Just because you’re a parent, doesn’t mean you suddenly know the exact right way to raise a child. But, for many celebrities, it’s baffling to see how far they miss the mark. Parenting doesn’t come with a manual but we all have some level of common sense, right? Like hanging out a toddler over a balcony, doing drugs in front of your kids, or taking sexy pictures of your grownup kid and posting it on your social media. Yes, all three of these scenarios have happened…more than once.
Perhaps there’s something in the water at fancy premieres and award parties because too many celebs seem to have no clue how to act appropriately around their kids. But what garners this bad behavior? Perhaps it’s the celeb secretly wanting attention or they themselves were raised poorly. No matter what their case may be, there really is no excuse for some of their reckless parenting habits. And while many of us non-celebs may not make the best parenting choices in the world, they’re not plastered all over the tabloids the next day.
Below is a list of 15 celebs who did some crazy stuff with their kids around; so much so that we wonder how their kids even turned out remotely normal and how they weren’t legally ordered to get their tubes tied. We warn you. Some of these celebs’ naughty behavior will leave you with your jaw on the floor.
15. Steven Tyler
Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler, is a bonafide rock star and could probably get just about any woman he wants. But his daughter? She should definitely be off the table. Liv Tyler didn’t meet her father until she was a young girl, but they had an instant connection. In many current pictures we see of them together, Steven is oftentimes going in for a kiss! And we’re not talking a polite peck. No, we’re talking hands on the face, head tilted, way more intimate kind of kiss. Why does Steven think this is appropriate? Is this something that is normal in their family? And let’s not forget his music video from the ’90s for Aerosmith’s Crazy, where we saw Liv running around sexily to her father’s music. Something is just wrong between the two of them.
14. Michael Jackson
We couldn’t make a list like this without talking about one of the most notoriously freaky parents, the late Michael Jackson. Back in 2002, he shocked us all when he dangled his baby boy, Blanket, over his home’s balcony to a sea of hungry paparazzi. Michael saw it as a way to connect with fans; but if anything, it made us seriously question his sanity. Combined with the fact that Michael gave his kids weird names and made them wear masks everywhere they went, many questioned Michael’s parenting abilities.
When Michael attempted to defend himself, he said, “I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children.” While that’s all fine and dandy, it still doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have killed his young child. We’re still seeing how Blanket is growing up today and can only hope his colorful life with his late father won’t seriously damage him.
13. Hulk Hogan
This is one of the more disturbing parenting blunders to make our list. Wrestling star, Hulk Hogan gained fame outside of the wrestling world as a family man on his reality show, Hogan Knows Best. That show also introduced us to his super buff tan family consisting of a wife, a son, and daughter, Brooke Hogan. Brooke looked strikingly similar to her mother, so much so that it was truly hard to tell them apart…even for Hulk Hogan.
Brooke dressed provocatively and loved showing off her well-maintained figure. While dads should be supportive of their daughters, Hogan took it to a whole ‘nother level. He was caught many times acting inappropriately around Brooke; like really inappropriately. He was caught rubbing sunscreen on Brooke’s rump and even posted a picture of his daughter in a short skirt, giving it the caption, “Brooke’s legs.” Not to mention the fact that he remarried a woman that literally looks identical to his daughter. Ick, ick, ick!
12. Britney Spears
Britney, Britney, Britney…will you ever fail to shock us with your bizarre behavior? Sure, in recent years, Britney Spears has made a remarkable comeback, wowing us with her incredible body and Las Vegas show, but it’s been a long road. Back in the 2000’s, Britney wasn’t making headlines for her catchy pop tunes. She was getting attention for being reckless and downright dumb. From marriages in Vegas to embarrassing head-shaving meltdowns, Brittney knew how to make a splash in the tabloids. That’s why none of us were too surprised to learn that Britney wasn’t exactly the model parent.
It was pretty terrible to learn that Britney was literally driving her SUV around LA with her young child, Sean Preston, sitting in her lap—no seat belt nor protection. Britney also reportedly dropped her son, let him fall out of his high-chair, and struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, resulting in some major partying. Britney was in and out of rehab until her baby daddy, Kevin Federline, took full custody of the kids. Today, Britney is back on track and seems to being doing well with her two boys. Talk about a full turn-around!
