It’s not easy being a parent. Becoming a mother or father is a wonderful experience that changes the rest of your life. As a parent, you want the best for your children, and you want them to grow up and become good people. Ideally, you want to teach your children the good habits you learned as you got older. You want them to be respectful and kind, to stay away from drugs, and to ultimately grow up with a head on their shoulders.
However, parenting can be quite difficult for celebrities. Being in the spotlight 24/7 and having your every move watched can take a toll on a big-named star. Some stars don’t let fame get in the way of raising their kids, and they end up becoming exceptionally successful at taking care of their children. Take for example, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. They make taking care of their two children–daughters Sparrow and Harlow–look easy even with busy careers in Hollywood. Even though Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise filed for divorce, Holmes manages to take care of their 11-year-old daughter, Suri, with ease as a single mom. Some celebs, on the other hand, care so much about the money, glitz, and glamour that they end up neglecting their children and even losing custody of them. That is why we came up with this list of 15 of the worst parents in Hollywood that we unfortunately, still look up to today.
15. Kim Kardashian – Wants Kids In Spotlight 24/7
Kim Kardashian is following in her mom/manager Kris Jenner’s footsteps by making her daughter, North, into a star at such a young age. When North was just a baby, she was already on the cover of Vogue and attending Fashion Week. Kim is not known for shying away from a camera and makes North walk side by side with her so that the 4-year-old is being photographed 24/7 by hundreds of scary paparazzi. There have also been numerous times that showed Kim neglecting and ignoring her kids. In one instance, Kim, Kourtney, and baby North were out in town; and when North took a nasty spill, Kim did nothing. The 34-year-old mom also spoils the heck out of North, buying her fur coats and Louis Vuitton handbags and letting her draw on an Hermes bag. And we thought Kim wanted to live a more modest life after her scary situation in Paris.
14. Alec Baldwin – Called 11-Year-Old Daughter A Thoughtless Pig
How would you feel if you were only eleven and your dad called you a thoughtless little pig? I’d imagine you’d feel very distraught and extremely mortified, especially since you’re only a little kid. Well, unfortunately, that’s what actor Alec Baldwin called his daughter, Ireland, back in 2012. Apparently, Baldwin was upset when Ireland did not pick up the phone to talk to her dad and that’s when he unleashed fury on her. The voicemail said, “You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.” Yikes! Baldwin apologized, but was banned by a court from seeing his daughter. However, Ireland cleared up the messy rumors about their relationship, stating that Alec has said “stuff like that before,” and it was —“OK.”
13. Kate Moss – Partied Heavily And Used Drugs
Kate Moss is one of the world’s most famous models, and people love to look up to her. However, she isn’t so great when it comes to the whole “being a mom” thing. Moss is usually out and about on her own, which had many people question how much time she actually spends with her daughter, Lila-Grace, 12. Moss has been scrutinized for her partying ways and took a lot of heat when she missed her daughter’s third birthday because she was in rehab for snorting cocaine with ex-boyfriend and not-so-good influence, Pete Doherty. Doherty would also spend time with their young daughter, which makes her a terrible mother because he is known for his drug addictions.
12. Joan Crawford – Abused Children Physically And Emotionally
The American Film Institute ranked Joan Crawford tenth on the list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. Many in the acting world adore her. However, her adoptive daughter exposed her private life, and she didn’t paint a pretty picture of her mother. According to reports, Crawford abused her four adopted children in strange ways. For example, Crawford would shower her daughter, Christina, with gifts and then force her to give them away. When Christina was older, she published a bestselling book titled Mommie Dearest, which contained allegations that Crawford abused her children both physically and emotionally.
11. Michael Jackson – Dangled Son Off Balcony
We know that Michael Jackson loves children. But in 2002, the King of Pop did something extremely bizarre and frightening with his son. When Jackson was staying at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin, he thought it was a smart idea to show his fans his baby, 9-month-old son Prince Michael II. Instead of just holding Prince in his arms ever so tightly, Jackson held the tiny baby with one arm, as the baby’s face was covered with a blanket, over the edge of the hotel’s balcony. Fans who waited to see Michael began screaming in terror when the singer dangled his son. Jackson later apologized for the incident, stating that he “got caught up in the moment” and promised he “would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children.”
10. Britney Spears – Lost Custody After She Had A Mental Breakdown
Britney Spears is a pop icon, and she knows how to bring in a huge fan base even if her days of wearing a schoolgirl outfit are over. A mother of two boys with ex-boyfriend Kevin Federline, Spears did something no mother should do. In one scary incident, the star dropped one of her sons on the head, leaving him with a suspected fractured skull. She has been accused of driving her young son on her lap and not in a car seat. We also all remember her 2008-09 mental breakdown where she shaved her head and had to be hospitalized at a psychiatric clinic. Spears ended up losing custody of her two sons during that rocky period in her life to her low-life ex, K-Fed.
