It isn’t uncommon for parents, particularly moms, to take a beak in their careers and to make other sacrifices when they start a family. Even celebrities are faced with tough choices when a baby comes into their lives. The following actors, singers, and entertainers made big sacrifices when their children were born, yet we bet they have no regrets!
Jennifer Garner continues to act, but has never spent more than four days away from her kids!
Jessica Biel’s Whole Life Changed After Her Son Was Born
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7th Heaven star Jessica Biel appeared in many films before starting a family, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blade: Trinity, The Illusionist and Total Recall. Then she and her husband Justin Timberlake welcomed son Silas.
“These little people come around, and they require so much, and your schedule is really not your own, nor is it important anymore, and it’s very clear that it’s your life now revolving around this dude,” she told Marie Claire in 2017. “I’m not that person who feels like, ‘Oh, my whole life changes for my kid,’ but it does.” She has recently started acting again and has become a producer on some projects.
Garth Brooks Took A 14-Year Hiatus From His Music Career
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Country singer Garth Brooks stepped out of the spotlight in 2000 during the height of his career to focus on his three daughters and new wife, Trisha Yearwood. Fourteen years later he made a comeback and broke records when he went on tour and released a new studio album.
“People said, ‘How could you walk away from music?'” Brooks told People. “But being a dad — there’s nothing that can touch that. I’d just stare at them. I knew their sweet faces and their dispositions. But I didn’t know who they were.” He added, “The dads across the soccer field looked at me as a dad just like them. And I was very grateful.”
Jennifer Garner Put Her Children’s Needs Above Her Career
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When Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck started a family they decided that their children came first. “I’ve never been away for more than, I think, four days,” Garner once said. “I sit down at the beginning of the movie and say to the people making the schedule, ‘Let’s look at this.’ Then I figure out where I’m going to take the kid and when I can get home.”
The couple is now finalizing their divorce, but Affleck told E! News: “Jen is a superhero mom…We try our best, we put them first and that’s what we do.”
Suri is Katie Holmes’ number-one priority.
Katie Holmes’ Daughter Is Her Number-One Priority
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When Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, many believed one of the main reasons was so she could get their daughter Suri away from the Church of Scientology. Katie focused heavily on her child and not on her career during that period. In a 2017 interview with Town & Country, she explained: “My child is the most important person to me… And her upbringing is paramount to my work right now.”
Holmes added, “It’s very important to me that I’m present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there’s nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed.”
Reese Witherspoon Tries To Be A Good Example
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Reese Witherspoon was a young mom, giving birth to her first child with then-husband Ryan Phillippe when she was 23 years old. She is now a mother of three. During a 2015 interview with Glamour, she commented: “I don’t think there’s been an hour of my life since Ava was born that I don’t think of my kids. I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.”
She kept acting while raising her family and balances work and family. “My mom worked, and I think it’s good for kids to see women working and being successful,” she told InStyle in 2017.
Teen Mom Jamie Lynn Spears Took Responsibility For Her Actions
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Disney actress Jamie Lynn Spears was just 16 when she got pregnant and had daughter Maddie back in 2008. The Zoey 101 star, who is Britney Spears’ younger sister, focused on raising her child. “I put myself in an adult situation, so I needed to handle it like an adult. My age was never an excuse for me,” Spears told People.
“I brought this little girl into this world, and it’s my job to make sure that she has the best life that she possibly can have — no one else’s. You’ve got to take responsibility for your actions and that’s what I try my best to do every single day.”
Chris O’Donnell Took A Break From Acting To Raise Five Kids
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Chris O’Donnell’s career was on fire in the in the ’90s with films including Circle of Friends, The Bachelor, and Batman and Robin. But after he got married and started a family in his mid-twenties, he decided to step out of the spotlight. Raising five children was a bigger priority than his film career.
“I was being offered these huge films that would have taken my career to a different level, and I decided to put on the brakes,” he told People. “I knew if I continued on that track, I probably wouldn’t have gotten married.” When his children got older, he started acting again in NCIS: Los Angeles.
The next A-list star says she was a “selfish little brat” before having her children.
Julia Roberts Says She Was A ‘Selfish Little Brat’ Before Having Children
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Julia Roberts is a mother to three children, twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, and Henry. She is a hands-on mom who took a break from her career to raise her family — and they’re always on her mind.
During a 2017 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she told the reporter, “If I wasn’t here today, I’d be in the carpool lane ferrying my kids to school.” She also explained how being married to cinematographer Danny Moder and having children changed her life. As a younger woman, she focused primarily on herself. “I was my priority,” she said. “A selfish little brat running around making films.”
Candace Cameron Bure Took A Break From Hollywood Twice To Focus On Her Family
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Candace Cameron Bure played DJ Tanner on the sitcom Full House. She stayed off the radar for several years after getting married and having three children. She returned to acting in Fuller House and other projects and even got a job as a co-host on The View. Ultimately, she quit the talk show.
She explained: “The commute of going West Coast to East Coast every single week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family as well and I want to make sure that I’m able to spend as much time with my children and invest in all the projects that I do to the fullest extent.”
Leelee Sobieski Quit Making Films To Raise Her Kids
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Leelee Sobieski appeared in films such as Deep Impact, Eyes Wide Shut, and the made-for-TV movie Joan of Arc. But motherhood had such an impact on her life that she gave up her film career. Her daughter, Louisanna Ray, was born in 2009 and son Martin, was born in 2014.
