We are used to seeing single mothers raising children, but we are still surprised when we hear about single fathers doing the same thing. Whatever the reason, there are more and more celebrity men who have decided to look after their kids on their own. Kept secret or not, these children prove the impressive results of the balance between a famous career and fatherhood full of love.
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have never been married, and their strong, longtime relationship ended in 2012. At that time, their children Jack and Lily-Rose, were still young. Jack was 10 years old and his sister, Lily-Rose was a young teenager. Although Johnny has a demanding career, he proved to be a great, loving, and caring father.
As a sign of gratitude to the doctors who saved his little girl in 2007, Johnny brought to life the famous character of Jack Sparrow right in the hospital for all the children there.
Apparently, Colin Farrell’s title of “Hottest Single Celebrity Dad,” which he received in 2009, has something to do with his love and dedication for his two boys. James, who is 16 years old, and his 10-year-old brother, Henry, have different mothers.
Even though the irresistible Colin is a real magnet for the ladies, he did not spend much time together with any of his spouses. Instead, he is absolutely devoted to offering the best life possible to his children.
You all know the story of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, but maybe not all of you know some of their relationship details. For example, Brad not only witnessed the birth of his twins – Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline – but he also helped the doctor who did the cesarean section.
Of course, for this, he had to keep his calm and stay determined despite all the emotions of actually participating in the delivery of his own kids.
Do you remember Legolas, the elf from Lord of the Rings? After he played this role in the saga from 2013, Orlando Bloom divorced Miranda Kerr, but the Australian supermodel gave him a son, Flynn, before they split. Orlando took the role of devoted single father very seriously.
You can easily notice this fact when you see the British actor proudly walking with Flynn or when they cuddle on the sofa or attend an important lunch.
After sadly losing his beloved wife, Cassandra, Pierce Brosnan had no intention of remarrying, but fate had other plans. Journalist Keely Shaye Smith became the second wife and mother of his two younger kids, Paris and Dylan.
From his first marriage, he already had two adopted children – Chris and Charlotte – as well as a biological son, Sean. He raised the three kids alone, proving what a wonderful father James Bond is. Nowadays, all his children are adults, and he is a grandfather of two.
Isabella Jane (born in 1992) and Connor Antony (born in 1995) were adopted by Tom Cruise during his marriage with Nicole Kidman. The kids did not call Nicole “mom”, however. The divorce in 2001 left Tom learning what single fatherhood meant.
However, he received help from his two sisters who home-schooled the kids. Katie Holmes was his third spouse. When they divorced in 2012, Tom became a single dad for little Suri, although he does not meet her as often.
The amazing couple Seal made with Heidi Klum sadly ended in 2014. In 2009, Seal adopted Leni, the daughter of Heidi, whom she had with Flavio Briatore. From 2005 to 2009, Seal had three children with Heidi – Lou, Johan, and Henry.
Since they both consider their children to be more important than any of their disagreements, the couple can still occasionally be seen with their four gorgeous children. Naturally, these kinds of superstars need all the possible assistance from both helpers and nannies to manage coordinating family time and to maintain a healthy routine.
Nicholas Cage broke up with Christina Fulton soon after she gave birth to Weston in 1990. To raise his kid alone, he had to offer a house to his ex-girlfriend, who he never married. Since their relationship remained unfriendly, he raised Weston by himself in Los Angeles for a while.
This single father experience was useful to Nicholas, as in 2009, he accepted the role of a single father in the movie, Knowing. The secret recipe for single men raising kids seems to be simply not giving up.
He has never married, but Al Pacino has three children. His acting coach, Jan Tarrant, gave him Julie Marie, and Beverly D’Angelo, an actress, gave him Olivia Rose and Anton James. He shared custody with the last one, arranging his schedule upon his kids’ schedule to spend a lot of time together.
The very talented Julie Marie is a screenwriter, director, and movie producer. In 2015, Al told both The Guardian and Vanity Fair about his wishes of being a responsible father who was present in his children’s lives even if it cost him some work.
Forced by nobody, singer Ricky Martin chose to be a single dad, so he adopted his two twin boys, Matteo and Valentino. After marrying Jwan Yosef, a new addition came to the family. His daughter, Lucia, was loved immediately by her big brothers. All kids were conceived through surrogate mothers.
In several interviews, Ricky confessed that he is delighted to no longer be a single dad anymore and that he has concerns about giving too much freedom to children these days.
In 2014, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas split. After their separation, Antonio raised Stella del Carmen as a single dad. Melanie has two more children – Dakota and Alexander. These two have a wonderful relationship with Antonio, although he is not their biological father.
