Cameron Diaz spent many years as one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, but she has mostly avoided the public eye in recent years. At the height of her career, Diaz was one of the most sought-after celebrities, and she starred in major blockbusters such as “There’s Something About Mary,” “Charlie’s Angels,” the “Shrek” franchise, and “The Holiday” and “Bad Teacher,” among a myriad of other titles that have firmly established her status as a Hollywood A-lister. According to an article that was published in The Hollywood Reporter in 2013, it was said that Diaz’s career was so enormous that she was the highest-paid female actress who was above the age of 40.

Naturally, it came as a surprise to a great number of Diaz’s followers when she decided, around the year 2014, to pull back from the limelight. Since then, Diaz has discussed the reasons for her decision to walk away from acting in a variety of interviews. The primary reason, according to Diaz, was a desire to simplify her life, which at the height of her celebrity needed a large number of other people to handle routine day-to-day tasks.

In addition, the actress wed musician Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte in 2015, and in 2019, the pair became parents for the first time to a girl whom they called Raddix Madden. Raddix Madden was born to the couple. That means Diaz gave birth to her first child at the age of 47, and she has discussed the experience publicly in a number of interviews since then.

According to Diaz, her choice to withdraw from the public eye was the best thing she could have done, despite the fact that she used to be one of the most prominent A-list performers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has also done so in several interviews, where she has declared that she has found “peace” and that she is “whole” once again as a result of it.

Gwyneth Paltrow, a fellow A-list actress, is the creator of Goop, and in a video that was aired through YouTube on the Goop channel, Diaz, who is also 50, participated in a casual talk with Paltrow that covered a variety of themes. The video was over an hour long. Diaz had this to say about quitting the acting industry:

“I finally began to take care of myself, and as a result, I experienced a sense of inner calm.” Because I was finally starting to prioritize my own health… I just have a sense of being centered and light.”

She continued by saying: “It’s a strange thing to say, and I know that a lot of people won’t understand it, but I know that you understand it,” the speaker said, “but it’s so intense to work at that level and be that public and put yourself out there.”

In addition, Diaz said that the burden associated with carrying films that cost multiple millions of dollars was “overwhelming” and that performers were spoiled. She admitted that she wanted to demonstrate that she was capable of functioning as an independent adult and said:

“I took a step back and took a serious inventory of my life. When you’re working on a movie, they have complete control over you. Because you are there for a whole twenty-four hours every day, seven days a week, you have no time for anything else. I was in desperate need of reassurance that I was capable of looking for myself and that I understood what it meant to be an adult.

According to the Independent, Diaz also opened up to Kevin Hart on his program “Hart To Heart” and stated the following: “For my personal, spiritual self, I was understanding that the one part of me that functioned at a high level wasn’t enough. It’s a lot of fun to do, I really like it, I really enjoy acting, I could keep going for a very long time, and I sometimes get the impression that I have a limitless supply of energy and inertia,” and he added,

“I just looked around, and there were so many aspects of my life that I wasn’t touching and that I wasn’t managing, and I couldn’t really manage, because everything was so massive,” she said. “I just looked around and saw that.”

She added this explanation on her choice to leave the performing industry: “I just really wanted to make my life manageable by myself.” My daily schedule consists of the things that I am capable of doing entirely by myself. It’s the nicest feeling in the world, and I feel complete.”

Diaz had her last appearance in the film adaptation of “Annie” in 2014. Since then, she has left the world of acting behind in favor of marriage and children. According to Women’s Health, Raddix was born via the assistance of a surrogate, and her parents made the happy announcement of her arrival in January 2019. In the past, Diaz attempted to conceive a child by using acupuncture, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and other supplements. However, none of these methods were successful.

Paltrow was surprised when Diaz disclosed to her that she is a mother, and Diaz remarked that she became a mother as a direct result of Paltrow’s influence. What she said was:

“Given that I am a mother at the age that I am, I do not believe that I would have been able to be this parent at the age of 25… If it weren’t for you, I never would have considered having children of my own. You used to speak, I’d be like, ‘I’m not having kids’. “And you’re like, ‘You are having kids, you’re getting married, and you’re having children.'”

Additionally, she said to InStyle in 2019: “The way I look at it, I’ve dedicated more than half of my life to serving the general populace,” she said. I believe it is appropriate for me to take some time off right now to focus on myself, reevaluate my priorities, and decide how I want to reenter the world.

In the year 2020, she also discussed Raddix with Jimmy Fallon and said that “every single day, there are leaps and bounds, and these things that happen — she’s not the same baby she was yesterday.” The loving mother continued and said,

“It’s so gratifying to actually get to see that growth and to be a part of it and to help let her be who she is, and it’s just amazing,” said the person.

It seems as if Diaz and Madden are having the time of their lives as parents to Raddix. In the year 2020, a source close to the couple shared with People how happy the family of three is, despite the epidemic that was happening at the time. They said that:

“Contrary to popular belief, Cameron and Benji are enjoying the finest year possible as a family… They are the ideal couple and really enjoy their roles as parents.

The insider went on to say:

“For a long time, Cameron had the ambition to become a mother… She finds that she enjoys it much more than she had hoped.

On Mother’s Day of the same year, Madden shared a touching message on Instagram in which he gushed over his wife and praised her many qualities. It was written here:

“Today marks a very memorable occasion for our family. I will be eternally thankful to my wife for giving me the opportunity to become a father and for taking such wonderful care of our family on a daily basis. Best Mom and Wife and Friend. Whether it’s getting up extra early to take care of everyone (three people and a dozen animals), or doing all the research and reading to make sure that we do our best to be good parents for our kid, she’s a force of nature, and I’m extremely thankful for that.

He proceeded by saying:

“After six years together, our love for one another only becomes deeper and more important with each passing day. What a wonderful gift. When we are fortunate enough to have a unique and exceptional person in our lives like this one, I believe it is good to remind ourselves on a daily basis not to be the kind of person who is naive enough to take this for granted.

It seems as if Diaz and Madden are in the happiest place they could possibly be, and with a home like that, it’s not surprising that the actress chose to shift her focus from Hollywood to her family. Our warmest wishes go out to them, and we can’t wait to get to know their thriving family more!

By Elen

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