"Basic Instinct" actress Sharon Stone was not lucky enough to have her children naturally. But despite the disappointments, she remained consistent and never subdued her motherly instincts. Find out her struggles before motherhood.
Sharon Stone gained fame for her apt portrayal of femme fatales and women of mystery on the big screens. But behind the scenes, she loved the idea of a family.
Stone met Phil Bronstein, whom she later married in 1997 while filming the sci-fi thriller "Sphere." The following year, the couple shared their vows in front of celebrity guests, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Woods.
Sharon Stone at The Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala on February 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images
Bronstein was not in the Hollywood business but worked in the media as a journalist and editor. His excellent report on a Philippine dictator in 1986 earned him a finalist spot for the Pulitzer Prize.
Bronstein is famous for his contributions as a war correspondent and investigative journalist. His years of expertise have made him relevant to this day. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting in California.
Stone and the journalist were married for about five years before calling it quits. During their time as a couple, they went through different phases, including the actress' struggles to conceive, before eventually welcoming their only child.
SHARON STONE STRUGGLED WITH INFERTILITY
Stone never had a biological child, but she is now a mother to three kids. However, she still remembers what it was like to yearn for a baby. In a post updated by People, focusing on Peta Murgatroyd's miscarriage story, the actress made a shocking revelation about her past struggles with infertility.
The "Sphere" star wrote that during her quest to become a mother, she endured nine miscarriages. She explained that losing a child is never a trivial issue as it affects the physical and emotional well-being of the woman involved.
Stone passionately shared the struggles women in this category face, adding that women do not get the care needed during such sensitive times, as society makes them feel like they have failed. In conclusion, she maintained:
"Female health and wellness left to the care of the male ideology has become lax at best, ignorant in fact, and violently oppressive in effort."
THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD
While married to Bronstein, Stone made several attempts to conceive; sadly, it was futile. Still, she was relentless, and even after enduring a stillbirth in 2000, she still longed to be a mother.
Stone had undergone grueling hours of labor and surgery and considered it her last attempt and the worst moment of her life. However, after this experience, luck smiled at her.
Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein during The 74th Annual Academy Awards at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images
On her way home from the hospital following the stillbirth, an adoption lawyer phoned, revealing that a baby boy was forthcoming. Less than two months later, Stone became the mother of an adorable infant named Roan. While describing her first time as a mother, Stone said:
"From the first time I held him, I was in awe. I stay by his bassinet through the night just to watch him sleep. Like most first-time parents, I worried constantly, but there was no need."
The first-time mom understood her son through her motherly instincts. She realized what his cries meant, and rather than worry, Stone was by his side, providing solutions.
Indeed, the actress' history signifies strength as she has weathered the storms of life and was confident to share her story in her memoir "The Beauty of Living Twice."
Apart from overcoming the miscarriages and the jittery feeling that came with the motherhood responsibility, the actress has been open about an illness that almost took her life.
In 2001, Stone suffered a stroke after becoming a mother, simultaneously with which she experienced a cerebral hemorrhage that remained for nine days. During this period, the actress beckoned to her mother— she believed she would die.
While recounting the episode in an interview, Stone addressed the near-death experience in her book, where she wrote about seeing the light; the author said:
"It's so profound. And I know that scientists feel that it's a scientific thing that happens. And spiritualists believe that it's a spiritual thing. Personally, I'm with (Albert) Einstein, who believed that it's both."
STONE AND BRONSTEIN SEPARATES
Phil Bronstein and Sharon Stone during 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images
For Bronstein and Stone, their challenges did not make them unbreakable. In 2003, the journalist filed for divorce from the Hollywood star, citing irreconcilable differences.
The couple refused to share the reason they grew apart. However, in a joint statement, the former couple hinted that it was an amicable split, adding that they would remain devoted parents to their adopted son. In their words:
"We're committed to being great parents and having a friendship, as parents, going forward."
Despite how friendly their divorce appeared in public, an insider revealed that things were far from rosy on the inside, as Bronstein requested spousal support, going against the prenup they signed.
Before their divorce, Stone struggled to remain relevant in the movie industry as she dedicated more time to parenthood and charity. However, after the separation, she was set for the spotlight again.
Life in the limelight was not the only thing that attracted the actress. Despite not becoming married again, Stone was obsessed with having more kids.
Sharon Stone and Roan Joseph Bronstein Stone attend the amfAR Cannes Gala 2021 during the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Villa Eilenroc on July 16, 2021 | Source: Getty Images
Ultimately, she adopted two more sons, and the film star brilliantly navigated through parenthood without being married. Now a single mom to three adorable boys, Stone believes that raising them was a "great privilege" and "miracle."
It has been more than a decade since the adoption, yet the actress still admires motherhood and constantly beams when she has to address the subject. A few years ago, the then 59-year-old mother-of-three revealed her thoughts on motherhood.
While many celebrity moms may find it hard juggling motherhood and fame, Stone maintained that she never found it challenging! It has always been an enjoyable procedure, no matter how demanding, and she loves it with all her heart.
Sharon Stone's sons Quinn Kelly Stone, Roan Joseph Bronstein and Laird Vonne Stone attend a charity gala benefiting Planet Hope Foundation at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains on December 28, 2017 in Switzerland. | Photo: Getty Images
The actress' first son is Roan Joseph Bronstein, adopted shortly after his birth in 2000. He caught the acting bug from his adoptive mother and has a possible acting career in sight.
Son number two is Laird Vonne Stone, who became a part of Stone's family in 2005. Laird is very outgoing and often features on his mother's Instagram. Quinn Kelly is the family's last child. He was adopted in 2006. Sometimes, Quinn appears as his mom's date to red carpet events.
Thankfully, the "Basic Instinct" star has been able to measure up as an excellent mother, as she has a close relationship with all her sons, who also speak well of her.
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