Some celebs make headlines for their talent, great fashion sense, activism, financial success, their love lives or adorable children. However, lots of celebs make headlines for one thing and one thing only- family drama. If you think celebs have dramatic lives onscreen, often times, their drama off-screen is far greater and real life is even crazier that fiction. Here are ten celebrities who constantly make headlines for their ongoing family drama.
Some of these celebs are child stars with hanger-on parents who are seriously troubled. Sadly, the public hears more about their appearances in court, far more than at their child’s events, openings and awards shows. Or it can go the other way entirely- one actress on this list is a former child star who was nothing short of an angel for most of her life, but ravaged by mental illness, she has created family drama when there was none.
And of course, there are the seemingly endless custody battles. One actress on this list, played a mother on television, but sadly cannot keep custody of her own children. Another celeb on this list, who is on her third marriage, has nothing but problems from her second wife, who has blogged their entire saga in the form of cryptic and terribly written poetry.
So, who else is on the list? A huge family with massive egos and an even bigger empire… And a teenage “princess” who just can’t escape her overbearing family since her father, the “king” passed away a few years ago.
10. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is such a drama queen, but rightfully so. Her family is crazy. First of all, there’s her momager, Dina, who allegedly goes to clubs and parties with her daughter. But, far worse is her father, Michael. Michael wasn’t around for a lot of Lindsay’s childhood because he was in jail for insider stock trading. Having developed a reputation for riding his daughter’s coat tails, Lohan has appeared on various talk shows, selling out her private information and even on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. While Lindsay has tried to have a relationship with him over the years, her feelings can best be summed up in the title of her song Confessions of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father).
9. Melissa Etheridge
Rocker Melissa Etheridge has a whole lot of baby mamma drama with her ex, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. The two were married in 2003 and three years later, Michaels have birth to their twins, daughter Johnnie Rose and son Miller Steven. However, when they split in 2010, it was anything but amicable. Michaels claimed she couldn’t live off of the $23,000 per month payments she was getting. Michaels has kept a blog since 1995, where she has documented all of this drama and more. When Etheridge moved on and moved in with Nurse Jackie creator, Linda Wallem in 2011, Michaels wrote in her blog
i moved out november 23rd 2009 / she said it would help / i was convinced it would / too and i trusted / there was / no one else / i didn’t know / there was someone moving in / as i was moving out.
Etheridge later accused Michaels of burning their child with a cigarette. Michaels brought Etheridge to court over vaccinations. The saga will probably continue until 2024, when the kids finally turn 18….
8. Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling has lived her entire life in the public eye. A lot of her troubles began when her father, legendary producer Aaron Spelling, passed away and left her a pittance of his multi-million dollar fortune. This also created drama with her mother Candy, which at least from her reality show, appears to no longer be in full throttle, but never ceased to end completely. Now most of her drama is with her husband, Dean McDermott, who can’t seem to stay faithful to her (not exactly a surprise because they met when they were both married to other people), sober, sane or even pretend to be a good father. And all of this is playing out on their reality show, True Tori.
7. The Kardashians
It’s hard to keep up with all the drama of the Kardashians. The only male in the family, Robert is semi-estranged after leaving his sister Kim’s third wedding because he was insecure about being photographed. But, his drama pales in comparison with his sister Kylie’s drama, who is 17 and dating rapper Tyga, who is 24. At least Kylie knows where her man is, unlike Khloe, who is still married to Lamar Odom because he can’t be located to sign divorce papers. The term divorce also applies to matriarch and momager, Kris Jenner who’s split from Bruce Jenner recently became official. But one Kardashian seemingly knows not to get married in the first place- Kourtney Kardashian won’t marry her baby daddy three times over, Scott Disick. Why bother if it will only end badly- right?
6. Kelly Rutherford
Former Gossip Girl star, Kelly Rutherford has a whole lot of gossip in her life off screen. A judge ruled that her ex-husband would have full custody of their two children, son Hermes and daughter, Helena. To make matters worse, her ex-husband lives with the children in France. Poor Kelly has gone into $2 million of debt and had to declare bankruptcy to pay legal fees, as well as to keep flying to and from France to see her children, with no end in site. So, why doesn’t a mother with a job have custody of her kids? The judge was angry she tried to turn her children against their father.
5. Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes has tons of family problems. It’s been reported that the former actress has bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Her mental illness has unfortunately caused a huge falling out with her family. In October, 2014, she accused her father of molesting her on Twitter, saying
My dad was verbally and physically abuse to me as a child.
He called me ugly as a child and then asked me if I wanted to have sex with him and i did not know how to respond and I said no and then
I was forced to live with my dad which was a total nightmare
My dad fondled himself in front of me so many times that i started recording him on my phone in hopes of catching him
saying or doing something inappropriate around me so I could get him arrested & put in jail for the rest of his perverted life
Amanda’s sister and mother both denied the allegations. Amanda later retracted her statement saying,
My dad never did any of those things The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me
Bynes has also accused her parents of not giving her enough money to live on (they control her money through a conservatorship), even taking a nap at the Beverley Center mall on a couch. They have since patched things up- for now.
Oprah might be one of the most successful women in showbiz ever and a billionaire, but it doesn’t mean she’s immune from family drama. Her stepmother, Barbara has accused Oprah of leaving her homeless. Barbara and Oprah’s father, Vernon, lived together in a $1.4 million house owned by Oprah, located south of Nashville for 14 years. Barbara left Vernon after he reportedly cheated on her with prostitute and told the Daily Mail in April, 2014, that Oprah decided to reclaim the house, leaving her no place to live. After bashing her stepdaughter, she spilled everything to the tabloids. Barbara’s most definitely not getting her house back now…
3. Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson’s face was literally hidden from view with a mask, when her father, Michael Jackson was alive. When he passed away, the daughter of the King of Pop became famous in her own right. Moving to the Jackson family compound in Calabasas, California, Paris went from being sheltered, to being just like every other angst-filled teenage girl but in a public very rich family. After Katherine Jackson allegedly forbid Paris from going to a Marilyn Manson concert, she became upset and tried to kill herself. She was hospitalized and ultimately sent to therapeutic boarding school. Ever since, there have been rumors that she hates her family, wants to become emancipated and live with her birth mom, Debbie Rowe.
Eminem built a career on family drama with his own mother and his baby mamma. The rapper discussed his mother’s drug addiction, as well as his own, in his song My Mom,
My mom loved valium and lots of drugs
And that’s why I am like I am cause I’m like her
Because my mom loved valium and lots of drugs
That’s why I on what I on cause I’m my mom.
But, his mother isn’t the only woman who’s inspired his music, in the song Kim, he murders his long time on-again off-again love. While he’s patched things up with both women, you just never know when things are going to change with Eminem.
1. Ariel Winter
Modern Family may be a comedy, but one of its stars, Ariel Winter, who plays Alex Dunphy, has a whole lot of drama in her life. A judge ruled that her mother, Chrystal Workman was abusive. Court documents revealed horrifying incidents including,
“ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name-calling, personal insults about minor and minor’s weight, attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time.”
Ariel’s mother denied the allegations, claiming her daughter was angry with her for asking her 18 year old boyfriend to leave when she caught the two of them in bed together. A judge is now allowing Ariel to live with her sister, Shanelle Workman.