“I don’t do movie stuff anymore,” She told Us Weekly. “I am totally an outsider!… Just a mom and an outsider. Like most moms, I’m always busy… Giving Lewi a bath, buying milk, cleaning something, making some decision, reading weird baby blogs, worrying I disciplined in the wrong way.”
Poppy Montgomery Realized She Missed Too Much Time With Her Infant Son
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Poppy Montgomery made a name for herself on the popular crime series Without A Trace in the early aughts. But the actress had a hard time balancing work and family life, so she took some time to focus on her son Jacob after missing so much of his growth as an infant.
“I had just had my son. I had been away so much for the first year of his life,” Montgomery told USA Today. “I needed to take the time and actually be like mommy for a minute… I worried about every little thing being perfect with Jackson.” Her newest project is the upcoming series Reef Break, hitting TV screens in 2019.
This next actress had a promising career but dropped it all to raise a family.
Phoebe Cates Disappeared From The Spotlight To Care For Her Kids
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Phoebe Cates was a popular actress in the eighties, appearing in films such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins. She seemed to have a very promising career ahead of her, but she dropped out of the spotlight in her mid-twenties after marrying fellow actor Kevin Kline.
A few years later the couple had two children, Owen and Greta. The pair decided that they wanted one of them to be with the children at all times. “We have agreed to alternate so that we’re never working at the same time,” Kline explained. “[But] whenever it’s been her slot to work, Phoebe has chosen to stay with the children.”
Meg Tilly Brought Her Children To Work But Realized They Needed More Stability
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Meg Tilly was a popular actress in the ’80s, starring in films such as Psycho II, The Big Chill, Masquerade and Agnes of God. At the time, she had two children with her first husband. She had a third child in 1990. At first, she tried to juggle work and family, but she struggled.
After bringing her children to the set, she soon realized that it wasn’t the best environment for them and decided to take a break from acting. She moved back to Canada with the aim of being a “Leave it to Beaver mom.” The kids have since grown up, and she’s back at work.
Rick Moranis Quit Hollywood After His Wife Died
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Rick Moranis made people laugh with ’80s and ’90s films including Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Parenthood, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. But after his wife passed away in 1997 from breast cancer, he quit acting to focus on raising his two children.
He told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015: “I was working with really interesting people, wonderful people. I went from that to being at home with a couple of little kids, which is a very different lifestyle. But it was important to me. I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. My life is wonderful.”
Elizabeth Hurley Took An Acting Break To Be There For Her Son
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Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley has appeared in films Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Bedazzled early in her career. Known for dating Hugh Grant, Hurley gave birth to son Damien and took a break from acting to focus on raising her child on a farm in England.
She told Rescu.com several years ago that her son, now a teenager, comes first: “I’m never torn about it. If he’s got something on and he wants me to go to, I go to it. And that’s just that. That meant I sort of left the acting arena and movies for eight years and only did small bits because my choice was to be with him.
Demi Moore & Bruce Willis Moved Their Three Daughters To Idaho
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Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s careers were on fire when they tied the knot. Moore appeared in films such as St. Elmo’s Fire and About Last Night, Indecent Proposal and A Few Good Men in the ’80s and ’90s. Willis starred on Moonlighting and in the Die Hard films. Then they decided to move to Idaho after their three daughters were born.
Moore told ET of her daughters in 2018: “So much of everything I do is really for them. I hope through my actions and how I live, one creates a clearer path for them. And that it inspires them to be the beautiful, powerful, young women that they are.”
Nicole Richie’s Biological Father Asked Lionel Richie To Adopt Her
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When Nicole Richie was just three years old, her father, musician Peter Escovedo, and mother realized they could no longer support her financially. That’s when Lionel Richie stepped and decided to take care of the toddler. Lionel and his wife at the time officially adopted Nicole when she was nine years old.
Nicole’s biological parents realized they could not provide Nicole with as much care as she needed. They made the ultimate sacrifice by giving her up. Nicole later told People magazine, “My parents were friends with Lionel. They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me.”
Rhea Durham Gave Up Modeling To Raise Her & Mark Wahlberg’s Four Children
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Rhea Durham was a model who appeared on several fashion magazine covers, including French Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle. She also walked in two Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. She gave up her career after she and actor Mark Wahlberg started a family. The couple, which tied the knot in 2009, have four kids.
The actor told People magazine back in 2010 that a typical night for him and Rhea was feeding and bathing the children before having their own meals. “No matter how crazy things get, one night a week, usually on Thursdays, we have our own date night,” he said.
Heidi Klum’s Ex Gave Up His Parental Rights For His Daughter’s Benefit
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Sometimes being a good parent means letting someone else raise your child. Heidi Klum and F1 star Flavio Briatorela broke up before their daughter Leni was born. When Heidi married Seal, Flavio decided that Heidi and her new husband should be Leni’s primary caregivers.
He explained in an interview: “Leni is my natural daughter, but the three of us happily agreed that it made more sense if Seal adopted her, because a child needs to grow up in a family.” He added, “It’s hard to miss a baby that you never see. But I know that Leni is not an abandoned child.”
Debra Winger Left Hollywood At The Height Of Her Career
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Debra Winger chose to take a break from Hollywood when she turned 40. Known for films including An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, and Urban Cowboy, she still had a lot of work ahead of her. Instead, she decided to focus on her marriage to actor Arliss Howard and her second son, Babe, who was born when she was 42.
“She’s a very good, very thoughtful mother, and I think it was hard for her to bring the commitment to her work that it requires when we were young,” her oldest son Noah told The New York Times in 2010.