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Sharon Stone Had Stillbirth a Day before She Was Approved to Adopt Roan — She Lost Custody Years Later

Junie Sihlangu
May 29, 2022
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When Sharon Stone gave birth to her child, she sadly had a miscarriage but found out that she was blessed with the approval of her adoption. Sadly, she lost her adopted child to her husband for shocking reasons years later.


Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein's relationship began with courtship in the spring. Bronstein met the famous actress when he was introduced to her in San Francisco to film "Sphere."

Denise Hale made the introduction between the pair. The socialite, Hale, said she was always a big admirer of Stone and thought it was a good idea to introduce her to Bronstein because he needed someone.

Phil Bronstein and Sharon Stone at "Amfar's" Evening at Moulin in Mougins, France, on May 21, 1998. | Source: Pool Benainous/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images


Stone's friends thought she'd finally met her match in Bronstein, who offered the actress a shoulder to lean on. He was born in Atlanta and was a versatile man who'd previously traveled the world as a foreign correspondent.

The star's boyfriend was a mountain climber, a backpacker, a blues guitar player, a lover of good wine, and a cowboy boot wearer. A friend once described him as a "man's man" and "the Marlboro Man, virile and gruff," who didn't talk much.

Phil Bronstein and Sharon Stone at the Global Conference Institute's Healthcare Humanitarian Award dinner on April 22, 2002, in Chicago, Illinois. | Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images


On February 14, 1998, Stone and Bronstein solidified their relationship by getting married. The following morning the couple left the actress' mansion, where the wedding was held, for a honeymoon at a secret location.

Those who'd attended the ceremony left with a copy of a poem written by Stone. The poem was wrapped in rose petals and silk, and a friend recalled how it had been "about memories, flowers—and fire."

Sharon Stone's wedding poem taken on February 17, 1998, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: John Chapple/Online USA Inc./Getty Images


After the "Basic Instinct" star's husband survived a heart attack years later, she was so loyal to him that she ignored a chocolate cookie while out at an event. She explained her actions by stating:

"Emotionally and spiritually, I want Phil to know I'm with him on this."

Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein at the Film Society Awards Night on April 25, 2002, in San Francisco, California. | Source: Randi Lynn Beach/Getty Images


Her second marriage seemed to have softened the actress, and she noted how it was "a big deal" for one to know they were loved, especially when they "screw[ed] up." Stone said she and her husband understood each other.

One such example of their understanding was when she moved to San Francisco to be with him. The star shared how they never discussed it because they were together as a choice.


Phil Bronstein and Sharon Stone at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner on February 19, 2000, in Universal City, California. | Source: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images


While married to Bronstein, the "Casino" actress shared her desire to become a parent. However, the couple couldn't have any biological children probably because of the Rheumatoid genetic factor (Rh) factor related to having lupus.

Stone's siblings also had the Rh factor. The disease led to the star having difficulties getting pregnant, and she'd suffered "three, five-and-a-half-month miscarriages."

Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein at the 45th San Francisco International Film Festival - Film Society Awards Night in San Francisco, California, on April 25, 2002. | Source: Arun Nevader/WireImage/Getty Images


In her autobiography, "The Beauty of Living Twice," the author revealed that she eventually found out that she had fibroid tumors in her uterus and endometriosis. Stone's sister also had the latter, and both couldn't have their own children.

The actress had a medical professional who was in attendance during her miscarriages and knew how fragile Stone was when it came to pregnancy. The iconic star was left feeling like a failure by not being able to carry a child to term.

She kept her lost children close to her at home, where she could connect with them. Stone had buried the ultrasounds of her miscarried children in the garden of her home.



Sharon Stone and Roan Bronstein at the Concerned Parents For AIDS Research Luncheon in New York City, on April 22, 2004. | Source: Robin Platzer/FilmMagic/Getty Images

In March 2019, Stone wrote an essay for Vogue talking about her adoption. The actress found out in 2000 that she would become a mother despite having lost a child to a miscarriage the previous day.


The news came after their couple had made their last attempt at having a child naturally. Stone experienced 36-hour labor and painful surgery to give birth to a stillborn baby.

Sharon Stone and Roan Bronstein at the Concerned Parents For AIDS Research Spring Luncheon on April 22, 2004, in New York City. | Source: Evan Agostini/Getty Images


While on her way home from the hospital with her husband, they got a call from their adoption lawyer, who revealed that Stone and Bronstein could take in a baby boy in a few weeks if they were keen, with the actress writing:

"I felt as if God was throwing me a life raft."

Sharon Stone and her son at "The Glory Of Water: Karl Lagerfeld's Exhibition Dinner" on July 3, 2013, in Paris, France. | Source: Jacopo Raule/FilmMagic/Getty Images


Six weeks after that fateful call, the star listened via phone as her son, Roan Joseph, was born through a closed adoption agreement. The boy was adopted in June 2000 as a tiny infant, and when Stone finally got to hold him, she was in awe!

She would sit throughout the night by his bassinet to watch him sleep. The actress couldn't help but constantly worry as a first-time parent, but there was no need because, according to her, babies spoke a language all mothers were fluent in.


