One thing about being in the limelight is that it becomes really hard to hide your dirty little secrets from the public. That’s one thing that sucks about being a celebrity — everything they do is scrutinized and that includes their parenting. Even good mothers in Hollywood get judged every now and then. Remember when Chrissy Teigen was scrutinized for enjoying a date night out with John Legend ten days after her baby was born? How dare she! People will judge you for the smallest things even though they have no idea what your life is like.
When it comes to raising your children in Hollywood, it’s often done under a very unforgiving eye. Just because they are celebrities, doesn’t mean that they don’t make parenting mistakes like the rest of us. Unfortunately, their mistakes end up in the magazines and on social media. No amount of money can give you well-behaved children.
Remember that time your child was glared at by that woman in the grocery store when he was having a tantrum? Well, when you’re a celebrity, you might as well multiply that feeling by a million. No one wants their dirty laundry aired in public, but that is the price they pay for being famous.
Regardless, it’s hard not to hear about the mistakes that celebrities make, especially when there is video footage involved. Sometimes, the “bad parenting” claims are unfounded while other times it’s pretty justified, and we gathered 15 photos of moms who seriously crossed the line.
15 Gisele Bündchen
This may look like a gorgeous photo of a mother and her child, but believe it or not, Gisele was skewered for this photo. The public went nuts because she had her baby’s ears pierced and many considered it to be neglectful because the baby could choke on those earrings if they ever fell out. At that time, there was even a petition going around to make child ear piercing illegal because many found it to be cruel to the child. It’s certainly a controversial subject and it’s not one that’s going to go away. Many people believe it's a decision that should be made by the child when they are old enough. Other mothers, though, see it as a rite of passage because they got their ears pierced young, and it’s just something that you do with your kids.
14 Kim Kardashian
It’s not really surprising to find Kim Kardashian on this list, is it? She’s an epically bad parent that has been caught doing something questioning things involving her children on more than one occasion. Just looking at that picture you know that was quite a painful spill for North. Kim Kardashian, however, is so obsessed with social media, that she didn’t even notice that it happened. Plenty of fans caught the incident, however, with video and photos. Instead of rushing to her daughter’s aid, Kim continued to stare at her phone while Kourtney went to help North up from the ground. This isn’t even the first time something like this has happened to poor North. A month prior to this epic photo, North fell outside of Toys ‘R’ Us, and her mother was once again totally oblivious to it. This poor kid may be on her own if Aunt Kourtney isn’t around to help.
13 Britney Spears
This is the aftermath of Britney after she almost dropped her son on the sidewalk when she got out of her car. We all remember the epic picture of the baby practically falling out of her arms. If it wasn’t for the fact that her bodyguard caught the baby, well we can only assume the worst. Britney Spears got ripped apart that day in the media for being a bad mother. There was also a rumour she had an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle. We’ve all screwed up at one time or another as parents, and judging by this photo, we feel the girl probably learned her lesson. When they entered the restaurant, Spears was clearly upset by what almost happened to her child, so hopefully, she learned to be more careful when carrying a baby. It does suck to have your mistakes printed for all the world to see.
12 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron took her kids to dance class one day and had to leave early because her son had a complete meltdown. There are a series of photos like this one where she is dragging her son to the car, probably hoping to shut him up as quickly as possible. As awful as it looks, it’s probably something that every parent has experienced at one time or another. Tantrums are a terrible thing, and when they happen in public, it can be very embarrassing for the parent involved because you feel helpless as to what to do. In Theron’s case, however, she chose to haul her kid to the car to put an end to it.
11 Mayim Bialik
These days, it’s super cool to breastfeed anywhere you want. If anyone even tries to shame you for breastfeeding, you will usually get a hundred people fighting for your honour. It’s just the cool thing to do right now. But that wasn’t the first thought that came into people’s thoughts when they saw Mayim Bialik breastfeeding her child on a dirty subway. We’re not even sure why she’s using the subway, isn’t she super rich? Or is this one of those celebrity moments where they prove they are just like us? Either way, hungry or not, we’re not sure she should be feeding her child in one of the most bacteria-infested places that you can find. We wouldn’t even want to take our breast out in a dirty place like that, never mind try to feed a child. Maybe she should have thought about that before trying to prove a point about being able to breastfeed wherever she wants to.
10 Britney Spears Did It Again
During Britney Spears' pre-mental breakdown, she was doing a lot of crazy things, and this photo was a clear example of one of those things. We know that some of our grandparents back in the day got away with stuff like this when they really didn’t know the importance of seatbelts, but those days are long gone. You can’t put a baby on your lap while you’re driving anymore without having Child Services knocking on your door. This was clearly poor parenting on Spears’ part, and we are surprised that she even pulled off something like this. What’s even more shocking is the person sitting in the car beside her. Like it’s completely normal behaviour to drive around with a baby. If anything, that person should be holding the baby so Britney can concentrate on driving.
9 Dina Lohan
The first thing you think of when you see this picture is "hot mess." The sad part is, it’s a mother-daughter duo. One of the biggest mistakes Dina Lohan has made as a parent (and there are a lot of them) is that she partied with Lindsay at one point. It's no wonder Lindsay turned out the way she did when she had a mother like Dina. She was more worried about being the “cool" mom instead of actually setting boundaries for her daughter's out-of-control lifestyle. Dina Lohan has had DUI’s herself and even partied hard for her 51st birthday a few years back, even though her daughter just got out of rehab. Dina didn’t seem to care much for her daughter’s behaviour as long as she was still making it big.
