On-screen, they might have a blissful married life with kids, but off-screen these actresses had a turbulent married life, which ultimately led to divorce and leaving them with the kids. But these telly stars did not break down, instead they stood tall and raised their kids with no support from their ex. These single telly Moms are an inspiration to the other single Mothers who raise their kids all by themselves without any support from others. So, let’s have a look at some of these brave and happy single moms of our telly world.
Shweta Tiwari was just 19 years old when she and Raja Choudhary got “married after just three months of knowing each other” in 1998. Soon after marriage, Shweta was expecting her daughter, Palak. While she was happy with the good news, her married life was in troubled waters. And after nine years of togetherness, Shweta finally separated legally from Raja in 2007, due to his abusive and violent behaviour. Palak’s upbringing was now Shweta’s responsibility alone. Instead of being a strict mom, Shweta tries to maintain a friendly relationship with her daughter.
“I am very close to my daughter. I don’t try to be strict with her. I try to be friendly and find out things about her life from her. She tells me everything. She also tells me stuff, which she doesn’t tell her friends. I think I am her best friend.“
After all the ups and downs in her personal life, the actress finally found her soul mate in actor Abhinav Kohli and got hitched with him in 2013.
Kamya married Bunty Negi and was blessed with a little angel, Aara, in 2009. In fact, she always wanted to have a baby girl and was on cloud nine when her wish was fulfilled,
“I am really feeling on top of the world as our dream of having a baby girl has come true, it’s really great to be a mother.“
But just after a few years, the couple filed for divorce in 2013, just a month before Kamya entering the reality show, Bigg Boss 7. After the divorce, the responsibility of bringing up Aara was on her shoulders. Although, her world revolves around her daughter, Kamya is a strict mother,
“I also impose restrictions on my daughter, but am also very protective towards her.“
The famous vamp of the small screen, Urvashi Dholakia, happily raised her twin sons- Kshitij and Sagar, after getting divorced from her husband. The actress got married at 16 years of age and became a mom at 17! But after a year and a half of marriage, Urvashi parted ways with her husband and raised the boys all by herself. It must have been difficult for the actress to raise her twin sons when she was a teen herself, but Urvashi has no qualms about it,
“I’ve never mulled over the past nor do I think about the future. I’ve only seen a small part of life; some people have suffered much more than me. At least I had a very supportive family.“
In fact, for this proud mother, her sons are her “support system”.
After getting divorced from Farhan Furniturewalla in 2003, Pooja Bedi took on the role of a single mother and raised her two children- daughter Alia (born in 1997) and son Omar (born in 2000). And like every other parent she is also a strict mother,
“I’m more strict with my kids than my mom was with me. My kids get all the love in the world. But certain values are important, like respect for elders.”
Mona Ambegaonkar delivered a baby girl, Diva, in December 2005 out of wedlock. It was rumoured that Dayananad Shetty, aka Daya from CID, is the father of the child. But all the rumours aside, Mona never revealed the identity of her daughter’s father and decided to raise the child without any support. About choosing to be a single mom, Mona once said,
“I am instinctively, a fighter. I mentally uncurl up off the floor before the count gets to 10. I am solely responsible for my life- the good and bad in it, the tough and easy of it- and there is a grand plan laid out by nature or God, which will ultimately be fulfilled. You can either choose to be ashamed of your past and lament and hide, or you can marvel at the challenges life set you and the trips it sent you on, gather up all that and put it into a picture album and turn it into memories.”
Neena Gupta broke all the rules of the society when she decided to single-handedly raise her daughter, Masaba in 1989. Masaba is a love child of Neena and West Indian cricket icon, Vivian Richards. Although, the two never married, Masaba is very “attached” to her father. Being a single mother was tough for Neena, but she still raised Masaba because she wanted to,
“in India, there are so many poor women who are forced to be single mothers. The only difference with me was that I did it by choice. It was very tough and I wanted to do it”
And finally, after years of solitude, the actress finally married in 2008 to Delhi-based businessman, Vivek Mehra, who is “very close to Masaba”.
Poonam Dhillon fell in love with Ashok Thakeria and married him in 1988, but after nine years of togetherness, the couple divorced in 1997. After the divorce, the versatile actress raised her two kids- Anmol and Paloma, all by herself. Poonam, who have donned various caps and have beautifully fulfilled the role of a single parent, believes one needs to have a positive attitude to get going,