No one ever said parenting was easy, but it's incredibly more difficult when you are in the limelight. With paparazzi following you everywhere, waiting to get the most scandalous picture so they can sell it to the hottest tabloid for thousands of dollars, you become a petri dish under the microscope. It's easy to judge from afar, we all do it.
We all judge, and we'd be liars if we said we didn't. However, when it comes to celebrities, we seem to expect more from them when it comes to parenting. We look up to these stars, and aim to have our own lives mirror theirs. Because of their fame, their income, and the endless supply of help, we anticipate their lives to be picture perfect, which is just what we want for ourselves. Unfortunately, they are only human, and humans make mistakes, A LOT!
Here are 10 examples of celebs behaving badly with their children:
10 Michael Jackson
One of the most well known entertainers in our lifetime, Michael Jackson AKA The King of Pop, infamously dangled his nine month old son over a balcony in 2002. With reporters waiting outside his hotel room, Jackson gave them a brief look at his son, who was covered with what appears to be a towel. Jackson later regretted the action saying, “I offer no excuses for what happened,” he continued, “I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children.” Jackson was also under fire for most of his adult life, being accused of child molestation. Though he was never officially convicted of those allegations, the black cloud followed him his entire life. Unfortunately, superstar Michael Jackson passed away in 2009; his kids are currently under the care of his mother, Katherine Jackson.
9 Woody Allen
You can't deny the amount of talent that actor and director Woody Allen has in his pinky finger in comparison to most people. However, we CAN judge his parenting style. Let's skip the part where he allegedly molested his daughter with ex-wife, Mia Farrow, and the troubled relationship he has with his son. Let's go straight to the elephant in the room: Woody Allen married his adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Are they blood related? No. Is it incest? That straddles a thin line, and it depends on who you ask. Inappropriate? Most people think so, and the situation has made the entertainer a controversial figure in the media.
8 Ryan O'Neal
Actor Ryan O'Neal is admittedly a poor father figure. He was with actress and model Farrah Fawcett for 30 years when she succumbed to cancer. At her funeral, he hit on his own daughter, actress Tatum O'Neal. He's said to have given his children cocaine at the young age of 11, but that's not where it ends. O'Neal has even shot at his own children, with a real gun. A ladies man with issues, Ryan O'Neal has a laundry list of bad parenting choices; take your pick at which one to judge him by!
7 Farrah Abraham
From starring in her own sex tape, to negotiating the sale of said sex tape, to waxing her toddler's eyebrows because she had a "unibrow," Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham is one controversial parent! While she should be concentrating on providing a healthy lifestyle for her daughter, she's usually in the middle of some drama. Most recently, she's been accused of blackmailing an ex-lover, who also claims to be the father of her child. According to the show, the father of her child died in a car accident before her birth.
6 David Hasselhoff
The Baywatch and Knight Rider actor David Hasselhoff had one of the most humiliating parenting moments back in 2007. His then teenage daughter caught him on her phone, drunk, trying to eat a cheeseburger. In the video, that went viral, his daughter, Taylor, can be heard pleading for her dad to get help and stop drinking. After that incident, he briefly lost visitation rights but seems to have his life back on track. In a recent interview, daughter Taylor claims the video from her phone was stolen, and she herself didn't leak it.
5 Britney Spears
During one of the worst times in Spears' career, 2006-2007 saw the entertainer lose her kids, her hair, and her rights. Not only was she seen partying late into the night with other Hollywood starlets, photos of her exposing herself were taken, along with pictures of her driving her car with her toddler on her lap. Though she claimed, at the time, paparazzi were putting her life in danger and she only did what she thought necessary to protect her son, people were up in arms about the incident. Spears' downward spiral included dropping her son, shaving her head and erratic behavior. Spears eventually lost custody of the children to her ex-husband, their father Kevin Federline.
4 Alec Baldwin
In another parenting moment gone awry, 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin left a voicemail for his daughter, Ireland, in 2007 where he called her a "pig" for not calling him back. The voicemail to the then, 11 year old Ireland leaked, and Baldwin's PR had to act fast to make things better. He was seen soon after on the ABC show The View explaining the incident stemmed from frustration with his ex-wife, actress Kim Basinger. The infamous voicemail didn't stop the father/daughter relationship from growing, luckily. Ireland has a great relationship now with Alec and his new wife, Hilaria Baldwin.
3 Tom Cruise
Actor and famed Scientologist Tom Cruise has been accused of being an absentee father to daughter Suri Cruise, with his ex-wife Katie Holmes. Media reports claim the actor hasn't actually seen his daughter in a whopping 1,000 days. Tom didn't even call her for her birthday, a move that supposedly had young Suri in a state of misery. Scientology is known to not allow members to interact with those outside of the religion, or those who have left. Katie Holmes divorced Cruise for fear that Scientology would destroy Suri and subsequently left the religion.
2 Kris Jenner
Keeping Up With The Kardashians momager Kris Jenner, formally Kardashian, is said to utilize her children in a way that makes the most profit, for her. Rumors have been circulating for years that Kris was the one who orchestrated the sale and release of daughter Kim Kardashian's sex tape. Whether it's true or not remains to be seen, but there's no denying the momager enjoys her fame!
1 Nadya Suleman
Nadya Suleman, better known as the Octomom, is famous for the successful birth of 8 babies at once! Having 6 kids prior to her special delivery, this mom clocks in at 14 children. But having a lot of kids doesn't make you a great mom: she's used porn, boxing matches and welfare fraud just to keep her and her children afloat. Being a single mom isn't easy, but she purposely had a full litter implanted in her uterus knowing full well she was unable to provide for them. The mom of 14 has gone through a lot of nannies, lawyers, and public relation people who just don't want to deal with her because of her attitude. We can only hope that she doesn't have more babies just to stay in the spotlight, and that the ones she already has gets the care and attention they deserve!