Mommy Dearest: Celebrity Parents And Kids Who Just Don’t Get Along

March 18, 2015  |  
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Should family always stick together no matter what? These celebrity parents and kids who just don’t get along say that sometimes family ties just have to be broken.

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles once called Matthew Knowles “not the dad I would want.” And that was before the Knowles family was rocked by Matthew Knowles’ surprise love child. But Matthew says he wants people to know that the decision for family distance was mutual:

“It was hard for me to let her go — it was hard for both of us to let each other go. And let’s be clear on that. She didn’t let me go, we both let each other go. That’s a big difference.”


Iyanla Fix My Life fans found out about DMX’s troubled relationship with his son Xavier Simmons. Unfortunately both DMX and Xavier say that their talk with Iyanla made their relationship worse instead of better.

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams broke down in tears on an episode of The Wendy Williams Show when she confessed that her son is not her biggest fan right now:

“What I discovered this weekend is that my son doesn’t like me anymore. I discovered this a while ago, but the ball just got smacked home this weekend.

He’s all into his father — you know how 13-year-olds are. I was the same way when I was 13, but it is breaking my heart.”

To which most of the audience probably went, “Teenagers… what are you going to do?”

Kenya Moore

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore says that there’s a lot of sadness behind her sass.

On her Bravo blog, she confessed that she’s suffered “a great deal of pain” from having never known her mother.

Pregnant at 16, Patricia Moore never named Kenya or even acknowledged her. Kenya remembers,

“Since birth, my mother made the decision at age 16 to pretend she never had me. She has never spoken to me. Even if present in the same room with other people and family, she pretends that I simply don’t exist. She pretends I’m invisible.”

Angie Stone

Sometimes it’s asking too much of a mother-daughter relationship to put two strong-willed women to live in the same house. When it comes to the recent drama between R&B star Angie Stone and her daughter Diamond Stone, fans can’t seem to decide whose to blame for this relationship coming to blows.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie and her father Jon Voigt have had such a strained and distant relationship that some fans don’t even know that they’re related.

Lindsay Lohan

Should you always honor your mother and father? What about when your father records your private conversations and sells them to the press? Or when your mother accompanies you to nightclubs even though you have a drug problem?

As Michael and Dina Lohan continue to add more drama to Linday’s already-troubled life, fans are wondering if maybe Lindsay shouldn’t keep her distance.

David Hasselhoff

Nothing says “our father-daughter relationship needs work,” like your teenage daughters making a tape of you drunk on the floor trying to eat a cheeseburger — and then release it to the press.

But David Hasselhoff says the mini-intervention worked and his drinking and his relationship with his daughters has improved since.

Marshall Mathers

Anyone curious about how Eminem felt about his mother Deborah Mathers needed only listen to his music. But recently Em made a new song about letting go of his anger with his mother: the Spike Lee Joint Headlights. And he even reunited with Deborah for the video! But although Eminem says that he feels bad about the public way he vilified his mother in the past, their relationship is still “strained”.

Courtney Love

Courtney and her daughter Francis Bean’s difficulties go way back — ever since Frances was removed from Courtney’s custody when a Vanity Fair article accused her of using heroin while pregnant.

Since then both Courtney and Frances have thrown barbs at each other on Twitter. Hopefully one day these two will be able to put their mother-daughter feud to bed.

Ariel Winter

Modern Family star Ariel Winter says her happy family life ended every day when she got off set. Ariel emancipated herself from her mother Chrisoula Workman in 2012 after alleging both physical and mental abuse. Ariel now lives with her adult sister Shanelle Gray.

Tori Spelling

Tori and her mother Candy had one of the most famous celebrity mother-daughter fallouts when married Tori ran off with also-married Dean McDermott.

Candy called Tori a “horrible daughter,” disowned her, cut her off from the family and informed her of her father Aaron Spelling’s death by e-mail.

And although they’ve sort of patched things up, things between Tori and Candy are still rocky.

Kendra Wilkinson

Not every mother is there in your time of need. Despite being estranged from her mother for years, former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson turned to her mother when reports of her husband’s affair with a transsexual tore her marriage apart.

But now her mother, Patti Wilkinson, has been drumming up her own publicity storm by alleging that Kendra made the entire affair up!

Thanks mom…


Oprah’s father Vernon Winfrey has been very vocal about his “disgust” with Oprah’s “relationship” with Gayle King, her non-married status with Steadman Graham, and the fact that he says Oprah doesn’t give him enough money.

But given the abuse and neglect that Oprah suffered and the fact that Vernon never really raised her, it’s hard to understand how Mr. Winfrey can complain.

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