Famous or not, being a parent is a great joy but also a huge responsibility that cannot be taken lightly, especially if a man is raising his kids as a single dad. However, this can help him build an unbreakable bond with his children. And this relationship will only become stronger with time as the kids realize how much sacrifice it takes to be a great father figure.
Bright Side believes that celebrities can be a great mirror to parenthood as we follow them raising their offspring as the years go by. Here are 9 single dads who stole our hearts with their devotion.
1. Liam Neeson
The Hollywood actor has 2 sons, Micheál, 26, and Daniel, 25. He lost the mother of his boys in a skiing accident back in 2009. The action star hasn’t remarried since and raised his boys by himself and said, “It’s an ongoing joy being a dad.’’ In 2020, the dad and his oldest son played opposite each other in Made in Italy.
2. John Travolta
The American actor lost his wife, actress Kelly Preston, in 2020 after 2 years of illness. The couple was parents to 21-year-old daughter Ella and 11-year-old Benjamin. Travolta is a devoted dad who never misses a chance to express his love for his kids. He shared a lovely post on Father’s Day, saying, ’’It is a privilege to be the father of these 2 beautiful children.’’
3. Josh Duhamel
The American actor has one son, 8-year-old Axl, with his ex-wife, singer Fergie. The hands-on dad is very present in his son’s life and enjoys passing on his passion for the outdoor activities he grew up doing as a kid. Duhamel had shared that the most helpful parenting advice came from his own dad who told him ’’to give a child the freedom to explore.’’
4. Jamie Foxx
The 54-year-old comedian has 2 daughters, 28-year-old Corinne and 12-year-old Annalise. It wasn’t easy for the single dad to raise his kids alone, as he had admitted making many mistakes along the way, such as ’’not being on time.’’ He revealed that from years of single fatherhood, he learned that the most important thing kids need is for their dad to be present.
5. Ryan Phillippe
The American actor shares a daughter, Ava, and a son, Deacon, with his ex-wife, actress Reese Witherspoon. The pair split in 2006 after 9 years together. In 2011, Phillippe became a dad for the third time after having a daughter with model Alexis Knapp. The 47-year-old has opened up about fatherhood, saying, “It’s the best part of my life. You could take away all this other stuff […]’’
6. Lenny Kravitz
The 57-year-old rocker has one daughter, model and actress Zoë, with his ex, Lisa Bonet. The father and daughter duo is very close, and the cool dad had revealed that he and his daughter have a very open dialogue, saying, ’’We can talk about anything and everything.”
7. Marc Anthony
The 53-year-old pop star has been married 3 times and has 6 kids, including 14-year-old twins with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez. Marc shares a close bond with his children and has once posted these sweet and adorable words to his daughter: “I don’t know where you end and I begin, Emme.’’
The 43-year-old American musician is the proud dad of 2 boys, a daughter, and a newborn baby. He divorced the mother of his 2 sons in 2009 and raised them as a single dad. After becoming a dad for the first time in 2007, Usher revealed that he takes the responsibility of fatherhood very seriously. Saying about his son, ’’Now I represent what he is to become.”
9. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Austrian-American actor and former bodybuilder has 3 sons and 2 daughters. He became officially divorced from the mother of his 4 oldest kids in 2021 after 10 years of separation. The star expressed his love for his kids, saying, “Fatherhood is really the greatest joy. Watching all 5 of my kids grow into their own successful lives is fantastic. Spending time with them, working out together, and answering their questions makes me so happy.’’
Have you been raised by a single parent? What do you think is the biggest challenge that a single dad can face?