8 Farrah Abraham
We don’t even want to get into all the terrible reasons why Farrah Abraham got her 15 minutes of fame. While that’s bad enough, she’s also getting a bad rap as a parent because she seems to be exploiting her daughter at every turn. She has thrown her daughter in the publicity right from the beginning, and it’s actually kind of sickening. During her feud with Nicki Minaj, Abraham actually brought her daughter into the feud and taped a video of her calling out Minaj saying, “Hi everyone, Nicki Minaj is a total loser,” and “Niki Minaj don’t say bad words, I don’t.” She posted it on Twitter and it caused an uproar as people questioned Abraham's poor parenting choices. She's also been known to take her daughter to meetings about her adult videos. The photo represents Abraham’s decision to allow her child to go on Snapchat because obviously, that’s where a child should be.
7 Mariah Carey
It’s not really surprising to see Mariah Carey on this list since she’s the ultimate diva. She has been accused of using her children as trophies or accessories that she can play around with when she wants to. Carey has always been about living the high life; we have, after all, seen her working out in stilettos. If you saw her Instagram account, you would assume that she is a loving mother. That was until reality TV came around in the form of Mariah’s World and we saw a whole new side of things. Since the show aired, many people are screaming that things aren’t as they seem and that the children are just accessories that Carey uses. There have been many photos and scenes where you see her children trying to get Mariah’s attention and for the most part, are completely ignored by their mother.
6 Kristen Cavallari
Kristen Cavallari posted some vacation photos on Instagram like most mothers do after a vacation. What she probably didn’t expect was to be caught in front of a firing squad. She got accused of starving her two boys based on the picture she posted. Many people said that the boys looked malnourished and even starved. One person actually said, “I understand you live a very strict dietary lifestyle, but these children are very obviously nutritionally deficient.” Another quipped, “Seeing pictures of your boys and how they look is a bit shocking to see! I know you cook healthy, but to see the bones just doesn’t seem normal, sorry!” Cavallari refused to let it get the best of her and wouldn’t apologize for her healthy lifestyle. “Yep, I starve my children. Just blocked the most people I’ve ever blocked in my entire life. Happy 4th hahaha.” Probably a good call on her part.
5 Jamie Lynn Spears
Apparently, the younger Spears sister isn’t safe from the bad parenting quips either. Many people love ATV’s and they use it as recreational fun on their own property. There is the debate on whether or not children should be allowed to drive them or even ride in them. Jamie Lynn Spears allowed her daughter to drive their ATV and it ended in disaster. Her daughter was under the recommended age to be operating the vehicle and she got into an accident that almost killed her. People magazine reported, “The child…took a hard right to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch. In doing so, she over-corrected causing the ATV to enter [a] pond. The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water…” She was airlifted to the hospital and was unconscious for two days. Thankfully, the poor girl made a full recovery, but it must have been a terrifying time for everyone.
4 Kourtney Kardashian Looking Classless
Kourtney Kardashian was showing off for the cameras by putting her children up on top of a $120,000 Mercedes. She may have thought that people would have been drooling all over her luxurious lifestyle, but the opposite happened and she got shamed for using her kids to show off. She posted the photo on Instagram and got smoked for it. For the most part, people were more shocked that she would flaunt the wealth that she had not long after her own sister was robbed. One hater responded with, “Maybe all these pics trying to show off are the reasons you all keep getting robbed. I would never take pics of my cars, jewelry etc … looks desperate and not classy #newmoneyproblems #unfollowed #classless.” Another added, “Did you not learn a valuable lesson about displaying materialistic items???? So, you basically just showed someone what kind of car you drive … I thought you were the smart sister.”
This looks like a loving photo between mother and daughter, doesn’t it? This bad-mom moment is actually pretty valid, however, as Beyoncé shouldn’t have such a young child in the hot tub. There are reasons why hot tub companies will warn against having small children in hot tubs. If you check out WebMD, it actually states, "A baby’s thin skin makes it more susceptible to overheating.” Blue Ivy looks like she is unconscious in her mother’s arms, which could be caused by overheating. The temps in hot tubs are just too hot for little ones. When this picture went live, many people were screaming child endangerment. We can only hope that the photo is deceiving and there was no actual heat on in the tub and it was just a nice bubble bath setting for the two of them.
2 Farrah Abraham (Again)
You might be shocked to find out that this is a photo of a 7-year-old girl. It’s just another example of how clueless Farrah Abraham is when it comes to parenting. People obviously lost their minds when they saw the photo. One commenter said, “Farrah, Sophia is a beautiful kid, just let her be and find out what she wants before trying so hard to [make] her into what you want her to be. And sorry, but this pic could be used as something disgusting pedophiles do, you, as a mother, have to protect your daughter from all that stuff.” Farrah’s response? “I’m so proud of Sophia and that doesn’t even really impact her real life. She’s just been so successful on her own so that’s just awesome to me.” Wow, just wow.
1 Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin has certainly had her moments over the years with parenting mistakes. Her marriage could have easily been considered one. In 2013, Gosselin made the mistake of sharing a selfie on Twitter of her wearing a plastic Geisha wing and pulling back on the corners of her eyes. Well you can imagine how well that went over as the internet exploded on her calling her a racist. Gosselin claimed that it was an old photo from when she and Jon were still married (he’s part Korean) and that it was a joke between them. This was a happy memory of mine. It was a happy time for me and Jon, smiling and ‘goofing off’ together. Jon and I were opening fan mail together one afternoon…and when we opened up this plastic Asian dress-up wig sent from a caring fan, we smiled, each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos (on my phone) of each other. Naturally, I ‘slanted’ my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile,” she stated on her blog.