11. David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff knows how to run on a beach; but as a parent, he seems pretty clueless. In the ’80s and ’90s, David Hasselhoff was the star of Baywatch and soon became an incredibly successful pop star in Germany and later in the US. David went on to have two daughters who unfortunately came face to face with David’s long battle with alcoholism. As the girls were growing up, Hasselhoff managed to become sober for a bit and told his girls to video tape him if he ever fell off the wagon. Asking his daughters to do that is pretty messed up and puts them in an awful position.
The girls taped David in one of his drunken stupors as he tried to drunkenly eat a hamburger. David later admitted that he should have never put his teenage daughters in that position and that it was a terrible parenting move on his part. Luckily, seeing this video changed David Hasselhoff’s life as it inspired him to finally be serious about getting sober.
10. Donald Trump
Our now President of The United States (believe it or not) is the one and only Donald Trump. It’s common knowledge by now that Trump loves fast cars, ostentatious decor, and gorgeous women, and that doesn’t exclude his pretty daughter, Ivanka Trump. Donald Trump has made us uncomfortable numerous times with what he says about his daughter and even how he looks like when he’s around her. There are multiple pictures online of his then young daughter sitting on his lap, which could be innocent. But after hearing some of things he had said about her, we can’t help but think otherwise.
Trump has made it very clear in a handful of interviews over the years that he thinks his daughter is very attractive. When asked if his daughter would do Playboy, he said she probably would and even added, ” I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, I would date her.” In a separate interview, he went as far to say, “Is it wrong to be more s*xually attracted to your daughter than your wife?” Yes, Donald. It’s extremely wrong.
9. Kate Gosselin
Just like her hair, Kate Gosselin‘s parenting skills are very questionable. We first met Kate Gosselin on the reality show Jon and Kate Plus Eight where we watched her and her husband attempt to handle eight kids—six of which were sextuplets. Kate’s general tone and attitude was unlikable at best, and she wasn’t the warmest mother we’d ever seen. Kate and Jon eventually had a very public breakup, letting us see both her and Jon’s true ugly colors.
While we all suspected Kate probably treated her kids badly–she did force them to grow up on a reality show–we learned that it was true long after the show was over in 2016. It was revealed in a book about Kate Gosselin called Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World by Robert Hoffman. In the book, it talks about how Kate admitted to hitting son Collin at the age of two so hard that she was afraid she would seriously hurt him so she put him in his crib. Kate apparently shared a diary entry in an interview that she hit her son that today is with special needs. We’re not sure how Kate still has custody of all these kids.
8. Whitney Houston And Bobby Brown
While acting badly in front of your kids can be relatively harmless, sometimes, it has more permanent effects, like in the case of the late Whitney Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina. It was no secret that singer Whitney Houston and then husband, Bobby Brown, struggled for many years with drug addiction. But, it got to a whole new level when they were reportedly doing it right in front of their own daughter.
According to a chauffeur of the family’s, Whitney was puffing out of a crack pipe in the back of a limo while Bobbi Kristina stayed in the back and played with her dolls. The chauffeur explained that out of all of his celebrity clients, Whitney was by far the most badly behaved. Sadly, Whitney’s addiction ended up taking her life and led to Bobbi’s overdose and eventual death. It just goes to show that what you do in front of your kids can have fatal effects.
7. Joe Simpson
We can all agree that Jessica Simpson has a nice chest, but to hear her father talk about it? Yeah, that’s just creepy. Jessica Simpson’s father and former manager, Joe Simpson, loves talking up his daughter, even if it means selling us on her body. Back in 2004, Joe was explaining in an interview how proud he was of his daughter and how she was a s*x symbol. He continued saying, “Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she’s sexy in both. She’s got double D’s! You can’t cover those suckers up!” Woah!
Joe Simpson has stayed out of the limelight for the most part, but we’ve spotted him behaving bizarrely a few times since. Like in 2015, when he stuck his tongue out and fell asleep at a fashion show. Best Dad of the Year Award? We think not.
6. Farrah Abraham
When it comes to Teen Mom‘s Farrah Abraham, what isn’t shocking anymore? Since starring on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and now Teen Mom, Farrah is constantly getting attention for her desperate behavior and questionable parenting. She had an excuse as a teen, but now that she’s in her mid-twenties, hasn’t she gotten the mom thing down yet? Farrah has been ridiculed for many of her parenting choices. Most recently, people were outraged after learning that Farrah actually waxed her 7-year-old daughter’s eyebrows. Farrah is no stranger to plastic surgery and is even going to great lengths to preserve her appearance. It’s sad to learn that she’s pushing her high standards onto her daughter at such a young age.
