10 Stars Who Are Excelling Being Stepparents

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The adults who raise a child play a crucial role in their growth and development. Whether they are biological, foster, adoptive, or stepparents, these caregivers often have the most significant influence on a child’s life. That is why we are inspired by these stars, who chose to become amazing stepparents.

1. Gabrielle Union

When the actress began dating NBA player Dwayne Wade in 2008, he had just been awarded full custody of his 3 children.

And when the 2 tied the knot in 2014, Union officially became the kids’ stepparent — a term she finds annoying because she feels like it’s just a label used to identify people who are not the real mothers.

But regardless of the label, Union seems to be nailing the stepmom role. She supported Wade’s eldest child, Zaya, when she came out as transgender in 2020. Union said she’s happy for her stepdaughter, and they’re proud LGBTQ+ allies.

2. Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Catherine and her husband, Michael Douglas, have a total of three children: Dylan and Carys, who are their own, and Cameron, who is Michael’s from a previous marriage. Back in 2009, Cameron praised Catherine, saying she’s been a strong force in keeping their family close-knit.

«When Catherine came into our family, it could so easily have gone another way. You hear stories all the time about the younger stepmother pushing away the kids from a previous marriage,» shared Cameron. «But from the first day I met her, she said, ’I want us to be friends, and I want you to know that you are a huge part of our family and are welcome any time.’ She has been as good as her word ... I’ve never seen my father as happy as he is with her. It’s cool to see.»

3. Gwyneth Paltrow

The actress and Goop founder is also playing the role of stepmom to her second husband Brad Falchuk’s children. Incidentally, they are the same age as her own children with ex-husband Chris Martin.

Paltrow was quoted saying that she didn’t know how to be a stepmom at first, and there were no reference materials that could guide her. But she learned a lot through the process and loves her stepkids.

Paltrow also revealed in an interview that it took her and Falchuk a year after the wedding to move in together because they wanted to be mindful of their kids and the space they needed.

4. LeAnne Rimes

Singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes shares a special relationship with her husband Eddie Cibrian’s 2 teenage kids.

Rimes met them when they were still 6 and 2 years old, and she said it has been amazing to watch them grow. She also understands the responsibility of playing a part in how they are raised.

She also revealed that on Mother’s Day, the kids spend time with their mom. But then the following Sunday, she gets her turn as they celebrate “Stepmom Day,” where they go out for dinner as a whole family.

5. Penn Badgley

Penn tied the knot with singer and doula Domino Kirke in 2017. They welcomed their son, James, in 2020, and Penn has embraced the role of stepfather to Domino’s son from a previous relationship, Cassius. Domino has praised Penn for his excellent parenting skills in this new role.

«He’s a really good stepdad,» Domino revealed once. «He doesn’t have to be ‘dad’ so he can have more fun with him. It’s really nice. The stepparent thing is definitely uncharted territory for me ’cause I didn’t grow up with one, but ... he takes care of him really well.»

6. Alicia Keys

The 15-time Grammy winner married record producer and fellow Grammy awardee Swizz Beatz in 2010, and she became an instant mom to his son, Nasir Dean. Fun fact: Keys asked her stepson to call her “Umi,” which means mother in Arabic.

Despite a rocky start due to conflicts with Beatz’s ex-wife, Mashonda Tifrere, Keys said they managed to set ground rules and find a way to co-parent for Nasir.

And it looks like the “Girl on Fire” singer is a pretty “lit” stepmom too, as Tifrere wrote positively about her, and the 3 of them created an environment where all their children can thrive and feel loved.

7. Matt Damon

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Matt is a stepfather to Alexia, his wife Luciana Barroso’s daughter from her previous marriage. Alongside the three children they share together, Isabella, Gia, and Stella, they also care for Alexia. In 2014, Alexia’s biological father, Arby, shared with Star magazine how grateful he was for Matt’s positive influence in his daughter’s life.

«I couldn’t possibly have asked for a better stepfather for my daughter than Matt,» said Alexia’s biological father. «He treats Alexia like she is his own flesh and blood. Matt has been an absolute blessing for my daughter.»

8. Matthew Koma

Singer, songwriter, and producer Matthew Koma has become a second dad to Hilary Duff’s son, 9-year-old Luca, who she shares with her ex-husband. And it seems like Koma’s not going anywhere because he already got a permanent tattoo representing Luca.

In one video, Duff recalls her beau’s “meet-cute” with her eldest son. She said Koma showed up in a Ninja Turtle costume for Halloween, and Luca felt right away that he and Koma were going to be best friends.

Their instant connection made Duff believe that he was going to be a good father to their children. And it didn’t take long for her to confirm that, as they have 2 lovely kids of their own now.

9. Camilla Parker-Bowles

Most people would expect Prince William and Prince Harry to have a challenging relationship with their stepmom. On the contrary, the royal heirs defend her, saying she’s far from the wicked stepmother people make her out to be.

Prince Harry was quoted saying that he and his brother “love her to bits,” and that she is a wonderful woman who made their father very happy.

One journalist also wrote that Prince Harry has accepted that The Duchess of Cornwall has been in his father’s life for a very long time, and they’ve actually grown to like her.

10. Antonio Banderas

The actor, best known for his role as Zorro (and Puss in Boots in Shrek for the younger generation), is also a real-life hero and inspiration to his stepdaughter, Fifty Shades of Grey actress, Dakota Johnson.

Banderas became part of Johnson’s life when he married her mother, Melanie Griffith. The Hollywood couple ended their nearly 20-year relationship back in 2015, but that didn’t take away the special bond Banderas shared with Johnson.

In fact, at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards, Johnson paid tribute to her stepdad with a heartfelt speech. She said she learned a lot about passion and discipline from watching her “paponio” (her play on “papi” and Antonio) prepare for a role.

Banderas is equally proud of Johnson. He witnessed every single step of her career and calls her his “radiant Dakota” on social media. Talk about father-daughter goals!

Parenting is a big challenge, and it’s not any easier for celebrities. They face unique pressures and challenges, but they also have their own methods and rules when it comes to raising their children. Just like any other parent, they try to navigate the ups and downs of parenting while juggling their careers and public image.

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