Balancing Acts: Pink Shares Her Journey as a Rockstar Mom

Pink has defied skeptics who said motherhood would be the end of her career, thriving as both a parent and a pop sensation.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Assistant Editor
Updated February 23, 2023
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An enduring popstar and mom of two, Pink has been trying to master the elusive balance between family and performing for over a decade.

Despite skeptics who said her career would be over after having kids, Pink has continued to thrive in both her personal and professional life. To date, the 43-year-old artist has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, notched 23 Top 40 singles, and earned three Grammys and an Emmy. Moreover, her last tour was the second-highest-grossing tour of all time by a female artist (after only Madonna).

But the Get The Party Started singer says her biggest joy came when she became a mother to daughter Willow, 11, and son Jameson, 6. “I did not know I was going to have a family. I didn’t picture that for myself because I was terrified I would be a terrible mother,” Pink told People in a recent cover interview. “But, oh my God, being a mom is the most incredible thing I’ve ever done. It’s shocking how responsible I’ve become.”

While Pink has gone from “getting parties started” to chaperoning Willow’s dance and taking charge of snacks for her basketball game, she hasn’t slowed down. She’s “a powerhouse in everything she does—work and play,” says her longtime friend, actress Selma Blair.

Being a rockstar mom comes at a cost, though. Pink’s tour schedule will overlap with one of Willow’s theater productions later this year. “We finally had to have this really teary conversation about what I do and that it’s hard as a mom, and that’s why not a lot of moms do it,” Pink says.

But she’s happy living the best of both worlds or trying to, at least. “I want to be the best I can be at everything, and it’s never good enough; it’s f—-ing impossible. But I love being a mom, I love music, and I’m dumb lucky I get to do all of these things. I count my blessings every single day.”

Pink also emphasizes that she’s not going to apologize for working hard to achieve what she has. She had to make a difficult decision when she talked to Willow about missing her theater production.

“I told her, ‘It’s going to suck, and I won’t go longer than 10 days without you . . . or I’ll quit. I’ll walk away tomorrow. What do you want?’ And she was like, ‘Don’t quit, Mama. I will just miss you sometimes. And I love what you do.’ And I was like, ‘I love what I do too. I worked my ass off for it, and I’m not going to apologize for that. Also, it affords you a very nice life!’”

As Pink embarks on her upcoming tours and continues to navigate the challenges of being a working mom, she shines as an example of what is possible when we refuse to compromise on our dreams.

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