These celeb mums decided to take a step away from their high-octane careers to focus on family life. But who decided to make a comeback? We reveal below.
Outspoken singer Lily Allen made a high-profile exit from the spotlight in 2009 to focus on motherhood and her relationship with husband Sam Cooper. However, four years later she was back. ‘I’m not the sort of person who can sit at home and look after [children] all day… there was a void. I’m a creative person; I like to speak my mind,’ she said. ‘Making music is the perfect vehicle for that.’
Adele announced that she was taking a five-year break to focus on her personal life, after a career high in 2012. ‘At least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy,’ she said in a Vogue interview. The Someone Like You singer and her partner Simon Konecki have since welcomed baby Angelo into their lives…but if rumours are to be believed a new album may surface by the end of the year!
After years of hectic touring, former Disney star Hilary Duff took a step away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to focus on raising her son with Mike Comrie, Luca, who was born in 2012. The Gossip Girl star is making a big comeback, however, with TV shows like Younger and even a new album in the pipeline!
Jessica Alba may be known for being an actress, but these days she’s as known for her homegrown family-focused business, The Honest Company – offering safe, organic and toxin-free products - which the mum-of-two launched in 2012 with business partner Christopher Gavigan. ‘When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been,’ she said. She can still be found on the big screen, however, with her return to the Sin City franchise this year.
Black Eyed Peas star Fergie took a break from her hectic career to focus on her family life in 2011, and is now a happy mum after welcoming baby Axl in 2013 with hubby Josh Duhamel. There are rumoured plans of another album in the works, however. Watch this space!
The Oscar-winning actress stepped away from the spotlight after having her daughter Nahla in 2008, but has decided not to do the same after the birth of her son Maceo this year. ‘When I got Nahla I took time off for almost four years. But now that job-wise everything is going so well, I definitely want to keep on working. That's why this little baby will travel a lot with me!’ she said.
You may not have seen Transformers star Megan Fox in anything high-profile recently, but that’s because the actress has been fully embracing motherhood and is now a proud mum of Bodhi and Noah. ‘I love it. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl. I always wanted to mother things and I constantly had a doll I was taking care of. I don’t receive the same satisfaction from my career as I do from being a mother so I’m really happy,’ she said.
Actress Sienna Miller, 32, put her successful career on hold in 2009 and then went on to become a mother to baby Marlowe two years ago, with actor partner Tom Sturridge, four years her junior – and it’s a role she’s loving. ‘I feel really settled. I have a wonderful life… It’s such a gift. And it’s grounding in a way you can’t describe,’ she said. Although her acting hiatus wasn’t long-lived, ‘going back to work is really exciting and fun.’
What age do you think is the best time to become a mother? According to recent statistics, nearly half (49%) of all live births were to mothers aged 30 and over, with the average age for first-time mothers coming in at 28.1 years.
But what about celebrities? We round up some of the most high-profile mothers, from Adele and Lily Allen who chose to become mothers in their twenties, to Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman who are welcoming bundles of joy into their lives well into their forties...
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