Hollywood is known for spawning some interesting situations when it comes to child actors and celebrity parents. With child actors quickly becoming the breadwinners in the family, the dynamic between parent and child changes in a way that doesn’t always create the healthiest childhood.
Drew Barrymore may have gained instant celebrity through her child roles like Gertie from E.T. the Exra-Terrestrial, but it didn’t do her any favors when it came to having a normal childhood. Her mother, Jaid Barrymore, would use her daughter’s celebrity status to get into Hollywood’s hottest nightclubs and would tote Drew around in situations that were definitely not kid-friendly. Drew gave an interview with People magazine saying that she had her first drink at just 9, so it didn’t come as a surprise when Drew became emancipated from her parents before coming of age.
There are a number of Hollywood stories that end in emancipation, whether it’s parents mismanaging their children’s money or just blatant bad parenting. Either way, the public often feels sympathy for the celebrity kids that have been shafted with parents that seek to use and manipulate them.
While these kinds of celebrity stories are pretty common, a new trend is starting to emerge. Rather than being grateful for the life of luxury they have been given, many have started to lash out in ways that are unbelievable.
10 Rocco Ritchie
Although the marriage between Madonna and Guy Ritchie didn’t last, that doesn’t mean they will be able to rid themselves from each other’s lives. Their son, Rocco Ritchie, was legally in the custody of Madonna, when he all of a sudden left to go live with his father in Europe. When Rocco refused to return to Madonna’s home, Madonna went to a court hearing where the judge ordered that the 15-year-old must return to the parent that was awarded custody. Guy Ritchie hasn’t helped the situation, since he is encouraging Rocco to stay with him and there is a bitter custody battle underway. In the meantime, Rocco is adding more fuel to the fire by his posts on social media. In addition, in the biographical description for his Instagram account, Ritchie wrote “Son Of A B****.”
9 Paris Jackson
Before the passing of Michael Jackson, his children were always hidden from the public eye and even wore elaborate facial coverings to ensure their identities were protected. Hoping to give them as normal a childhood as possible, every measure was taken to keep the kids away from the strain that comes from being a celebrity. However, once he passed, the veil was lifted and all of the kids came out front and center. Controversy emerged when Paris went against the matriarch of the Jackson family, Katherine Jackson, and wanted to seek out her biological mother, Debbie Rowe. After a suicide attempt and some questionable behavior in the public eye, Paris recently started burning more bridges when she removed Debbie Rowe from her Twitter page.
8 Montana Fishburne
Typically when a child of a celebrity comes of age, their days are usually filled with trying their hand at the family business or finishing up their education. So when Laurence Fishburne’s daughter, Montana, announced she was going to start doing adult films, people were in disbelief. At the tender age of 18 years old, Montana began filming her first sex tape in the hope of mass distribution. Reportedly, her father went to great lengths to buy up all of the tapes, but the video still made it to store distribution. Montana made a number of comments about how she was trying to emulate Kim Kardashian, and hoped that adult films would help launch her career. In the meantime, the relationship with her father is strained and the two reportedly don’t speak.
7 Marquise Jackson
50 Cent is known for his outlandish behavior with celebrity feuds, so no one ever expected him to be Father of the Year. However, he has never shirked his responsibility in taking care of his kids. In 2007, 50 Cent was paying a whopping $25,000 a month in child support for Marquise, affording him to attend the best schools, have a roof over his head, and food on the table. Yet, their relationship has become nonexistent after the two weren’t able to coordinate a visitation when he was 16 years old. Since then, Marquise didn't invite him to his high school graduation, and goes out of his way to post buddy pictures of celebrities known to be feuding with his Dad.
6 Justin Bieber
Growing up in the public eye always seems to take a toll on celebrity kids, with many going through all the rocky parts of adolescence in front of the glaring spotlight. No one seems to know this better than Justin Bieber, with his growing pains becoming public knowledge with every snafu. However, he seems to be taking out all his frustrations with fame out on his fans. From calling off concerts midway through to canceling meet-and-greet events, Bieber has been snubbing the fans that got him to where he is in the first place. In May 2016, Bieber released a statement on Instagram saying he will no longer be taking pictures with any of his fans. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!
5 Farrah Abraham
First introduced to audiences on the MTV show, Teen Mom, Farrah Abraham’s relationship with her mother and stepfather played out in the public eye. Although she was battling demons with depression over the passing of her baby’s father, lashing out at her parental figures showed a nasty side to this teen mom that was truly disgusting. Things came to a head in 2010 when Farrah had her mother arrested for abuse, but people weren’t convinced that it was deserved. Farrah began to spiral out of control since her mother no longer held the tight reins on her, and Farrah was arrested for a DUI and went on to release a sex tape. She sure is making her mom proud now!
4 Chet Hanks
If there is a celebrity couple that is guaranteed to never divorce, it’s Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. Seemingly always in marital bliss, the couple never has any headline making news in the tabloids about potential breakup rumors. However, it’s their son, Chet, who ensures it’s not always smooth sailing. Rather than striving to uphold the incredible reputation the couple has worked so tirelessly to maintain, Chet has pursued a failed rap career and adopted a persona that is utterly embarrassing. From the slang terminology to using the n-word, Chet hasn’t exactly showed gratitude for the life afforded him through his celebrity parents.
3 Chelsea O’Donnell
Working with HBO Documentary Films, A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration, Rosie talked in-depth about what it is to have a mixed family. O’Donnell brought her own family in on the adventure, since she is a huge advocate for adoption. Chelsea O’Donnell is one of her adoptive children, but recently made headlines for her defamatory comments about Rosie. Conflicting reports came out about whether she ran away, got kicked out, or just went on a journey to find her biological mother, but the result was ultimately the same. Chelsea alleged Rosie “smoked weed” and was a “phony.” She also made comments about no longer being able to say she loves Rosie, the woman that raised her.
2 Soon-Yi Previn
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were the epitome of the perfect Hollywood couple with nine children in their brood. With both adoptive and biological children, Soon-Yi was one of the children that was only legally adopted by Mia even though they were all considered children of both Woody and Mia. The couple split in 1992, when Farrow became aware of an affair between Soon-Yi and Allen. While Allen claims the affair never occurred while she was underage, the public has questioned this since his biological daughter, Dylan, alleged being sexually abused by him when she was 7 year old. Either way, Soon-Yi had an affair with her mother’s husband, and then went on to marry him after the couple divorced – Ouch!
1 Christian Bale
Celebrities often play up the relationship they have with their parents after reaching a level of success and fame. From Leonardo DiCaprio taking his mom to the Oscars to Bradley Cooper famously living with his Mom, generally actors tend to go out of their way to cater to their families. An actor that has chosen a different route is Christian Bale, who was once a child actor in movies like Empire of the Sun.
On the eve of the London premiere for The Dark Knight, Bale’s mother and sister both filed claims of assault at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Although charges weren’t filed and Bale denied the allegations, the actor has been known for violent and erratic behavior on set. In the meantime, Bale no longer has a relationship with either his sister or his mother stemming from this 2008 incident.