According to one of his interviews, actors find it very hard to be fathers. Because they spend so much time far away from the family, they miss significant moments in the lives of their kids.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians brought Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick quite a lot of fans. Unfortunately, the couple did not manage to cope with all the challenges life brings to families.
Even though they split, nobody can say that Scott is not one of the top-notch fathers in the world, especially since not all super dads fly their children around the world just for the fun of it!
If you might not be a good parent, what could be better than doing your best to avoid screwing a child up for his or her entire life? This is exactly what Josh Duhamel decided to do.
He states this is his only main rule regarding the raising of Axl, his little son, or at least this is what he told Ellen Degeneres during one of her shows.
After he separated from Dormowa Sherman, Idris Elba became a single dad for Isan, his daughter. In 2014, his son with Naiyana Garth was born. Wanting to be an awesome father, Idris is present whenever his children need him.
He is doing his best to guide and help them, as he is aware that kids do not raise themselves. For Idris, being a father is an essential aspect of life, even if it is hard work for somebody with a successful acting career.
Louis Tomlinson was a member of One Direction. For a short period, the singer from Great Britain had a relationship with Briana Jungwirth, who is a stylist. Their son, Freddie, was born in 2016. Only a few months later, they separated, and Louis became another single dad.
The couple fought over the shared custody of the child. While Briana posts many photos on social networks with their child, Louis wishes for increased privacy for his boy.
Believe it or not, Lenny Kravitz’s daughter is 31 years old. Looking more like pals when getting together rather than father and daughter, they also work on some common projects. Lenny is very proud of Zoe as a person, not only as a successful woman, especially considering he and her mother, Lisa Bonet, did not help her.
Now a famous model and actress, Zoe was always very close to Lenny, who raised her alone after divorcing her mother. After a joint custody agreement when Zoe was 11 years old, Zoe moved to New York. She lived with Lenny, clearly being the leading lady for him and Vanessa Paradis…and Adriana Lima…and Nicole Kidman.
For Mark Anthony, being a good father is very important. When his two kids with Jennifer Lopez, Emme and Max, were little, he wished he had the opportunity to stay home and not miss a second of what they were doing.
To compensate for this regret of working too hard early on in their lives, he now even goes on vacations with the family… and Alex Rodriguez.
The career of Skeet Ulrich was put on hold for raising his twins. Today, they are all grown up, but he is still very close to Jakob, his boy, and Naiia, his girl.
It appears that this entire tale made the success of Riverdale even sweeter.
Carlos Ponce is a singer and actor from Puerto Rico. His first marriage was with Veronica Rubio, whom he had known since high school. Together they have four children. As a father, Carlos was very involved in the activities of his kids.
When they were young, he used to go to their school meetings, as he did not consider this solely a mother’s duty. However, he was often the only father present at those activities organized by the school. The couple separated in 2010.
After being a famous actor in the 1980s, Rick Moranis suddenly disappeared from the public eye. Following a tragedy, the Ghostbusters star became a full-time single parent for his two kids.
If he had not been famous and at his career’s peak, his decision to quit acting would not have intrigued people so much, as fathers who stay home with children are more common among non-celebrities.
Usher’s divorce from his spouse, Tameka Foster, in 2009 was followed by a three-year public battle over custody. At that time, none of the children were 10 years old yet. Finally, the music superstar received full custody.
Naviyd Ely Raymond and Usher “Cinco” Raymond V look like small versions of their father, who is extremely proud of them and frequently tweets snaps with the kids.
Walker Nathaniel is the son of Taye Diggs and his wife Idina Menzel. In 2014, when their marriage ended, Taye became a single father. As you can imagine, this made dating a little more difficult. His little son proved to be quite possessive with him.
Walker directly said, in the most adorable way, that he wished his daddy would hang out exclusively with him and not have any girlfriends. Thus, Taye cannot date anymore, being literally off the market right now.
Marrying his sweetheart from high school, Dwyane Wade ended up having two children. When they divorced, Wade obtained custody of the children, becoming a single father to them.
In 2011, for Newsweek, Wade specified that he wants the relationship of his kids with their mother, Siohvaughn Funches, to be as healthy as possible. Wade got remarried, this time to actress Gabrielle Union. Soon their family expanded with two more kids.
After years of attentive deliberation, lots and lots of prayers, and with the advantages of science, Andy Cohen became a father via surrogate in June 2019. He shared the happy news six months in advance.
Four months before the event, he was already announcing his intention of raising the baby by himself. Then, he explained that he likes to be alone and not wait on others. Andy explained how much he enjoys doing things together but only with very special people
Nelly is another secret single father. Biological father of Cornell and Chanel, he is also the legal guardian of Sean Thomas and Sydney, his nephew and niece, his sister’s children. With a reputation of being a tough guy, Nelly melts down in front of his children.
