That celebrity life, though. They generally have it made – that much is clear: millions in the bank account, nannies, chefs and personal trainers on call… You get the idea. Let’s bring up the facts in support of the carefree celebrity lifestyle, shall we? The three primary stressors, short of the sort of tragedies anyone is vulnerable to, of the celebrity life include the press, critics and threatening letters or calls. While these shouldn’t be diminished, it is hardly fair to put them in the same category of the average, every-day person’s stressors. Can financial struggles and the celebrity press even be in the same category at all?
Nevertheless, while the stressors that plague celebrities and the stressors that plague the every-day person rarely cross, the glamour of the celebrity life can quickly come crashing down when you add progeny to the equation: especially problematic children. Whether due to the insecurity and pressure of having to live up to their parents, the hectic schedules or parental absences, the media has certainly offered up a lot evidence to paint many celebrity offspring as wayward children and bad apples (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s Apple, perhaps ironically, being a good apple). If one thing is for sure, these celebrities never fail to entertain us. Shall we take a look?
12. Marston Hefner – Son of Hugh Hefner
Perhaps Hugh Hefner’s son views women in a similar manner to that of his father, Hugh Hefner, Playboy Publisher. In fact, a few years ago, Marston Hefner, who was 21 at the time, made headlines after he kicked and punched his Playmate girlfriend, where he was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence, which then resulted in him going on to complete a 52-week domestic violence program. It would appear that Marston Hefner treats women how he wants. Hugh Hefner himself has also been arrested in his time, when in 1963 he took to selling obscene literature where nude photos of Jayne Mansfield were released.
11. Tallulah Willis – Daughter of Demi Moore & Bruce Willis
Tallulah Willis, the youngest of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’s three children and a fashion blogger, secretly checked into rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse last year at twenty years old. When she was merely 17 years old, she was arrested for underage drinking. Demi herself has also been to rehab, including in the 80s for drug and alcohol abuse and then in 2012 for stress and exhaustion. Apparently, her father threatened to cut off her source of financial flow if she didn’t seek treatment. Demi is also reportedly feeling very guilty and like she’s living the past all over again.
10. Weston Cage – Son of Nicolas Cage
Weston Cage has a history of bad behavior. From multiple domestic violence arrests, to a violent fight which led to his own hospitalization and a level of alcoholism that saw him drink 30 beers every day, the singer of the disbanded “Eyes of Noctum” has already even been married twice, at the age of twenty-four. Perhaps he is only following in his father’s footsteps given that Nicolas Cage himself has been arrested for both domestic violence and public drunkenness in the past. However, since then, Weston Cage seems to have turned it around – at least for now – which he credits to the birth of his son. On his son’s new found happiness, the older Cage had this to say: “To see my son with my grandson is as close to a sense of blissful completion as I ever had.”
9. North West – Daughter of Kim Kardashian-West & Kanye West
North West has shown herself to have quite a lot of sass at only two years old (she must take after her father). Although the couple has “tried” to keep their daughter out of the limelight (by which we mean taking her to paparazzi popular areas), her bad behavior hasn’t slipped by completely unnoticed. From temper tantrums – the child seems incessantly unhappy – to shaking her finger at the paparazzi saying “I said no picture!” a tiny diva might be in the making, even though her behavior at two is still rather tame. But, then again, maybe this is just a case of the terrible twos.
8. Prince Jackson – Son of Michael Jackson
Since Prince Jackson turned eighteen and became the heir to his father’s fortune, there have been reports claiming that he has been going off the rails. The family of eighteen-year-old Prince Jackson even considered an intervention for the young man after photos surfaced of him smoking a suspicious looking cigarette, which came after many late nights of partying and hanging around the likes of Justin Bieber. Not only that, but he is rarely ever at home, and when he is, he often blows up at his grandparents. But, with the tumultuous events that have occurred in this young man’s life, is this behavior to be expected?
7. Jaden & Willow Smith – Son and Daughter of Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
From 13-year-Willow posting pictures of herself in bed with a twenty-year-old man or shaving off all her hair, to Jaden Smith making bold statements on Twitter about school being the “tool to brainwash the youth,” it is clear that they do what they want. The picture involving Willow reportedly even started an investigation of Child Protective Services last year. Perhaps, however, it is Will and Jada’s unconventional parenting that has caught up with them. After all, Jada Smith said that they are treated as adults. “We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room; you would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our kids to clean their rooms.”
