8 Celeb Moms Who Have an Only Child
Considering the media circus surrounding daughter Suri's birth, is it any wonder power couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise stopped at one child? After the pair divorced in 2012, rumors swirled that babies were the last thing on the actress's mind, though more recent reports claim she's "open" to the idea of giving her daughter siblings. Of course, with Suri's bubbling personality and sass, we think one might be plenty for now.
Having an only child wasn't part of Michelle Williams' family plans. In 2012, she told People, "I really wanted, and I really expected or imagined, that Matilda would have siblings that were close to her age." But any plans to expand the family were put on hold. In September 2007, Williams ended her relationship with Matilda's dad, Heath Ledger. Months later, Ledger passed away unexpectedly of an accidental prescription drug overdose. Though the New York–based actress has dated since then, she's mostly focused on raising her daughter.
When she's not busy cracking us up, funny gal Jenny McCarthy is devoted to raising her only child, Evan, with ex-husband John Mallory Asher. Last year, she married Donnie Wahlberg, and the couple combined their families. (The actor and former New Kids on the Block front man has two children from a previous marriage.) In an interview with Hollywood Life, McCarthy said that they would only have more children if "it's in God's plan. It's not currently in ours."
During their eight-year relationship, Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen had one child, Lily. Though they never married, the couple continue to co-parent their daughter. Beckinsale hasn't ruled out getting pregnant again, but she's also not seized with baby fever. In a 2012 interview, the British actress admitted she considered having another child. "I go back and forth on it. I feel very lucky in that we navigated a pretty bumpy situation and that Lily's okay," she told Glamour UK. "So my resistance is along the lines of, 'Do I want to upset the apple cart?'" She also confessed that "at some point the decision will be made for me, when my ovaries dry up and die. We'll see. There's nothing that makes me go, 'And now I must have triplets.'"
A few years after their wedding—and with the help of in vitro fertilization—Courteney Cox and David Arquette welcomed a daughter, Coco. Despite the struggle to get pregnant and a bout of postpartum depression when Coco was 6 months old, Cox wanted to have more children. Her age made pregnancy a long shot, and the actress reportedly considered more rounds of in vitro or adoption. "In retrospect, I would say: Don't wait as long as I did," she told People in 2008. "Especially if you want more than one child."
Debra Messing met her former hubby, actor and screenwriter Daniel Zelman, on their first day as graduate students at NYU. They married after dating for many years, and in 2004, the actress gave birth to their son, Roman Walker. Though Messing and Zelman have since divorced, they both remain involved in their child's life: For Roman's 11th birthday, his proud parents took him to a New York Rangers hockey game.
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Before she fell in love with Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart was busy with a much younger guy: her adopted son, Liam. When the actors got together, Liam was around six months old, according to Ford, and he was only too happy to be a part of the family. "I do whatever Calista and Liam want to do," the actor told Parade. "We'll take a few hours on Sunday morning to go motorcycle riding or go for a hike."
She may have been the face of Calvin Klein and the sartorial lodestar for many a Gen X-er, but it looks like Kate Moss has found her best role as mom to daughter Lila. (Dad is former longtime boyfriend Jefferson Hack.) The supermodel went on the record as saying that when her kiddo was born, she "felt like now I've got a partner in crime. I'm never going to have to be on my own again." Despite the trappings of fame and fortune, the mom-daughter duo sound surprisingly down to earth. In a 2015 interview on the social networking website Ask.fm, Lila said, "Like every mum, she's embarrassing and annoying, but you love them, really."