Following some mean comments, he publicly defended his kids on Instagram. Hoping to make a difference, the huge-hearted rapper considers education to be very important, so he sends two disadvantaged children to college yearly.
Guess who is the ultimate single father, with no less than five children with different moms! P. Diddy, aka Sean Combs. He has a biological son – Justin – with his sweetheart from high-school, Misa Hylton-Brim.
Kim Porter is the mother of Christian, Quincy (for whom P. Diddy is a stepfather), and twins Jessie and D’Lila. She broke up with him in 2007. With Sarah Chapman, one of his former lovers, he has another daughter, Chance.
In general, Jamie Foxx prefers to protect the privacy of his kids. He did not marry his kids’ mother, who served in the Air Force (according to a photo published by Corinne), nor showed their relationship in public. His two daughters are named Annalise Bishop and Corinne Foxx.
Since he looks amazing, nobody would expect him to have a 26-year-old daughter, but Corrinne is quite accomplished herself. She has a career in modeling, and she won Miss Golden Globe in 2015.
For years, George Lucas, the man who created Star Wars, was the single father of three kids, all adopted. Did you know that all of them starred in some parts of the famous movie? Before divorcing Marcia, Lucas adopted Amanda. Later, Katie and Jett were adopted, too.
According to a statement from 1999 for the New York Times, he considers single mothers real heroes and raising children more important than Star Wars. Lucas has another daughter with his present wife, Mellody Hobson.
Ronaldo is one of the most sought-after men on the planet, both by ladies and soccer clubs. In 2011, he became a single parent, too. The details about Cristiano Jr.’s mother are kept secret, and Ronaldo has sole custody. He promised to reveal the identity of the mother to his kid, but not to the entire world.
In 2017, twins Eva and Mateo were born by a surrogate mother. At present, the Portuguese footballer is in a relationship with Georgina Rodriguez, a Spanish model, and they have a daughter together, Alana Martina.
For many years, star Norman Reedus raised the son he has with Helena Christensen, a supermodel. The child, named Mingus, is now 20 years old, and he received a little sister from his stepmother, Diane Kruger, in 2018. The actress recognized that she learned about parenting from Reedus’ experience.
Mingus mostly lives in Los Angeles with his father. During an interview, Reedus confessed that he finds it terrifying to attend a parent-teacher reunion where you are alone with lots of mothers.
The British actor who had the leading role in Schindler’s List has been experiencing single fatherhood since 2009. After a skiing accident took the life of his spouse, Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson took care of his two sons, Micheal and Daniel, all by himself.
U2 music superstar, Bono, as well as the family of Liam’s wife, were very supportive and helpful for his family during the difficult period when he was juggling his career and raising children.
In 2007, Larry Birkhead, who was the husband of Anna Nicole Smith, joined the group of famous single fathers. A DNA test proved he is the biological dad of Dannielynn, whose privacy is now carefully guarded.
Even though she may one day become a millionaire, she leads a normal life, at least for the moment. The child does not receive many details about Anna Nicole, whom she thinks was a very beautiful lady.
For several years, Michael Jackson, the popular American singer and dancer, raised Paris and Prince as a single dad. The King of Pop separated from Deborah Jeanne Rowe in 1999. She was his wife but also his friend for a long time.
Michael received full custody of the kids. In 2009, Paris, his daughter, impressed everyone when she said that their father has been the greatest dad one could imagine.
Maybe the world’s most renowned single father is Prince Charles. In August 1997, when his ex-spouse and his kids’ mother, Princess Diana died in a car crash, Charles raised Prince William and Prince Harry to adulthood.
Looking back on those times, the children sympathized with their father for being there for them and trying to do his utmost to make sure they were both looked after and protected.
Even after they divorced, Courtney Cox and David Arquette remained close friends. This is always helpful when there are kids involved, because the couple had a daughter, Coco. Their split in 2010 was extremely amicable. The legal divorce came two years later, and the parents shared custody, spending time together for Coco’s sake, despite their disagreements.
It seems that Courtney always has some “friends” to help David with single fatherhood. David has another baby with his new fiancee, Christina McLarty.
This is one of the best all-time basketball players, who has won many awards, but according to him, that was not the best. His best award ever was the best father of the year award he got from the National Father’s Day Council.
To use Shaquille’s own words, it was the most prestigious award he ever received in his whole career. That was after he decided to adopt a gentler approach with his five children than his father did with him.
The biggest fear of being a father and a single dad is to teach your child how to handle fear, in Channing’s own words. The Magic Mike star recently gave his daughter boxing lessons so she could defend herself.
