We all know that being a parent isn’t the easiest thing in the world, even if you don’t have kids it isn’t hard to understand how difficult the whole thing can be. Sometimes you might want to just forget that you are a parent for a while and blow off some of your responsibilities, and hey, if you are a famous celebrity, then it has to be even harder, right? I mean, how easy could it possibly be to be a parent and know that people are watching your every move?
But the thing is, even if it is kind of hard to be a parent and a celebrity at the same time, maybe you could still do at least a halfway decent job of taking care of your kids. Or if you don’t have your kids anymore, maybe you could at least take care of your child support payments. It isn’t like you aren’t totally rich — you are a celebrity after all.
What follows is a list of some of the worst celebrity parents of all time, some of them just bailed on their family and don’t pay child support, while others are just plain old bad parents. I know this might seem kind of harsh, but not as harsh as if you actually had to be raised by one of these awful celebrity parents.
15. Bobby Brown
Most of you know that Bobby Brown was married to Whitney Houston for a long time, and we all know how well that worked out. However, you might not know that he went to jail because he didn’t pay his child support payments, which were around $20,000 for the two kids he had with Kim Ward. Bobby Brown is the perfect example of what we are talking about here — the guy is a huge star, has made millions of dollars, and yet doesn’t care about his kids enough to pay few grand a month to take care of them. Get out of here with that Bobby, you might think it is your prerogative to spend all of your money on bling and cars, but the reality of the situation is, you have kids that are depending on you, take care of that stuff first.
One of the worst parents of all time is the rapper DMX. At one point in time, he was arrested for failing to pay $400,000 in overdue child support and ended up being sentenced to 6 months in prison. He previously served a few months in jail for refusing to pay child support another time. You would rather spend almost a year in jail because you don’t want to pay child support? This kind of thing is mind-boggling to me. First of all, these are your kids we are talking about, so pay up and take care of them. Lately, he’s been charged with 14 counts of tax fraud.
13. Jenelle Evans
Jenelle Evans is one of the worst moms out there. The Teen Mom 2 star has lost custody of her children in the past and has been arrested numerous times, and when I say numerous, I mean it is almost amazing how many times she’s been busted. Can you say heroin possession and assault? Jenelle sure can. Jenelle got married a while back, but recently changed her Facebook status back to single so it seems like there is not going to be a whole lot of stability in her life for a while, which stinks for her kids. They have obviously been through more than enough with Jenelle for a mother.
12. Jon Gosselin
Good old Jon Gosselin, if anyone ever starts to feel bad about themselves, all you have to do is look at Jon and you start to feel a lot better. At one point, he said that he hadn’t seen any of his children in years. One of his daughters responded by saying , “He should maybe spend some time thinking about why we don’t want to see him, and maybe realize that if he ever does want a relationship with us, talking about us on TV is not the way to make that happen.” What a total burn! When your own daughter decides to throw that much shade at you, then you know you’ve done something wrong as a dad, and in Jon’s case, he has done so many wrong things that we don’t even know where to start.
11. Charlie Sheen
Now to be fair, Charlie Sheen obviously has no idea whatsoever how to take care of himself, so why would anyone expect him to be able to take care of his children? It just doesn’t seem fair. The guy has 5 different kids, and while that is absolutely terrifying, it also makes one wonder why anyone would actually have kids with him? One person who probably regrets that is Denise Richards, even more so when he said on Fathers Day, “D Richards, a heretic washed-up piglet shame pile. Happy Fathers Day”! Talk about embarrassing.
10. Farrah Abraham
This list would not be complete without Farrah Abraham on it. The star of 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom is about as awful as one can get. First, she makes a mockery of her kid’s life by appearing on all these reality shows, and then she decides to be an adult film star on top of that. I mean, why not, right? It isn’t like she has any pride or anything anyway. She also is, in theory, a singer and has written a book, but the reality of it is she is just some chick that will do anything for a buck, even if it means that her daughter’s life is messed up because of it. I mean come on, I like a trainwreck just as much as the next person, but Farrah takes things just a little bit too far for my taste.
9. Scott Disick
Scott Disick is the kind of guy that has a face that you just want to punch, and it turns out, he is such a lousy dad. Stories are all over the place about him yelling at his kids in public, and at times he hasn’t even shown up for his kids birthday parties. The word is, when he has the kids in his care that he barely pays attention to them. I mean sure, it has to be fun to get to go around and party all the time and not pay any attention to your kids and act like you are single, but then why have kids in the first place? Hollywood is filled with awful fathers like Disick who are all about getting married and having kids, then bail at the first sign of trouble.
