9 Celebrities Who Have Excelled as Single Fathers
The “job” of being a mother is always exalted, but being a father is also a commendable title that many men really appreciate. Some celebrities have sought to become fathers, and even without a supportive partner, or, after separating, have remained in permanent contact with their children, assuming the role of a single father very well.
Bright Side has decided to present a compilation of 9 famous fathers who are raising or have raised their children as single fathers.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Despite the fact that Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is now partnered with Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, he used to be a “single father,” as he had his first-born son, Cristiano Jr., using a surrogate and raised him alone. In 2017, while recently dating Rodriguez, he had his twins Mateo and Eva, also by surrogacy, and finally he had Alana Martina with his current partner, so they now have a huge family.
2. Carlos Ponce
Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce became a single father in 2010 after separating from his first wife and high school classmate, Veronica Rubio, with whom he had 4 children. He was always a present father and was involved in his children’s activities. When the children were young, he even attended their school meetings. “I don’t take it as something that depends on their mother, although sometimes I am the only dad at school activities,” he said in an interview.
3. Michael Jackson
The late American singer, Michael Jackson, spent several years raising his children Prince and Paris Jackson exclusively. In 1999, after separating from his longtime friend and wife, Deborah Jeanne Rowe, the King of Pop received permanent custody of their children. During Jackson’s massive funeral in 2009, his daughter Paris (who was 11 years old at the time) moved everyone with her heartfelt words, saying, “Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine.”
4. Orlando Bloom
It is normal to see photos of British actor Orlando Bloom walking with his little son Flynn as a proud single father. After playing the elf Legolas in the Lord of the Rings saga in 2013, he divorced his son’s mother, Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, and has taken his role as a dad seriously, devoting a lot of time to his son.
5. Louis Tomlinson
The British singer, and one of the band members of One Direction, became a single father a few months after the birth of his son Freddie in 2016 after separating from the stylist Briana Jungwirth, with whom he had a brief relationship. The singer has fought with his ex-partner over joint custody of his son and doesn’t like the fact that she posts too many photos of him on social networks since he prefers to preserve Freddie’s image for safety’s sake.
6. Ricky Martin
In 2008, without a partner, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin fulfilled his desire to be a dad after the arrival of Matteo and Valentino, both conceived through surrogacy. They are very important in the singer’s life and, in December 2018, little Lucia was born, conceived in the same way as her brothers, thus fulfilling the artist’s dream of adding a little girl to his family unit.
7. Antonio Banderas
After his separation from actress Melanie Griffith in 2014, Spanish actor Antonio Banderas stood out as the single father of Stella del Carmen. Griffith’s other 2 children, Alexander and Dakota, have an excellent relationship with Banderas, even though they are not his biological children. During an interview, he confessed that it is very hard for people in his profession to be fathers, because they spend so much time away from their family and, unfortunately, can miss important moments in their children’s lives.
8. Liam Neeson
The British actor, famous for his starring role in the film Schindler’s List, became a single father after a tragedy. In 2009, his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, had an accident that resulted in her death. This left him in charge of his 2 children, Micheál and Daniel. Later, he tried to rebuild his life with another woman but the relationship didn’t go well. Recently, the prestigious actor confessed that he still hasn’t managed to get over his wife’s death.
9. Brad Pitt
American actor Brad Pitt, after his divorce from actress Angelina Jolie in 2016, became the single father of his 6 children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne, the first 3 adopted and the other 3 conceived with Jolie. On July 12, 2008, the youngest were born, twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Léon. It was reported that Pitt helped in the cesarean section and the doctor who assisted the actress, Michael Sussman, said that, “He was... perfectly calm, totally determined, very pleased to be at the birth of his children, very moved, and very emotional.”
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