According to him, it is quite scary to be a single dad, and he never thought this would happen to him. The main concern is to keep Everly safe and to help her feel safe all the time.
Being a single dad with three girls is not an easy task, and is what Jack found out after the divorce. After being diagnosed with MS, he was devastated, but after the divorce, he feels it made him a better father.
It is quite stressful but very rewarding to be a single dad, especially with 3 little girls very close to each other. Hopefully, it will get better, but it is never a burden with these little dolls.
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This underground rapper was born in Chicago in 1972. Known to his fans as Common, he is also a single father. He is father to a daughter that is 23 years old now, but they had quite a strained relationship.
Common tried very hard to be part of her life while he was touring a lot with his music, in an attempt to spend quality time with her. Their relationship is in a good place now.
Chris Martin is a British singer and songwriter that was married to Gwyneth Paltrow until 2016 when they got divorced. Now Chris is a single dad of a young girl and boy, Apple and Moses, respectively 15 and 14.
Chris Martin is very active in his children’s lives and spends as much time as he can with them, especially on special occasions. His children love to hang out with him, and Chris is clearly very proud of his two children and often speaks of them.
The very famous American baseball player is a single dad of two daughters of ages 15 and 12 and proud of them. He spends a lot of time with his teenage girls, and they clearly adore their American hero father.
To use Alex’s own words, it is an incredible responsibility to be a father, but it is one he will always treasure. He is a very devoted father, and that is something you can never take too far.
This bodybuilder, actor, and politician dad is very active in his children’s lives and a great support to all of them. He is always there for the children and will take them to the gym or other events.
The Terminator is a good father even if he was not always a good hubby; he will always be there for the kids. Arnold and Maria have four children together, and they all love their politician father a lot.
This actor is father to three children, two of whom are teens and a very young 2-year-old boy, Kenzo. Kevin and his wife have joint custody of their children, and he is a very dedicated father to them.
Kevin even used his son Hendrix as his best man in his second wedding to his new wife, Eniko Parish. But he has always been there for his children whenever they needed him, says the actor and stand-up comedian.
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Also known as the rapper Ludacris, this father of 4 does the job very well and in great stride. He has four daughters, very private Shaila, 23; Karma, 18; Cai Bella, a six-year-old, and Cadence, who is 4.
He may be a controversial husband, but he is very devoted to his children and will spend as much time as he can with them. This makes him yet another loving celebrity father.
This American singer is the father of two children, a daughter named Royalty and a son Aeko Catori. They are six and one years old, and Chris is very proud of these two children.
There have been some bad rumors, but a spokesman said that Chris is taking good care of his children. Chris has a good relationship with his daughter and named his 2015 album after her; she was after all his inspiration.
As some might expect, Superman continues to be Superman in real life, because being a single father sometimes requires Superman’s skills. Due to disagreements regarding the best way to raise a child, Dean Cain finalized an ugly split with Samantha Torres in 2011 and won custody of Christopher.
Later, the relationship with his ex-girlfriend improved so much that Christopher could meet his mom whenever he wanted. In fact, the younger kids of Samantha Torres now consider Dean an “uncle”.
Some actors are good in movies and not so good in their families, but this is not the case with Cary Grant. According to his daughter, he is better as a father than as an actor. In 1968, after his divorce from spouse Dyan Cannon, Cary did his best to raise Jennifer the same way a child without famous parents is raised.
In an interview from 2011, she said her father, whom she adored, was far more sweet, happy, tender, and soft than the characters he played in the movies.
Ryan Philippe, who starred in Cruel Intentions, has two children from his marriage to Reese Witherspoon, a relationship that ended in 2007. They beautifully share the custody of Deacon and Ava. They agreed not to raise the kids as spoiled Hollywood brats, and Ryan recognizes that he learns from his children all the time.
This helps him to remain balanced, instead of spending time to only think about himself. He goes to sporting events with the cute ones quite often.
Another candidate for the title of the year’s hottest single dad is actor James Marsden. In 2011, he divorced Mary Elizabeth (Lisa) Linde. They have two children together – Mary James and Jack Holden. He also has another child, William Luca, with Rose Costa, an ex-girlfriend and model.
Jack, now a teenager, looks more and more like a blonde version of James. Being a smart child, Jack does not need a lot of advice from his father, especially since this one has already taught his kids to respect others and follow their hearts.
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The modeling career of Lucky Blue Smith reached its peak when he was 19. At the same age, he became a father. The happy mother was Stormi Bree, previously Miss Teen USA. Sadly, their relationship did not last.
However, Lucky Blue continues to share videos and photos of their little daughter, Gravity. This is his way of showing that he always puts his child first.