‘I don't envy celeb parents’
The nannies, the body guards and the scandal – is celebrirty parenting something to be envied?
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Only days after he announced to the world that he had become a father, soccer star Christiano Ronaldo jet-setted off to New York for some quality time with his girlfriend – not the mother of the baby, incidentally.

The newborn was left with Ronaldo's mother and sister while he soaked up the sun at a five-star resort. While most new fathers are bleary-eyed and covered in spit-up, this new dad was glowing and had a Russian lingerie model draped over him.

Welcome to the world of celebrity parenting

Only six weeks after supermodel Heidi Klum gave birth to her fourth child, she was back on the catwalk, causing unhealthy envy and nausea in new parents worldwide. She was quoted as saying that she was "lucky" to have regained her trim body so quickly after birth, simply by watching what she ate. Ja right.

Beautiful actress Halle Berry said she found motherhood sexy. I'm not convinced motherhood, the way I embody it, is all that sexy! Think sagging pyjama bottoms and bedraggled hair. Of course, Halle spends hours in the gym, presumably while nannies take care of her child.

Of course, what the airbrushed pictures don't show us, are the nannies, the security guards and the minders. They’re posse of paid staff muzzled by contracts, which make all this fabulousness possible. On one shopping trip, for instance, Heidi took along her mother and three nannies.

Another high profile couple, Brangelina - as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are collectively known - have reportedly between five and six nannies to help them take care of their brood.

Then there is the time spent away from home, to make movies and get the dosh to maintain this lifestyle. Style icon Sarah Jessica Parker left her young twin babies for seven weeks while she went away to Morocco to film Sex and the City 2.

Michael Douglas publicly admitted that he was away from home too much, not being a good father to son Cameron, who was recently sentenced to jail for drug dealing.

Superstar Michael Jackson knew all about growing up in the limelight. Even though he went on to become spectacularly successful professionally, he was less successful in his personal life.

As far as his own parenting was concerned, one had to recall the incident in 2002 when he dangled his baby boy, Blanket, over the railing of balcony in Berlin. Yet friends insist he was a wonderful father.

Surely no little girl could have had more than Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the King of Pop, Elvis Presley. But she has been quoted as saying: “Being Elvis Presley's daughter is a whole lot of pressure. It's been a constant burden in my life.”  She has struggled with drugs,
alcohol and is more famous for her three failed marriages than her own musical career.

Having famous parents is tough for kids, believes talent agent Margot Menzel. She says, "As a child of celebrity, you face more challenges in proving yourself – that you're not just out there because you're the son or daughter of a 'name’.”

Pfew. Suddenly I feel less envious of the gorgeous celebrity parents. Even though I may not look like Heidi Klum or Sarah Jessica Parker, I don't need an armful of nannies to take care of my son. I am (almost) always there to comfort and soothe him. Even better - I was there when my baby's first tooth came out and the day he smiled for the first time - which made me feel like a superstar.

Do you envy celebrity parents?

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