It’s pretty common to hear about an ex child star becoming an out of control alcoholic. It has happened to Lindsay Lohan, Shia Lebeouf, Amanda Bynes and countless others. Many of them claim it’s the pressure of growing up on set that eventually pushed these stars over the limits. Who could blame them? They lose out on a normal childhood because these kids were raised on set and knew nothing other than the Hollywood life. Most of these stars had a say in their career choice and they are some of the lucky few who actually made it big, but of course the path to stardom comes with a price.
However, some of these celebrities might have chosen to become actors; others had no other choice. Some like Shia Lebeouf say they went into acting to help support their family and they were the main source of income their family had. Others like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen had no say whatsoever on the matter. The two were just infants and they were already signed into a TV contract for years. For these cases, the child was forced to live a life they had no control over and as a result grew resentful from it.
The worst case scenario in some of these instances is that the parents were more managers to their kids than they were parents. Some of them pushed their kid into Hollywood so that they would not have to work; they were perfectly fine using their child as a source of income. This resulted in the child becoming resentful towards their parents and, in many cases, some went as far as to legally emancipate themselves from their parents. Other children sued their parents and are extremely open about their lack of relationship with them. Below is a list of parents who exploited their children in the name of fame.
10 Teri Shields/Brooke Shields - Photographed Naked At 10
9 Kit Culkin - Macaulay Culkin's "Father From Hell"
8 Melanie Sloan/Scarlett Johansson - The 10% Mother
Melanie Sloan started managing Scarlett Johansson's career since she first started acting. Johansson started acting at the age of 9. Sloan was receiving 10% of her daughter’s earnings. The two seemed to have kept a great relationship despite Johansson being the bread winner of the family.
7 Krista Stodden - 16-Year-Old Daughter Marries 50-Year-Old
6 The Carters - The Boss Mother
5 Crystal Workman - Ariel Winter (AKA Alex Dunphy)
4 The Lohans -The Unstable Home
In 2005, Lindsay Lohan released the single, "Confessions of a Broken Heart" also known as "Daughter to Father." The song was written as a letter by Lohan to her father Michael Lohan about his alcoholism. The music video was directed by Lindsay herself and her little sister Ali Lohan was the star. The video shows a young girl, which is supposed to be Ali, getting home to her dad who is seen yelling at her mom after ballet class. Lindsay said she hoped her dad would see the positive side of the video and realize that she loves him. Lindsay is another child star whose life slowly derailed due to the pressure of being a Hollywood star.
3 Joe Jackson/The Jackson Children - Just Call Me Joe
2 Jaid And Drew Barrymore - Introduced To The Night Life At 8
It might surprise some people to learn that the cute little girl from E.T had an alcohol and drug problem just a few years after the movie had premiered. Drew Barrymore had her first sip of alcohol at the age of 9, was chain smoking cigarettes by 9 and half, was smoking pot by 10 and finally snorting cocaine at 12. By the time the actress was 14, she had been in rehab twice and had an extremely rocky relationship with her mother. Barrymore has stated in the past that she would drink to get drunk in order to escape the pressures of being a high-profile celebrity.
Where was momma Barrymore throughout all of this? Apparently by her side, Jaid started taking Drew to parties and nightclubs when she was only 8 years old exposing her to that lifestyle. Jaid was an aspiring actress who never got the break she needed to make it big but instead used her daughter to gain that fame.
1 Kris Jenner - Worst Mother Ever?
Kris Jenner is a prime example of what it is to be a manager before a mother. Having had her family’s dirty laundry air out on television for over the last 8 years, the Kardashians have become Hollywood’s most famous family. Kylie and Kendall Jenner were not even teenagers when the series began to film. The two girls grew up on set, which is common for child stars. The sisters have grown up in front of millions of people, and most of their lives is public knowledge. Having to go through puberty is awkward enough, but being on a reality TV show while it’s happening must be a nightmare.
Kris should have taken upon herself to try to protect her daughters’ personal lives as much as possible, but instead she signed a contract agreeing to expose it all. Kylie and Kendall are adults now. Kendall has since dropped her last name and has attempted to distance herself from Keeping up With the Kardashians, but Kylie has become the media’s main focus. Kendall has stated that her last name has damaged the prospects of her own modeling career, while Kylie has been called a mini-Kim.
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