A Look at 5 Stepfamilies in Hollywood

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

There are millions of stepfamilies across the nation.

So it’s no wonder that Hollywood has its fair share of blended families. From LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s crew, to Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady’s bunch, let’s take a look at 5 stepfamilies in Tinseltown.

Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green

Hot Hollywood couple Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are getting ready to welcome a sibling for Brian’s 10-year-old son Kassius later this year.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star said that his wife is an amazing stepmother to his son, whom he welcomed with ex Vanessa Marcil in March 2002.

“She is absolutely my better half in parenting,” Green said. “She just gets it. It’s instinctual for her. She loves my son, Kassius. And from the time we started dating – you know, she was 18 – she stepped in and took control. It’s unbelievable. At 18, I was like, ‘Hey, which club is open tonight? And how cool do my pants look? Can I sneak a drink across the bar without getting caught?’”

Sara Evans & Jay Barker

Country crooner Sara Evans has her hands full with a blended family of 7 children with husband Jay Barker.

The Anywhere singer opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about staying organized in their large family.

“It’s definitely a lot to keep track of [laughs]!,” she said. “I try to stay super organized with my schedule. My work schedule is crazy by itself, but when you add in 7 kids and their school activities, sports, Jay’s work, etc., it can be nuts. I have a calendar that I keep with me almost all the time to just stay on top of it all.”

So any chance for baby No. 8?

“We’ve definitely talked about it and would love to have a child together at some point,” she said. “Right now we’re so busy with 7 kids though!”

Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer

Anna Paquin and her True Blood costar husband Stephen Moyer are getting ready to welcome twins this fall.

And they’ll be adding to the brood! Anna is stepmom to Stephen’s two children – daughter Lilac, 10, and son Billy, 12 – from previous relationships.

“I love my kids beyond anything,” Stephen recently said. “They’re the best things ever, and having two more is just going to be even more crazy, but that’s cool!”

LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian

Country crooner LeAnn Rimes is one of the most infamous stepmothers in Hollywood. After being the alleged mistress in Eddie Cibrian and Brandi Glanville’s marriage, LeAnn and Eddie went on to wed in April 2011.

The Blue singer has often spoken about her role as “bonus mom” to Eddie and Brandi’s sons Mason, 9, and Jake, 5. And she admits she treats the boys “as if they are my own.”

“It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household,” LeAnn said. “It can be incredibly intimidating…. As a parent you try everything in your power to make it easy on the kids, to make them feel like there’s more love than they could ever imagine, not less.”

And how does Brandi feel about these comments?

Though she’s comforted by the fact that her boys are loved, the reality TV star says she’s not exactly happy with everything LeAnn says and does when it comes to her kids.

“When she has a child of her own, she’ll understand how a lot of the things she says and does regarding my children can be construed as really inappropriate,” said Brandi.

Gisele Bündchen & Tom Brady

Gisele Bündchen says she found out her then-boyfriend, football hunk Tom Brady, was expecting a baby with another woman when they were 2 1/2 months into their relationship. The handsome couple are now married and parents to 2-year-old son Benjamin, with their second child on the way.

Now 5 years old, Tom’s first child, son Jack, is being raised by mom Bridget Moynahan, as well as by his football star father and supermodel stepmother.

“I understand that he has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child,” Gisele said of Jack. “I feel it is, 100 percent. I want him to have a great relationship with his mom, because that’s important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.”

And being the classy lady that she is, Jack’s mom has only spoken respectful words about their stepfamily.

“I never made a comment about Gisele or Tom publicly. I have a relationship with these people on a daily basis,” Bridget said, adding, “My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love.”

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  1. by Gloria Lintermans

    On August 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Creating a successful stepfamily is a challenge, but it can be done. Three potential problem areas are: financial burdens, role ambiguity, and the children’s Negative Feelings when they don’t want the new family to “work.”

