Famous Family Trouble? These Celebrity Parents Are Estranged From Their Children
Familial relationships aren’t easy for anyone. We have all fought with our loved ones over one thing or another. However, maintaining family ties as a celebrity can prove even more difficult than we’d like to imagine. When money, fame, and even social media come into play, jealousy and other factors can undoubtedly come up. While many celebrities have been able to maintain their familial bonds, others remain irreparably broken.
These celebrity parents either have been or still are estranged from their children.
During their marriage, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise adopted two children, Isabella and Connor. However, since the children were raised as Scientologists, and Kidman left the church and returned to her Catholic faith after her divorce, the kids chose sides.
Isabella and Connor chose to live with their father, and for a time, they even stopped referring to Kidman as “mom.” Luckily, things have gotten a bit better between the siblings and their mother with time. A few years ago during an interview with Women’s Day, Connor said, “I will always love my mum.”
Next: A father who only acknowledged his daughter once she became famous.
Though he is Julia Roberts’ older brother, you probably recognize Eric Roberts from the 1985 classic Runway Train and more recently from the Fox sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. However, you probably didn’t know that Roberts’ daughter is actress Emma Roberts.
He and the American Horror Story actress’ mother, Kelly Cunningham, never married, and Roberts left when his daughter was an infant. The pair had very little contact until the Scream Queens actress took on Hollywood. Now, the elder Roberts says he and his daughter are pals.
Next: A writer who cut her kids off,
Candy Spelling is the widow of the late producer and screenwriter Aaron Spelling. Unfortunately, the New York Times best-selling author’s relationship with her daughter, actress Tori Spelling has been one fraught with drama and turmoil.
Candy and Tori’s mother/daughter relationship has always been filled with tension, and it only grew worse when Aaron Spelling died in 2006. The writer left behind an estate worth $600 million which was supposed to be split amongst Candy and his two children. The elder Spelling cut off both of her children giving them each only $800,000.
Next: A blindsided dad
In 2003, just before he married Gwen Stefani, musician Gavin Rossdale found out that his goddaughter, then 14-year-old Daisy Lowe, daughter of British personality Pearl Lowe, was his biological daughter. Devastated, Rossdale vowed never to speak to them again.
However, since then, he and Daisy, who is now a model, have worked towards building a father/daughter relationship.
Next: An actor who allegedly abused his children
Veteran actor Ryan O’Neal might be known for his iconic roles in Love Story and Peyton Place, but his relationship with his daughter, actress Tatum O’Neal, is like a horror story. The Oscar winner has long been vocal about her strained relationship with her father calling him abusive and drug-addicted.
In her memoir, the Rescue Me actress also claimed that her father beat her well into adulthood, even when she was pregnant. Though the duo has tried to reconcile over the years, the bad blood has left them estranged.
Next: An actress whose daughter had an affair with her partner
It was a scandal that rocked the world and started inquiries into filmmaker Woody Allen’s inappropriate relationships with minors. In 1992, Mia Farrow was horrified when she learned that Allen, her longtime boyfriend had been having an intimate relationship with her adopted daughter, then 22-year-old, Soon-Yi.
Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi had begun in the 1980’s while he was still in a relationship with Farrow. After Farrow left, Allen and Soon-Yi married leaving the mother and daughter’s relationship broken forever.
Next: A rocker who struggled to mother
Rocker Courtney Love has been open about her struggles with addiction and the effects that its had on her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. After Cobain’s father, the late Kurt Cobain died when she was a baby, Love struggled to raise her daughter. She even lost custody of Cobain several times and even admitted to doing heroin when she was pregnant.
Though the pair has tried to mend their relationship over the years, it hasn’t stuck.
Next: A dad who only cares about fame.
Though he isn’t exactly a celebrity, Michael Lohan has thrust himself into the spotlight on the back of his daughter Lindsay Lohan’s fame and success. Since The Parent Trap actress came onto the scene 20 years ago, her father has been in the tabloids for one reason or another, embarrassing his daughter and aiding in her downward spiral.
In 2014, on Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show she confronted her father saying, “I do not want to talk about your two other random f***ing kids.”
Next: An actress who tried to skirt around the law.
Actress Sherri Shephard had one of the strangest divorce cases we’ve ever heard of. When the former co-host of The View divorced her ex-husband Lamar Sally, a surrogate was pregnant with the couple’s child. Since Shepard was not the biological mother of the child, she tried to turn custody over to Sally and legally remove herself from the child’s life.
A judge was not having it. In the end, Shephard was forced to sign the child’s birth certificate when it was born, and pay her ex-husband child support.
Next: A dad who vanished from his kids’ lives.
Bill Hudson is best known for his band, The Hudson Brothers. He was also married to Goldie Hawn from 1976-1982. The couple had two children, Oliver and Kate Hudson. However, after the couple divorced shortly after Kate was born, Bill has had very minimal contact with his children.
Both Oliver and Kate refer to their mother’s long-time partner, actor Kurt Russell, as their dad. To this day, they don’t speak to Bill Hudson.
Next: A dad who follows the rules of tough love.
Actor Martin Sheen has four children, Emilio Estevez, Ramón Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and Renée Estevez all of whom are actors. However, the legendary actor’s relationship with his youngest son, Two and a Half Men alum Charlie Sheen has been strained for years.
The younger Sheen has struggled with addiction, and his father has publically commented on his erratic behavior saying, “He’s not a kid. Emotionally, he still is. Because when you’re addicted, you don’t grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober, you’re starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You’re emotionally crippled.”
However, in 2015, when the Anger Management actor revealed that he was HIV positive, his father was one of his loudest supporters.
Next: A mother who began behaving erratically.
When Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher divorced in 2013, Moore struggled very publically with the end of her marriage. She began to act erratically which was a bit too much for her daughter, Rumor Willis, to deal with.
Willis stepped away from her mother while she worked through her issues for a bit, but luckily, they seem to have mended their relationship since then.
Next: A rocker who chose to party over parenting.
Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler has been a hard partier for most of his life. In fact, his daughter, actress Liv Tyler, didn’t even know he was her father until she was 8-years-old. Though the father and daughter grew close, their relationship became strained in the late 2000s when the rocker had a drug relapse.
Now, the pair has only limited contact with one another.
Next: A rapper who refuses to acknowledge his son.
Rapper 50 Cent is no stranger to public feuds. In 2013, the musician and his oldest son, Marquise Jackson gotta into a bitter and public spat stemming from something very minor. Apparently, Marquise failed to open the door for his father. As a result, the Power executive producer went on a rant saying, “I will have nothing to do with you. Don’t text me ever again.”
To this day, the hip-hop mogul doesn’t acknowledge Marquise.
Next: An actress whose daughter chose to escape.
Rosie O’Donnell’s estrangement from her adopted daughter Chelsea began as a missing person’s case. In 2015, O’Donnell sent out a plea for help after Chelsea went missing. The young woman was found with a man she had met on Tinder. After the incident, Chelsea went to live with her birth mother and has no contact with the SMILF actress.
O’Donnell feels as though her daughter is struggling with a mental illness, but still hopes to reconcile one day.
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