Christina Milian, who turns the big 3-0 Monday, September 26th, recently opened up about the challenges of balancing her career with being a single mami.
“With the career that I have, it’s very spontaneous. You never know when a job is going to pop up [and] where you’re going to be, so it could be a challenge to figure out traveling with the baby or who’s around that can help me out," she admitted. "I have a nanny, thank God, so she has made my life a lot easier.”
Not all mamis have the advantage of having a helping hand in the form of a nanny, but there is something comforting in knowing that every single mother struggles to find balance—even celebrities!
Here's an ode to some of our fave ladies raising babies on their own.
1. Single Moms: Christina Milian
Single Mami: CHRISTINA MILIAN
Children: A baby girl named Violet
Christina became the proud mama to her beautiful baby girl Violet Madison Nash on February 26th, 2010. It is her first and only child with her ex-husband, music producer The-Dream (aka Terius Nash). The couple divorced shortly after the birth of their daughter when compromising photos surfaced of Nash frolicking on the beach with his assistant. “There’s a certain responsibility that I carry being a mom that makes me feel very confident and so blessed,” Milian told us. “Being a mom is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
2. Single Moms: Sofia Vergara
Single Mami: SOFIA VERGARA
Children: A son named Manolo
Sofia Vergara had a son when she was just 20 years old. Manolo is her only child from her first marriage to her childhood sweetheart, whom she divorced shortly after. Manolo is now entering college and Sofia has spoken about how hard it has been to see him grow up and move out. “Manolo thinks I’m crazy now, wait until he goes away to college next year,” Vergara said. “I’m going to have a heart attack!”
3. Single Moms: Christina Aguilera
Single Mami: CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Children: A little boy named Max
Christina Aguilera had her little bundle of joy named Max Liron (Liron means “my song” in Hebrew) on January 12, 2008. Aguilera was happily married to her husband Jordan Bratman at the time. But since then, their relationship has soured. Christina filed for divorce in October of last year, but insists that her baby’s happiness is what matter most in her life. "It wasn't good for us, and it wasn't good for Max to witness our arguments. Children can feel when things aren't right at home."
4. Single Moms: Helena Christensen
Single Mami: HELENA CHRISTENSEN
Children: A son named Mingus Lucien Reedus.
Half-Peruvian super model Helena Christensen had a baby boy with actor Norman Reedus on October 13, 1999. "He's all that matters," she has said of her son, Mingus. "He's my best friend." Though she no longer stalks the catwalk, this mami stays busy launching fashion lines and magazines and taking care of her now 11-year-old son. And abuelita makes sure she throws down in the kitchen for the family, “I cook almost every day. My mother, who is from Peru, has taught me a lot of great dishes.”
5. Single Moms: Shar Jackson
Single Mami: SHAR JACKSON
Children: Four children; Donnie, Cassie, Kori and Kaleb.
Part-Puerto Rican and Mexican actress Shar Jackson is best known for being the jilted other woman in the Britney Spears/Kevin Federline debacle. But what some people don’t know is that she wasn’t the only one the back-up dancer was leaving behind. The couple also had two children, a daughter Kori, born July 31, 2002, and a son, Kaleb, born July 20, 2004. She also has two older kids Donnie, 14, and Cassie, 12 from a former relationship with her high school sweetheart. "I have so much fun with my kids,” Jackson has said. “We laugh all day long together.”
6. Single Moms: Kelis
Single Mami: KELIS
Children: A baby boy named Knight.
Half-Puerto Rican singer Kelis gave birth to her only son with rapper Nas on july 22, 2009. The little boy, named Knight, was born shortly after the couple filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. After surviving a marathon three-day (!) labor, Kelis made the announcement via Twitter, “Ok so I did it, he’s 7.8 pounds of the greatest stuff on earth…I was in labor for 3 of the longest most painful days of my life. I don’t understand when women say they don’t remember giving birth…I will remember for the rest of my life. He’s kinda perfect btw."
7. Single Moms: Dayanara Torres
Single Mami: DAYANARA TORRES
Children: Two sons, Cristian and Ryan.
Dayanara Torres has two sons from her former marriage to singer Marc Anthony. The couple always had a rocky relationship and they separated twice before Torres finally filed for divorce in January of 2004. Cristian Anthony Muñiz was born February 5, 2001 and Ryan Anthony Muñiz was born on August 16, 2003. After the split, Dayanara was inspired to write the self-help book Married To Me: How Committing To Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce when she failed to find any literature to help her through the painful period in her life. Of being a single mom, Torres said, “It’s difficult trying to balance it all, but I’m doing it.