“I had my first baby at 39 and my third at 45, and with each child, [people were] like, ‘Are you crazy? Don’t!’" Susan Sarandon recalled.
Susan Sarandon was once told to not have children at her age, but fortunately, she did not listen. Being childfree or being a mother should be one's personal choice and no one should be telling other people how to live their authentic lives. The Thelma & Louise star told Good Housekeeping in 2017, per PEOPLE that the worst advice she ever received from another mom was, "‘Don’t have the baby,’ as though it would ruin my career, and I was so old anyway.”
She is now the proud mother of three adult children — daughter Eva Amurri, 38, whom she shares with ex Franco Amurri, and sons Jack "Jack" Henry, 34, and Miles Robbins, 31, whom she shares with ex Tim Robbins. “I had my first baby at 39 and my third at 45, and with each child, [people were] like, ‘Are you crazy? Don’t!’ ” added the Rocky Horror Picture Show star, now 76.
According to PEOPLE, Sarandon has learned many lessons about parenting over the years. "What I always tell any woman who's telling me they're thinking of having a baby is that no matter how involved or well-intentioned your baby daddy or husband is, it is up to you in the beginning," she said. "That's the way it's designed, there's just no getting around that."
The veteran actress also enjoys being a grandma to her daughter Eva's three children. "You realize the constant worry you have as a mom or just at least anticipating that you have as a mom that you don't have as a grandma," she added. "When something happens or she gets a cold, I'm just like, 'Yeah, well she'll get over it.' " Even though she's less anxious while taking care of her grandkids she does love to spoil them. "I plan to just completely go against everything my daughter's trying to do and spoil them completely," she jokingly said, adding of Eva, "I also can't wait for her to understand how challenging being a mother is and appreciate me even more when she finds out."
Eva divorced her ex-spouse of 8 years, and the father of her three children, former pro soccer player, Kyle Martino, in 2020. She found love again with partner Ian Hock and the two of them are now engaged. Her mother was a huge source of inspiration to go after her own happiness. "I think the biggest lesson there was just the permission to want a lot for yourself, career-wise, as a woman. I think that was extremely valuable to me," she told Yahoo Finance. "I think (my mother) really unapologetically ... went after what she needed to be fulfilled. So it was nice to just have that example."
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