Celebrities are known for going a bit over-the-top when it comes to their lavish purchases and lifestyle once they've achieved a certain amount of fame and fortune. Shows like MTV Cribs was great at showing off all of the multimillion-dollar homes purchased by the rich and famous and people just loved seeing these celebrities showboating with all of their glittering belongings. Yet, it's interesting how different the storyline becomes in regards to the way celebrities raise their children in this lavish environment. Some people love to see the way celebrities bestow things on their children to create the ultimate in childhoods and give a lifestyle akin to royalty. A great example of this was when Brad Pitt divulged a few details on how he was going to spend Christmas 2017 with his children, having purchased six trees (one for each child) and a literal "sleigh full of presents."
Yet, there are many people that criticize this way of raising a child because it doesn't exactly give the best representation of the real world. On top of that, many people feel like giving children too much can actually be quite damaging to their work ethic and can hinder their motivation to try and earn their own money in the future. There are some celebrities that have gone against the grain and chosen to withhold materialistic things from their children, despite indulging in the lavish lifestyle themselves. Check out the 15 celeb parents who act like ballers but are cheapos with their kids and you might just be surprised at who made the list.
15 Sarah Jessica Parker Wants To Be Like Her Mother
Sarah Jessica Parker has had a number of different roles throughout her career but people best remember her for her portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw on the Sex and the City franchise. This was the role that helped cultivate the idea that she is a major style icon and she's often been seen running around town in top designer brands.Her red carpet looks have been the ultimate in haute couture and she always makes sure to accessorize with diamonds and jewels that complete the look to put all other celebrities to shame. Yet, she has a completely different approach when it comes to her children.
"I think my mother is sorry that there were things she couldn't give us, but I work hard to be as depriving to my children as my mother was, meaning I like to withhold things from my children,"
Parker told People in a 2016 interview.
14 Mick Jagger Refuses To Pay For A Mechanic
Mick Jagger is thought of as one of the most iconic singers in rock music and has garnered a huge fan base as a founding member of the Rolling Stones. During the heyday of the group, Jagger was seen as incredibly foxy and his charisma has carried him through the years so that women still seem to find him rather appealing. He's had a number of high-profile romances over the years and most recently had his eighth child with the American ballerina, Melanie Hamrick. The couple has said to be "over the moon," but the public has been quite critical of the fact that he had another baby at the ripe old age of 72-years-old.
With his estimated net worth being $300 million, he can afford all the luxuries in the world for his children. Yet, he's rumored to be quite stingy with day-to-day stuff for his kids.
In fact, his ex-wife, Jerry Hall, gave an interview with Daily Mail and said that he has his children repair their own vehicles and can't be bothered to pay for a mechanic to do it for them.
13 Lisa Vanderpump Is All About Tough Love
Lisa Vanderpump was first introduced to the world as a reality star when she starred on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She seemed unlike all the other women in the series because she was far more than just a woman married to an ultra-rich man and dabbling in a few hobbies (hoping to make money). While the other women were starting clothing lines, opening up boutiques and pumping their latest skincare creams, Vanderpump was the owner and operator of a number of hugely successful restaurants and lounges with her husband, Ken. She's appeared in various episodes showcasing her insane wealth and extravagant lifestyle, but she's had a different approach to giving that same opulence to her kids. She was once criticized for a comment she made on reality TV where she said she wasn't going to pay for her son's electric bill.
"I didn't care whether he had his electricity cut off. Work some more shifts, get the money to pay for it. I work seven days a week, so why can't he work five?
And if he has to take a cold shower and get dressed in the dark, I don't care."
12 Candy Spelling Won't Help Her Daughter With Her Financial Problems
Aaron Spelling was known as one of the most successful television producers in the world and was the driving force behind the hugely successful series Beverly Hills, 90210. During his heyday, Spelling and his wife, Candy, lived an incredibly lavish lifestyle and were probably most famous for the Spelling Manor, which boasted 123 rooms and 56,000-square feet. Yet, their lavish lifestyle seemed to be damaging to how they raised their children and it caused a rift between Tori and her mother that affected her inheritance after the death of Aaron Spelling.
Tori reportedly only received an $800,000 inheritance and it wasn't long before there were reports of her having money problems with her husband and children.
Tori and Dean were sued for not paying back a $400K loan — their bank requested a hearing to get back over $17,000 that was overdrawn in their account, and Dean continues to fight unpaid spousal support cases. This could all be solved if Candy would help out with doling out just a minuscule fraction of what she received from the Aaron Spelling estate but it seems like she's too busy splurging on herself.
