Celebrities Who Have Excelled At Being A Single Daddy

May 05, 2021Kara

Since we've previously lauded a few single moms, we've opted to focus our attention on these celebrity fathers who are excelling at raising a child on their own. Since breakups are popular in Hollywood, surprisingly, there are several single daddies, and those dads just can't stop bragging about their kids, taking them to events, and writing lovely Instagram posts! You will be shocked to see how some of your beloved actors interact with their precious kids. 

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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was a full-time single dad to his children Connor and Isabella even before his split from Katie Holmes. Nicole Kidman was Cruise's former wife. On December 24, 1990, the pair wed, and since Kidman had difficulty conceiving at first, the couple agreed to adopt. Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise, born in 1992, and Connor Antony Cruise, born in 1995, were adopted by the couple. But in the end, Tom Cruise was the one who’s really close to them!

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Totally Dedicated Dad

Kidman has acknowledged that she has never had a particularly close friendship with the two kids. In reality, none of them ever addressed her as "mom," the kids decided to remain with Tom after the split. On November 18, 2006, Cruise married Katie Holmes. Although Holmes kept custody of their young daughter, Suri, he’s recognized for his unwavering commitment to all of his children. The next one became a single dad after losing his wife.

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Liam Neeson

Since 2009, the Northern Irish actor who played the leading role in Schindler's List has become a single father. Liam Neeson raised his two sons, Micheal and Daniel, after his wife, Natasha Richardson, passed away in a skiing accident. Bono, the lead singer of U2 and Liam's wife's family, was very compassionate to his family during that tough time, balancing his career and raising children. The next father split with his long-time partner—can you guess who?

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Johnny Depp

Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp were never married. Sadly, their long-term relationship ended in 2012. Jack and Lily-Rose, their kids, were both young at the time. Lily-Rose, Jack's younger sister, was just a young adolescent. Despite his stressful job, Johnny has proven to be a wonderful, compassionate, and caring father to his children. The next dad helped the doctors during his kids’ birth…

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Brad Pitt

You may be familiar with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's story, but you may not be aware of any of the facts surrounding their relationship. For example, Brad saw the birth of his twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, and assisted the doctor who performed the C-section. Of course, considering the feelings of actually engaging in the birth of his own children, he had to remain focused. The "Hottest Single Celebrity Dad" is coming right up…

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Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell's 2009 title of "Hottest Single Celebrity Dad" seems to have much to do with his devotion and commitment to his two sons, James and Henry. Even though they have different mothers, and the fact that Colin has been a true ladies' man, he did not spend much time with either of his wives. Instead, he is fully focused on providing the best life for his children. For the next one, he thought he’ll remain a single dad forever after losing his wife.

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Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan had no thought of remarrying after the tragic loss of his beloved wife, Cassandra, but destiny had other plans. Keely Shaye Smith, a journalist, became his second wife and the mother of his two smaller kids, Paris and Dylan. He also had two adoptive daughters, Chris and Charlotte, from his first marriage and a biological son, Sean. He raised the three children on his own. He is now the grandfather of two. A confident single dad follows next …

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Orlando Bloom

Can you recall Legolas, the elf from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy? Orlando Bloom separated from Miranda Kerr after his role in the saga in 2013, but the Australian supermodel gave him a son named Flynn before they split. Orlando was a dedicated single father who took his job very seriously. This is easy to remember when you see the British star confidently walking alongside Flynn. The next one is truly dedicated even to kids that are not his own …

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Seal's great relationship with Heidi Klum ended in 2014 unfortunately. However, Seal has adopted Heidi's daughter, Leni, whom she had with Flavio Briatore in 2009. They also had three children together between 2005 and 2009: Lan, Johan, and Henry. They are still co-parenting though!

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Importance of Coordination

The pair can still be seen with their four beautiful children on occasion, and they both deem their children to be more important than all of their differences. Naturally, these celebrities need as much support as possible from all aides and nannies to coordinate family time and ensure a regular schedule. Get to know a single dad who’s unmarried next.

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Al Pacino

Al Pacino has three children, despite never being married. Jan Tarrant, his acting mentor, gave birth to Julie Marie, and actress Beverly D'Angelo gave him Olivia Rose and Anton James.  He shared custody of the last child, planning his life around that of his children to spend as much time as possible with them. Troublesome relationships can also lead to single parenting.

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Nicholas Cage

Nicholas Cage and Christina Fulton split up shortly after Weston was born in 1990. He raised Weston all by himself in Los Angeles for a while since their relationship was already troubled, but this did not stop him from being an amazing dad! But that's not all. 

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Useful Experience

Nicholas used his single father experience when he accepted the part of a single father in the film Knowing in 2009. It seems like the secret of single dads raising children is simply not giving up even though it's hard. It’s good that the next celebrity is close with his ex’s children too!

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Antonio Banderas

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas separated in 2014, and Antonio took care of Stella del Carmen as a single father after they parted ways. Dakota and Alexander are Melanie's other children, and even though Antonio is not their biological parent, they always had a wonderful bond with him. Then, there’s a celebrity who just wants to be a single dad!

