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Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers

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This list of famous people raised by single mothers looks into the surprising childhoods of some of your favorite celebrities. Several famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes were raised by single mothers. Some of these celebs' fathers passed away, while others simply left their families. Some of the most influential people in the world were even raised by a strong single mother.

Who is the most famous person who was raised by a single mother? Angelina Jolie is certainly near the top of the list. Angelina Jolie's parents, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, separated when the Mr. and Mrs. Smith actress was an infant. Jolie was raised by her mother and she was estranged from her father for many years.

President Barack Obama was raised by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from the time that he was born until he was 4 years old, when she married Lolo Soetoro. Pierce Brosnan's father abandoned his family when the Matador actor was a baby. He was raised by his mother May Smith until he was 4 years old, at which point his grandparents took over the primary parenting responsibilities.

Other celebs on this list include Christina Aguilera, Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys. If you're looking for a particular successful celebrity who grew up with no dad, this list is for you. 


  • Halle Berry's parents, Judith Ann Hawkins and Jerome Jesse Berry, divorced when she was 4 years old.

    The Catwoman star was then raised by her mother and had little contact with her father.

    • Born: 1966-08-14
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Jon Stewart's parents, Marian and Donald Leibowitz, divorced when the Daily Show host was 9 years old, at which point he was raised by his mother.

    • Born: 1962-11-28
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Christina Aguilera
    Photo: Christina Aguilera / Instagram

    Christina Aguilera's parents, Fausto Xavier Aguilera and Shelly Loraine Kearns, divorced when the "Genie in a Bottle" singer was a little girl.

    Aguilera has claimed that her father was abusive.

    • Born: 1980-12-18
    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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  • Jay-Z was raised by his mother in New York after his father abandoned his family.

    • Born: 1969-12-04
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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