Let’s face it: some stars will do just about anything to get famous…even if it means putting their own selfish needs before the needs of their children. Of course, celebrities aren’t perfect by any means, but it doesn’t take a perfect person to be a positive role model and an altogether good parent. Everyone knows that reputations are everything in the entertainment world, but these unruly celebrities damaged their own brands and they only have themselves to thank. Their actions have not only sullied their public image, but they have also single-handedly ruined relationships with their own offspring due to their poor parenting skills. Some people are just meant to be parents…and others should have just stuck to acting (or pursuing reality TV fame). When it comes to being a star they are top-notch, but when it comes to being a parent their kids are painting a much different picture. Here are 15 super shady stare who have proven to be terrible parents.
15 Caitlyn Jenner
Sure, Caitlyn Jenner might have been a stand-up parental figure to her four step-children and the two daughters she shares with Kris Jenner, but what many people easily forget is that the former pro-athlete also has four other children from previous relationships who she pretty much forgot about. Prior to becoming an honorary member of the Kardashian posse, Caitlyn was first married to Chrystie Crownover in 1972. That relationship gave the couple two children; Burt and Cassandra. Following the couple's divorce in 1981, Jenner went on to wed Linda Thompson immediately after. By 1986 the pair had parted ways but their union produced two more Jenner children: Brandon and Brody. While Jenner undoubtedly had a whole lot already on her plate, the star seemingly abandoned her biological children in favor of her newfound family with the Kardashians. In a sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner’s daughter Cassandra spoke of her absentee parent, stating, “We have a very complex relationship. He’s disappeared out of our lives, especially out of my life”. In a heartbreaking revelation, Brody Jenner has stated that while Jenner was a great father to all of Kris’s children, he “just wasn’t a great father” to him. All of Jenner’s early offspring have admitted to feeling the pain of their father’s abandonment, and even Jenner herself acknowledges that she missed out on major moments in her children’s lives. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Caitlyn Jenner was one seriously bad parent to her four forgotten family members.
14 Charlie Sheen
When it comes to redeeming qualities, we can’t say that Charlie Sheen really has many. Between his constantly erratic behavior and his turbulent public tirades towards the mothers of his children, Sheen is on one diabolical downward spiral. When it comes to being a father, Sheen definitely isn’t “winning”. In total, the shamed star has five children but the youngest four are with ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller. Charlie shares daughters Sam and Lola with Richards, and twins Max and Bob with Mueller. During his bitter divorce battle with Richards, Sheen went as far as to deny that he fathered the girls at all and demanded a paternity test. Of course, the kids were his but that didn’t stop him from taking every possible opportunity to lash out at his ex. In 2005, Denise filed a restraining order against the actor and stated, “I can no longer accept [Sheen’s] abusive and threatening manner and must stop him from the cycle of his abuse toward me and our children and his continued threats of violence”. Sheen’s other ex-wife also was granted a restraining order against him in 2011 and their children were removed from his home as a result. At one point, Denise Richards even took in Charlie’s twin sons because both of their parents were in and out of rehab and jail too often to properly care for them. Just take one look at Charlie Sheen and it will become abundantly clear that he is in no shape to be around children in any capacity. This guy takes the cake as being one of the worst celebrity parents of all time.
13 Mama June
We all have our opinions on reality stars who are famous for doing pretty much nothing, but Mama June is in the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons. We first laid eyes on June Shannan during a now-infamous episode of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras. On the show, June was encouraging her youngest daughter to enter the cut-throat world of children’s beauty pageants and her antics made the entire nation gasp in horror. To ensure that her daughter, Alana, had a little extra pep in her step during the competition, she supplied her with a beverage she named “Go-Go Juice”. It was later revealed that the drink was an unsavory combination of Mountain Dew and Redbull, which should clearly never be given to a six year old. Following their controversial appearance on the show, Mama June and her entire family were given a reality show of their very own: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. On the series, June was captured on camera feeding her four daughters every kind of junk food imaginable. From cheese balls to a “sketti” sauce made completely out of butter and ketchup, Mama June was guilty of grossing out the entire country with her unhealthy food choices. While that may have just been enough to ensure that Mama June was one of the worst parents we’ve ever seen, things got exponentially worse for the reality star in 2014. That year, it was revealed that June had rekindled a romantic involvement with an old flame named Mark McDaniel. June’s oldest daughter, Anna, couldn’t handle her mother’s awful decision making and went public with her claims that McDaniel was a known pedophile and had even committed heinous acts against her when she was only a child herself. Anna let it be known that Mama June knew all about McDaniel’s past and she was absolutely horrified that she would not only let him back into her life, but bring him around her young daughter as well. Needless to say, Mama June’s despicable decisions resulted in their trademark television series to instantly get the axe. The relationship between Mama June and Anna is still estranged…and for good reason. There is no way to excuse June’s behavior and she completely earned herself the title of “worst mother ever” as far as we’re concerned.
