10 Celebrities Who Are Rocking the Stepparent Role

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In dramas and telenovelas, stepparents are frequently portrayed as “villains.” Thankfully, some celebrities led the way, demonstrating that having a “mixed” family isn’t always a terrible thing. Parenting a child who is not biologically yours can be difficult, but people don’t always have to have the same blood to form a special bond.

1. Gabrielle Union

Dwayne Wade, an NBA star, had just been granted full custody of his three children when the actress began seeing him in 2008.

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Union became the kids’ stepparent when the two married in 2014, a title she dislikes since she believes it’s just a label used to identify people who aren’t the genuine mothers.

Union, however, appears to be nailing the stepmom position, regardless of the label. When Wade’s eldest kid, Zaya, came out as transgender in 2020, she had her back. Union expressed her joy for her stepdaughter and stated that they are staunch LGBTQ+ allies.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow

The actress and founder of Goop is also a stepmother to her second husband Brad Falchuk’s kids. They’re the same age as her children from her previous marriage to Chris Martin.

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Paltrow was quoted as claiming that she didn’t know how to be a stepmom at first and didn’t have any resources to help her. However, she gained a great deal from the experience and adores her stepchildren.

Paltrow also said in an interview that it took her and Falchuk a year after their wedding to move in together because they needed space for their children.

3. Blake Shelton

The Voice coach claims he takes his job as a “bonus dad” to Gwen Stefani’s three sons seriously, having grown up with a stepfather himself.

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He considers his stepfather to be one of his heroes, and he aspires to be the same for his children. He went on to say that he can’t fathom his life now without these lads.

Plus, the country artist admired Stefani’s sons so much that he sought their approval before proposing to her, which is very nice!

4. LeAnne Rimes

LeAnn Rimes, a singer-songwriter, has a special bond with her husband Eddie Cibrian’s two adolescent children.

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Rimes first met them when they were 6 and 2 years old, and she has enjoyed watching them grow. She also recognises the importance of having a say in how kids are reared.

She also disclosed that the kids spend Mother’s Day with their mother. The next Sunday, though, she gets her chance as they celebrate “Stepmom Day,” which includes a family meal.

5. Alicia Keys

In 2010, the 15-time Grammy winner married Swizz Beatz, a song producer and fellow Grammy winner, and became an instant mother to their son, Nasir Dean. Keys requested that her stepson call her “Umi,” which is Arabic for “mother.”

Despite a tough start owing to disagreements with Beatz’s ex-wife, Mashonda Tifrere, Keys claimed they were able to establish ground rules and co-parent Nasir.

Tifrere wrote positively about the “Girl on Fire” singer, and the three of them built an environment where all of their children may develop and feel loved.

6. Matthew Koma

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Matthew Koma, a singer, songwriter, and producer, has adopted Hilary Duff’s 9-year-old son Luca, whom she shares with her ex-husband. And it appears that Koma isn’t going anywhere because he has a permanent tattoo of Luca on his arm.

Duff recalls her beau’s “meet-cute” with her eldest son in one video. Koma arrived in dressed as a Ninja Turtle for Halloween, and Luca knew straight once that he and Koma would be closest friends.

Duff believed he would be a good father to their children because of their initial bond. And she quickly confirmed it, since they now have two gorgeous children of their own.

7. Eva Longoria

The Desperate Housewives star didn’t want children until she became a stepmother to José Bastón’s three children from a previous marriage.

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She claims that becoming a stepparent helped her prepare for motherhood’s problems.

When they announced their pregnancy in 2018, she felt confident that they had built a solid foundation and were ready to grow their family.

8. Joe Manganiello

Sofia Vergara, star of Magic Mike and mother of Modern Family, married in 2015. Manganiello is already a proud stepfather to Vergara’s charming kid, Manolo, despite the fact that they don’t have children of their own.

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Manganiello supports Manolo in his accomplishments, as when he graduated from college back in 2015.

Manolo clearly adores his stepfather, and he demonstrated his support for his parents’ relationship by surprising them with a nice anniversary dinner.

9. Camilla Parker-Bowles

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Most people assume Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship with their stepmother is strained. On the contrary, the royal heirs protect her, saying she’s far from the cruel stepmother people make her out to be.

According to reports, Prince Harry and his brother “love her to bits” and that she is a great woman who made their father happy.

According to one journalist, Prince Harry has accepted the fact that The Duchess of Cornwall has been in his father’s life for a long time and that they’ve learned to like her.

10. Antonio Banderas

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The actor, who is most recognised for his portrayal as Zorro (or Puss in Boots in Shrek for the younger generation), is also a real-life hero and inspiration to his stepdaughter, Dakota Johnson, who plays Dakota in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

When Banderas married Johnson’s mother, Melanie Griffith, he became a part of her life. The Hollywood couple split up in 2015 after a nearly 20-year relationship, but Banderas and Johnson still have a particular affinity.

Johnson paid tribute to her stepfather with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards. She claimed witnessing her “paponio” (her play on “papi” and Antonio) prepare for a part taught her a lot about enthusiasm and discipline.

Johnson makes Banderas equally proud. He has followed her work closely and refers to her as “radiant Dakota” on social media. Talk about achieving your father-daughter goals!

What do you believe the most difficult aspect of becoming a stepparent is? Do you know anyone else who has adopted children who aren’t their biological children? In the comments area, please share your ideas and stories.

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