11 50 Cent Spends All Of His Money On Himself
50 Cent started off as an up-and-comer in the rap music genre, which really affected the way he was perceived by the world and the way he gauged true success. Rappers are known for their music videos that depict flashy cars, gold chains, and a lavish lifestyle. Yet, there was another factor that contributed to the way 50 Cent seemed to look at his newfound fame and fortune. He's been quite open about the poverty of his youth and seems to be compensating for all the of the things that he couldn't afford when he was younger. This should be the prime example of a celebrity that goes overboard spoiling their own children, but that hasn't been the case with 50 Cent.
He had a major falling out with the mother of his son which played out on social media. Not only did he cut off all interactions with his son, but he blocked him from Instagram and he didn't go to his high school graduation, too.
While 50 Cent may be having great times on private jets and million-dollar shopping sprees, he couldn't be asked to even buy his son a graduation present.
10 Meryl Streep Sheltered Her Daughters
Meryl Streep is considered one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed actresses in Hollywood. Having been nominated for an Academy Award over 20 times and taking home the prestigious award three times, there aren't many actors that can boast the same sort of success as Streep in the entertainment industry. She's been in a number of memorable and successful films throughout her prestigious career and she's built an incredible fortune through her iconic roles. Yet, she has spoken out about how aware she has been about the dangers of exposing children to too much fame and fortune during their childhood. In 2008, Streep gave an interview with Good Housekeeping and said,
"We really made an attempt to move them out of the public eye. I never had them photographed as children and was adamant that they not be seen as my adorable props and kept them out."
She also said, "You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing," which is interesting that she couldn't be bothered to have an assistant or maid help her kids with looking their best.
9 Lionel Richie Has Final Say On Who His Kids Date
Lionel Richie first gained fame through his role in the acclaimed funk band group, Commodores, and then went on to obtain a successful solo career in the music industry. He's achieved a huge amount of success throughout his career, including a number of hit songs that he wrote for Kenny Rogers and other successful artists. He's sold over 100 million records and has a net worth of an estimated $150 million. It would stand to reason that his children would each have their own Black American Express cards to live as lavishly as possible since he has the means to financially support any whim they may desire. Yet, that hasn't been the case.
Lionel Richie commented on how he would hold money over their heads if he didn't like who they were dating and even said that he threatened to cut Sofia's allowance while she was dating Justin Bieber.
Sofia Richie gave an interview with Evening Standard in 2016 and claimed that she had to "earn" an allowance by doing things around the house like cleaning the piano and performing chores.
8 Gordon Ramsay Treats His Kids Like They're Middle Class
Gordon Ramsay has made a name for himself through the prestigious clients that he's cooked for, the success in his restaurants and his flair for flavor. Yet, most people know him best for his work as a television personality on the various reality shows that he's appeared in over the years. He's often seen as a loudmouth and someone that's quick to anger, without the slightest hesitation in losing his temper. Yet, that persona has seemed to work for him in the eyes of the public and many people claim that he's their favorite celebrity chef. While he may have made a huge fortune for himself, he has made statements about purposefully trying to withhold the lavish lifestyle from his kids. In an interview with The Telegraph, Ramsay made a few comments on how he purchases first-class tickets for himself but his kids coach.
"They don't sit with us in first class. They haven't worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that.
I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I saw to the chief stewardess, 'Make sure those little f****** don't come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane!"
7 Jude Law Didn't Step Up For His Love Child
Jude Law has been in a number of hugely successful films over the years and many people think of him as an amazing talent in the entertainment industry. In fact, Sean Penn came to Law's defense at the 2005 Academy Awards and stated, "Forgive my compromised sense of humor, but I did want to answer our host's question about who Jude Law is. He's one of our finest actors." Yet, it's not his professional career that people seem to reference the most when it comes to Jude Law since his personal life has definitely overshadowed his professional achievements. From infidelity allegations to affairs with the nanny to spawning a love child, it seems like Law's romances are always being brought up in the media.
Yet, it's his treatment of his daughter with Samantha Burke that people often have the most critiques about since the agreement that they came to was for him to only see her twice a year.
While he was ordered to pay $5,000 a month, it doesn't look like little Sophia will be surrounded by the same sort of luxurious lifestyle that her father will be enjoying throughout the year.
