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Celebs Raised By Single Parents

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Tyler Perry's Single Mom's Club has not yet proved to be a box-office hit, only grossing a little over $8 million during its premier last weekend. Clearly, single moms everywhere weren't feeling the family flick starring Nia Long. Compared to his Madea film franchise, this movie marked an all time low for the media mogul. His latest offering, Madea Christmasdebuted at $16 million, which is low compared to the other films in his archive.

The film may have flopped, but it inspired us to acknowledge the celebrities, who did prevail despite being raised in single-parent homes (and in some cases abandoned by both their parents).

 

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Notorious B.I.G

Biggie was abandoned by his father when he was 2-years-old.

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Halle Berry 

Abandoned by her father when she was 4-years-old.

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Mary J. Blige 

Father left when she was 4-years-old.

50 cent

50 Cent 

Never knew his father and lost his mother when he was 8 years-old.

Jay Z

Jay-z 

Abandoned by his father.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Only met his father twice in his life.

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Alicia Keys

Grew up without a father.

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Lindsay Lohan

Her father was in prison since she was young, so she essentially grew up without one.

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Eva Mendez

Raised by her mother after her parents' divorce.

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President Obama

Met his father once before he died.

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Mekhi Phifer 

Never met his father.

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Tupac Shakur

Didn't know his biological father and his step-father went to prison when he was two-years-old.

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Kanye West

Abandoned by his father when he was three-years-old.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Raised by a single mother. His father was in and out of jail. His father is a part of his life now.

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Mariah Carey

Had little contact with her father after her parents divorce when she was three.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Abandoned by both his parents and raised by his grandparents who adopted him.

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Kelly Rowland 

Abandoned by her father during her early childhood.

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Etta James

Her mother was 14-years-old when she was born and she never met her father.

Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Parent's separated when she was six and she didn't speak to her father until 12 years later, when her career was taking off.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X 

Raised in the foster care system.

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Billie Holiday

Father abandoned her when she was young and didn't acknowledge her until she was successful.

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Lena Horne 

Father left the family when she was three. She was primarily raised by her grandparents.

 

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