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Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin wanted to be a single father with or without a partner, and he adopted his twin boys, Matteo and Valentino. After marrying Jwan Yosef, the family grew by one. Lucia, his daughter, was instantly adored by her big brothers. All of the children were born from surrogate mothers. A really cool dad is up next!

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Scott Disick

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have a large following thanks to their appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Unfortunately, the couple is unable to overcome some of the pressures that life throws at the families. Even though they are no longer together, no one can deny that Scott is one of the best fathers in the world, particularly because not all super dads fly their kids around the world just for fun! It’s nice to have a dad who’s there when he’s needed.

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba became a single father for his daughter Isan after his separation from Dormowa Sherman. His son Weston with Naiyana Garth was born in 2014. Idris aspires to be an amazing dad and is always there for his children whenever they need him around. No matter how difficult, he still does his best.

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Doing the Best that He Can

Idris is doing what he can to guide and assist them, as he understands that children should not raise themselves. Being a father is an important part of Idris' life, even though it is difficult for someone like him with a promising acting career. All the next one knows is that he won’t screw the life of his kid up…

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Josh Duhamel

The actor shared that he prioritizes his children more than anything in the world! He owes that to his kids. Josh Duhamel decided to do just that. He claims that this is his only key guideline for raising his son Axl, or at least that's what he told Ellen Degeneres on one of her shows. The next celebrity dad must be so proud now…

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz's daughter, believe it or not, is 31 years old today. When they get together, they look more like friends than father and daughter, and they do collaborate on a few similar ventures! Lenny is extremely proud of Zoe as a daughter. Zoe also owes her success to Lenny and her mother, Lisa Bonet, who did not spoil her along the way. Lenny is now a father of a rising star!

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Cat Woman’s Dad

Zoe, who is now a well-known model and actress, has always been close to Lenny, who raised her alone after his parents separated from him. Zoe moved to New York after a shared custody deal when she was 11 years old. The next one may have made fans felt devastated when they knew he’s a dad, but he’s great at it!

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Louis Tomlinson

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson from the United Kingdom had a brief friendship with Briana Jungwirth, a stylist. Freddie, their son, was born in 2016. They separated a few months later, and Louis became yet another single father. The couple argued over the child's joint custody. Though Briana shares several photographs of their child on social media, Louis wishes for more privacy for his son. Being a good dad is all the matters to the next celebrity father.

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Marc Anthony

Being a decent father is extremely important to Marc Anthony. When his two children with Jennifer Lopez, Emme, and Max, were young, he wished he could sit at home and be there for every moment of their lives. He now also goes on holidays with his family...and Alex Rodriguez, to make up for his regret of working too hard so early in their lives. The next one finds himself often the only man at school events.

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Carlos Ponce

Carlos Ponce is a Puerto Rican singer and actor. He married Veronica Rubio, whom he had met since high school. They have four children together. Carlos was an active participant in his children's life as a father. He used to accompany them to their school meetings when they were younger, as he did not think this is only a mother's responsibility. He was, however, often the only father present at school-sponsored events. The next dad has to postpone his career.

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Skeet Ulrich

Skeet Ulrich's career was put on hold as he cared for his twins. Even though they are both grown up now, he stays dedicated to his son Jakob and his daughter Naiia. This whole story seems to have just added to Riverdale's popularity. Same as Skeet, the next one also disappeared from the public for some time…

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Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis disappeared from the public eye after becoming a well-known star in the 1980s. The Ghostbusters actor became a full-time single father with his two children after a tragedy. His decision to stop acting would not have piqued people's interest if he hadn't been successful and at the pinnacle of his career. Similarly, fathers who stay at home with their children are more normal among non-celebrities. An overprotective son hinders this next dad from dating again.

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Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs and his wife Idina Menzel have a son named Walker Nathaniel. Taye became a single parent in 2014 after his marriage ended. As you would expect, this made dating a bit more challenging. His young son was very overprotective of him. In the cutest way possible, Walker said flatly that he wishes his father would just hang out with him and not have girlfriends. After some public custody fight, this next dad won the battle!

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Usher's divorce from Tameka Foster in 2009 was followed by a public custody dispute that lasted three years! None of their children were even ten years old at the time. Eventually, the pop star was given full custody. Usher “Cinco” Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond seem to be miniature copies of their dad, who is immensely proud of them and constantly tweets their snaps. There are really single dads who are so considerate!

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Dwayne Wade

Dwyane Wade married his high school sweetheart and had two daughters. After the couple split, Wade gained custody of the children, making him a single dad to his girls. Wade said in an interview with Newsweek in 2011 that he wants his children's relationship with their mother to be as healthy as possible. A secret single father comes next!

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Another secret single father is Nelly. He is the biological father of Cornell and Chanel and the legal guardian of Sean Thomas and Sydney, his niece and nephew, his sister's children. Nelly, who has a reputation for being a tough guy, is said to break down in front of his kids. He not only takes care of his family but also other children in need.

