Lorde: My Mum Once Defended Me Against a Bully 'Who Made Fun of My Mono-Brow' (Plus More Stars' Moms Who Are the Bomb)

Lorde and her mom attend the 2014 Grammy Awards
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Lorde and her mother attend the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

“My mum is the best ever: When I was 8, she drove to my school and shouted at a boy who made fun of my mono-brow. Then she taught me about Frida Kahlo and why mono-brows are cool.”

Janelle Monáe
“The fact that my mother chose to have me -- she didn’t have to. She said, ‘I want this little girl,’ and that’s the biggest gift. She doesn’t owe me anything else.”

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“The best thing my mother ever did was to never ever stop believing in me.”

Jess Glynne
“When I got my vocal-cord nodules removed, I was on bed rest and couldn’t talk for a week. So my mom brought me a bell: Every time I rang it, she’d come and get me what I needed. I love her more than anything.”

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Angela Gail (of In the Valley Below)
“My mom is so rock: She named me after her favorite Rolling Stones song, and taught me the importance of occasional irresponsibility.”

Natalie La Rose
“The sweetest thing my mom ever did was when I’d just moved to Los Angeles on my own. It was my birthday and she flew all the way from Amsterdam with my dad to celebrate with me!”

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David Hasselhoff 
”At age 11, my mom told me, ‘You got it.’ I responded, ‘Got what?’ She said, ‘The talent and star quality.’ That was my inspiration to follow my dreams. So thanks, mom -- I’m still workin’ it!”

Bret Michaels
"First, birth. Let me explain. I was born butt cheeks first. That is how I saw the light of day, was my ass. They then had to flip me around and I came out breech after keeping her for probably 24 hours in miserable pain. Second, when I became diabetic at the age of six, my mom and dad went into complete great parent mode and formed a Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp. It was fantastic. My kids call her Grandma Gypsy: She travels the United States and all of North America and South America in her RV. She is just independent and feisty and I love her."

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Robin Schulz
“The sweetest and coolest thing my mother ever did for me was that she was the best mom you can imagine. She was always there and supported me in hard times. I'm very close to my mon and without my mom I would be nothing and nowhere. She is still the most important person in my life.”

Charlie Puth
“When I was 11 years old, times were tight and my mom and dad had to make the decision to either buy me the best production piano on the market -- the Korg Triton -- or get a dining room table to eat on. My parents bought the keyboard. If it wasn’t for my mom and dad eating on the floor for about a month while they saved up for that dining room table, I wouldn’t have learned how to produce music.”

Bex Finch

Reggie Watts
“Giving me piano lessons -- I started when I was 5.”

Thomas Rhett
“My mom called in to a radio station and told them they had to listen to my single ‘Crash and Burn’ at least three times before deciding if they liked it or not. She then texted me to ask if that was OK.”

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Andy Grammer
“When I was 11, my mom and I saw a clown juggling pins on TV and I said, ‘I’m going to do that some day.’ The next morning waiting for me on the kitchen table were makeshift juggling pins made of wood from the shed, empty seltzer bottles and tape.”

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“The coolest thing my mom ever did for me is never giving me a handout after 15 years old. She taught me to work hard and get my own!” 

An edited version of this story originally appeared in the May 16 issue of Billboard