With their luxury homes and often eye-watering wealth, we could be forgiven for believing celebrities live on a completely different planet to us. However, in several ways they are just like you and me. One such instance is their love for their mothers. Here are 40 down-to-earth stars who have been spotted sharing a special moment with their moms.
40. Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith evidently has a strong bond with her mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Pinkett Smith’s parent has earned praise for her candid conversations on the Facebook Watch viral sensation Red Table Talk, most notably about her heroin addiction. She has also been hailed for her youthful looks and impressive sense of style. Fittingly for the latter then, Pinkett Smith and ‘Gammy’ were spotted enjoying a public date together at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in September 2014.
39. Leonardo DiCaprio
He may have dated several of the world’s most beautiful women, but naturally there’ll always be a special place in Leonardo DiCaprio’s heart reserved for his mother Irmelin Indenbirken. Indeed, when he won Best Actor at the BAFTAs in 2016, DiCaprio namechecked his mom and gushed that he “would not be standing up here if it wasn’t for this person.” He has famously chosen to bring his mother along as his “date” to a large number of premieres and award ceremonies. In 2014 they shared a special moment together on the Oscars red carpet, along with Bono of U2.
38. Anna Kendrick
With her witty and often self-effacing quips, Anna Kendrick is widely regarded as the Queen of Twitter. But the Pitch Perfect star has her own icon, in the shape of her accountant mother Janice. In December 2012 the adorable pair were spotted enjoying a shopping trip together in Los Angeles.
37. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players of all time. A five-time winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, his place in soccer history is assured. Besides being a trophy-winning, goal-scoring machine, Ronaldo is also a loving son who is devoted to his mother Maria Aveiro. The Portuguese star often brings along his only surviving parent to celebrate his many titles in the sport. And 2019 was no different, as Ronaldo posed alongside Maria after winning the Italian league championship with Juventus.
36. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper is a momma’s boy, and proud of it. The Hangover star has often taken his mother Gloria Campano to star-studded events with him, and even got her to move into his Los Angeles pad in 2011 so they could heal together after the death of her husband and Bradley’s father Charles. The pair were spotted enjoying an especially warm embrace on the Tony Awards red carpet in 2015.
35. Jennifer Lawrence
Actress Jennifer Lawrence is adored the world over both for her remarkable acting talent and surprisingly down-to-earth nature. The Hollywood A-Lister is also adorably close to her mom Karen, and has been spotted out in public with her enjoying some quality mother-daughter time. Perhaps most famously, Lawrence gave her mom a warm embrace at the 2013 Oscars when she was announced as the Best Actress winner that year.
34. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has gone from being a promising child prodigy to being Hollywood’s best paid actress. The Lost In Translation star has seemingly not forgotten her roots though, and maintains a strong bond with her family, including mother Melanie Sloan. So, when Johansson was rewarded with a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame in May 2012, her mother (who used to manage her career) was fittingly by her side.
33. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck famously rose to Hollywood superstardom in 1997, when Good Will Hunting, the film he wrote alongside his long-time pal Matt Damon, became a critical and commercial sensation. Affleck and Damon – who starred in the film alongside the late Robin Williams – won the Best Screenplay Academy Award at the 1998 Oscars, and both have since gone on to have lucrative careers in film. Affleck took his beloved mom Christine Boldt to the ceremony as his plus-one, and gave an emotional shout out to her when accepting his award. He has enhanced his momma’s boy credentials in the years since, and in October 2019 he was spotted enjoying a stroll with his mom in Los Angeles.
32. Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl is one of the most popular rock stars in the world. The down-to-earth American has gone to have multi-platinum success with the Foo Fighters, the band he formed after the tragic demise of Nirvana. Grohl’s everyman persona is bolstered by his touching relationship with his mother Virginia. She wrote a book about raising him, and Grohl joined his mom at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books event to promote it; the pair appeared to have a real blast together.