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Making a Big Difference

Following some hurtful tweets, he took to Instagram to protect his children. To make a difference, the big-hearted rapper believes that education is crucial, so he sends two deprived children to college every year. Now, here’s another single dad who became one after he decided to have surrogate kids.

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Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen became a parent via surrogate in June 2019 after years of careful consideration, several prayers, and research benefits. He announced the good news six months ahead of time. He announced his decision to raise the baby on his own four months before the event. He also said that he prefers to be alone and not have to wait on anyone. The next dad has so many children.

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Sean Combs

Sean Combs, alias P. Diddy, with his high school sweetheart, Misa Hylton-Brim, have a biological son named Justin. Christian, Quincy, and twins Jessie and D'Lila are Kim Porter's children. In 2007, Kim ended her relationship with him. Further on, he had another daughter, Chance, with one of his former lovers, Sarah Chapman. The next one is a very famous director and his particularly a fan of Star Wars!

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George Lucas

For several years, George Lucas, the man behind Star Wars, was a single parent of three adopted children.  Lucas adopted Amanda before breaking up with Marcia. Katie and Jett were later adopted as well. According to a New York Times interview from 1999, he considers single mothers to be true heroes and that parenting children is more important than Star Wars. Mellody Hobson, Lucas's current partner, has a daughter with him. A very private dad follows next…

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Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx likes to keep his children's identity private. He did not marry or reveal his relationship with his children's mother, who served in the Air Force. Annalise Bishop and Corinne Foxx are his two children. Corrinne is a successful woman in her own right. She has a modeling career and was crowned Miss Golden Globe in 2015. Who would have thought that the next one is also a single parent?

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is among the most pursued men globally, by both women and soccer teams clamoring for his talents. He, too, became a single father in 2011.  Cristiano Jr.'s mother's identity is kept a secret, and Ronaldo has full custody.  He said that he would expose the mother's name only to his child but not to the rest of the world. Parenting experiences can really teach others about certain things.

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Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus raised his son with Helena Christensen, a supermodel, alone for several years. Mingus, the child, is now 20 years old, and his stepmother, Diane Kruger, gave him a younger sister in 2018. It is said that  Reedus' experience taught the actress a thing or two about parenting. Read on and see who’s the single father who’s raising his own heiress!

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Larry Birkhead

Larry Birkhead, Anna Nicole Smith's ex, joined the list of successful single fathers in 2007. Dannielynn's identity is now closely guarded after a DNA test revealed he is her biological father. Even though she will one day become a millionaire, she lives a simple life for the time being. The child is given information about Anna Nicole, whom she thinks to be a stunning woman. Of course, you would know about this next one’s story already.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, the influential American singer, and dancer raised Paris and Prince as a single father for many years. In 1999, the King of Pop and Deborah Jeanne Rowe separated. For a long time, she was not only his wife but also a friend. Michael was given sole custody of the children. Paris, his daughter, fascinated everyone in 2009 when she declared that their father was the best father anybody could ask for. The next one decided to be amiable and focuses on co-parenting.

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David Arquette

Courtney Cox and David Arquette remained close friends even after their separation. Since the pair had a daughter, Coco, this was often beneficial when there are children involved. Their breakup in 2010 was rather amicable. Two years apart, the parents split legally, and despite their differences, they shared custody and spent time together for Coco's sake. The father of the year is coming right up!

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Shaquille O’Neal

He is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, with many honors to his credit, but he claims that this was not his best achievement. His best award was the National Father's Day Council's award for best father of the year. It was the most valuable honor Shaquille had ever received in his entire career, out of his own words.  The next one realized that it’s never easy to raise children alone.

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Jack Osbourne

Being a single dad with three daughters is not easy, as Jack discovered after his separation. He was devastated when he was diagnosed with MS, but he believes the split made him a happier father. Being a single dad is challenging yet rewarding, particularly when you have three young daughters who are similar in age. Hopefully, things will improve, but according to him, his little dolls are never a burden. Another very involved dad is on the next slide!

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Chris Martin

Chris Martin is a British singer-songwriter who was married to Gwyneth Paltrow before their separation in 2016. Chris is now a single father to Apple and Moses. He is very involved in the lives of his children and spends as much time with them as he can, particularly on special occasions. His children enjoy spending time with him, and Chris is clearly proud of his two children, who he always talks about. The next one may not be the best husband, but he’s surely a good father…

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

This bodybuilder, actor, and activist father is very involved with his children's lives and provides them with a lot of support. He is still there for the kids, taking them to the gym or other activities. Even if he wasn't always a good husband, The Terminator is a good father who will always be there for his children. Arnold and Maria are the parents of four children, all of whom adore their politician father. The next has a vow when it comes to raising his kids…

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Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Philippe, who acted in Cruel Intentions, was married to Reese Witherspoon and had two children from their relationship, which ended in 2007. They have a lovely time sharing care with Deacon and Ava. They vowed not to raise their children as spoiled Hollywood brats, and Ryan admits that he constantly learns from his children.

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More single dads in Hollywood have not been mentioned, but we know that they fall nothing short of all the amazing dads listed above. Don’t you just love how these fathers took care of their kids? Let us know who you think is the best!

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