A Look At 5 Stepfamilies In Hollywood

There are millions of stepfamilies across the nation.

So it’s no wonder that Hollywood has its fair share of blended families. From LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s crew, to Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady’s bunch, let’s take a look at 5 stepfamilies in Tinseltown.

  • Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green:

Hot Hollywood couple Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are getting ready to welcome a sibling for Brian’s 10-year-old son Kassius later this year.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star said that his wife is an amazing stepmother to his son, whom he welcomed with ex Vanessa Marcil in March 2002.

“She is absolutely my better half in parenting,” Green said. “She just gets it. It’s instinctual for her. She loves my son, Kassius. And from the time we started dating – you know, she was 18 – she stepped in and took control. It’s unbelievable. At 18, I was like, ‘Hey, which club is open tonight? And how cool do my pants look? Can I sneak a drink across the bar without getting caught?’”

  • Sara Evans & Jay Barker:

Country crooner Sara Evans has her hands full with a blended family of 7 children with husband Jay Barker.

The Anywhere singer opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about staying organized in their large family.

“It’s definitely a lot to keep track of [laughs]!,” she said. “I try to stay super organized with my schedule. My work schedule is crazy by itself, but when you add in 7 kids and their school activities, sports, Jay’s work, etc., it can be nuts. I have a calendar that I keep with me almost all the time to just stay on top of it all.”

So any chance for baby No. 8?

“We’ve definitely talked about it and would love to have a child together at some point,” she said. “Right now we’re so busy with 7 kids though!”

  • Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer:

Anna Paquin and her True Blood costar husband Stephen Moyer are getting ready to welcome twins this fall.

And they’ll be adding to the brood! Anna is stepmom to Stephen’s two children – daughter Lilac, 10, and son Billy, 12 – from previous relationships.

“I love my kids beyond anything,” Stephen recently said. “They’re the best things ever, and having two more is just going to be even more crazy, but that’s cool!”

  • LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian:

Country crooner LeAnn Rimes is one of the most infamous stepmother’s in Hollywood. After being the alleged mistress in Eddie Cibrian and Brandi Glanville’s marriage, LeAnn and Eddie went on to wed in April 2011.

The Blue singer has often spoken about her role as “bonus mom” to Eddie and Brandi’s sons Mason, 9, and Jake, 5. And she admits she treats the boys “as if they are my own.”

“It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household,” LeAnn said. “It can be incredibly intimidating…. As a parent you try everything in your power to make it easy on the kids, to make them feel like there’s more love than they could ever imagine, not less.”

And how does Brandi feel about these comments?

Though she’s comforted by the fact that her boys are loved, the reality TV star says she’s not exactly happy with everything LeAnn says and does when it comes to her kids.

“When she has a child of her own, she’ll understand how a lot of the things she says and does regarding my children can be construed as really inappropriate,” said Brandi.

  • Gisele Bündchen & Tom Brady:

Gisele Bündchen says she found out her then-boyfriend, football hunk Tom Brady, was expecting a baby with another woman when they were 2 1/2 months into their relationship. The handsome couple are now married and parents to 2-year-old son Benjamin, with their second child along the way.

Now 5-years-old, Tom’s first child, son Jack, is being raised by mom Bridget Moynahan, as well as by his football star father and supermodel stepmother.

“I understand that he has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child,” Gisele said of Jack. “I feel it is, 100 percent. I want him to have a great relationship with his mom, because that’s important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.”

And being the classy lady that she is, Jack’s mom has only spoken respectful words about their stepfamily.

“I never made a comment about Gisele or Tom publicly. I have a relationship with these people on a daily basis,” Bridget said, adding, “My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love.”


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  1. Which one of these isn’t like all the others?

    Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian.

    Look at how the other stepmothers are dressed in the photos. Leann has a on a very sheer shirt with no bra and short shorts! So it’s clear that Leann’s focus is not on the kids, but on Leann.

    How come when this site writes about Leann Rimes, they are always so disrespectful towards the kid’s mother? Considering how mean and nasty Leann has and continues to be toward the kid’s mother, why was she even included in this piece? I see that all the nasty things that Leann has done to the kid’s mother has been left out of the write up, why?