31. Eugenie Bouchard
Although Genie Bouchard hasn’t been able to consistently replicate the level of performance that saw her reach the 2014 Wimbledon final, the Canadian’s stunning looks and bubbly personality have ensured she remains a hugely popular figure on the tour circuit and in the media. Judging from her active social media profiles, the tennis hottie is close with her mom Julie Leclair. In 2018 she shared a sweet Mother’s Day selfie with her, along with a typically witty caption to her one million plus followers on social media.
30. Tom Brady
When Tom Brady helped the New England Patriots pull off a miraculous comeback win in Super Bowl LI it was an emotional night for the star quarterback. Besides the enormity of the overtime win, Brady was emotionally overcome by the presence of his beloved mother Galynn, who had not attended any of the Patriot’s games that season until the Super Bowl due to illness. Mother and son enjoyed a tearful public embrace as Brady cemented his place as a legend of the sport. Two years later, Galynn was also on hand to give Brady a hug after the Super Bowl LIII victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
29. Justin Timberlake
Pop superstar Justin Timberlake is super-tight with his mom Lynn Bomar Harless. The “SexyBack” singer told Rolling Stone magazine in 2003, “We have a very special relationship. She’s been my best friend since I figured out who I wanted to be. You keep searching for somebody as good as your mother, and that’s a losing battle.” So, when the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards came around in August of that year, it was no surprise that Timberlake took his mom to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
28. Emma Watson
When she took part in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017, Harry Potter star Emma Watson had her beloved mother Jacqueline Luesby by her side. The British actress and activist uploaded several photos of mom and daughter together at the march, embracing each other lovingly. Clearly then, Watson hasn’t forgotten her debt to her mom.
27. Matty Healy
The wiry frontman of the popular pop/rock band The 1975, Matty Healy is a heartthrob for many teenage girls and young women worldwide. Nonetheless, the Brit already has a very important woman in his life in the shape of his mom Denise Welch, a well-known actress and TV personality in the U.K. In November 2011 the pair of them were spotted attending the London premiere of Michael Jackson – The Life Of An Icon together.
26. David Beckham
David Beckham is one of the most famous soccer players ever. With his striking good looks and trademark bending free-kicks, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, L.A. Galaxy, A.C. Milan and Paris St. Germain ace became an international star. He may have married the Spice Girls’ Victoria, but Beckham’s mom Sandra has remained one of the most important women in his life. The ex-England international took his mom with him to the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, where they enjoyed the tennis from the royal box.
25. Beyoncé Knowles
She may have famously declared herself an ‘Independent Woman,’ but pop superstar Beyoncé still leans heavily on her mother Tina. The former Destiny’s Child singer has often been seen out and about with her mom in public. On one such occasion she took her mom along as her guest to the 49th Grammy Awards in February 2007.
24. Matthew McConaughey
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is extremely affectionate when it comes to his mom Kay. The Dallas Buyers Club star has adorably dubbed his ma ‘K-Mac,’ and has paid tribute to her in interviews or his award speeches. The affable Texan took Kay to the world premiere of Two For the Money in 2005 where they appeared to have a whale of a time.
23. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift’s mom Andrea has been through a lot in recent years, with media criticism of her daughter and a brave fight against a recurring cancer. Her loving daughter has been by her side though, and even penned the song “You’ll Get Better” in support of her mother. Andrea has attended several of the award shows that Swift has picked up gongs down the years. Mamma Swift joined the “Shake It Off’ songstress on stage at the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas, where they warmly embraced.
One of the biggest pop stars in the world, Rihanna had a difficult upbringing that was deeply impacted by her father’s alcohol and drug dependency. The “Rude Boy” singer has remained close with her mother since her parent’s divorce when she was barely into her teen years. The Barbados-born beauty even took her mom along to the First Annual Diamond Ball in Beverly Hills in December 2014.
21. Emma Stone
Emma Stone’s successful acting career is due in no small part to her much-loved mom Krista. The Superbad actress has her mother to thank for helping her largely overcome the crippling anxiety that struck her early in childhood. Stone famously took her mom to the 2015 Academy Awards, and she and her mom were photographed attending a Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton in Hollywood in June 2017.
