Sheryl Crow's Adoption Woes

Cynthia Dermody

Sheryl Crow Redbook cover

I always thought Lance Armstrong pulled a sleazy move when he broke up with Sheryl Crow because of her "advanced biological age" and the prospect of fertility issues. I cheered when the singer emerged from that unfortunate chapter of her life that also included fighting breast cancer and adopted her son Wyatt.

And I cheered even louder at the recent news that Crow adopted a little brother for 3-year-old Wyatt -- Levi James.

In an interview in Redbook, Crow admits the Lance breakup was difficult, especially since it changed her picture of what a family was supposed to look like. "After that, I felt an acute sense of urgency about how I wanted my life to feel."

She says she started doing an adoption "home study," which means you fill out the paperwork and get certified in infant CPR. "The idea was, if the opportunity came, I would be ready," Crow said.

My good friend adopted a child, and it's a wonderful thing. It's also an extremely long and emotional process. Several adoptions fell through the first time. But it worked out in the end, and my friend feels that she ended up with the child that she was supposed to have all along. It's the same for everyone, even wealthy celebrities like Crow.

"It's been in the works for a while," Crow says of her latest adoption in the exclusive interview in the August issue of Redbook. "I was hoping to adopt a child when Wyatt was 2; a lot of the adoptions fell through. But things always work out perfectly. They just do. Generally, when you let go of your vision of how something is supposed to be, the universe hands you exactly what you need."

Now a single mom of two, Crow often turns to her celebrity mommy friends for support, including Nicole Kidman, another famous mom of adopted children. I often forget how many Hollywood moms have adopted children. Some -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Madonna -- are always in the news and come to mind instantly. But others are under the radar:

Sharon Stone

Meg Ryan

Michelle Pfeiffer

Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne

Hugh Jackman

Calista Flockhart

Steven Spielberg

Did your adoption fall through initially? Did it work out as it was supposed to in the end?

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