6. Jenna and Barbara Bush – Twin Daughters of George W. Bush
Let us say that Jenna and Barbara Bush seem to have turned out just fine. But, it wasn’t always that way. First of all, they were apparently a Secret Service Nightmare, where they would do everything in their power to throw off their location, including going through red lights. On top of that, several moons ago (in the early 2000s, when the twins attended university), there were stories involving partying, apparent marijuana use, fake IDs and underage drinking. Not even the President’s daughters can be that behaved all the time. But, perhaps the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, given that Mr. George Bush himself hid his own DUI from the public for years.
5. Nicole Richie – Daughter of Lionel Richie
Although Nicole Richie may be far better behaved these days, especially after having two children of her own, Nicole Richie has always been a bit of a wild child. She has to be on one of those ‘celebrities with the most mugshots’ lists after all of her arrests, including ones for heroin possession, driving with a suspended license and a DUI. On his daughter’s behavior at the time, Lionel said that Nicole was doing what any young person at that age would be doing (supposedly being addicted to drugs and going to jail). On Nicole’s own style of parenting, she had this to say: “I don’t believe in black and white parenting.”
4. Honey Boo Boo – Daughter of June “Mama June” Thompson
Although viewers of the show usually only get to see the adorable version of Honey Boo Boo, the other side of Honey Boo Boo has also come to light in recent years. One writer, who got tickets to The Tonight Show, revealed what wasn’t shown on television. This included Honey Boo Boo’s mother answering questions on behalf of Honey Boo Boo because she presumably refused to answer them. At one point, Honey Boo Boo even slapped her mother. Past video evidence has shown Honey Boo Boo in multiple interviews being very defiant and disrespectful, pretending to snore when asked a question or singing loudly over the interviewer. She simply ignored her mother when asked to stop swatting at an interviewer. Perhaps her behavior was due to a lack of cheese balls on hand?
3. Miley Cyrus – Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
Miley Cyrus hardly needs an introduction. We have been acquainted with all that she is capable of, from her VMA performances with men almost twice her age, general scandalous behavior involving swinging from a wrecking ball naked, and drugs – Miley kind of does what Miley wants. This behavior has earned her the label of the “Worst Celebrity Role Model for Children” in one study involving British parents (Kayne West being the male equivalent and The Duchess of Cambridge/Ed Sheeran being the best, FYI). British parents referred to her as being “off-the-rails.” On parenting Miley, it seems that the Cyrus parents have always kind of left Miley to do whatever she wants, with Mr. Cyrus saying: “Even when she was a little girl, we told her, ‘Hey, baby, do what you do and have fun doing it. Do it because you love it, not because you have to.’” Although Mr. Cyrus admitted to being afraid for his daughter given all of the people around her, he has a general different opinion from that of the parents in the study. “Listen, it’s all about love and light. Forget the negativity and the haters. She’s rocking and rolling and having a good time. What the world needs is love. There’s too much hate…The world needs positive influences.”
2. Charlie Sheen – Son of Martin Sheen
Charlie Sheen has been the face of many a scandal in his time. And, at fifty years old, Mr. Sheen is still figuring it all out. In the meantime, he never fails to provide ample entertainment for the rest of us – bless him. From his “Charlie’s Angels” to highly publicized meltdowns in which he proclaimed he had tiger blood, there is a lot to discuss. Charlie Sheen has also battled drug abuse and been arrested after he assaulted his ex-wife. Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen’s father, said that he felt “powerless” during his son’s meltdown, and that there wasn’t much he could do except “pray.” Maybe we can’t always be #winning at life.
1. Suri Cruise – Daughter of Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
Suri Cruise, who apparently refers to her parents as Katie and Tom, has been in the tabloids a fair bit considering she’s only nine years old. From the media criticizing Katie and Tom for always carrying her around (she apparently demands it), to her public meltdowns, it’s safe to say that Suri is treated like a princess. When she was younger, she was often seen out with her parents until the wee hours of the morning. She chooses her own wardrobe (she is fond of designer labels like Dolce and Gabana), wears heels and has worn makeup since she was two. She even has meetings to discuss the planning of her birthday parties. On the “meetings,” Katie Holmes said: “Because I want her to be happy, we have meetings.” It is safe to say that Suri Cruise might be a bit on the spoiled side. She was caught demanding that her mother buy her a puppy “now”.
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