Alicia Keys On There Being 'No One Perfect Way' To Raise A Family And Six Celebs Who Feel The Same

'Each way is different with beautiful scope to be something good.'

10/11/2016 16:22

Alicia Keys has opened up about her blended family and said she embraces differences in family life.

The 35-year-old, who is mum to Egypt, six, Genesis, 10 months, and stepmum to nine-year-old Kassem Dean Jr. with her husband Swizz Beats, said every family finds their own way.

“I have a very blended and interesting perspective of what family life looks like,” Keys told ELLE in the December 2016 issue.  

“There is no one way, no perfect way.

“Each way is different with beautiful scope to be something good. That is life.”

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Keys added: “Our eldest son is 16 and it’s really cool to be in his life as an adult figure who is not his mum, and he gives me a prelude to what is coming with my children.”

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Keys is not the only celebrity parent who believes parents should not compare their family life to others. 

Here are six others who feel the same. 

  • Giovanna Fletcher
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    "Whatever you choose to do with your child, there is guilt attached to it,” she told HuffPost UK.

    “We have got to realise we are on our own little paths and we all want the best for our kids but ultimately, we have to do what makes us happy."
  • Holly Willoughby
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    On talking about writing a parenting book, she told Daily Mail: "The lesson in all of this is that there is no one “right” way to do things.

    "The reason I had to write a book was because I felt that with most of the baby manuals, an expert tells you to go down one path and stick with it, but what if what you planned just doesn’t happen?"
  • Peter Andre
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    Andre told The Guardian: "I had a nice conversation about fatherhood with Gary Barlow recently. We were discussing what makes a good parent.

    "There are millions of good parents and the answer to what makes them good parents is simple: there is no right or wrong way of doing things, but if you put your kids first, you're a great parent."
  • Fearne Cotton
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    "The only person who can say what's right is the individual," she told Red magazine

    "No-one should tell you how to raise your kid if you feel like you're doing it right."
  • Wayne Rooney
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    Rooney told the MailOnline: "Coleen and I just do things as we see fit and whatever we think is the best way.

    "There are a lot of things, in terms of the way we've been brought up, that have helped us out and we've tried to carry on setting those examples.

    "We just try to be the best that we can be, and treat every day as a new day."
  • Jamie Oliver
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    Jamie Oliver told HuffPost UK: “Parenting is hard, it’s really hard. 

    "One of my problems is often people think my parenting life is perfect, which is completely untrue. But being part of the ‘parenting club’ is a really nice feeling.”

The December issue of ELLE UK is available to pre-order now.

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