    Husbands sometimes feel caught between the often impossible demands of their former family and their present one. Some second wives also feel resentful about the amount of income that goes to the husband’s first wife and family.

    Legally, the stepparent has no prescribed rights or duties, which may result in tension, compromise, and role ambiguity.

    Another complication of role ambiguity is that society seems to expect acquired parents and children to instantly love each other. In reality, this is often just not the case.

    The third reason for a difficult stepparent-child relationship might be that a child does not want this marriage to work, and so, acts out with hostility, since children commonly harbor fantasies that their biological parents will reunite. Stepchildren can prove hostile adversaries, and this is especially true for adolescents.

    Clinicians say that the role of stepmother is more difficult than that of stepfather, because stepmother families may more often be born of difficult custody battles and/or particularly troubled family relations. Society is also contradictory in expecting loving relationships between stepmothers and children while, at the same time, portraying stepmothers as cruel and even abusive (Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel are just a few bedtimestories we are all familiar with).

    Men who marry women with children come to their new responsibilities with a mixed bag of emotions, far different from those that make a man assume responsibility for his biological children. A new husband might react to an “instant” family with feelings which range from admiration to fright to contempt.

    The hidden agenda is one of the first difficulties a stepfather runs into: The mother or her children, or both, may have expectations about what he will do, but may not give him a clear picture of what those expectations are. The husband may also have a hidden agenda.

    A part of the stepchildren’s hidden agenda is the extent to which they will let the husband play father.

    The key is for everyone to work together.

    The husband, wife, their stepchildren, and their non-custodial biological parent can all negotiate new ways of doing things by taking to heart and incorporating the information you are about to learn—the most positive alternative for everyone.

    Now you have a pretty good feel for what everyone is going through. How do you start to make it better — a process that can take years? First you must be very clear about what you want and expect from this marriage and the individuals involved, including yourself. What are you willing to do? In a loving and positive way, now is the time to articulate, negotiate, and come to an agreement on your expectations and about how you and your partner will behave.

    The best marriages are flexible marriages, but how can you be flexible if you do not know what everyone needs right now. And, this may change over time, so there must be room for that to happen as well.

    In flexible marriages partners are freer to reveal the parts of their changing selves that no longer fit into their old established patterns. You couldn’t possibly have known at the beginning of your new family what you know now and will learn later.

    Spouses may feel the “conflict taboo” even more than in a first marriage. It is understandable that you want to make this marriage work. You might feel too “battle-scarred” to open “a can of worms.” And so, you gloss over differences that need airing and resolution—differences over which you may not have hesitated to wage war in your first marriage. Avoiding airing your differences is a serious mistake. It is important for you to understand your own and your partner’s needs because society hasn’t a clue how stepfamilies should work. Unless you talk about your expectations, they are likely to be unrealistic.

    Since roughly one third of stepfamilies do survive—even thrive—we know that stepfamilies can grow the safety, support, and comfort that only healthy families provide. Consider the following for living your step/blended family life well:

    You must assess, as a couple, how well you accept and resolve conflicts with each other and key others. Learn and steadily work to develop verbal skills: listen with empathy, effectively show your needs, and problem-solve together. The emotional highs of new love can disguise deep disagreement on parenting, money, family priorities, and home management, i.e., values that will surface after the wedding.

    Together, accept your prospective identity as a normal, unique, multi-home stepfamily. You need to admit and resolve strong disagreements, well enough for positive results.

    You must balance and co-manage all of these tasks well enough on a daily basis to: build a solid, high-priority marriage; enjoy your kids; and, to keep growing emotionally and spiritually as individual people.

    Know and take comfort in the fact that confidant stepfamily adult teams (not simply couples), can provide the warmth, comfort, inspiration, support, security—and often (not always) the love—that adults and kids long for.

    Gloria Lintermans is the author of THE SECRETS TO STEPFAMILY SUCCESS: Revolutionary Tools to Create a Blended Family of Support and Respect.