In a country where traditions are held above everything else and the views of "other people and society" are more important than ours, single parents were not considered the best of human beings. With celebrities in Bollywood and Hollywood embracing this challenge openly, the stigma of single parenting has been lifted a little. We have a lot of single moms and dads who have taken to parenting without going through a marriage. We don’t know when the society at large will be more accepting of single parenting. Till then, these celebrities have become an inspiration for all who are embarking on this tough journey.
The actor is very private when it comes to his personal life, which is why it is not a very well-known fact that he adopted six 11-year olds from Andaman and is currently looking after their education. Pratima, Rukhsar, Matrena, Bindu, Jinu and Animesh are those lucky kids and it is inspiring to see Rahul take up this challenge.
About 20 years ago, when she was already a popular actress, Raveena Tandon adopted two girls Pooja (11) and Chhaya (8). Until 2003, when she married Anil Thandani, she was raising these girls single-handedly and recently her daughter Chhaya tied the knot in a beautiful Christian ceremony.
The singer became a proud father to twins in the year 2008 via surrogacy. He was heard describing fatherhood, "Being a father feels amazing. This has been the most spiritual moment in my life".
Sheryl Crow, actress and singer decided to adopt her eldest son Wyatt in 2007. When she tried to adopt another child in 2010, it was not a smooth journey with the child’s mother changing her mind. Currently, she is the proud mother of Wyatt and Levi.
Sushmita Sen adopted Renee in the year 2000 after facing a lot of difficulties. It was the High Court which finally ruled things in her favor and making her one of the success and inspiring stories for single moms.
Recently, Tusshar Kapoor shocked us by announcing that he was a proud parent of baby boy named Laksshya. He had kept this news under wraps and no one was aware of this upcoming bundle of joy. He has successfully now made it to the list of parents who have taken on the challenge of being both a mother and father to their children.
It is to these celebrities, we owe the inspiration and the confidence boost when it comes to being a single parent. Tell us your views in the comments below and don’t forget to share.