was 23 and had two kids by 27." Reese has admitted massive anxieties about being a solo mother.
‘I think more of the problem was age,’ Ryan told Larry King. ‘When we got together we were so young." Alongside Ava and Deacon (with Ryan), Reese is also a mother to Tennessee with Jim Toth. Stability is finally back, but Reese admitted being "so anxious" to Marie Claire when the subject of solo parenthood came up. *Alternative if too blurry*
12 BLAC CHYNA: TWO EXES, ISN'T WITH EITHER OF THEM
Blac Chyna is easily judged (and wrongfully so). Provocative outfits and posing on cars might send out in-your-face vibes from Chyna's Instagram, but the reality is a mother of two who is raising kids as a solo parent. Chyna is a mom to King Cairo (with Tyga) and Dream (with Rob Kardashian).
In 2016, Capital FM reported Chyna's own mother "encouraging" her daughter to go solo after Chyna's engagement to Rob Kardashian turned shaky. "My advice to you would be not to move in with him, stop communicating about his issues because he don’t care himself," was the advice. Rob & Chyna was axed, and Blac Chyna continues as a solo mom.
11 KATE GOSSELIN: EIGHT KIDS AND THE NANNY QUIT
Reality TV isn't short on the large families. 19 Kids and Counting may have its spin-offs with the Duggar family, but the "OG" was Kate Gosselin. Kate Plus 8 has replaced Jon & Kate Plus 8 as the show that portrays the reality of raising eight children under one roof, and it isn't easy.
Kate Gosselin managed to make major headlines in 2017 as The Daily Mail got the inside scoop on Kate's nanny– or rather, what made her quit. "She needs psychological help," the newspaper reported regarding Kate. From "meltdowns" over kitchen requirements to making the nanny clean the pool, the demands were too much. Kate is now raising eight kids solo.
10 SANDRA BULLOCK: FEELS SOCIETY JUDGES SOLO MOTHERS
Sandra Bullock may be in her 50s, but age is just a number as far as Hollywood is concerned. Sandra continues to star in the Ocean's franchise alongside much younger celebs like Rihanna, but unlike RiRi, Sandra is a mother. Speaking to The Independent on raising children without a father, Sandra said:
"Society still makes solo mothers feel they are not the complete package. They’re saying: ‘It’s a man and a woman, and then you have a baby, and that’s the family."
Sandra is an adoptive mother to a son named Louis and a daughter named Laila. This actress is just another of Hollywood's solo mothers.
9 CHARLIZE THERON: KNOWS THE WORLD IS WATCHING
Charlize Theron made fresh headlines in 2019 as Radar Online reported a new relationship between Charlize and Brad Pitt. Elle takes a different stand, stating that the reports are mere speculation. Charlize is the face of Dior, she has an Oscar to her name, and yes, she comes with kids.
Despite the media scrutiny, Charlize described her situation as a solo mother as "perfection," E Online reports. "As of right now, as a solo parent this is what I can handle and I think it's a good thing to know what you can handle," she added. Charlize has two adopted children. She knows the world is watching, though.
8 MINDY KALING: A SOLO MOTHER BY CHOICE
Here's something you don't see every day. A Hollywood mother who is solo by choice. Mindy Kaling is a face we know from The Office and The Mindy Project. Mindy hasn't even revealed the identity of the father, although fans and Chatelaine have both speculated that it's her co-star, B.J. Novak.
Speaking to Elle, Mindy said: ‘After my daughter was born in December, I remember bringing her home and being in my house with her for the first time and thinking, "Huh." Mindy then recalled looking around her home and thinking: “Can I do this by myself?” More than proving that she can, here is Mindy with her adorable daughter, Katherine.
7 SCARLETT JOHANSSON: HAD HER REASONS
With those Avengers catsuits and hand-to-hand combat scenes, Scarlett Johansson gets more coverage for her superhero roles than her parenting ones. At 34, ScarJo is a mom of one, although with two divorces behind her, this lady comes with a lot of views.
“I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing." ScarJo added that it's "not natural" to be a monogamous person.