6 Gladys Knight Doesn't Have A Great Relationship With Her Son
There aren't many singers that can boast having the type of success as the world-renowned performer, Gladys Knight. She had a huge amount of success in the 1960s and 1970s and garnered a reputation as being one of the biggest inspirations in music for the next generation of singers. She is categorized as a major diva (in a good way) and exudes the utmost persona of class and sophistication. Yet, her son didn't exactly help her in maintaining this reputation and some ugliness came to the surface regarding their joint business venture, Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles restaurants. Her son, Shanga Hankerson, was arrested on theft counts and allegedly racked up over $1 million in unpaid taxes, interest, and penalties.
Knight could have easily paid off the situation and dealt with her son's legal problems to try and get him back on his feet but, instead, she accused her son of trying to extort money from her
and filed a suit to have her name taken off of the restaurant chain.
5 Sting Isn't Leaving Anything For His Kids
There aren't many music artists that can boast having the same sort of universal appeal and success as Sting. While he achieved a huge amount of success through the new wave rock band, The Police, throughout the 1970s and 1980s, his career as a solo artist seemed to feature a far more diverse range of musical elements. It was difficult to truly define him as a rock artist or a classical artist and it seemed like he had the unique ability to attract fans from all genres from all over the world. With his incredible net worth and extreme amount of success, it shouldn't be surprising that he is known for living a lavish lifestyle with his wife, Trudie Styler. Yet, he has a bit of a different approach when it comes to lavishing material elements on his children.
Despite having a net worth of around $180 million, Sting has made numerous statements that he won't be leaving his fortune to his children.
He also said, "There won't be much money left because we are spending it."
4 David And Victoria Beckham Force Their Kids To Take On Jobs
When it comes to the pinochle of the Hollywood elite, David and Victoria Beckham seem to be at the top of the list. While the pair was already huge in the UK, their decision to move to the United States only increased their star factor and made them a favorite in the world of celebrity. With Victoria being known best as Posh Spice, it's not surprising that she has maintained an ultra-lavish lifestyle and often appears as the ultimate in sophistication in the fashion world. While this celebrity couple may be known for spending lavishly on themselves, they have a different approach to raising their kids.
In fact, the couple has been known to force their children to work in menial jobs rather than live off of their parents' bank accounts. Both Brooklyn and Cruz worked in a London café in a low-grade job.
Victoria even gave an interview with The Telegraph saying, "Why not? It means they have to get up early on a Sunday... I had to do it when I was their age."
3 Mark Zuckerberg Is Giving Away His Money To Better Humanity
By now, everyone knows the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. The story of his incredible success at such an early age is something that dreams are made of, especially when considering that his estimated net worth is $50 billion. Yet, he and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have already made a statement saying that they will not be leaving their fortune to their children. Instead, they have pledged to give away 99 per cent of their company shares, which was an estimated $45 billion. The couple released a letter stating, "[donating the funds is to] advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation."
On top of already vowing to give away their fortune before their kids can even get a chance to spend any of it, the couple is extremely frugal when it comes to spending on their kids.
This first birthday celebration for Max could have been a huge affair with a rented circus and roaming elephants but, instead, they chose a small and intimate party inside their home.
2 Paul McCartney Didn't Pay For His Daughter's Education
Whenever anyone mentions the huge success of a boy band or the best-selling music artists of all time, it's The Beatles that inevitably gets brought up. Paul McCartney has the prestigious honor to say that he was an original member of The Beatles and then went on to have a hugely successful career as a solo artist. He is a beloved celebrity that still has a huge number of fans and enthusiasts that will flock to him wherever he is. It shouldn't be surprising that he has obtained an insane amount of wealth but some people find themselves a bit taken aback by the knowledge that his net worth is estimated at $800 million. While this seems like an amount that would allow for every one of his descendants to live an opulent lifestyle, that hasn't been the case. It was reported that his daughter, Stella, was forced to pay her own way in post-secondary school, which seems a bit strange in the celebrity world.
1 Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Don't Buy Presents For Their Kids
When Ashton Kutcher was reported to be dating Mila Kunis, the public seemed thrilled at the thought of their favorite couple from That '70s Show actually making a go for it in real life. Both of them have had a huge amount of success on both the small and big screen and their union seemed like a match made in a Hollywood fairytale. Yet, when the couple started a family together, they didn't go the same route of other celebrities in Hollywood. The couple made headlines for the fact that they refused to hire nannies to take care of their children and they also made statements about not wanting to over-indulge their children with lavish presents. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kunis stated,
"So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids. We've told our parents, 'We're begging you — if you have to give her something, pick one gift.
Otherwise, we'd like to take a charitable donation to the Children's Hospital or a pet or whatever you want!"