Step forward! Heather Ray Young, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow and more stars have spoken fondly of their roles as adoptive parents over the years.
“Blended families are NEVER easy…but we CHOOSE them” Red table conversation the presenter shared via Instagram in 2014. “When I got married [husband] Will [Smith]I knew [his son] Trey was part of the package. Period! If I didn’t want that, I would have to marry someone else.”
She added: “Then I learned that if I was going to love Trey, I had to learn to love the most important person in the world to him, his mother. [Sheree Zampino]. And the two of us may not always have loved each other… but we have learned to LOVE each other.”
As far as Jung is concerned, Sale Sunset the star considers herself a “bonus mom” for her husband Tarek El Moussa as well as Christina Haaktwo children, daughter Taylor and son Braden.
“I can’t wait to be their ‘official’ stepmother,” the estate agent wrote on Instagram in August 2020, prior to her and El Moussa’s October 2021 wedding. “I never knew love like this until these two came into my life. It was completely unexpected, but when I met @therealtarekelmoussa, I did not even doubt that he had children. We fell in love very quickly, and to love him was to love everything. I love my little family.”
From rocking matching Christmas pajamas to silly family selfies, the California native has shared plenty of sweet moments with toddlers on social media.
Paltrow, for her part, told her stepmother Gabrielle Union that she first panicked when she became a bonus mom for her husband Brad Falchukchildren.
“I have two wonderful stepchildren, my age,” Shakespeare in love star who shares daughter Apple and son Moses with ex-husband Chris Martin said in a March 2021 interview on her Goop podcast. “It’s funny because when I became a stepmother, when I knew I was going to be a stepmother, I thought, “S—, I have no idea how to do this. There is nothing to read. What am I doing? Where should I enter? Where am I not? For example, how can I do this?
She continued, “It was a really interesting challenge for me and I love them. I learned so much about myself in the process.
Keep scrolling to find out what other celebrities, including Princess Beatrice as well as LeAnn Rimeshad to say about the upbringing of their stepsons.