On her show, we watch Farrah yell at Sophia for things that really aren’t a big deal, resulting in Sophia copping major attitude at a young age. Hopefully, the apple won’t fall far from the tree with this one.
5. Stephanie Seymour
Stephanie Seymour was a popular supermodel in the ’90s and appeared on countless magazine covers. She was even a Victoria Secret model when the company was fairly new. The model also posed various times for Playboy magazine. While her gorgeous face and body definitely turned heads, many of us were spraining our necks after noticing her behave rather oddly with her sons.
Stephanie was spotted on the beach with her sons back in 2011 and was seemingly canoodling with her eldest son, Peter II. Some say it even looks like they’re making out! Perhaps the cameras caught a short moment that was actually harmless? We can’t really know. But the inappropriate behavior continued when we saw Stephanie and her two sons posing for a spread in Harper’s Bazaar magazine. The model is wearing extremely sexy clothes and posing rather provocatively with her sons at either side. Is this harmless family bonding time or something more? You be the judge.
4. Mama June
The TLC network has introduced us to many colorful characters over the years, including those of the hit reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We watched Mama June and her husband, Sugar Bear, attempt to raise their family of four girls. But when Mama June and Sugar Bear split up, Mama June rebounded on an ex that had directly harmed their family. Mama June reunited with ex Mark McDaniel after he got out of prison for molesting her eldest daughter, Ana. Yes, you read that right.
The two were spotted house-hunting which led TLC to cancel the popular reality show altogether. Mama June told ET that she got back with McDaniel because she felt sorry for him and to give closure to her daughter, Pumpkin, since McDaniel is believed to be her biological father. No matter what the reason, we can’t believe June would set an awful example like that for her young girls. But, this is the same woman who forced her young daughter into seemingly abusive beauty pageants so we’re not all that surprised that her parenting skills are slightly off-kilter.
3. Teresa Giudice
The Real Housewives franchise has given the world a seemingly infinite number of grown women who just don’t know how to act appropriately in any given situation. Whether they’re throwing a drink in their friend’s face, screaming at a dinner party, or even going to prison, these women know all about drama. While this is all extremely entertaining, we have to say that it goes a little too far once the kids get tangled up in the mix. Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Teresa Giudice has gotten into hot water for many reasons, but she made it to this list thanks to her interesting parenting skills.
The housewife has four daughters, all with personalities just as big as her own. Her oldest daughter, Gia, got Teresa in trouble after being caught making racist and antisemitic comments on an episode of the show. Sure, the young girl was only 9 at the time, but saying things like she would never marry a Jewish person and making fun of their hair isn’t something that she’d just come up with out of thin air. She’d have to hear it from someone, aka her mother, Teresa. Teresa openly argues about her family in front of her kids on the show, leaving them in obvious distress. Teresa seems like she loves her kids very much, but she may want to try to watch her words around them.
2. Alec Baldwin
Thanks to his hilarious Donald Trump impression on SNL, it’s easy to forget that Alec Baldwin is kind of a tool when it comes to being a father. During his and Kim Basinger’s custody battle over their daughter, Ireland, back in 2007, Basinger played dirty and released a terrible voicemail that he had left for his daughter previously. In the voicemail, he called his daughter “a rude, thoughtless, little pig” after being frustrated about her not picking up his phone call. The actor also said, “You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.” What nice fatherly things to say to your 11-year-old daughter.
Today, the two have seemed to reconcile and Alec even talks openly about his relationship with Ireland. He knows he can’t live it down but is glad that he and his daughter, now 23, have a better relationship.
1. Woody Allen
Sure, Woody Allen makes charmingly funny movies; but when it comes to his love life, none of us are laughing. In the ’80s, Woody Allen became a stepfather to his then wife, Mia Farrow‘s children, including her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. After helping raise Soon-Yi, who was a young girl, she apparently “developed a crush” on her stepfather as a teen. At that point, Woody Allen was no longer legally her stepfather, so he actually pursued it. To this day, the two are happily married despite their 35-year age difference.
Woody Allen describes her attraction to him as “paternal” which makes the situation even more disgusting. After watching Soon-Yi grow up, we really have a hard time wrapping our heads around the fact that they’re romantically involved. Another one of Woody Allen’s daughters that he adopted with Farrow claimed that he s*xually abused her when she was young. It’s hard to believe that Woody Allen even has a career after pulling these disturbing shenanigans.
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