    As a parent…do you see how insensitive that is? Leann isn’t a parent. She is the woman who slept with a married man and continued to actively pursue him even after he called her a speedbump. Leann wants to erase the fact that Brandi is the kid’s mother and why would this behavior be glorified? What does Leann know about being a parent? She uses the kids as props to fix her failed career. If she cared about the kids why does she use them to taunt their mother?

    You make Brandi out to be the bad guy for calling Leann out on her inappropriate behavior with Brandi’s kids. Now why might Brandi not be happy with what Leann does and says about her kids? Could it possibly be the fact that Leann tweets exactly where and when she can be found with the kids? Could it possibly be that Leann exposes the boys to people who openly trash their mother on twitter? Could it possibly be that Leann wears sheer shirts and dresses with no bra to the kid’s events? Could it possibly be that Leann humps on Eddie in skimpy clothing while his kids sit by them? Could it possibly be Eddie and Leann’s hypocrisy concerning the kids being exposed to paps? Could it possibly be that Leann tweets the name of the kid’s school?

    There were other stepfamilies that could have been included in this, why would you pick Leann and Eddie, especially when there is a recording going around of Leann calling people on twitter just ot bash the kid’s mother?

  2. If Leann treats the kids like her own, then how does one explain these instances where Leann was documented doing the complete opposite?

    1) On Father’s Day Leann dressed up in very short shorts and a very skimpy shirt with no bra, and invited GSI to the park with her and Eddie and his kids. Mateo(who is Leann’s hairstylist and was very vocal about trashing Brandi on twitter) was there. Instead of allowing the kids to have the day with their dad, she pranced around and paraded the kids before the paps making it all about her.

    2) When on a family vacation with Brandi’s kids, Leann and Eddie got drunk and then Leann made out with her friend while Eddie watched and took photos of it.

    3) Leann created two fake twitter accounts to stalk and harass Brandi Glanville: WEWENLOVE and Witchy.

    4) After getting a lot of backlash for making out with her friend on a balcony while on vacation with Brandi’s kids, Leann called up a Brandi fan and attempted to trash Brandi. In the recording Leann Rimes, the same woman who previously had opened up TWO twitter accounts to stalk and harass Brandi, calls Brandi “vindictive as ****”.

    5) There is document that contains exchanges between Leann and her 2 of her fans in which they say mean things about Brandi and then Leann would reward them with LOL or personal visits.

    6) Leann tells her fans personal things about Brandi and even uses this to talk badly about the boys.

    7) Leann was asked by the kid’s mother to stop tweeting about the boys, talking about them in interviews, and to stop posting photos of them. What was Leann’s response? She tweeted about the boys, talked about them in interviews, and posted even more photos of them like she doesn’t have to do what Brandi says.

    8) Leann is often documented singing the praises of DM, this is the same man who also openly trashed Brandi on twitter. Even DM partner was also documented making nasty comments about Brandi on twitter, and then once again Leann gets on twitter and posts about how she loves these people?

    9) Guliana R said nasty things about Brandi on her show, and then Leann Rimes gets on twitter and posts about how Guilana is a friend sent to her by God and how she loves Guilana R.

    10) What message is Leann sending Brandi’s kids by hanging out with people she knows for a fact are trashing the kid’s mother on a public forum?

  3. I co-sign all of these comments. Leann needs to learn her place and learn how to dress and behave around Brandi Glanville’s children.

  4. Yet another example of what sets Leann apart from the other stepmothers. This is what Leann tweeted today:”Jakes’s first day of kindergarten and Mason’s first day of 4th grade! They rock! Such big boys now!!! #success

    First of all why is she tweeting their names on a public forum after she gave an interview about how she hates that her life is always on display? It’s not the magazines who are posting these “lies” about her, it’s LEANN RIMES who is responsible for what is being published about her.

    Secondly, didn’t Eddie Cibrian state in court documents that he didn’t want his kids to experience ANY TYPE of public exposure? So why is she tweeting about them in the first place? Isn’t this an issue that the media should be addressing?

