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Life is rarely simple and doesn't always work out as we planned. We applaud these celebrity mothers going it alone and making a great job of it.
50-year-old Sandra Bullock started adoption proceedings when she was still married to her ex, Jesse James. When the couple split up she decided to go ahead and adopt son Louis, now 5, on her own. "I was just so happy being a mom.", the actress said "I'm still very happy being a mom. That just shifted (me away from acting) and became my full priority." Picture: PA Photos
37-year-old 'Mad Men' actress January Jones has one son, Xander, born in September 2011. The star has always remained tight-lipped about the identity of her baby's father. “People keep saying, ‘Oh poor you, being a single mom,’ but I don’t want to be pitied,” she said in an interview with 'Glamour' magazine. “I can do anything I want to do. I work, I date, I have friends. I have time for everything I had time for before. I just have an added amazing thing in my life."
Charlize Theron, 39, adopted son Jackson, 3, on her own. The Oscar winner is now engaged to Sean Penn who is said to want to formalise his role as the little boy's dad by adopting him legally. Picture: Splash
The 47-year-old 'Nashville' actress adopted a baby boy from Ethiopia in November 2011. The star is raising Eyob "Yoby" on her own. She has spoken openly in the past about her desire of becoming a mother and deciding to adopt as a single parent since she had not been in a long term relationship for a long time. Britton is still single.
Madonna is a single mum not to one but to four kids. The popstar has two biological children, Lourdes, 18, with ex personal trainer Carlos Leon, Rocco, 14, with ex husband Guy Ritchie and adopted kids David Banda, 9, and Mercy James, 10.
36-year-old Kate Hudson has two boys, 11-year-old Ryder with ex husband, musician Chris Robinson and 3-year-old Bingham, with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. "I don't think (motherhood is) ever what you expect." says the star "I mean, in a sense, I knew I was going to be tired. Being a mom and a working mom is never easy, everyday, it's just crazy. It's insane ".
Michelle Williams started dating Australian actor Heath Ledger whom she met on the set of 'Brokeback Mountain' in 2004. The following year they became proud parents to daughter Matilda Rose. The couple split up soon after and Ledger died in 2008. Williams dated actor Jason Segel but is currently single. Picture: Splash
English actress Minnie Driver, 45, is a single mum to Henry, 6. Driver kept the identity of the boy's father secret until recently, when she named him as producer Tim Lea. Driver has admitted in the past feeling guilty when she has to go to work and leave her son, so she tries to have him on set with her as much as possible.
Sheryl Crow has two adopted boys, Wyatt Steve, 8 on 29 April and Levi James, 10 on 30 April. The family live in Nashville, Tennessee. "A lot of adoptions fell through" said the 53-year-old musician in interview with RedBook magazine. “Things always work out perfectly. They just do. Generally, when you let go of your vision of how something is supposed to be, the universe hands you exactly what you need.”.
The 90s supermodel, 50 in May, has a son, 8-year-old Augustin James, with François-Henri Pinault. Pinault is the CEO of fashion group Kering and is married to actress Salma Hayek, with whom he has a 7-year-old daughter, Valentina.
Sharon Stone has one child, Roan, with ex husband, newspaper editor Philip Bronstein. The boy lives with his father but Stone has visitation rights. The 57-year-old actress has two more children, Laird and Quinn, whom she adopted as a single parent.
Pamela Anderson, 47, had two children with her former husband, Mötley Crüe's drummer Tommy Lee. Brandon is now 17 and Dylan is 16.