Hollywood has always been a bit funny when it comes to motherhood. Women in Hollywood are expected to snap back to their former bodies as soon as they give birth, never appear frazzled from the stresses of motherhood, and make the cutest most adorable babies of all time. However, they are also expected to put in the same amount of work towards their craft as they did prior to having children. The fear of being labeled “unprofessional” or “having a poor work ethic” can lead to a starlet’s quick demise, and so Hollywood mothers must walk a strict line to try and balance all of their duties on and off the screen.
While paparazzi often enjoy taking snapshots of celebrities at the farmer’s market with their kids or walking down the street pushing carriages, not all Hollywood mothers are trying to be the next June Cleaver.
On the contrary, there has been more than one mother in Hollywood that has used her own children to gain opportunities and fame in the entertainment industry. During a time when Joan Crawford was finding it difficult to find work as an aging actress, she began adopting children in what seemed to be a heartfelt and endearing new stage of her life. However, when her daughter, Christina Crawford, wrote a memoir that turned into a motion picture, people began to see what life was truly like as Joan Crawford’s daughter. Mommie Dearest depicts arguably the most controversial mother in Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean new tales of controversial mothers have ceased to appear.
While they’re not exactly beating their kids with wire hangers and strapping them to their beds, they’re definitely making headlines for their out-of-the-box mothering skills. Check out our list of 15 most controversial mothers in Hollywood, and see these celebrities that seem to have a skewed view on child-rearing.
15 Chrissy Teigen
14 Tokyo Toni
When Tyga started dating Kylie Jenner, people snickered about the fact that Tyga was already connected with the family since his baby’s mother, Blac Chyna, was friends with the Kardashian sisters. Yet things seemed to get even sloppier when Black Chyna started dating Rob Kardashian, and announced the two were going to welcome their first child. As if it couldn’t get any sloppier than Blac Chyna as a mother, the public became acquainted with Blac Chyna’s mother, Tokyo Toni.
13 Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone first gained celebrity status when she became a favorite for music videos by Aerosmith, and later went on to star in films like The Crush and Clueless. While she was never a stranger to stirring up controversy through her highly sexual portrayals in film and television, it was the video she posted on her blog years later that sparked the biggest outrage. Posting a video on her blog whilst feeding her son food that she had pre-chewed for him, people began calling her out for these out-of-the-box mothering habits.
12 Mayim Bialik
Breastfeeding has always been a hot button topic, but usually it involves the decision to breastfeed in public. However, when the Time magazine cover was released showing a mother breastfeeding a three-year-old, it was Mayim Bialik that was the biggest supporter to this cause. When she was photographed breastfeeding her toddler on a subway, people began to criticize her actions and she took to her blog to defend herself.
11 Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields was an actress that seemed to transition from a child star to a full-on film star with grace, but her role into motherhood wasn’t as simple. When she became pregnant with her child with husband, Chris Henchy, the world thought it would be a great opportunity to see the beautiful new offspring of the famous Brooke Shields.
10 Mila Kunis
Typically when a celebrity couple splits, the next girl in line gets scrutinized to no end. Yet, when Ashton Kutcher split from Demi Moore, there was huge excitement over him starting to date his former cast mate from That 70’s Show. Famously being her first kiss, this seemed like a much better match than the older Demi Moore. After the birth of their first child, they made their rounds on the talk show circuit to discuss what it was like being new parents.
9 Gwyneth Paltrow
8 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is no stranger to controversy, especially since the bulk of her success stemmed from a highly publicized sex tape with Ray J. Yet, when she gave birth to her first child, many thought she would start changing her ways in regards to covering up. Not only did she continue to post highly sexual photos on social media, but they seemed to get even more provocative. One of the biggest snafus that happened during her time as a new mother was when she decided to bring her daughter to the front row at New York Fashion Week.
7 Charlize Theron
6 Kris Jenner
Kim Kardashian seems to get the bulk of public criticism when people accuse her of being opportunistic and willing to exploit her sexuality for fame. However, many believe it’s her mother, Kris Jenner, who is to blame for how she ultimately turned out. As manager to the Kardashian brand, Kris is often shown on Keeping Up With the Kardashian pulling the strings and setting the deals. Known for pitching reality shows, endorsements, and a few wedding specials, Kris isn’t shy about exploiting her children for money.
5 Tan Mom
4 Dina Lohan
3 Michelle Duggar
2 June Shannon
June Shannon, known as Mama June, from the hit TLC television show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, didn’t quite start off as “Mother of the Year.” However, she had an endearing quality about her that let fans have a voyeuristic experience of a simpler life. Mama June often spoke about how she was trying to maintain a normalcy in her daughter’s life, which meant only doing interviews when it didn’t conflict with her school schedule and setting aside the money they made from the show rather than frivolously spending it.
1 Jaid Barrymore
When Drew Barrymore first became famous as the adorable child actress from ET, her mother didn’t wait to capitalize on her new-found fame. Now-infamous photos show Jaid Barrymore toting a tender-aged Drew to nightclubs, but the most disturbing details emerged from Drew’s own accounts. In an interview with People magazine in 1989, Drew claims her “first drink at 9, began smoking marijuana at 10 and at 12 took up cocaine.”
Her mother went on to commit Drew into a mental health institution, and she was later stripped of parental guardianship. It doesn’t get any more controversial than that, and people have long-since said Jaid Barrymore was not a nurturing mother at all, but just something that Drew had to endure to become the woman she is now.
Sources: usmagazine, today, independent
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