Scarlett is currently in a relationship with Colin Jost following her divorces from Ryan Reynolds and Romain Dauriac. The latter gave Scarlett a daughter, whom the actress is raising solo.
6 FARRAH ABRAHAM: A SOLO MOM FROM DAY ONE
Farrah Abraham is known for being a handful. "Out of nine moms, you're the only problem," The Hollywood Gossip reports producers telling the Teen Mom OG star. Demanding she may be, but Farrah finds herself on this list for the saddest reason there is.
Farrah's daughter, Sophia was raised solo from before she was born, after her father passed away. Derek Underwood lost his life in a vehicle accident when Farrah was still pregnant with Sophia. “Definitely lived on the edge, but he was responsible, he went to work, came home, ”Derek's sister told KETV. Farrah hasn't forgotten about him, having recently attended a memorial in his name.
5 MARIAH CAREY: HALF A BILLION DOLLARS DOESN'T MEAN IT'S EASY
Mariah Carey frequently tops "diva" lists. The 20 kittens, 100 doves, and confetti-shaped butterflies that formed part of Mariah's hotel arrival requests were well-documented by The Daily Mail– likewise, Mariah being "dumped" by her billionaire fiancé on account of her "extortionate spending."
Mariah was once married to Nick Cannon. Together, they are parents to twins, Moroccan and Monroe. $535 million Mariah may have, but she's raising those twins as a solo parent. “It’s even harder now because as a solo mom, it’s not like, ‘Woo, I’m going out tonight to do this and that," Mariah told ABC News in 2015.
4 HILARY DUFF: GOT REAL ABOUT SOLO PARENTING
Hilary Duff isn't solo at the moment. In fact, the Younger actress has just become a mom for the second time. Banks Violet is shared with Hilary's current boyfriend, Matthew Koma. This girl has had her solo mom days, though.
"I'm divorced and it sucks," Hilary told Redbook as she struggled to raise her first son, Luca as a solo parent. Some of my friends tell me, 'God, it must be so nice, you get a break from your kid because you share him.'" Hilary's marriage to Mike Comrie had fallen apart, and Hilary was raising their son alone. We're glad things have settled for this girl.
3 ANNA FARIS: #DIVORCED, CO-PARENTING WITH CHRIS PRATT
Anna Faris once came as one half of a much-loved couple who called it quits in 2018. Chris Pratt is now engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger, but these two are still total #Goals when it comes to co-parenting their son, Jack. Chris, Katherine, Chris, Anna, and her new boyfriend all teamed up for Halloween 2018. They took Jack trick-or-treating together.
“It feels like it's more dramatic than it is. Chris and I have a great friendship and Jack is so happy and so loved,"
Anna told Marie Claire in 2018. While she admitted that divorce "sucks," this mother is handling her responsibilities like a boss.
2 BRITNEY SPEARS: DIDN'T PICK THE MOST RESPONSIBLE BABY DADDY
Looking at pictures of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline comes with the biggest #OldSkool ever. The 2000s formed somewhat of a downward spiral for the Toxic singer– erratic behavior and a general sense of instability seemed to cripple Britney, although the press loved it.
At the age of 37, Britney is more grounded than ever. Kevin Federline continues to make headlines as these two battle court proceedings for their two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, but Britney is the one coming out on top. "You are my masterpieces," Britney wrote in a birthday letter to her two boys. All the love in the world, but not the most responsible baby daddy.
1 SOFIA VERGARA: BEING A SOLO MOM "MOTIVATED" HER CAREER
Sofia Vergara may star on Modern Family, but modern concepts weren't around back when Sofia was raising her son as solo mom in her native Colombia. Sofia's son, Manolo is now in his mid-20s.
“I was a solo mother very early," Sofia told Hola. "What made me wake up every day, what made me be responsible, was that I had the motivation that I needed to make money, to give my son all the things that I thought that he needed,” she added. For Sofia, being a solo mother was the biggest incentive ever to earn money and support her son. As one of the highest-paid actresses on television, you could say that Sofia has achieved it.
Sources: Forbes, People, The Daily Mail