Sharon Stone has opened up about what it was like losing custody of her oldest son at the same time she found global fame.
The actress was propelled to stardom after starring in the hit 1992 erotic thriller “Basic Instinct” — but as she came to grips with newfound success, life behind closed doors was very different.
“I lost custody of my child,” she said on Tuesday’s episode of the “Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi” podcast.
“When the judge asked my child – my tiny little boy, ‘Do you know your mother makes sex movies?’ This kind of abuse by the system, that it was considered what kind of parent I was because I made that movie.”
“People are walking around with no clothes on at all on regular TV now and you saw maybe like a sixteenth of a second of possible nudity of me – and I lost custody of my child.”
Stone shares son Roan with ex-husband Phil Bronstein. The pair tied the knot in 1998 and adopted Roan in 2000. Three years later, Bronstein filed for a divorce, which was finalized in 2004.
She sought primary custody of Roan, who was 8 years old at the time, following the split, with a judge eventually denying her request for full custody, believing Bronstein could provide a more stable environment at his San Francisco residence.
The judge found Stone to “overreact” to her 8-year-old’s health by suggesting he get Botox injections to stop his feet from smelling — a claim she had denied.
The judge also noted that Stone often delegated looking after her son to “third parties.”
“I ended up in the Mayo Clinic with extra heartbeats in the upper and lower chambers of my heart,” she recalled. “It broke my heart.”
In 2008, Stone lost her appeal to gain primary custody of Roan. She went on to adopt two more children, Laird Vonne, 17, and Quinn Kelly, 16, in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
The actress shares a close bond with now 22-year-old Roan, who filed papers to add “Stone” to his name back in 2019.
As for filming “Basic Instinct,” Stone told The New Yorker in 2021 that making the film “was taking a toll on everybody.”
“[Paul] Verhoeven [director] ended up in the hospital — his sinus thing ruptured, and he couldn’t stop having a nosebleed,” she said at the time. “There was tremendous pressure on that set.”
“Now people walk around showing their penises on Netflix, but, in the olden days, what we were doing was very new,” she continued.
“This was a feature film for a major studio, and we had nudity, sex, homosexuality, all these things that, in my era, were breaking norms.”