One And Done: Celebrity Moms Who Stopped After One Baby
Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.
When fans met Tamar Braxton as part of the hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” she was adamant about not having a child at the time. Ready to finally kick off her solo career just right, the baby sibling of six wanted to focus on her singing even though husband Vince was ready to become a father. Last June, Tamar gave birth to her son Logan and insisted this will be her first, her last, and her only.
Jennifer Hudson shot to fame despite coming in seventh place during the third season of “American Idol.” Her career took her to new heights and along the way she fell in love with reality star-turned WWE wrestler David Otunga. In August 2009, Hudson and Otunga welcomed their first son together. A couple since early 2008, Hudson and Otunga are currently engaged but are in no rush to head down the aisle — or have any more babies.
Hailed the queen of radio, Wendy Williams always knew she’d make it. What she also wanted to be was a mother. After a couple of unfortunate miscarriages, Williams was pregnant again. Forced to go on bed rest, Williams broadcasted her radio show from her bedroom during the last couple months of her pregnancy. The New Jersey native and her husband Kevin Hunter are the proud parents of one teenage boy, Kevin, who’s named after his father.
Sofia Vergara started her career in front of the camera over in her native Columbia before trying her hand at Hollywood. Before she was Gloria Pritchett on ABC’s Modern Family, Vergara had roles in Chasing Papi and Madea Goes To Jail. With several endorsement deals and a clothing line at K-Mart, few actually know that the sexy Latina is a single mom of one. Vergara had her son in 1992 before she became a regular on American television.
For some, the baby in the baby carriage comes before marriage. That was the case with Carmelo and Lala Anthony. Engaged since 2004, the former MTV VJ gave birth to their 7-year-old son while Melo played with the Denver Nuggets. After he was traded to the New York Knicks, the all-star moved his wife and son to the Big Apple. Dubbed the First Lady of the Knicks, Lala is now focused on her career and is the star of her own reality show.
As one-fourth of Xscape, Kandi Burruss got her first taste of fame and fortune with the chart-topping group. Continuing on in the business behind the scenes, she penned hits for other groups including TLC’s “No Scrubs.” The proud mother of 12-year-old Riley met her fiancé Todd over in Africa during a taping of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Despite tensions between her mother and the man she loves, the couple plans to tie the knot next month.
Whoopi Goldberg has been entertaining audiences for three decades. One of the funniest women on daytime television, Goldberg now holds court every weekday morning on the ABC’s “The View” and sometimes she brings in her daughter Alex Martin to co-host. While she’s an only child, Alex had more children of her own. Goldberg is grandmother of three.
Cynthia Bailey joined the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in season three. She started out as a single mom of one engaged to bar owner Peter Thomas. While her mother and sister didn’t approve of the marriage, Bailey’s preteen daughter Noelle gets along fine with her now-stepfather. The father of six also has a great relationship with Noelle’s father, actor Leon Robinson.
Beverly Johnson will always be known as the model who broke the color barrier. She was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974. A year later she made history again by gracing the cover of the French edition of Elle magazine. Johnson gave birth to her first and only daughter, Anansa Sims, who’s also a model, in 1984 with her second husband.
Alicia Keys and uber producer Swizz Beatz said “I do” to each other in 2010 while she was six months pregnant. Taking a break from her career to be a new mom, Keys returned back to the studio and the stage in 2012. While Egypt is her one and only child, husband Swizz has three other children from previous relationships.
In 1993, Jenny McCarthy posed nude for Playboy magazine. She parlayed that opportunity into a plethora of other gigs in front of the camera and in addition to being a television personality, the funny woman is also a best-selling author. McCarthy became an activist and spoke up about environmental causes of autism and alternative treatment after her only son Evan was diagnosed. Now a host on ABC’s The View, McCarthy splits her time between New York and her hometown of Chicago, where Evan is attending school.
She helped get her husband elected to the highest office of the land and eight years after Bill Clinton left office, wife Hillary threw her own hat in the ring. Having already been a senator from New York, Hillary was often joined on the campaign trail by her only daughter Chelsea. Losing out in the end to Barack Obama as the democratic candidate, Hillary was rewarded with the position of Secretary of State in his administration. Speculation is high that she will once again run for president in the upcoming election.
Martha Stewart may be one of six children but she had no dreams of having a big family herself. The homemaker-turned-business mogul had one daughter named Alexis who became a trial lawyer. Alexis was one of the lawyers on her mother’s legal team when she faced charges of insider trading. Martha is a proud grandparent of two children, both of whom Alexis had via a surrogate.
Taraji P. Henson
In the world of showbiz since the mid 90’s, Taraji P. Henson won audiences over first in Baby Boy then as the singing prostitute in Hustle & Flow. Earning an Oscar nomination for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Henson is a single mom of one. Her son Marcel was born in 1994 and his father, her high school sweetheart, was killed three years later. Up until 2013, Henson starred on CBS’ Person of Interest before her character was killed off.
Courtney Cox met David Arquette on the set of the horror film Scream. She was one of television’s most popular stars and although Arquette was known as a goofball, they hit it off. The couple got married and had one daughter together named Coco. After over a decade of marriage, one of Hollywood’s favorite couples called it quits. However, Cox and Arquette maintain a close friendship and business relationship.