12 Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin and his famous siblings have been a staple on the Hollywood circuit for what seems like forever, but his career almost came to a screeching halt in 2007 after a vile voicemail left to his daughter was leaked to the public. After Alec and actress Kim Basinger split in 2002, Baldwin alleges that she spent the next several years trying to deny him access to their daughter, Ireland Baldwin. Alec insists that his ex-wife tried everything in her power to sever the relationship between him and his daughter even if it meant blocking visitation, not allowing phone contact and disobeying court numerous orders. After multiple failed attempts to reach his then-eleven year old daughter in 2007, Alec left her an infamously cringe-worthy voicemail where the angry actor refers to Ireland as a “rude, thoughtless little pig”. To make matters even worse, Alec carried on with the emotionally abusive rant by telling his daughter “you don't have the brains or the decency as a human being”. Of course, it was completely wrong for the star to take out his frustrations against his ex-wife on his young daughter and Alec was about to receive the major backlash he rightfully deserved for his toxic tirade. While Baldwin insists that the tapes were sold to TMZ by Basinger in an effort to slander his name and ruin any chance of having a relationship with their child, he immediately issued a public apology and sought professional help for his erratic behavior. Miraculously, Baldwin somehow managed to make a comeback following his shameful scandal, and he appears to have a strong bond with his now adult daughter. Regardless of his reasoning, there is just no excuse for his belligerent behavior. At least one thing is for sure - we don’t think Alec Baldwin will be winning the “father of the year” anytime soon.
11 Robin Thicke
As a celebrity, Robin Thicke may be used to controversy, but we’re willing to bet that he was never prepared for the kind of scandal he would be faced with surrounding the custody of his son with ex-wife, Paula Patton. After a ten year marriage, Robin and Paula called it quits in 2015 following an onslaught of allegations involving cheating and drug use. While the couple appeared to maintain a relatively civil relationship for the sake of their young son, Julian, things took a drastic change beginning in January of this year. According to reports, the couple’s six year old told his teacher that his father frequently spanked him. As a result, the school reported the incident and Thicke was investigated by the LA County Department of Child and Family Services. In turn, Patton denied her ex access to their child during a scheduled visitation and insisted that their son was petrified to be around his father. Patton filed an emergency order against Thicke and was granted temporary custody of Julian. Things between the former couple got increasingly worse and their dispute was very well documented in the media. Of course, Thicke flatly denied any wrongdoing, though he admitted to using spanking as a form of discipline. Ultimately, Thicke was cleared of all charges but the damage to his reputation has been done. Despite the ruling, we don’t think that this will be the last we hear about a Robin Thicke custody battle…he’s currently expecting baby number two with girlfriend April Love Geary. Yikes.
10 Kate Gosselin
We get it – raising eight children can be stressful beyond belief, but Kate Gosselin can’t use the number of kids she has as an excuse for her bad behavior as a parent. Anyone who has ever seen Kate Gosselin on reality TV already knows that she’s a whole lot to handle. The overbearing star insists on doing everything her way and if you can’t live up to her strict expectations, prepare to be kicked to the curb like yesterday’s garbage. While we’ve all seen Kate demean her ex or talk to one of her eight children in a condescending tone, Kate Gosselin’s demeanor is even worse off-camera. Of course, Kate and her baby daddy, Jon, divorced in 2009 and their split has been anything but amicable. Jon has publicly acknowledged Kate’s lack of co-parenting skills and has stated that she will only allow him to see certain children during the days he is supposed to have visitation. He has been very vocal about Kate’s refusal be an active part of this children’s lives and he has accused her of trying to remove him from the family all together. To make matters even more frustrating, one of the couple’s sons, Collin, has allegedly been sent off somewhere to receive “treatment” for his “special needs” but Kate refuses to fill Jon in on exactly where the boy is and why he is there. Jon now has to go through the courts to demand answers on the whereabouts of his child, and Kate still remains one of the absolute worst people we’ve ever encountered.
