Gimme A Break: Celebrity Moms Who Stopped Working To Raise A Family

June 30, 2014  |  
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Some women can’t afford to stay at home after becoming a mother while others are career-orientated and look forward to returning to work. However, these celebrity moms decided to take some time off and raise a family.

Christina Milian

Christina Milian teamed up with producer/songwriter The Dream to work on some music together but things turned into something more in no time. Soon after rumors began to make their way around that the two were dating, the couple eloped and then announced they were expecting a baby. Milian gave birth to little Violet in early 2010 but by that time, she and The-Dream had split up. Taking some time off from her career to become a first-time mother, the “Dip It Low” singer was hired as the social media correspondent for the reality singing competition show “The Voice” in 2012. Marking her return to music, she also signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label.

Michelle Williams

When she envisioned starting a family of her own, actress Michelle Williams wanted to have several children all close in age. She gave birth to her daughter Matilda in 2005 but since the death of her partner Heath Ledger, she’s stayed a single mom of one and has thrown herself into her work. After receiving praise for the movie “My Week With Marilyn,” the pixie-haired actress revealed to “Us Weekly” that she wanted to take a break and spend some time with her daughter. “I just want to go back to being a mom for a while,” she said.

Alicia Keys

She made her mark on the music scene by announcing that she kept falling in and out of love in 2001. As a talented singer who writes heartfelt songs and play the piano, Alicia Keys has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry. After releasing her fourth album in 2009, the New York native stepped away from the limelight for a very good reason. She became a wife to producer Swizz Beatz and gave birth to their son Egypt in 2010. But she just couldn’t stay out of the studio for too long. Keys returned to the stage with the “Girl On Fire” album two years later.

Amber Rose

Kanye West plucked Amber Rose from obscurity after she posed in a men’s magazine. Once she became a regular on his arm, the Philly native started to make a name for herself by booking work as a model. Following her split from the Chicago rapper, she kept busy with her new career. But after meeting and falling in love with Wiz Khalifa, Rose spent less time in the spotlight and more time by his side. She gave birth to their son in February 2013 and a few months later, they made their union official by tying the knot. Since becoming a mother, Rose has rarely made a public appearance and hasn’t worked in a while.

Christina Aguilera

Growing up, Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a singer. Joining “The Mickey Mouse Club” cast when she was 13, the Staten Island native started her singing career soon after that. Aguilera spent a lot of time focusing on her career and when she tied the knot to music exec Jordan Bratman in late 2005, it was time for the “Ain’t No Other Man” singer to ease up on her work load. Taking a break in between albums, Aguilera gave birth to her son in 2008. She returned to the studio four years later to release new music.

Drew Barrymore

That was nothing conventional about Drew Barrymore’s childhood. Getting a very early start in Hollywood, she landed her first job before she was even a year old. Unfortunately, the “Charlie’s Angels” star was exposed to the dark side of fame at an early age as well. Smoking at the age of nine, by the time Barrymore was 13, she had graduated to marijuana and cocaine. Perhaps longing for the stable childhood she never had, Barrymore’s career took a backseat once she began having children of her own a few years ago.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox landed the role of a lifetime early on in her career when she was cast in the blockbuster franchise “Transformers.” However, her career in Hollywood proved to be short-lived. She began dating fellow actor Brian Austin Green when she was 18 and after tying the knot in 2010, the sexy actress has spent more time at home raising her two young sons. The first one was born in 2012 and after getting pregnant again as soon as she returned to work, Fox gave birth to her second son 16 months later.

Angelina Jolie

Who knew that Angelina Jolie would go from wearing a vial of blood from then-husband Billy Bob Thornton and awkwardly kissing her brother on the mouth in front of millions to being a global humanitarian and mother of six? While Angelina Jolie hasn’t exactly stopped working altogether to focus on her family, she has revealed that she is very choosy when selecting projects because she will not sign on to star in anything that will pull away from her brood for extended periods of time.

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson became a household name in large part because of her MTV reality show with her first husband, boy band member Nick Lachey. But their marriage soon headed to divorce court and Simpson threw herself in her work by releasing albums, starring in movies and getting her own shoe and handbag collection off of the ground. After a couple of failed public relationships, including one with NFL quarterback Tony Romo, Simpson became engaged to former football player Eric Johnson in 2010. Taking some time away from the entertainment industry, Simpson has spent her time at home with her children two-year-old daughter Maxwell and one-year-old Ace.


Even though she was from the UK, singer Adele scored a number one hit in the U.S. with her chart-climbing song “Rolling In The Deep.” Adele released her sophomore album “21” at the top of 2011 and the following year she swept the Grammy awards. But fans clamoring for new music from the “Rumor Has It” singer will have to hold out a bit longer. Later that year, Adele revealed she was pregnant with her first child and would be taking a break to enjoy being a mom.

Jessica Alba

She may not have been the first actress movie executives and producers called on but Jessica Alba had no problem finding steady work in Hollywood. She met her future husband Cash Warren while working on the set of the 2004 film Fantastic Four. They got married in 2008 and she became a mom that same year. Taking a break to throw herself into motherhood full time, Alba would return back to work a few years later. Perhaps better able to juggle being a mom and working, Alba gave birth to another daughter in 2011.

Katie Holmes

Most know her as Tom Cruise’s ex-wife and mother to adorable little Suri but Katie Holmes once had a promising acting career of her own. After starring on the television show “Dawson’s Creek,” Holmes made the switch to films. Catching the eye of Cruise, the two briefly dated before they became engaged. She gave birth to their daughter in 2006 and a couple months later she was Mrs. Tom Cruise. Holmes didn’t return to work until a few years later by starring in the box office flop “Mad Money” co-starring Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton.

Nicole Richie

Judging by the path she was on in her early 20’s, socialite Nicole Richie certainly didn’t seem like the type of person who would be content with staying home. Always on the party scene with friends Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan, Richie was more focused with having a good time than being a homebody. But after meeting Good Charlotte band member Joel Madden in 2006, that all changed and she started to remove herself from the spotlight. Becoming a mother in 2008 and then again the following year, Madden made an honest woman out of Richie in 2010.

Hilary Duff

While other preteens her age were worrying about boys and schoolwork, Hilary Duff was too busy working. She was cast in the lead role of “Lizze McGuire” at the age of 13 and has found steady work since then. Proving that you can grow up in showbiz and still have a normal life, Duff got engaged to NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010 and they were wed within a few months. Several years later she gave birth to their only son. As a new mom, Duff has picked up a guest appearing role every now and again but has stayed close to home for the most part.

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