8. Michael Lohan
What list of awful parents would this be without Michael Lohan? As the father of actress-turned-trainwreck, Lindsay Lohan, he obviously wasn’t much of a good influence. The guy has been arrested many times, from everything from assault to operating under the influence to contempt of court, and like his daughter, he has spent a lot of time in numerous rehabs. The thing that makes him even worse than a lot of people on this list is the fact that he obviously was trying to use his daughter as a way to make money. Not paying your child support is obviously bad enough, but it takes it another level when you look at your daughter as a cash cow.
7. Brooke Mueller
Brooke Mueller is a total mess. The fact that she had twins with Charlie Sheen shows that she is pretty insane for sure, but that isn’t even half of the story. At one point, the kids were removed from the home of Mueller and Sheen because of her getting a restraining order against him, but while it might be easy to blame everything on good old Charlie, the fact of the matter is, Brooke is a total mess. At last count, she has been to rehab 20 times. Now I have to give her credit for not giving up and continuing to try, but it seems that going to rehab 20 times is just a bit excessive, and who has been watching the kids while all this has been going on? Brooke is an awful mother, no doubt about it.
6. O.J. Simpson
Has anyone ever taken a bigger fall from grace than O.J. Simpson? Once known as an actor and one of the best football players of all time, he is now known as a guy who got away with murder and who has gone to prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. What gets lost in a lot of these situations, though, is that he is a father to 4 children. I shouldn’t have to explain why he belongs on this list, but needless to say, he obviously wasn’t a great father figure to his children, especially the two he had with the woman some people believe he killed.
5. Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield was a great boxer, one of the best of all time. One thing he wasn’t too good at, though, is being a father. At one point, a few years ago, he owed $327,858.36 in child support for his 12 children by 6 women. Maybe at some point, he might have thought about being a little more careful with how he approaches things in the bedroom. Here’s hoping he learned his lesson and women will start rejecting him.
4. Courtney Love
Courtney Love was not a bad singer when she was in the band Hole — not great, but not that bad either. At one point, Love lost custody after overdosing on Oxycontin and was arrested for drug possession. Her daughter even tried to emancipate herself from Love and got a restraining order against her. Now that her daughter is of legal age, she can do her own thing. But can you imagine losing your father in such a dramatic way and then having to live with such a total mess of a mother for the rest of your life? Courtney maybe should have spent a bit more time as a mom and a bit less trying to be cool.
3. Adam Lind
Adam Lind who appeared on Teen Mom, as well as 16 and Pregnant, was arrested in 2015 for not paying child support. He’s also been, more recently, arrested for violating a no-contact order and has had numerous issues with alcohol and drugs in the past. This is the thing with shows of this nature, they put on people who are totally unstable that they know are going to make fools of themselves and that the pressure of being on television is only going to make the whole thing worse. That might sound like I am complaining, but I assure you, I’m not. I find that kind of thing just as amusing as you do. The one person that probably won’t find it funny, though, is Adam Linds’ kid.
2. Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav was once known as the hype man for Public Enemy which is one of the best rap bands of all time. Now, he is known as someone who is totally ridiculous and who will do anything for a buck, including being on a bunch of incredibly awful reality shows. Flav has 7 kids and was once arrested because he owed around $100,000 in child support. He’s also been arrested for a bunch of other things in the past that we simply don’t have the space to lis. Anyway, you get the point — Flav is a total mess. This is one dude who probably never should have been a dad, let alone have 7 different kids. When it comes to being a bad father, Flavor Flav is on every list.
1. Britney Spears
Yeah, I get it, Britney has been doing pretty well lately, but does that mean she gets a free pass because of how awful she was in the past? I don’t think so. Can you imagine being so awful that Kevin Federline is the normal one in the relationship? She actually lost custody of her kids to him after doing things such as dropping one of her kids on her head and driving around like a maniac with her kids in her lap. I know she is doing okay now, or so it seems, but being a mother isn’t the kind of thing that you can just turn on and off, and as far as I’m concerned, Britney still has a long way to go before she can be taken off this list. Get back to me in another 5 years or so, Britney.
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