Have you ever tried to imagine Angelina Jolie trying to change a nappy? What about Beyoncé with baby sick covering her shoulder? Well, the fact is, being a celebrity doesn’t give you a royal pardon from parenting. Of course, hundreds of people have tried to juggle their celebrity lifestyles with parenthood, and with varying levels of ease.
She may be new to the game, but reality television star Kim Kardashian is very much enjoying her new role as mum to her daughter, North: “These past couple of weeks have been filled with the most exciting experiences of my life. I’m enjoying this time to fully embrace motherhood and spend time at home with my family.”
Some have rather mixed emotions. Actress Tina Fey, commented “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” For Desperate Housewives’ Felicity Huffman, parenting can often be a rather tedious responsibility in comparison to her glamorous life on set. “Sometimes it’s incredibly boring, but most of the time, it’s wonderful,” she commented.
For many celebrity parents, it’s a simply a case of prioritising. For Cindy Crawford, family always comes first. “As a mother, I always have something better to be doing. I love work still, but I’m less tolerant of my time being wasted,” she said.
Actress Jodie Foster has a similar take on the matter: “I used to think, What if there’s an interesting movie and it conflicts with the boys going to a new school for the first time?… Well, I didn’t anticipate that was going to be about a two-second dilemma. I didn’t know the choices would be so easy to make.”
For stars like Edie Falco, however, family life is fitted in around work: “As a single mom, I’m juggling a lot and working long hours. Yes, it costs them a little, but what my children get in return is a mother who is energized and content.”
Jenifer Lopez, on the other hand, expressed her feelings of guilt when spending time away from her children: “I never expected to feel the guilt of not being able to be there for [my kids] at every single moment.”
Of course, being a mum for the first time can be a daunting task for anyone, celebrity or not – a fact that Friends’ Lisa Kudrow has certainly found to be true: “Being a mom made me fear for the first time in my life. The stakes felt huge. I thought I was going to wake up and know exactly what to do, and I was very disappointed when I didn’t.”
It seems that she isn’t the only one in the celeb world who has felt the strain; mother of two, Mariah Carey, has also spoken about the struggles that come with parenthood: “Being a mother is probably the hardest job in the world. I feel like, in a lot of ways, children come into the world to teach us.”
Gwyneth Paltrow has also been known to express her feelings about the difficulties of motherhood (and received plenty of stick for it!): “I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
For parents like Angelina Jolie, however, being a celebrity is more of an advantage than a setback: “I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain. Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”
You hear that, Gwyn?
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