Sheryl Crow: "I Felt an Acute Sense of Urgency" to Adopt

The single mom explains how her breakup from Lance Armstrong and her struggle with breast cancer inspired her to adopt

Sheryl Crow's past struggles with heartbreak and health are what led her to become the woman -- and mom -- she is today.

The Grammy award winner, 48, tells Redbook that after her 2006 split with her boyfriend of three years, Lance Armstrong, and a cancer battle, she was ready to take hold of the reins of her life and have children -- with or without a man.

"I'd just been through a pretty painful breakup where there were kids involved, and I'd also been through breast cancer treatment," Crow says of the tough time. "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."

So Crow decided to prep to become a mom. "I started doing an adoption 'home study,' which means you fill out the paperwork, get certified in infant CPR," she said. "The idea was, if the opportunity came, I would be ready."

And so it did. She adopted son Wyatt, in the spring of 2007, and recently added another baby to her single-mom brood.

"It's been in the works for a while," she said of her 2-month-old son, Levi. "I was hoping to adopt a child when Wyatt was 2; a lot of the adoptions fell through."

Though it's been a rough road for Crow, she says that sometimes you just have to hold on to hope.

"Things always work out perfectly," she says. "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."

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