9. Kris Jenner – Leaked Kim’s “Tape”
Kris Jenner is known by the name “momager” than she is mom. Jenner made her kids–Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Rob, Kendall, and Kylie–famous whether they liked it or not. It all began when it was reported that Jenner was actually the one that leaked Kim Kardashian and Ray-J’s s*x tape. The s*x tape is what made Kim famous and led the family to have their own reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The cameras were on Jenner’s children 24/7 and it made Jenner millions. Now that Caitlyn Jenner is out of the family’s life, Kris is living the glamorous life. Caitlyn’s mom even bashed Kris’ parenting skills and used words like backstabbing when talking about Kris.
8. Pamela Anderson – Traumatized Her Sons
Pamela Anderson may have put her Playboy days behind her, became a vegan, and is a spokesperson for PETA, but the model may have tarnished both her sons’ views of her. It doesn’t hurt to be a “hot mom,” but making s*x tapes with every single guy you date–from Tommy Lee to Kid Rock–is just a little too scandalous, especially when you had two very young boys and should be acting like a role model to them. Hopefully, her sons, Dylan Lee and Thomas Lee, haven’t been left traumatized by her steamy past and aren’t finding any old Playboys.
7. Sharon And Ozzy Osbourne – Neglected Kids Who Ended Up Using Drugs
You’d think it would be cool to have rockstar parents like Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, but they were in no way good parents to their kids, Kelly and Jack. At the age of 13, Kelly Osbourne was a drug addict while Jack was admitted to a child psychiatric ward for being addicted to OxyContin at the tender age of 14. Where were Sharon and Ozzy during these scary times in their kids’ lives? Thankfully, his kids have grown up and moved away from drugs. In a 2014 interview, Ozzy admitted that he was a sucky father and husband stating, “I was a bad father, an abusive husband and I had an ego the size of India.” It looks like he turned his life around, but you cannot change the past.
6. Eddie Murphy – Denied Daughter From A Spice Girl
Everyone loved comedian Eddie Murphy in films like Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, and Beverly Hills Cop. Murphy was at the top of his game as an actor, but he turned out to be a horrible father. In 2006, Murphy began dating Melanie Brown, better known as Mel B from the Spice Girls. Murphy got Mel B pregnant and refused to believe that the child was his. When a paternity test proved that Murphy was the dad to Mel B’s daughter, Angel, he refused to be part of her life. He continues to pay child support, and it was reported in 2010 that he was “getting to know” his daughter.
5. Tamra Judge – Lost Custody Of Her Daughter
Tamra Judge is most recognized from Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Orange County. Her glamorous life was plastered all over the screen, until she divorced her husband, Simon Barney, resulting in a nasty feud between the two. During that time, Judge lost custody of her eldest daughter, Sidney, and blasted Simon as a terrible person all throughout the show. According to reports, Sidney wanted nothing to do with her mother, and it’s unclear if she even speaks or sees Tamra. Watching Tamra on the series, it’s hard to believe her daughter refuses to speak to her. Who knows what went wrong?
4. Madonna – Severely Strict And Overly Provocative For Her Age
The Queen of Pop is a musical icon, and people all over the world love her. However, Madonna is reportedly a bad mom who is ultra strict. It’s been said that the Like a Virgin hitmaker gave her young son, Rocco, a strict diet that includes no sweets, salt, or preservatives. When he got older, Rocco removed his mom from his social media and even blocked her. It doesn’t help that she wears bondage and overexposes her body during her concerts either. She’s also staged a self-crucifixion. Madonna is definitely not winning the award for Mom of the Year anytime soon.
3. Kate Mulgrew – Abandoned Daughter For The Spotlight
We all love Kate Mulgrew on Orange Is The New Black, but when she got pregnant in 1977, the actress cared more about her soap career than taking care of her baby. Mulgrew refused to marry the father of her child and gave her up for adoption. It wasn’t until 2001 that she finally reconnected with her child. Mulgrew’s new memoir, Born With Teeth, talks about the search for her daughter, but it doesn’t help that she put her up for adoption because she cared more about the fame and money.
2. Rod Stewart – Gave Up First Daughter And Kept The Other Seven
Rod Stewart is a music legend, a rock star, and at 72 years old, is still selling out concerts. In 1963, Stewart was only seventeen when he had his first child—a baby with then girlfriend Susannah Boffey named Sarah. However, Stewart was no rock legend at the time yet, and when their relationship was over, Stewart was no longer part of Sarah’s life. Boffey struggled to take care of the baby on her own and gave Sarah up for adoption. Sarah had a hard life and moved from different children’s homes and foster care. When Stewart and Sarah met in the 1980’s, their attempt at having a relationship failed. After learning your father abandoned you, you’d have some sort of resentment. Since giving Sarah up for adoption, Stewart ended up having seven other kids and keeping them. In a recent interview, Sarah explained that she and her father are taking “baby steps.”
1. Woody Allen – Slept With Ex’s Daughter And Later Married Her
Woody Allen is on this list as being one of the worst parents and the strangest. In 1992, director Woody Allen’s relationship with actress Mia Farrow got crazy weird when she found nude images of her adoptive daughter, 21-year-old Soon-Yi Previn, and learned that he was having an affair with her. Previn and Allen later got married in 1997 and adopted two daughters. To top it off, Farrow’s child, Dylan Farrow, accused Woody Allen of s*xual abuse. However, there was no clear evidence of abuse when it went to court. Still, Allen is one eerie man.
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