MadameNoire Featured Video
1 of 16

Some celebrities make it because they have “stage parents” who push them, but not these stars. Nope: these stars had such bad relationships with their moms and dads that they emancipated themselves before they were even 18.


Michelle Williams

Williams plays a girl who’s left her parents on “Dawson’s Creek” and in real life she left them when she was 15. Williams emancipated herself to escape the command of child labor laws.

Drew Barrymore

The “Blended” star emancipated herself from her parents when she was only 15 years old and has barely spoken to her mother all of her life.

Macaulay Culkin

Culkin is more comfortable being home alone than it may seem. The actor emancipated himself when he was just 14, and hasn’t spoken to his father since.





Alicia Silverstone

Silverstone got emancipated at the age of 15 so that she could legally work on the film “The Crush.”


Juliette Lewis

The rocker and actress emancipated herself so she could become a legal “adult” and no longer let child labor laws hold her back in her acting career.


Jena Malone

The actress who appeared in “Contact” emancipated herself from her parents when she was just 16.

Jaime Pressly

The “My Name is Earl” actress got emancipated at the age of 15 so she could travel to Japan by herself for a modeling gig.

Aaron Carter

Carter filed for emancipation from his mother at the age of 16 when he found out she’d stolen $100,000 from him.

Corey Feldman

The “Stand By Me” star got emancipated at the age of 15 so that he could control his own finances.

Rose McGowan

The “Charmed” actress got emancipated at just 15 years old. She eventually got engaged to Marilyn Manson so maybe there were some daddy issues that resulted.

Eliza Dushku

Dushku couldn’t have famously appeared on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” if she hadn’t been emancipated as a teen.

Courtney Love

Love lived in foster homes for several years as a child before she was finally emancipated at 16. She has no relationship with either parent.

Ariel Winter

The “Modern Family” actress is under the legal guardianship of her sister. Winter’s mother was allegedly abusive.


Dominique Moceanu

The Olympic gymnast got emancipated at 17 so that she could gain control of her finances.

Frances Bean Cobain

Like mother like daughter, Cobain is emancipated from her mother Courtney Love. Cobain even had a restraining order against her mother at one point.

Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN