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24 Celebrities Who Were Raised by Single Dads

Updated 15 Aug 2019 101.6k views23 items

Being a single parent can be tough, but these famous children of single dads turned out alright!  Some of these actors, musicians, and athletes were raised by single dads after their parents divorced, while others were raised by their fathers following the deaths of their mothers.

Who is the most famous person who was raised by a single dad? Madonna tops our list. The “Material Girl” singer's mother, Madonna Louise Fortin, died from breast cancer in 1963 when the singer was just five years old. She was raised solely by her father, Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone, until he remarried in 1966. When Jane Fonda was 12 years old, her mother, Frances Ford Brokaw, committed suicide. She was then raised by her father Henry Fonda.

Several famous men were also raised by single dads. From the age of 14, Paul McCartney was raised by his father after his mother died of an embolism in 1956. From the age of 15, Prince William was raised by his father, Charles, Prince of Wales, after his mother Diana died in a car accident in 1997.

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