    Any other stepmother would have respected the mother of the children and woudln’t be on a public forum going on and on about another woman’s kid’s first day of school, but not Leann. Once again she crosses boundaries. Even after several of her fans asked her to stop tweeting about the kid’s first day of school because she was being insensitive, she continues to do so. So does Leann love those kids because what she just demonstrated in that tweet, is that she loves the attention she gets from being “nice” to them. This is what this site wants people to celebrate and respect?

  5. Leann also bragged about how she allowed Brandi’s kids to listen to the songs from her album where she talks about her affair with Eddie and trashes their mother.

    And let’s not forget the birthday cake where Leann put a topping of herself in bed with Eddie on the first tier of the cake, and his kids sat on the second tier of the cake. Yet the media wants to tell us that Leann puts the kids first and treats them like her own?

  6. These stepfamilies are to be congratulated for having created loving families. Unfortunately that is not the case for a great many. Three potential problem areas are: Financial burdens, Role ambiguity, and the Children’s Negative Feelings when they don’t want the new family to “work.”

    Husbands sometimes feel caught between the often impossible demands of their former family and their present one. Some second wives also feel resentful about the amount of income that goes to the husband’s first wife and family.

    Legally, the stepparent has no prescribed rights or duties, which may result in tension, compromise, and role ambiguity.

    Another complication of role ambiguity is that society seems to expect acquired parents and children to instantly love each other. In reality, this is often just not the case.

    The third reason for a difficult stepparent-child relationship might be that a child does not want this marriage to work, and so, acts out with hostility, since children commonly harbor fantasies that their biological parents will reunite. Stepchildren can prove hostile adversaries, and this is especially true for adolescents.

    Stepmother Anxiety

    Clinicians say that the role of stepmother is more difficult than that of stepfather, because stepmother families may more often be born of difficult custody battles and/or particularly troubled family relations. Society is also contradictory in expecting loving relationships between stepmothers and children while, at the same time, portraying stepmothers as cruel and even abusive (Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel are just a few bedtimestories we are all familiar with).

    Stepfather Anxiety

    Men who marry women with children come to their new responsibilities with a mixed bag of emotions, far different from those that make a man assume responsibility for his biological children. A new husband might react to an “instant” family with feelings which range from admiration to fright to contempt.

    The hidden agenda is one of the first difficulties a stepfather runs into: The mother or her children, or both, may have expectations about what he will do, but may not give him a clear picture of what those expectations are. The husband may also have a hidden agenda.

    A part of the stepchildren’s hidden agenda is the extent to which they will let the husband play father.

    The key is for everyone to work together.

    The husband, wife, their stepchildren, and their non-custodial biological parent can all negotiate new ways of doing things by taking to heart and incorporating the information you are about to learn—the most positive alternative for everyone.

    One Day at a Time

    Now you have a pretty good feel for what everyone is going through. How do you start to make it better — a process that can take years? First you must be very clear about what you want and expect from this marriage and the individuals involved, including yourself. What are you willing to do? In a loving and positive way, now is the time to articulate, negotiate, and come to an agreement on your expectations and about how you and your partner will behave.

    The best marriages are flexible marriages, but how can you be flexible if you do not know what everyone needs right now. And, this may change over time, so there must be room for that to happen as well.

    In flexible marriages partners are freer to reveal the parts of their changing selves that no longer fit into their old established patterns. You couldn’t possibly have known at the beginning of your new family what you know now and will learn later.

    Spouses may feel the “conflict taboo” even more than in a first marriage. It is understandable that you want to make this marriage work. You might feel too “battle-scarred” to open “a can of worms.” And so, you gloss over differences that need airing and resolution—differences over which you may not have hesitated to wage war in your first marriage. Avoiding airing your differences is a serious mistake. It is important for you to understand your own and your partner’s needs because society hasn’t a clue how stepfamilies should work. Unless you talk about your expectations, they are likely to be unrealistic.

    Living Well

    Since roughly one third of stepfamilies do survive—even thrive—we know that stepfamilies can grow the safety, support, and comfort that only healthy families provide. Consider the following for living your step/blended family life well:

    You must assess, as a couple, how well you accept and resolve conflicts with each other and key others. Learn and steadily work to develop verbal skills: listen with empathy, effectively show your needs, and problem-solve together. The emotional highs of new love can disguise deep disagreement on parenting, money, family priorities, and home management, i.e., values that will surface after the wedding.

