Celebs At War With Their Families

All’s not happily ever after in Hollywood with stars, and families, falling victim to fame!
Monday , 01 August 2011
Actors Angelina Jolie (2L) and Brad Pitt (R) arrive with Brad Pitt's parents, Bill and Jane Pitt
Actors Angelina Jolie (2L) and Brad Pitt (R) arrive with Brad Pitt's parents, Bill and Jane Pitt
Drew Barrymore with her Mother Jaid Barrymore
Drew Barrymore with her Mother Jaid Barrymore
Macaulay Culkin with his Father Christopher, her Mother Patricia and his brother Kieran
Macaulay Culkin with his Father Christopher, her Mother Patricia and his brother Kieran
Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester
Marvin Davis, Candy Spelling and Tori Spelling
Marvin Davis, Candy Spelling and Tori Spelling
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman
Matthew and Beyonce Knowles
Matthew and Beyonce Knowles
Lindsay Lohan with her parents Michael and Dina
Lindsay Lohan with her parents Michael and Dina

Fame and fortune can be the making or breaking of many stars and for some it results in the breakdown of their family with greed, jealousy and envy all taking their toll, resulting in full-blown relative feuds. Ahlan! looks at some of the stars who have sadly seen their success tear their family apart...

Angelina Jolie

The Dispute: Ange’s issues don’t stop and start at her family, she also has problems with Brad Pitt’s. However, her most infamous dispute is with her dad Jon Voight. The actress fell out with the actor when he divorced Ange’s late mum, Marcheline. Though they appeared cordial during filming of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, their relationship disintegrated the following year when she dropped Voight from her name. The strain between them increased when during an interview, Jon accused Ange of having “serious mental problems.” She said, “My father and I don’t speak. I don’t hold any anger toward him. I don’t believe that somebody’s family becomes their blood. Families are earned.”

It’s also claimed that Ange and Brad’s mum, Jane, don’t see eye-to-eye either. It’s thought that Jane still has a soft spot for Jen Aniston and isn’t impressed when Ange speaks openly about her drug past. A source said, “She went ballistic after Jolie spoke to the press about her having used ‘every drug possible’. Mama Pitt was not impressed and reminded Angelina that she should think of the couple’s kids before talking about her errant past.” Ange is said to be furious of Jane’s close link with Brad’s ex.

Drew Barrymore

The Dispute: It’s no surprise Drew was a wild child. She grew up in nightclubs thanks to her hard partying mum, Jaid. The unconventional upbringing saw Drew become an addict, with two stints in rehab by the time she was 13. Accusing her parents of being a bad influence she legally emancipated herself from them when she was 17. Drew admits, “My mother and I split when I was very young and have never really reconciled.”

Macaulay Culkin

The Dispute: Macaulay was 10 when he became a Hollywood sensation after his role in Home Alone, picking up Dhs29m per movie. Yet, at 14, his parents split and his fortune became a hindrance with his mum and dad fighting over his wealth. Fed up of being a cash cow, the actor took his parents to court to take control of his earnings. Though he gained control he paid off his mum’s legal debts and parted ways with his dad, according to ABC news Macaulay “will not work with his father because he’s a demanding and pugnacious man.”

Leighton Meester

The Dispute: Despite being born in prison – her mum, Constance, was jailed for her involvement in a drug ring – Leighton has worked hard to make a success of her life. And while her background maybe troubled she looks after her sick younger brother, Alex, sending an allowance of Dhs27,260 home every month to pay toward his medical bills. However, it recently transpired that her mum used the money for cosmetic surgery, Botox injections and hair extensions! Leighton is now suing her mum and accusing Constance of trying to wring more money from her by declaring they had an oral contract, which required the 25-year-old to pay Dhs36,250 every month of her life.

Constance is claiming her daughter attacked her with a bottle during a fall out in December. Legal papers state, “Leighton intentionally assaulted Constance by throwing her to the ground and repeatedly hitting her with a bottle.” The case continues.

Tori Spelling

The Dispute: The Spelling family feud went public when Tori claimed she found out about the death of her producer father Aaron via an email and that her mother kept her in the dark. Her mum Candy retorted the comments were “mean-spirited and surprising”. Candy, and brother Randy, also left Tori off her father’s will – she was set to receive a large sum from his Dhs1.8bn fortune. Referring to her daughter as a “middle-aged reality star” Candy refused to attend her granddaughter’s birthday insisting she didn’t want to be part of the Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Home show. She said, “Life isn’t just a show. And your families can’t just be props.”

Gary Coleman

The Dispute: He was once dubbed one of television’s most promising stars for his role as Arnold “Whatchu talking about Willis?” Jackson in Diff’rent Strokes. However, plagued with several illnesses the actor struggled with fame. Medication for his condition cost a small fortune, and at 21 Gary was forced to sue his adoptive parents over misappropriation of his Dhs14m fortune. Sadly Gary died a broke man, before his death he desperately auctioned a pair of signed boxer shorts on ebay.

Beyonce

The Dispute: Earlier this year Beyonce officially announced she’d parted ways with her manager, dad Matthew Knowles. While he was responsible for masterminding her phenomenal success and helping launch the band that made her famous – Destiny’s Child, it’s believed the pair parted ways after not seeing eye-to-eye on a business level. However, it has since transpired that Matthew has been accused of stealing money from his daughter. Live Nation Entertainment claim Mathew “had stolen money from Beyonce on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds that [he] was not entitled to.”

Lindsay Lohan

The Dispute: Family feuds among the Lohan clan accelerated in 2007 when mum Dina and Dad Michael divorced. LiLo sided with her mum accusing her dad of cheating and physically abusing her mum, insisting, “My father is a lunatic and doesn’t even deserve such a title since he’s never been around in my life other than when he’d threaten me and my family.” Both parents have publically fought to gain control of the actress’ fortune. Michael once accused Dina of viewing the kids as “bankable commodity.” And when LiLo was in rehab it seemed both parents were more concerned in her finances than her wellbeing.  Michael  said, “Dina [is] trying to throw Lindsay in rehab right now to get her out of the picture so they can get a conservatorship without her knowing. They’d control everything Lindsay does, what projects she has coming up, her finances and the people she sees – and that includes keeping me out of her life.” Adding, “I want Lindsay’s life and career to be guided by people who are in it with their hearts, not their hands.” Hmm, the obsession still seems to be on Lindsay’s career, not health!

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