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Celebrity Moms Who Had Babies as Teenagers
While reality shows have been accused of glamorizing teenage pregnancy, the statistics surrounding becoming a teenage mom are far from glamorous. In fact, they are absolutely heartbreaking. Researchers have shown that teens who get pregnant are less likely to finish high school, more likely to be poor as adults, more likely to rely on public assistance and more likely to have kids who’ll have a poorer education.
While the numbers are alarming, there are many teenage mothers who have defied the odds and have risen to success. Today, teen pregnancy is on the decline, but, many young women, even celebrities, have had to endure the pressure and public stigma that comes with teenage motherhood.
More often than not, those numbers don’t lie, but sometimes they do. Below are six famous faces who, once were well on their way to becoming part of the dreaded teen mom statistic. Fortunately, for us and for them these stars did not allow their dire circumstances to derail or define their future.
Life was no fairytale for this soon-to-be singing sensation. Fantasia was raped by a classmate, dropped out of high school in the ninth grade, got pregnant at 16, and had her first child at 17. A couple of years later she found success by winning American idol, and launched a rewarding acting career, in film, TV and on Broadway. But more importantly, Fantasia finally received her high school diploma a feat, this former teenage mom, had longed to accomplish.
Funny lady Roseanne was 17 when she had her first child; a daughter she gave up for adoption. But, the childhood pregnancy didn’t stop Roseanne. Ten years later, this no-nonsense comedienne was touring the club circuit, and performing on late-night talk shows, inevitably making her mark on history. This led to her own HBO show, and eventually, her highly rated, self-titled sitcom, Roseanne. 18 years after giving up her little girl, they reunited, and the rest, as they say, is Her-Story.
This literary icon gave birth to her son at the sweet age of 16. Ms. Angelou endured a tragic childhood. After being molested at 8, she became a mute for nearly five years, never uttering a syllable; for fear that her words caused the death of her rapist. Fortunately, her voice came back, stronger, and more powerful, most notably in her writing, which included her Pulitzer Prize nominated autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing. Ms. Angelou, for what you have successfully accomplished, and the example you have set, despite your travails; we applaud you; we admire you; we say thank you.
The world renowned, Queen of Soul admitted to discovering boys early in life. After getting pregnant in grade school, she delivered her first son at the tender age of 14, and her second son before turning 17. Undaunted, this burgeoning artist continued in hot pursuit of her music career. While most girls were picking out prom dresses this adolescent mom was raising a family, making music, touring the country, changing her reality and making her dreams come true.
She’s been called the Queen of Talk; the most influential woman in the world; one of the greatest philanthropists in American history, and the world’s most powerful woman. And still, with all of those impressive titles most don’t realize that Oprah once held the label of “teenage mom.” She gave birth to a baby boy when she was 14, but sadly, her son passed away shortly thereafter. Ms. Winfrey conquered a horrendous childhood, and although she never reared offspring of her own, she overcame her past, and in doing so, soared to the pinnacle of success.
Let us rise, and give the first lady of country music a standing ovation. Now, even though this coal-miner’s daughter wasn’t a single mom, she was nonetheless a teen mother, having her first child at 14; and her second, third and fourth before turning 18 years of age. But, having four small children didn’t deter Ms. Lynn; it inspired her. This honky-tonk, singer-songwriter got her first guitar by the age of 21, and taught herself to play. By the age of 24, her husband encouraged her to become a vocalist and by then this young mother was unstoppable; her talents had no choice but to get in line and help shape her destiny.
The above success stories represent only a handful of the millions upon millions who’ve turned a childhood mistake into an extremely rewarding future. For teenage moms, societal odds paint a negative picture of what will be, but with hard work and determination these mothers have the possibility to unveil a beautiful portrait of what can be—the star of a meaningful life lived with purpose and passion.
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