    Together, accept your prospective identity as a normal, unique, multi-home stepfamily. You need to admit and resolve strong disagreements, well enough for positive results.

    You must balance and co-manage all of these tasks well enough on a daily basis to: build a solid, high-priority marriage; enjoy your kids; and, to keep growing emotionally and spiritually as individual people.

    Know and take comfort in the fact that confidant stepfamily adult teams (not simply couples), can provide the warmth, comfort, inspiration, support, security—and often (not always) the love—that adults and kids long for.

    Gloria Lintermans is the author of THE SECRETS TO STEPFAMILY SUCCESS: Revolutionary Tools to Create a Blended Family of Support and Respect.

  7. Did this site know that Leann opened up a new website just so that she can exploit Brandi’s kids even more than what she does on twitter and in her staged photo-ops?

  8. From “This is not a Bonus Mom” (Suburban Turmoil November 2011):

    And this statement is key, even though it’s a hard one to make. They’re. Not. My. Kids. Even though I love them like they’re my kids, and care about their well-being as much as any parent could. Even though they’ve lived with us most of the time that I’ve been married. Even though they’ve followed (AND DESPISED) rules set by me. I am not, and never will be, their mom. They often do not need or want my parental take (publicly or privately) on how they are or should be living their lives.

    And that’s okay. It has taken me years to be able to say it, but that’s okay

    I think that most stepmoms eventually realize this– and that’s why you won’t find a whole lot of stepmom blogs out there (and why you’ll often find yourself shuddering when you read the intimate details shared by some of the stepmoms that are online). If we suffer from finding ourselves smack dab in the middle of a touchy blended family situation that we did not create and do not control, we mostly do it in silence- if we’re smart. It’s the Stepmother Way.

    But then someone like LeAnn Rimes comes along– and, well, see for yourself.

    Here is LeAnn’s Twitter bio:

    LeAnn. LeAnn, LeAnn, LeAnn.

    From one stepmother to another? You are not a Bonus Mom.

    If we want to get specific here, you’re actually the one that ended the relationship between the real mom and dad of those “adorable Rascals.” I feel pretty certain that you are a “bonus” that those boys could have done without.

    Your war of words with your husband’s ex has been well-documented by the media and even though I know how irritating and unfair it can be when your stepchildren’s mother says something nasty about you, your best defense, if you really, truly care about the kids (and Gisele, I hope you’re listening too) is SILENCE.

    Of course, in your defense, LeAnn, you’re hardly the first new stepmother to commit the dreaded ‘Bonus Mom’ faux pas. Now that my little ones are getting older, I’m starting to become acquainted with more and more new stepmoms, women who are giving me an uncomfortable case of deja vu because they’re right where I was ten years ago. They’re often the ones asking way too many questions during parent meetings, cheering way too loudly at soccer games, and baring way too much skin during children’s birthday parties. (I know it’s a new relationship and all, but uh. Just sayin.’) It’s hard for me to see them now because I remember doing some of the exact same things when I was in their shoes, and only now am I understanding why I got more than a few hostile glares at the time from other moms.

    A stepmom is not a bonus mom.

    My advice to LeAnn, to other new stepmoms, hell, to myself ten years ago, is to take the “wind beneath their wings” approach. Avoid conflict with the kids’ mom. Be ready and willing to take a step back at birthday parties and sports events. You do not need to prove to the world how much YOU CARE. Be there for the kids when they need you, but be willing to back off when they’re feeling conflicted, or when their mom is causing trouble, or when it’s creating problems in your own marriage.

    -Source: “This is not a Bonus Mom” (Suburban Turmoil November 2011)

  9. Leann is suing for invasion of privacy, yet notice she has no concern for the privacy of Brandi’s kids as she posts photos of them to a website that she is using to promote her album, single, and career? She also tweeted about how the fam was joining her at a concert, so be prepared for more photos of those kids faces being plastered all across the internet because what matters most to Leann is her own privacy, but not the privacy of those two little boys.

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