Listen up, single parents looking for love: Match.com has released a new study that reflects the growing number of single parents dating (and finding success!) online.
Jamie Lynn Spears and her ex-boyfriend, Casey Aldridge, who's the father of her two-year-old daughter, Maddie, reunited to take Maddie to Universal Studios over the weekend, accompanied by Jamie Lynn's parents, Jamie and Lynn. The estranged parents, now 19 and 21, also took in a Lady Gaga concert last Wednesday.
Halle Berry is on the cover of the September issue of Vogue, and inside the mammoth magazine she talks about her April breakup with her daughter's father, Canadian model Gabriel Aubrey, and how she enjoys walking around naked. "By the time [the breakup] hit the papers—full of rumors and lies, with people having to make up problems between us—Gabriel and I had long dealt with it," she said.
Sean Penn and Robin Wright's divorce was finalized this week, after almost three years of separation, reconciliation, re-separation and legal wrangling. The couple, who had their first child in 1991 and married in 1996, came to an agreement on dividing their assets and custody of their 17-year-old son, Hopper, yesterday, according to People.
Just days after his team was eliminated from the World Cup, Portuguese star and man-candy-about-town Cristiano Ronaldo announced on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts that he's become a first-time father. And the world reeled with shock, because seriously, that came out of left field.
Mel Gibson's breakup with the woman he impregnated and left his wife of almost 30 years for just got nastier. Mel and Oksana Grigorieva split in April, six months after their daughter, Lucia, was born, and now Radar reports that on Wednesday he filed a restraining order against Oksana.
In the second half of my fourth decade, I became a single mom. For a year it was more than enough and I threw myself into a world of sippy cups and story-times. But one spring day, as the cherry trees blossomed, a longing bloomed in me—I wanted something else, someone else. So I dusted off the Goldfish crumbs and decided to date. But how long could I—a seven-day-a-week, twenty-four-hour-a-day mother—keep the man I was dating out of my "real" life, the one that involved being responsible for a three-foot-high person?
In 2003, after nearly 14 years of marriage, Julie Metz learned that her husband Henry had been cheating on her with multiple women. Shattering to any wife, news of his infidelity hit Metz particularly hard—Henry had passed away six months prior. The revelation of his rampant adultery—including a three-year affair with a close family friend—dealt Metz a second, equally wounding blow. In her memoir, "Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal," Metz recounts the aftermath of this revelation and chronicles her path to self-renewal and rediscovery of both love and trust.
Would Andy think Jake was as perfect as I did? Perfect manners. Perfect behavior. Perfect attitude. Jake had just turned three. He was a sweet kid, affectionate and kind—but perfect manners? Who was I kidding? It wasn't as if "thank you" was exactly a recognized word in his vocabulary.
For months I watched women swoon over "The Bachelor," Jason Mesnick, a divorced single father, and I just couldn’t understand why. As a single twentysomething, I am the center of my world, and I like it that way. While I certainly want kids, I don’t want them right now. And I’ve always imagined that when the time comes, my partner and I will experience all of the firsts of parenthood together. But as I am constantly reminded, life doesn’t always work out the way I imagine it will.
For all of its ridiculous moments*, last night's episode of The Bachelor made us realize one thing: the single parent experience is growing increasingly mainstream. Jason, the bachelor and single dad in question, has 10 remaining women on the show; two of them are single mothers, and all of them are gaga for his divorced self. The latest US census showed single parent homes have held steady at around 9 percent of all households for the past fifteen years. Meanwhile, the increase in popularity of online dating and the prevalance of divorce have made dating with children a common occurrence. In our not-so-distant past, unmarried or divorced parents risked facing judgment from the state, society and religious institutions for their status.