Sheryl Crow: Lance heartbreak gave me strength to adopt
Sheryl Crow says a painful break-up and a batter with cancer gave her the "sense of urgency" she needed to adopt a baby.
The 48-year-old singer adopted her first son Wyatt, now three, in 2007, and recently took custody of a new baby, Levi, who is two months old. Just four years ago, Sheryl`s life was turned upside down when she split from Lance Armstrong after three years together, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She still finds it difficult to talk about that time, but admits she is grateful for it in a way because it spurred her on to do something about her lifelong ambition to be a mother.
"I`d just been through a pretty painful break-up where there were kids involved, and I`d also been through breast cancer treatment," Sheryl told the current issue of Redbook magazine.
"After that, I felt an acute sense of urgency about how I wanted my life to feel. Since I wasn`t married, my idea of what the picture was supposed to look like no longer served any great purpose."
Sheryl decided to start filling out some adoption paperwork, in case she ever decided she wanted to adopt.
"So I started doing an adoption `home study,` which means you fill out the paperwork, get certified in infant CPR," she told the publication. "The idea was, if the opportunity came, I would be ready."
Within 12 months, she had baby Wyatt, and within three years, her family expanded again. Sheryl says she wanted another child 12 months earlier than she got Levi, but was forced to wait after several adoptions fell through. In the end, things worked out "perfectly" and she is thrilled with her sons.
"It`s been in the works for a while," Sheryl said. "I was hoping to adopt a child when Wyatt was two; 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."