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
9 Paris Jackson
8 Montana Fishburne
7 Marquise Jackson
6 Justin Bieber
5 Farrah Abraham
4 Chet Hanks
3 Chelsea O’Donnell
2 Soon-Yi Previn
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.
Sources: hollywoodreporter, nypost, dailymail
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