10 kick-ass celeb mums who are killing it

Stars may live in the spotlight but as mothers, they struggle with motherhood, just like you... 

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12 May 2017

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We all know that motherhood is a hard slog and quite often, mothers simply have to trust their gut instincts that they’re doing the right thing. That’s why a good support system goes a long way in easing the burden, or as the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”.

 

Just like us, celebrities deal with fertility issues, snot, toddler tantrums, even postnatal depression. In short, when it comes to motherhood, there’s no such thing as star treatment.  


Whether they are newbies or seasoned pros, these 10 celebrity mums get a shout-out for handling their mothering gig with grace and aplomb

1. Adele
1. Adele
12 May 2017

1. Adele

WHY WE LOVE HER Following the birth of her son, Angelo, the British singer-songwriter opened up to Vanity Fair magazine about her postpartum depression (PPD). The 29-year-old chanteuse explained that instead of not being able to connect with her child, she was obsessed with her mini-me to the point that she felt inadequate. Also, who can forget her candid confession on accepting the Best Album Grammy award this year? She shares, “I’ve struggled and I still do struggle in being a mum. It’s really hard.” (Photo: Adele’s Instagram)

2. Chrissy Teigen
2. Chrissy Teigen
12 May 2017

2. Chrissy Teigen

WHY WE LOVE HER The model and Lip Sync Battle host takes no prisoners when clapping back at mummy shamers on Twitter. And when she’s not, singing sensation John Legend’s other half, who revealed recently that she has had to come to grips with PPD, drops hilarious tweets about motherhood. Following the birth of their daughter Luna, now 1, Teigen, 31, observed, “No one told me I would be coming home in diapers too.” The cookbook author, who has been open about her near decade-long struggle to conceive, finally succeeded after undergoing IVF treatment. To a troll who asked, “Did you give it a minute to try naturally or are you avoiding ‘the act’?”, Teigen burned her with this response, “Thanks for asking, you complete witch. I tried for about nine years. Anything else, let me know!” (Photo: Chrissy Teigen’s Instagram)

3. Joanne Peh
3. Joanne Peh
12 May 2017

3. Joanne Peh

WHY WE LOVE HER If you ever need inspo on how to bring up your child up in this social media- and device-dependent age, take a leaf out of Peh’s Instagram stream. The 34-year-old Mediacorp artiste’s account is filled with images of her mini-me’s art-and-craft projects and book reading forays! Hats off to her for guarding her kids’ privacy jealously, given how easy it can be for child predators to steal your kid’s images online for their nefarious plans. (Photo: Joanne Peh’s Instagram)

4. J K Rowling
4. J K Rowling
12 May 2017

4. J K Rowling

WHY WE LOVE HER Before Rowling became the billionaire bestselling author of the Harry Potter series, she was a single mum living on welfare benefits. Though the since remarried mother of three doesn’t have to worry when her next meal is coming from these days, she’s still mindful of avoiding complacency. In 51-year-old Rowling’s interview with media mogul Oprah Winfrey, she states, “If you’ve ever been there [living on benefits] you will never, ever take for granted that you don’t need to worry [about money]. Never.” In 2010, she donated £10 million ($18.2 million) to set up a multiple sclerosis research clinic at the University of Edinburgh ― the degenerative disease had claimed her mother’s life in 1990. (Photo: JK Rowling’s Twitter Page)

5. Kate Middleton
5. Kate Middleton
12 May 2017

5. Kate Middleton

WHY WE LOVE HER She may be a member of the British Royal Family, but Kate Middleton has proven time and again that she’s just an ordinary mum. She swears by parenting books and even wrote a glowing letter to the anonymous writer of The Modern Mother’s Handbook: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Smart, Disciplined and Interesting Child — Starting from Birth. She and Prince William are champions of active listening, even if it did get one of them in trouble with the Queen. And even though she’s a Duchess, Middleton, 35, has reportedly declined help following the birth of Prince George, deciding to tough out her parenting gig with Prince William. We can’t wait to see what she’ll achieve as queen! 

6. Kate Pang
6. Kate Pang
12 May 2017

6. Kate Pang

WHY WE LOVE HER When SmartParents asked the Mediacorp actress recently what her plans were for her future career, Pang, 34, replied point blank, “I look forward to becoming a tai tai (Chinese for a rich stay-at-home mum) when I’m older ― that’s my goal in life!” This riposte effectively captures this svelte mama’s earthy humour and down-to-earth personality. As for dating advice for daughter Avery? “In whatever she does, if she cares or loves herself enough, she will be more careful not let herself get hurt in the process, especially since she is a girl.” We couldn’t put it better ourselves!

7. Kate Winslet
7. Kate Winslet
12 May 2017

7. Kate Winslet

WHY WE LOVE HER Besides starring in Titanic, one of film history’s most iconic movies, star is quick to profess her love for her curvy body. So much so that the Oscar-winning actress made it a point to pass on the body-positive message to her eldest child and only daughter, Mia, 14. Now 41, Winslet says that she stands in front of the mirror and tells her daughter “We are so lucky we have a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy. We’re so lucky that we’ve got good bums.” By the way, because social media makes her “blood boil” and “leaves girls’ self-esteem in tatters and leads to eating disorders”, this mother of three has a complete ban on social media at home.

8. Michelle Obama
8. Michelle Obama
12 May 2017

8. Michelle Obama

WHY WE LOVE HER From rocking show-stopping gowns at state dinners to showing off her mum-dancing moves with talk show host Jimmy Fallon, the former First Lady of the US (Flotus) Michelle Obama, 53, is the epitome of the cool mum. While her husband was busy running the country, Flotus held the fort at home, supervising daughters Sasha, 15, and Malia, 18. What’s more, Mrs Obama is a champion of healthy eating and launched the global girls’ education initiative Let Girls Learn during her husband’s term in office. And who could forget her powerful Democratic National Convention speech in 2016 which she urged her fellow Americans not to stoop to another person’s cruelty or bullying ways, “...our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”

9. Sandra Bullock
9. Sandra Bullock
12 May 2017

9. Sandra Bullock

WHY WE LOVE HER Bullock proceeded to adopt son, Louis, now 7 — in 2010 — as a single parent in the midst of a nasty split from her cheating husband Jesse James. So stoked by her experience, the Gravity headliner adopted daughter, Laila, now 5, five years later. Judging by how close-knit her brood is, Bullock, 52, is doing a fab job as a single mum. She has said of her blended family (her kids are black), “My family is diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That’s a family.” You’ll also cheer to read what Bullock’s goal in raising her son is, “I want him to be a good man who is good to women and is really in touch with how he feels.”

10. Victoria Beckham
10. Victoria Beckham
12 May 2017

10. Victoria Beckham

WHY WE LOVE HER Just as hubby David Beckham has made a name for himself in the football world, Victoria Beckham has become a mover and a shaker in the world of fashion. All this while caring for her four children, ages 5 to 18! Lest you think motherhood is any different for the former Spice Girl, now 43, think again. Beckham tells Vogue Australia that she spends weekends running errands, driving her kids around or shopping for groceries. Familiar, right? And get this — she even screams at her kids to do their homework or clean their teeth! (Photo: Brooklyn Beckham’s Instagram)

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