Charlize Theron Says She's Not a Single Mom Because Her Two Dogs Are Helping to Raise Her Son

Charlize Theron may not have a human partner to help her care for her baby son, Jackson, but she says she doesn't consider herself a single mom because she gets plenty of help from her two dogs, Berkley and Blue. Her canine companions immediately fell for Jackson, whom she adopted when he was just nine days old, and have since taken on all kinds of parenting duties around the house.

She told Ellen DeGeneres that she doesn't care what other people think, she calls her dogs "her boys," and she says, "People keep saying, 'Oh you're a single mom,' and I'm like, 'Actually, I'm not. I got two boys helping me out.' It's incredible." That is incredible, since most dogs I know would be totally useless in the child-rearing department. But Theron lucked out, apparently, because she says Blue, a pitbull, is her resident alarm clock who, "woke up with me for every feed, for every change, and whenever the baby would cry the pit would start crying. He'll do anything for that baby." Aww. Berkley, on the other hand, is a terrier mutt who has taken it upon himself to teach the baby about the fine art of stealing: "[H]e's actually the pacifier thief ... He'll just lay there with the [baby's] pacifier in his mouth." It does sound like quite an adorable parenting team she's got going there. [People]


Breaking Britney Spears news: She apparently just stormed off the set of the X Factor in the middle of a taping. It appears that she was upset after one of the contestants did a bad rendition of her song "Hold It Against Me," but someone with the show is claiming Brit, "just needed a break." It's kind of an odd time to take one, however! She didn't come back immediately, so four more contestants competed in front of an empty chair and the rest of the judges before they all took a break. There's no word whether she'll be back after the taping starts back up. Let's hope—please, pretty please, that we're not heading back into Britney meltdown territory, since everything seemed to be going fairly well for her of late. [TMZ]


Uh oh. Sir Elton John was briefly hospitalized in Los Angeles after he suffered from a "serious respiratory infection." He checked in yesterday after he started to feel ill after his concert on Sunday and his condition steadily worsened. He's being treated with antibiotics and has been released. He's had to cancel three concert dates this weekend, but fortunately it looks like he's going to be fine. [MTV]


If the sun has risen in the morning sky, there must be another rumor about John Travolta to discuss. Behold: this time the National Enquirer is reporting that Kelly Preston has "had enough" of the public allegations that keep coming out about her husband and has decided to end things. A "source" said,

Kelly told me their marriage is over and made it clear that she's no longer living in the family home. She's put up with John's double life for decades while his behavior remained in the shadows. But all this coming out in public has humiliated her. Kelly is absolutely destroyed.


Hmm. On the one hand, you could certainly understand why she'd want out. On the other hand, it's the National Enquirer. We'll just have to wait and see where this crazy road called life takes us. [Showbiz Spy]


We spent so much time anticipating the birth of Jessica Simpson's daughter Maxwell, that we've been too tired to spend much effort speculating about who the godmother would be. Thankfully, Jessica has revealed that it is none other than her BFF CaCee Cobb. If you are positively ancient, like I am, you will remember CaCee from when she served as Jessica's personal assistant during her Newlyweds days. [E!]

  • Michelle Obama has said that if she wasn't herself, she'd most like to be Beyonce. Yeah, get in line, (First) Lady. [NYPost]
  • Clutch those pearls because Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart were photographed kissing in Cannes. Can you believe the nerve of those two? [People]
  • Alert: @ChrisEvans is now on Twitter. #abs [Twitter]
  • It's been a while since I've disliked a phrase as much as I dislike this one: "Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Get Kissy in Cannes." Blech. [E!]
  • It is possible that Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger are engaged, which would not be too shocking since they've been together for six years. [E!]
  • Tom Cruise said, "I am sorry to hear of her of her passing. She was a lovely person," after hearing that Janet Carroll, the actress who played his mother in Risky Business, had died. [Hollyscoop]
  • Eddie Izzard had pledged to run 27 marathons in 27 days to honor Nelson Mandela, but after completing the first four marathons (!), he's had to abandon his quest due to "unforeseen medical complications." Yeah, like having a human body that is not designed to do that many marathons in a row? Anyway, he says he's disappointed but he plans to finish his quest eventually. [Daily Express]
  • If you have several million dollars at your disposal, you have a chance to live in the house where Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds's love died. [People]
  • Oh, boy. Amber Portwood, of Teen Mom fame, has reportedly given up trying to complete court-ordered rehab and has instead asked the judge to just impose her five year prison sentence instead. Depressing, but true. [TMZ]

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