We've heard celebrity parents admit that raising kids isn't easy no matter what your day job is, and Reese Witherspoon is joining the chorus.
The actress, 35, married fellow actor Ryan Phillippe when she was 23. The couple had two kids, Ava (who turns 12 this month) and Deacon (now 7), but went on to file for divorce in 2006.
"I was hard on myself when I got divorced," Witherspoon says in the October issue of Marie Claire. "And until I got remarried, I don't think I realized how stressed I was."
Witherspoon tied the knot with Hollywood agent Jim Toth in March, and says their union has taken some of the pressure off parenting.
"I feel so much relief. I don't think I recognized how anxious I was about being a single parent. It was really, really stressful," she tells the magazine, adding that she thinks that applies to anyone parenting on their own.
"I think Nora Ephron says it in one of her books, 'You know, don't kid yourself, divorce is really hard on your children. It's really hard. Children will not be better for it."
However, the "Water for Elephants" star adds that she does think there are "extenuating circumstances."
"I'm sure everybody's life is different, so I shouldn't say that," she clarifies. "But it's really traumatic. Now I feel I a great sense of relief and an incredible amount of support from my husband."
Witherspoon has spoken about being smitten with Toth before - she gushed earlier this year about how lucky she felt to have him - and it turns out her marriage has also proved a nay-saying friend wrong.
"You know, somebody close to me once said, 'Oh, no man will ever accept your children.' And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life," she said. "I was determined to find somebody who would make that not true. And I got lucky. I did. I got very lucky, and he's wonderful. And so wonderful with the children. I'm very blessed."
Read more when the October issue of Marie Claire arrives September 20.
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Nora Ephron is wrong. My parents divorced because my mom was a bi-polar drug addict, and my siblings and I are all better off for it.
That's it in a nutshell.
She's newly married and everything feels great but that wears off and your in a real relationship as a family. It sounds like she just didn't want to be alone to raise her kids; I hope she really loves this guy.
I don't feel pity for someone that has it all, including the ability to buy support in the form of a man. I think she's lucky, but not that great otherwise. Her kids will still suffer, but she didn't think about that when she had them. She had to be a mom. And that must come first: Reese.
y r ppl being so mean? regardless of having money or not, raising kids alone is soo hard. sure u have money to give them wat they want but its not wat they need. having support in a spouse is priceless. every one needs to take some time for themselves and having a nanny doesnt make up for the loe of another parent. and where is their father in all this???
Imagine a single parent plus Active duty in the AF for 13 years!! Tell me about stress...My oldest is now on High school and my youngest on her last year of middle school, so even when I love her movies, thats sort of a lame excuse for someone with the money and resources! Still God bless her!
Hmmm... I gues a fish does need a bicycle....
I wonder if her chin is registered as a lethal weapon...
This just in:
nothing is happening
Over to you Ollie...
Nobody cares about your kids. We just want to see more pics of you with your legs apart like the 2nd pic. For gosh sake...kids...who the F cares about your kids.
If you were so desperate, I didnt see you knocking on my door asking for some bang bang to tide you over until your new sucker arrived to take you to the altar.
you guys are stupid as hell, stop hating that this woman moved on with her life, your lives must be miserable and no man wants you lol
Im a man and Im very happy that no other man wants me – plus I get to keep banging Snookie. The fat jerk who wanted to hit her got her all riled up and she took it out on me that night. Quite a ride indeed.
She's seem naive and desperate for a man. Just wait, in a few months we'll hear that Toth has cheated on her too. They all do.
Do you hate the man for the act or nature for giving the man the drive to perform the act?
Mary joyce or alecia
@FAKE An Angel's Crime ~ lol..feel better after posting that?
Bet she dranks liquor straight from the bottle. Probly doesnt even share any with her kids.
I agree with you Betty. I bet she eats doodoo. Smelly soft serve doodoo on an icecream cone.
After seeing some of your comments, you must have drove your wife to it. I take back my kind words about you.
She's still in the honeymoon phase. She probably felt all these feelings with Ryan too. Let's see how long this Hollywood marriage lasts. For the sake of her kids, I hope it lasts at least 10 years. That way if it fails they will at least be old enough to understand. Not that age helps the pain of divorce be minimumalized any. That being said, I wish them the best of luck.
We need to hear the same poop joke being told for the 10000000th time.
It's funny when you repeat yourself over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
Almost as funny as that moron, portalpuke, and his 'firsty' fetish. Yeah...when your life's ambition is to be 'firsty', I think we all know that portalpotty will be doomed to a hairnet-job.
Pliny, he's a nice surprise for you, open wide........... Aaahh, a nice doo doo for you to choke on.
You're an idiot, betty.
I hope this time it works out for her. I'm sure it must be hard raising kids altogether, but, (for an average person like myself, if i had any, or Richard above) must be twice as hard especially if you are doing it alone. I'm sure is wasn't as hard with her because she is rich. Having money, i'm guessing, would make is so much easier.
Divorce and raising kids alone is by no means easy, no matter if you are rich and famous or dirt poor. I have one of the most easy going 11 year old sons and the divorce is really starting to affect him. Certainly doesn't help that his dad is not there for him and it is just me. But, we make do with what little we have and I try and make it as easy as possible for my son. It is stressful, but you have to try and find ways to relieve the stress.
I don't think the amount of money someone has, qualifies love. People have to work at love, and work at raising kids. We all have feelings, emotions, a soul . . . regardless of how much money is attached to our name. The sooner ya'll realize that money doesn't buy happiness the better!
what a weak and pathetic woman, she gave birth to them, who told her it was easy!! She's dropped in my book. Sounds like you were so desperate and hardup that you needed to marry this guy or you just couldn't go on. Grow up.!
If your need for assistance is what this marriage is based on...hope you signed a prenup.
I wish more women were like you, @Betty.
She is only human and has problems like everyone else, and you do not know how much she really makes, she has bills, rent and food and children to raise. It takes money and time to raise 2 kids in this time of crazy parents who let their kids run the streets at night.
You're a bitter idiot, Betty. Parenting is difficult. I am relieved I get to take this walk with my husband. Why shouldn't she feel the same way with her husband? Never did I hear her say "I need this man in my life because I can't handle my kids." Take a chill pill.
she's rich, what does she have to worry about. try raising 3 kids on your own while trying to keep them from your meth head ex all on $35K yr.
Wow, we have parallel lives!
Amen Brother!!! (Hulk Voice)
Was he doing meth when you first met him? I raise my 2 kids on my own (dead beat dad) on 38K. Their clothes and shoes are bought from Walmart and Zellers. I buy groceries depending on whom has the best sales and only what is needed for meals and snacks for lunch bags. Luxuries like junk food are only if there is extra money at the end of grocery order. Nutrition comes first. My luxury is the internet & cable at home. Our entertainment is taking them to the park and just doing things with them.
I wish I had the money to put them in sports, but it is what it is. They have a roof over their heads, good food in their mouth, clothes (as fashionable as I can afford), a car to drive them to school and back and thank goodness daycare is subsidised here but it's still $280.00/month for both of them at school daycare. So to say $ is tight is rediculous and sometimes I have to take part time weekend work for a little extra cash, so I know where you are coming from.
I have always said, you can't be a single parent and be selfish... – it will humble one...
She is human and everyday like YOU do. So get a reality check and come back to human race.
I hear your violin playing in the background..
FIRSTY!!!!!!!! with a capital F
First to reply to the Firsty entry – woot
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