Being a mother definitely tops the list of toughest jobs out there. And being a single mom can be even tougher and trickier. There’s no one to bounce off your parenting duties or step in when the situation is getting out of your control. You might not even be able to take a shower in peace without all hell breaking loose. Granted, being a celebrity makes it easier, but these celeb moms have dealt with the same struggle like every other single mom. And they have proven that you don’t need a man to be a great parent.
1. Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen is one woman who broke all stereotypes by adopting not just one but two girls. Adopting kids in our country is a tough and tedious process, and more so if you are adopting a girl child for the second time. But she fought the tough fight and is living her life to the best with her two darlings. She is an inspiration to all single ladies and moms out there and is living proof that you don’t need a man to have the perfect happy family.
2. Amrita Singh
Amrita Singh got married in 1991 to Saif Ali Khan who is 12 years younger than her. The actress was reigning the Hindi cinema giving consecutive hits when she decided to give up acting shortly after her marriage to Saif. The couple parted ways in 2004 after 13 years of marriage. She took custody of her two kids Sara and Ibrahim and have raised them as a single mum ever since. Sara recently made her debut in Bollywood and her humble nature just goes to show how well she has been brought up by her mother.
3. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling welcomed her daughter in December 2015. The 40-year-old actress rose to fame with her portrayal of Kelly Kapoor in the American sitcom The Office. Mindy’s pregnancy came as a surprise and she decided to raise her child as a single parent. The actress has decided to keep the father’s identity as a secret to date. In one of her interviews the actress has said that though she would very much like to be the fun mom, she would be a dorky mom.
4. Karisma Kapoor
Karisma separated from her husband Sanjay Kapur in 2016 after being together for 11 years. Despite dealing with a messy divorce battle, she seems to be doing a fine job at raising her two kids. We often find women being in a marriage just for the sake of their children. But Karisma’s life shows that you don’t have to compromise on your personal happiness to be a good parent.
5. Neena Gupta
Who doesn’t know about the controversial affair between Neena Gupta and West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards? Neena was way ahead of her time when she decided to raise her daughter, Masaba who was born out of wedlock, single-handedly. Being a love child and not fitting into the Indian standards of beauty, Masaba was constantly bullied and body shamed throughout highschool. But as we can see, not fitting into society’s stereotypes and certain boxes have only made her stronger. She is now a renowned Indian fashion designer. Neena Gupta’s story is truly an example that you don’t need a man or conform to society’s notions of a woman to raise a child successfully.
6. Urvashi Dholakia
You may have seen her on the small screen as ‘Komolika.’ Other than being a terrific actress, she is also a single mum to twin boys. Urvashi got married at an early age of 16 and gave birth to twins a year later. She got divorced from her husband soon after and has been raising the boys as a single parent ever since.
7. Padma Lakshmi
Being raised by a single mom, Padma says that’s the only way of life she has known. The Top Chef television host was told that she would never be able to have kids. But the universe worked in her favor after all. She is over the moon about her daughter and wishes to instill good values while also teaching her about her Indian roots by taking frequent trips to India. Padma Lakshmi has been honest about parenting and revealed that she has a great nanny who takes care of her kid when she’s away for shoots. Want to know her secret to juggling it all? Making a mental list of things she needs to get done in a day and prioritizing stuff.
We admire these single mums for raising kids on their own. Which celebrity mum is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.