EMPOWERING Choices: Celebrity Moms Who Embraced FAMILY over Fame!

By Krystal Brown

Step into the inspiring world of celebrity motherhood, where these remarkable women made the courageous decision to trade the allure of fame for the priceless joys of raising a family. Join us as we delve into their empowering stories, celebrating their choice to prioritize love, growth, and the extraordinary journey of motherhood above all else.

Julia Roberts 

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Even though Julia continued to work when her children were younger, she made the decision to stay at home and take a break from acting to connect with her teenage children during 2018-2022. Julia stated that she felt blessed to have that time with them. 

Eva Mendes

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When her daughters were born in 2014 and 2016, we hardly saw Eva on our screens, and for good reason. She decided to take the time away from the limelight in order to bring her two children up. When asked if she would return to acting, she replied, “It would have to be a fantastic role as I’m very picky about the type of roles I’ll take because I want to set an example for my girls.” 

Cameron Diaz 

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As one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, Cameron Diaz went off-screen for 8 years. She originally did this so she could take a break and re-evaluate her priorities, but then she had her daughter and wanted to put all of her time and energy into bringing her up.  She has recently returned to movies though, and we are super excited. 

Salma Hayek 

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In 2007, at the age of 41, Selma welcomed her first daughter. Salma made the decision to stay at home, away from the limelight to bring her new baby up. She has stated that she is happy with her successful career and she would rather spend time with her baby than chase a movie that might not be worth it. 

Lisa Bonet 

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Lisa has taken a few breaks from acting over the years and for many different reasons, including a lack of diverse roles and to bring up her three kids, one of which she shares with her ex Lenny Kravitz, and two with ex Jason Mamoa. 

Zoe Saldana 

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In order to raise her two boys, Zoe took two years off work from 2014-2016. Zoe states the only reason she went back to show business was to “pay the bills” and set an example for her boys, even though she claims it was “painful” to leave them. 

Drew Barrymore

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Drew made the decision to take a step back from filming to raise her two children who were born in 2012 and 2014. She did go back to film one Netflix series, but that was cancelled in 2019. She has since focused on her talk show and continues to spend time raising her daughters. 

Kylie Jenner

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Whilst pregnant, Kylie made the decision to take a complete step back from social media and TV in 2017. This is surprising, considering her whole life is made up of these two things. Kylie stated that being a mom is the most important job and she wanted to prepare for her birth and motherhood with as little stress as possible. 

Angelina Jolie 

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We know the mass of Angelina’s family. As a mom of 6 children, both adopted and biological, Angelina decided to stay at home to raise her children, even though she’s stated it’s been a struggle for her, she said that nurturing her children is necessary. Angelina said that she thought she would be back at work when the children became teenagers, but confessed that they need just as much guidance as ever. 

Demi Moore

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Demi and ex-husband, Bruce Willis, moved in 1997 to Idaho to raise their daughters. They moved back to California in 2002 to pursue their acting careers again. 

Gwyneth Paltrow 

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Gwyneth has two children that she shares with ex partner Chris Martin. They were born between 2004 and 2006. Gwyneth admitted that she wasn’t worried about being at home and how it would affect her career. She thought more about how she wanted more kids, to stay at home with them and enjoy each and every moment.


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Adele shot to fame after her 2011 album and now the whole world dotes over her. However, we all had to wait 4 years for another album to drop because Adele decided to stay at home and raise her son. Despite this break, her career wasn’t hurt at all and has, in fact, led to more record-breaking albums. 

Jennifer Garner 

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Jennifer took a very long time away from the spotlight. From 2005-2012 while giving birth to and raising her three children. She was overwhelmed with three children but decided to say yes to a film, eventually, when her agent said it would be the last time. 

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