Being a celebrity can definitely be a challenge at times. Not only do you have to meet the demands of the public (which are pretty unrealistic most of the time), you’ve also got to manage the demands of your family. This can be especially difficult if you have children who don’t quite enjoy the fact that they have to grow up in the spotlight. Some celebrity kids are at odds with their parents because being a star means being away from home a lot. Of course, kids show their dislike for not getting adequate attention in different ways. And, the media is all too happy to put these issues on display for the rest of the world to witness.
Other celebrity kids have grown up to become famous themselves, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have issues with their parents that they’re still trying to work out. Sure, part of the challenges that children of parents face can easily fall under the category of normal growing pains. However, most entertainment outlets don’t pass up the chance to blow these issues out of proportion, which often causes the children of celebrities to act out even more. Here are 12 celeb kids who are not handling their parents’ fame too well.
12 Brooklyn Beckham
Brooklyn is the handsome son of Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and soccer star David Beckham. He and his siblings are often photographed, but they’re not in the spotlight too much when it comes to celebrity news. However, Brooklyn may be getting to the age where he wishes that his parents weren’t superstars. When David Beckham appeared on James Corden’s show, Brooklyn watched in horror as his dad described the time he chaperoned Brooklyn’s first date. Yes, parents who are not famous do this all the time, and yes, their teenage kids are embarrassed by it. But telling the story for the world to hear probably wasn’t Brooklyn’s favorite moment. When David appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, he also shared that Brooklyn doesn’t want to be seen with his dad all the time, and has him drop him off at school where his friends can’t see. We’re just hoping this is a normal teenage phase for Brooklyn, and that he doesn’t become one of the celebrity kids who are famous for getting into trouble.
11 Jaden Smith
Even though Jaden, son of actors and musicians Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, is an actor and rapper himself, he doesn’t always like to be reminded that he has a famous dad. Maybe he wouldn’t be so embarrassed if Will didn’t try to show his son affection in public. Of course, the elder Smith just does this to get a reaction out of his son, and it’s highly likely that Jaden gives him the whole “Dad, do you have to ruin my life?” speech every once in a while. Perhaps Jaden’s alleged relationships with other celebrity kids like Kylie Jenner, were his way of trying to make it clear that he wants to live his own life. Sure, Jaden’s a little weird, and he’s said some strange things (like school isn’t good for children), but maybe he’s just trying to exercise his independence. Only time will tell.
10 Lourdes Leon
Lourdes is the beautiful model daughter of superstar Madonna and Carlos Leon. She, too, is embarrassed by her mom’s public displays of affection. Madonna has also had some unsavory moments in the media (like that extremely unfortunate kiss with Drake at Coachella), that have likely made Lourdes cringe. Lourdes has also expressed the fact that she doesn’t exactly care for Madonna’s wardrobe. After all, even if your mom was great-looking, would you really want her to go out in public in a corset? Leon has also shared that she wants her mom to tone down her racy lyrics, but that’s probably not going to happen any time soon. Maybe that’s why Lourdes has turned to smoking to ease her stress.
9 Zoe Kravitz
Model, actress and musician Zoe Kravitz, is the product of actress Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz’s union. Zoe admits that she was once really embarrassed by the way her parents (who are divorced but still friends) dressed. Now, of course, their style is super trendy. She went through a phase where she wanted to find her own way and not be automatically associated with her famous parents while establishing her own career. Zoe also expressed that there was a time when she was searching to understand and come to terms with her racial identity, which is really hard to do in the spotlight.
8 Sean and Jayden Federline
Sean and Jayden are the sons of pop princess Britney Spears and her ex-husband, dancer Kevin Federline. When the boys were younger, their parents tried to keep them out of the media, but of course, there were photographs of the children all over the Internet. Spears has shared that her sons have stopped letting her kiss them in public during an interview with Ryan Seacrest. While that’s a normal part of growing up for some kids, the boys likely don’t want any more pictures of them floating around with their famous mom “embarrassing them.” Federline has had his share of media scrutiny as well, which may have something to do with why he decided to get back in shape after gaining a lot of weight, which is never a comfortable situation for kids involved in an industry that is severely image-driven.
7 Montana Fishburne
Montana is the daughter of legendary actor Laurence Fishburne. Obviously, Montana experiences too much pressure as a result of being the daughter of a famous actor, so she decided to become a celebrity in her own right. She starred in a few adult movies, and her father made it clear that she was “no longer welcome in his life” because of her choice of career. Perhaps starring in adult movies was a cry for help from Montana. Maybe she was trying to let her dad know that she needed quality time and guidance from him. In 2010, Montana also entered into rehab for behavioral issues and anger management. Sounds like a classic case of “daddy issues.”
6 Ireland Baldwin
It was pretty clear that Ireland wasn’t going to handle her parents’ fame too well when her mother and father were going through a divorce. Ireland is the daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. When her parents were ending their marriage, things got really messy. Alec left a voicemail for his daughter calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” (nice). Alec also told Ireland that she didn’t have “the brains or decency as a human being,” and that he didn’t care that she was only 11 or 12 at the time. Ireland went through a phase where she was trying to find herself and was confused about her sexuality, which could have been related to her father’s treatment of her. Alec has since apologized and said he lost his temper, but it’s likely going to take more than an “I’m sorry” and a little bit of therapy to fix this situation.
5 Ava and Deacon Phillippe
Ava and Deacon are the children of actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. Their parents met on the set of the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions, and a budding romance followed. Reese and Ryan enjoyed a happy marriage for years, but split due to Ryan’s infidelity. Luckily, Deacon and Ava were young at the time, but hearing about their parents’ dirty laundry in the media began to take its toll as they got older. Reese has also admitted that her kids “don’t think she’s cool.” Both Ava and Deacon do all they can not to be seen in public with their famous mom. Reese has a young son named Tennessee with her current husband, Jim Toth, and expresses that he’s the only one who doesn’t mind showing love to her. Unfortunately, Tennessee will be a teenager eventually, and will likely magically become ashamed of his parents as well.
4 Frances Bean Cobain
3 Miley Cyrus
2 Tallulah Willis
Tallulah is the daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. There’s been a lot of pressure on her to look perfect, and people have even commented that she’s not as good-looking as her famous parents. This is likely part of what led Tallulah to drinking, and she was arrested for underage possession of alcohol a few years back. It also didn’t help that Demi Moore went on to marry Ashton Kutcher, which meant there was another ridiculously hot person in the family (the two have since divorced). Tallulah’s sister, Rumer, also went through a party girl phase, but after winning a recent season of Dancing With The Stars, Rumer seems to have a renewed sense of confidence. We’re hoping it will rub off on her little sister.
1 Kylie Jenner
The youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner family has expressed several times that the fame of her family takes its toll on her sometimes. We’ve got to feel at least a little sorry for the girl. She’s got a mom who definitely comes across as an opportunist, and is so focused on making money that it seems she’s left Kylie to raise herself. Jenner has also had to deal with her father’s sex change in the public eye, which has got to be challenging. Some assert that her relationship and alleged engagement to rapper Tyga (who is significantly older than her) may stem from having “daddy issues.” Maybe it’s time for Kylie to take a break from the limelight from a while. It could give her some time to find herself and stop having so many plastic surgeries.