Being a parent is not an easy job. There is an unspoken rule that if a couple rears children, their life isn’t “theirs” anymore; they should spend the rest of their lives devoted to the kids’ well-being through various means. More so, if one of them (or even both) is a Hollywood celebrity, then the pressure is twice as intense.
Nonetheless, this seemingly bad combination has been overcome by some, who have proved that they can sustain their glamorous celebrity personas and still keep up with their everyday domestic lives. These couples have even gone on to have cute children, whom their fans love dearly.
5 Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ever since working together on the sets of Daredevil (2003) and Electra, it was nothing but sparks for this lovely couple. They got married in 2005, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner jokingly gushed that the wedding might have never pushed through if the Boston Red Sox hadn’t won the World Series the year before, which was also the same event where they made their first public appearance.
Eight years later, the duo has raised three children: Violet (7), Seraphina (4), and Samuel (5). Ben, who has been in rocky relationships in the past, wouldn’t want it any other way for his present situation.
“I don’t want to do anything for a living if I can’t really work hard at it, work 18 hour days and be completely dedicated, but also feel like you have to be invested and work on your family,” he tells US Magazine.
4 Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s marriage is a match made in hip-hop heaven. Both vocalists, who are on the top of their own games in the music scene, already had the gossip machine churning since they did some sweet music on Crazy in Love in 2003. However, it was in their low-profile marriage in 2008 that they proved that they’re indeed ‘crazy’ for each other.
Currently, the couple is enjoying the parenting life, especially after the arrival of their daughter Blue Ivy last year. While Jay-Z continues to unleash hit after hit (he even released the song “Glory” about their daughter), Beyoncé is settling comfortably into being a mom in between tour dates.
“I have a mommy voice. I keep my Beyoncé voice for the stage and I have my simple mommy voice. So I say, well maybe I’ll just give a little simple nursery rhyme voice to my daughter,” says Beyoncé on UK’s DailyMail.
3 Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
It’s just pure bliss for everyone’s favourite gay couple: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Ever since Neil came out in 2006, and his relationship with Burtka a year after, everyone had been attuned to the How I Met Your Mother star’s budding romance. The result? A surrogate mother gave birth to the duo’s fraternal twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, in 2010.
What strengthened their bond more was their engagement in 2011, which followed the passing of the Marriage Equality Act in New York earlier that year. Since then, the two have been immensely enjoying family life, taking their kids everywhere as if the paparazzi did not matter.
“We really, really wanted kids. We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship-wise. We didn’t just accidentally get pregnant and decide that now we need to make this work. These kids come into our world with nothing but love,” says Neil on Celebrity Baby Scoop.
2 David and Victoria Beckham
Superstar footballer David Beckham and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham may just be everyone’s perennial favourite couple. Both started dating in 1997, while on the top of both of their careers, and lead to an extravagant wedding ceremony in Ireland’s Luttrellstown Castle. Years later, the marriage still stayed strong, as they moved to Beverly Hills, near the homes of Jay Leno and Katie Holmes.
All throughout their marriage, they have successfully raised four children: sons Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James, Cruz David, and Harper Seven. With four children, one wouldn’t think they couldn’t handle it, given that Victoria has moved on to fashion designing while David continued to strike those goals.
“The children are my priority and always have been and always will be, so it’s a little bit of a juggling act. I really enjoy being a mum, I love my kids more than anything, but I love doing what I do as well and it’s just getting the balance right, which is not easy at all,” tells Mrs. Beckham to Reuters.
1 Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, compared to others, are the ultimate power couple. While Will continues to do his thing in the movies and music (occasionally), Jada is busy with her business ventures and charity works. However, in whatever they do, they made it clear to make family their utmost priority, and well, they did. Leading from their wedding in 1997, Jada gave birth to two equally talented children, Jaden (14) and Willow (12).
Whereas, though the kids are now enjoying a bit of the spotlight (Jaden recently co-starred with his father in After Earth, while Willow has a blossoming music career), a test of value was seen recently on Willow, who was supposed to star in a hip-hop inspired remake of Annie.
“Willow was supposed to be doing ‘Annie’. Will says. "she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so’ and I said, ‘Baby, hold up! No, no, no, listen, you’ll be in New York with all your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.’”
Naturally, Will was awed by his daughter’s decision, saying that she has taught the family “how to snap ourselves back and refocus on the emotional needs of the people that we love.”
This might be traced to how Jada values the simple family life, which she relates to Redbook magazine. “We tend to find magic in the mundane. Picking Willow up from her girlfriend’s house at 9:30 PM, and enjoying that ride together, then stopping at 7-Eleven to get some ice cream as a family.”
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