Some celebs are more than happy to balance family life and work life amidst the hectic entertainment industry, yet others run as far from it as they can in order to fully focus on their kids. Whether it was putting their career on the back burner or calling it quits for good, these stars made their priorities clear by opting to get out of Hollywood for the sake of their children.
The '80s heart-throb appeared in such hits as "Sixteen Candles" and "Mermaids." He decided to call it quits in the early '90s when he settled down with fellow thespian and model Valerie Robinson. The couple moved to a quiet town in Pennsylvania, where they raised their two children and run a successful business selling hand-crafted furniture. So talented!
She may be one of the world's best-selling musical artists of all time, yet that didn't stop Shania Twain from dropping everything in the height of her career to move to Switzerland with her then-husband Robert "Mutt" Lange, where the couple raised their only son Eja. The pair split in 2010, but Twain remarried a year later and continues to live in Switzerland. She recently embarked on a farewell world tour that's been selling out venues across the nation.
The legendary actor enjoyed a successful film career over his 32 years in Hollywood, appearing in such hits as Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" and "To Catch A Thief." At age 62, he was finally ready to call it quits to focus on his family, especially spending time with his daughter Jennifer. You might think it was embarrassing when your parents would hang your painting on the fridge, but Grant took it a step further and had his daughter's childhood belongings archived. Father of the year award, right there.
She won her way into our hearts by playing Laura Winslow on "Family Matters" for the impressive nine years the series was on the air. Much to Urkel's dismay, Kellie decided to call it quits after the show and settled into her new role as mom with her husband Hannibal Jackson and their two children John and Hannah. Looks like she couldn't be happier!
When two mega-stars get married and have children, subsequently trying to raise a family can be a bit hectic. Although only making a short hiatus, Moore and Willis did pack up and move to a small town in Idaho called Hailey so they could spend as much time with their three daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Eventually making their return to Hollywood, the move seemed to have work as all three of their daughters are grounded and have a great relationship with their parents.
Sometimes appearing on such an iconic sitcom that has reruns played over and over can trick viewers into thinking an actor is still working when they're not, which was definitely the case with the "Full House" actress who played DJ Tanner for the eight year stretch of the series. After marrying professional hockey star Valeri Bure in 1996, Candace then focus her talents on raising their three children. Only in the past few years have we seen her starting to get back into the scene (and we can't wait for the arrival of her latest endeavor!)
It was more than shocking that comedic mastermind and star of "The Chapelle Show" would drop the mic and leave the fame behind right when he was in the peak of his career. Yet, Chapelle knew all too well how fame can negatively affect a person, and opted to step back in order to stay grounded and eventually raise a family. He looks just as successful with his new life as he was with his career.
The English actress and model was a sensation in such commercial hits as "Austin Powers" and "Bedazzled" before abruptly disappearing in 2002 to raise her son Damien Charles. Now that little Damien is a bit older, Hurley is back in action, appearing in such TV series as "Gossip Girls" and "The Royals." Plus, the pair take fantastic Instagram photos together.
Appearing in such hilarious hits as "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and "Ghostbusters," funny man Rick Moranis is even a two-time Grammy nominee and snagged an Emmy for his writing on "SCTV." With such a well-rounded and successful career going for him, Moranis was sadly struck by tragedy when he lost his wife to cancer in 1997. He decided to bid Hollywood adieu so he could be a full-time dad. We're sad we lost him but commend him for his decision.
The Oscar-winning actress was more than accustomed to the glitz and glamour of the world of Hollywood, which is why when she had her daughter Nahla with her now ex-husband Gabriel Aubry, she attempted to take a step back and raise her child as far away from the camera as possible. The "Monster's Ball" actress even moved to France for a time just to try and get off the grid. Yet, she couldn't fully stay away from her hometown, and eventually returned to Hollywood, currently starring in the CBS drama "Extant."
Lauryn Hill was a musical force to be reckoned with, experiencing huge success with her group the Fugees as well as being a Grammy-winning solo artist. She gave up her career and fame to disappear from the limelight in order to raise her six children, five of which are with Rohan Marley, son of the reggae legend Bob Marley. Those kids must have been sung some awesome lullabies when they were young.
Claiming her stake to fame as the free spirited Denise Huxtable from "The Cosby Show," Bonet took a step back from the limelight when she had her daughter Zoe with singer Lenny Kravitz. Though she continued to act here and there, her number one priority was her family. Later, when she married actor Jason Momoa in 2007, she once again choose family over her career, though she still takes gigs when she can.
She rose to quick fame for her roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Gremlins," but decided to retire from acting just a few short years later in 1994. The former '80s star now focuses her full attention on her children Owen Joseph and Greta Simone, who she had with her actor husband Kevin Kline. We wonder if her kids have seen her iconic films….
Although being nominated for an Oscar three times for her roles in such classics as "Terms of Endearment" and "An Officer and a Gentleman," the talented actress knew where her main priorities were and left tinseltown in 1995 to focus on raising her family full time. Once her kids got a bit older, she returned to the industry in 2001 and picked up right where she left off.
If it seems that the talented actress has a knack for picking good roles (such as in "The Departed," "Up in the Air," and "The Conjuring") that is likely thanks to her choosing to spend most of her time away from Hollywood and with her family. Owning a small farm in Upstate New York with husband Renn Mowley and their two children, the "Bates Motel" star is famously selective for the types of projects she'll leave her family to work on — she even has a garden where bad scripts get turned into fertilizer!