Drake might be a notorious womanizer, but at heart he’s really a momma’s boy. The Canadian rapper is super-tight with his Jewish mom Sandi, who raised him after his father left, and even referenced his love for her in the song “God’s Plan.” Fittingly, then, Drizzy has taken the one constant love of his life to many ceremonies and events. One such occasion was the 2011 JUNO Awards in Toronto, where he was photographed embracing his mom on the red carpet.
19. Katy Perry
Despite several clashes over her alleged ungodly lifestyle and career, Katy Perry still has a lot of love for her parents, including her mom Mary. So, when Paris Fashion Week came around in July 2017, it was no surprise to see Perry arrive in the French capital with her stylish mom in tow, and the adorable pair appeared to have a ball. The “Firework” singer and her mother were even snapped holding hands. Aww.
18. Idris Elba
Actor Idris Elba has a warm relationship with his mother Eve. The star of acclaimed TV drama series The Wire made his mom particularly proud in March 2016 when he received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Prince William at Buckingham Palace for his services to acting. Elba captioned a photo that he shared on Twitter, “Made my mum very happy today.”
17. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has, by his own admission, been a bit of a brat in the past. The Canadian went through a highly publicized phase of promiscuity, drug-taking and law-breaking. But one person who has always stuck by him is his beloved mom Pattie. In 2012 Biebs and his youthful mother attended the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards together in Los Angeles, and shared a warm embrace.
16. Jared Leto
Actor and musician Jared Leto has spoken publicly of his undying love for his mother Constance. The Requiem for a Dream star was raised by his artist mom after his parents’ divorce. Leto and his glamorous mother turned heads at the Oscars in March 2014, where the Louisiana native brought his mom along as his guest. The pair would have a lot to celebrate too, as Leto took home the Best Supporting Actor gong for Dallas Buyers Club that night.
15. Shia LaBeouf
Star of the Transformers movie franchise Shia LaBeouf is well known for his eccentric behavior, and it appears he gets at least some of his zaniness from his mother Shayna. A visual artist and jewelry designer, Shayna has been spotted out and about with LaBeouf, often dressed in what could be described as interesting garb. Way back in 2003 LaBeouf took his mom along to the premiere of The Battle Of Shaker Heights, where he even planted a loving kiss on her head. Ahh.
14. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande’s mother Joan is probably her biggest supporter. The Boca Raton-born singer is often seen out with her mom, and it was no surprise when earlier this year she brought her along to the Grammy Awards. Mom and daughter enjoyed a loving kiss in front of the cameras. Joan later wrote on Twitter, “I am so proud of my daughter for a million reasons. But to name a few she stepped out & owned the red carpet. Twice, she gave a phenomenal performance… and she had a great time! Ariana won!”
13. P. Diddy
P. Diddy might be closely associated with the East Coast/West Coast rap wars of the 1990s, but in reality, he’s just a momma’s boy. The rapper, producer and fashion designer has spoken of his love for his ma Janice and how she has always stood by him, including during a lengthy court battle. Appropriately then, in May 2018 his glamorous guardian attended the VH1 event “Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms” with him, and Diddy planted a big smacker on her cheek as if to prove his adoration.
12. John Legend
Along with his model wife Chrissy Teigen, John Legend has captured the hearts of many on social media. The amiable hitmaker reserves a special place in his own ticker though for his beloved mother Phyllis Stephens. Legend has stepped out in public numerous times with his mom by his side, including at the Jazz In The Gardens event on March 21, 2010.
11. George Clooney
Until he married Amal Alamuddin in 2014, George Clooney was widely regarded as one of the world’s most eligible singletons. Though his romantic relationships have been of great interest to magazines and gossip sites for years, Clooney’s lesser covered love story with his mother Nina has been one constant in his life. The Syriana star has illustrated his love for ma by stepping out in public with her, as he did in December 2004 when attending the Ocean’s 12 premiere with then-girlfriend Lisa Snowdon.
10. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is widely regarded as one the greatest golfers of all time. The American, however, suffered a very public fall from grace, when reports of his multitude of affairs became public. Throughout the good and the bad though, one woman has always stood by him: his mom Kultida. So, it was a proud day when she accompanied Woods and his children to the White House’s Rose Garden to accept the Medal Of Freedom award from President Donald J. Trump. In fact, his mother was spotted straightening it out after the 45th President got it in a tangle.
9. Shawn Mendes
Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes broke the hearts of teenage girls everywhere when he began dating Camila Cabello in July 2019. Nevertheless, Cabello is not the only leading light in the “Stitches” hitmaker’s life, as Mendes is also wild about his mom Karen. The pair even got matching elephant tattoos in 2017. And Mrs. Mendes posed for a lovely photo with her son and Miley Cyrus at the 2019 Grammys, after being invited as his guest.
8. Chris Evans
He is known worldwide as Captain America, but Chris Evans has his own heroine in the shape of his beloved mother Lisa Capuano. Evans has often stepped out in public with his mom, including at the 2013 GLAAD Awards with his brother Scott, where she joined her sons on stage for a speech. Evans also took his momma to the Los Angeles premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier a year later.
7. Vanessa Hudgens
Recent global events have brought with them significant challenges for all of us. Thankfully for Vanessa Hudgens, she has her mom Gina Guangco to lean on in these difficult times. The High School Musical star recently uploaded a charming video of her and her mother dancing the “Cha Cha Slide” outside her home on the social media platform TikTok.
6. Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan is a hugely popular actor, and perhaps a part of that is down to his heart-warming relationship with his mom. The Black Panther star dotes on his mother Donna, and he fulfilled one of his “biggest dreams” by buying an L.A. mansion to house him and his parents. As his mom is a lupus sufferer, Jordan has been immersed with efforts to find a cure for the disease. Mother and son attended a lupus benefit event together in July 2019 where they embraced warmly.
5. Miley Cyrus
Pop star Miley Cyrus is notoriously wild, but luckily she has her loving mom Tish to bring her back down to earth when needed. Cyrus is often spotted out and about with Tish and her father Billy Ray. In September 2014 she attended the MADE Fashion Week in NYC with her mother in tow, and the pair were all smiles in the front row at the Jeremy Scott show.
4. Alice Cooper
Shock-rocker Alice Cooper is touchingly close with his mom Ella Mae Furnier. In December 2018 the “Poison” and “School’s Out” performer told U.K. newspaper The Observer that his nonagenarian parent resides at the same address as him. “My mother lives with me. She’s a tiger. She’s 95 and is my biggest fan. If you say anything bad about Alice Cooper, she’ll be on top of you,” he joked. When Cooper earned a star on Hollywood’s celebrated Walk of Fame, his loyal mom proved her super-fan credentials by attending the unveiling with her son.
3. Dwayne Johnson
He might mostly play tough guys on the big screen, but Dwayne Johnson is a big softie at heart. Indeed, the former wrestler has made no secret of the fact that he is super-close with his mother Ata. The affable actor – who revealed he saved his mom from suicide after she walked into traffic when he was 15 – has taken his mom along to numerous premieres and events, including the July 2019 bash for Hobbs and Shaw, where Mama Johnson shone in a blue dress.
2. Ryan Gosling
Canadian heart-throb Ryan Gosling has been open about his deep love for his mother in the press, and the now-39-year-old has been spotted in public with his beloved mom Donna on numerous occasions. His mother and sister Mandi famously accompanied him to the 2007 Oscars ceremony, and on TV’s The Graham Norton Show in 2017, Gosling revealed Donna even got a compliment from Meryl Streep about her beehive hairstyle. But that flattery came as a result of the La La Land actor asking Streep to lift up his ill-at-ease mom. Aww.
1. Keanu Reeves
Though there were numerous well-dressed celebrities and much talked-about couples at the 2020 Oscars, one particular duo really caught the eye of the public. That twosome was Keanu Reeves and his mother Patricia Taylor. The 55-year-old Speed actor brought his septuagenarian mother along as his date, and the internet was smitten by the pair and their contrasting tuxedos. In fact, the stylish mom and son looked so great together as they enjoyed a special moment, many people confused them for a real couple.