It didn't matter if the child was biological or adopted; the link was there. As if it was a miracle, Stone immediately became in tune with understanding her son's different cries and how they translated what he needed from her.

The star was delirious with happiness for the opportunity to become a mother. Sadly, as much as the actress was able to become a mother, her marriage wasn't fated to last forever.


Sharon Stone and her son during the InStyle Sneak Peek at Red Carpet Fashion for The Awards Season in Beverly Hills, California, on January 21, 2004. | Source: Chris Weeks/FilmMagic/Getty Images


Fifteen months after welcoming Roan, Stone suffered a brain hemorrhage that left her bedridden for eight months! While she worked on her recovery, her marriage suffered its own problems.

During a previous AARP interview, the actress shared how she wasn't sure when the issues began between herself and her journalist husband. However, things changed, with Stone saying:

"He just didn't see me, talk to me, look at me."

Sharon Stone and Roan Bronstein at The Rhoda Goetz Foundations for Multiple Sclerosis wine tasting fundraiser on November 4, 2006, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Chad Buchanan/Getty Images


She shared how she embarrassingly believed Bronstein's "initial intention with me was probably corrupt. I was suckered." Stone couldn't look after her son the way she wanted and had three San Francisco-based Irish nannies who helped.

The young women would come in and rotate as they looked after Roan. In July 2003, News 24 reported how Los Angeles industry sources claimed that Bronstein and Stone's marriage had been under "enormous strain."

Sharon Stone during the 14th Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City on November 10, 2003. | Source: Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images


The actress was allegedly spending more and more time abroad and in Los Angeles trying to revive her acting career. Issues followed the couple as the journalist also needed emergency surgery when a two-meter Komodo dragon bit him in the tendon before his wife's hemorrhage.

The incident occurred at the Los Angeles Zoo during a visit that Stone had organized to celebrate Bronstein's birthday. In another report, The New York Post revealed some sources alleged the pair had separated after Stone returned from Moscow and London.

Sharon Stone awarded "Chevalier des arts et des lettres" by Gilles Jacob in Cannes, France on May 20, 2005. | Source: Pool BENAINOUS/CATARINA/LEGRAND/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images


At the time, the star had been filming "A Different Loyalty." In 2003, Bronstein filed for divorce from his wife, citing irreconcilable differences after being married for five years.

The newspaper editor filed his divorce petition in San Francisco with both him and Stone requesting joint custody of Roan. Bronstein's attorney said the former couple was ending things on friendly terms and wanted the divorce to be as quiet as possible.

The lawyer claimed there would be no drama in the divorce because both parents put their then-three-year-old first. The former couple allegedly wished to resolve things privately.



Sharon Stone and her son Roan Bronstein seen leaving her hotel on July 5, 2013, in Paris, France. | Source: Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic/Getty Images

However, things didn't go as planned for Stone and Bronstein's divorce as a custody battle ensued. The actress tried changing her custody agreement with her ex-husband, hoping to get the child to live with her full-time in Los Angeles.


At the time, the journalist was still living in San Francisco. A week after the filing, court papers showed how things had escalated between the former spouses when the actress's parenting methods were brought into question.

Sharon Stone and Roan Bronstein during the charity gala benefiting the "Planet Hope" foundation on December 28, 2017, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. | Source: Gisela Schober/Getty Images


A judge in the hearing said Stone had overreacted to her son's health problems by "refus[ing] to participate in the counseling." The judge shared how the session was meant to help Roan.

The star was seen as refusing to make the necessary changes in her life that would allow Roan's needs to be accommodated. An example was how Stone allegedly failed to physically attend a meeting about her boy organized by his teachers and doctors.

Sharon Stone and Roan Bronstein at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Kevork Djansezian/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images


Instead, the actress asked that the meeting be taped. The judge also noted Bronstein's claim that his ex-wife once suggested that Botox injections could be used to deal with their son's smelly feet.

Even though she [Sharon Stone] lost him [Roan] in the custody battle, things did work out.

However, Stone's lawyer denied the claim and called it an accusation used to put the other parent in a bad light. The star was crushed by losing primary custody of Roan and couldn't function properly, as per her book.


Stone lay on a couch and slept in every afternoon while unable to get up. She mourned her son, recalling how she'd loved taking him to the movies strapped into his car seat, going to musicals, and eating ice cream he smeared on his face.

The actress fondly remembered those moments as "gorgeous." The star shared how she'd loved showing off her son and how people had told her she and Roan would be united one day.

Sharon Stone and Roan Bronstein at the amfAR Cannes Gala during the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival on July 16, 2021, in Cap d'Antibes, France. | Source: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images


Stone would cry and worry about her son but later seemed to have recovered as she planned to spend more time in San Francisco so she could be with him. Even though she lost him in the custody battle, things did work out.

Today, the actress continues seeing her son, and they now have a fantastic relationship. People's prediction that the pair would one day be reunited eventually came true, even though it wasn't the way Stone probably would've wished.