9 Tamra Judge
For several seasons now, Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Judge has used her rocky relationship with her daughter, Sidney Barney, as a major topic of conversation on the show. Longtime followers of the series will remember that Tamra went through a bitter divorce with her ex-husband Simon but the side effects of their tumultuous battle have proven to have ongoing effects on the dynamic between Tamra and her now-eighteen year old child. During the show’s tenth season, Tamra tearfully revealed that she had not seen or spoken to Sidney in more than two years. Sidney, who chose to live with her father after the divorce, has been quite vocal about wanting nothing to do with her mother’s quest for reality TV stardom and she has adamantly asked to not be included as a storyline. Of course, Tamra has frequently used her estranged relationship with Sidney as a way to play the "victim" card in front of millions of viewers.
Barney boldly stated, “The reasons I left my mother’s house are that she was neglectful (leaving us at home with no food or simply ignoring us entirely), she constantly put herself first and the biggest reason was that she was mentally and emotionally abusive. She was no mother to me,” Naturally, Tamra refuted all of her daughter’s allegations and fired back by claiming that she had been “brainwashed” by her father. There is obviously a reason why Tamra’s daughter doesn’t want anything to do with her, and if her claims are true then Tamra has failed hard when it comes to being a good parent.
8 Rosie O’Donnell
Famed talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell is the proud mother of five adopted children and has often gloated about them on her daytime television appearances over the years, but her oldest daughter Chelsea insists that things aren’t always rosy when it comes to Rosie. The relationship between O’Donnell and Chelsea took a sharp turn last year when the star sought the public’s help to locate her missing teenage daughter. While O’Donnell alleged that her daughter was suffering from “mental illness,” Chelsea didn’t take her mother’s claims lightly. When Chelsea resurfaced, she stated that the relationship between her and Rosie was estranged and that the star had been an abusive and negligent mother to her. Chelsea claimed that Rosie frequently drank to excess, had locked her in her room, and on one occasion even tried to attack her with a wine bottle. Chelsea ultimately tracked down her biological mother and began living with her before releasing more brutal allegations against the famous race who raised her. O’Donnell responded with a lengthy letter that refuted all of her daughter’s statements and reiterated the claim that she was “not capable of truth or reason” and was only saying those things because Rosie had financially cut her off and she was desperate for money. We’re not quite sure who to believe here, but if Chelsea’s claims are true then life with Rosie really wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
7 50 Cent
Don’t let his million dollar smile fool you - 50 Cent definitely didn’t get his tough-guy reputation for nothing. The rough-around-the-edges rapper made a name for himself with his seamless rhymes and incredible backstory about going from the streets to living the sweet life, but 50 Cent might just have something else to be known for – and that’s being a totally terrible parent. The rapper, also known as Curtis Jackson, shares a nineteen year old son with his former flame Shaniqua Tompkins. Things seemed to be going just fine for the family of three until 2008 when Fiddy and his baby mama had a nasty falling out. Unfortunately for their son Marquise, he would become caught in the middle of their bitter feud and the father-son relationship between him and Jackson would become nothing short of volatile. 50 admits that the dynamic between he and his son changed because of his disdain for his ex, but that is no reason to publicly lash out against a teenager who has nothing to do with his parents’ problems. 50 first took to Twitter in 2012 to bash his son, saying, “If I died today would it matter to you? I’m changing my will. It’s a simple question.” While that outburst would have been bad enough, it was just the tip of the iceberg for what would be an ongoing public dispute between the father and son. Over the years, 50 has launched venomous attacks against his son on social media that were filled with cruel expletives and spiteful allegations. Let’s face it - anyone who treats their own child the way 50 Cent has treated his son for the past decade definitely doesn’t deserve to be called a parent. Earlier this year, Marquise summed up the current status between him and his famous father, saying, “I got older, you start realizing things or you start seeing certain patterns and it takes an effect on your relationship with people. That’s what happened with me and my father. He’s still alive but I can’t tell you our last conversation or the last time we even had a dialogue”. It seems like Marquise Jackson is already more mature and level-headed than Curtis Jackson will ever be.
6 Courtney Love
Courtney Love is quite possibly best known for being a total train wreck…but things have gotten so bad for the star that even her daughter Frances Bean, would have to agree. Courtney is the mother of one child with the late and legendary Kurt Cobain. Following the former Nirvana frontman's untimely demise in 1994, Love was left to raise Frances as s ingle mother. You might think that because they only have each other that the two would share a special bond, but their reality couldn’t more opposite. As a teen herself, Frances filed a restraining order against Courtney in 2009 after a heated argument turned physical. The young star’s domestic violence claims were supported by a nanny as well as several others, and Frances Bean’s request for her mother to stay away from her was granted. In her sworn testimony, she alleged that her notoriously unstable mother was an addict and that her unpredictable behavior was spiraling out of control. Frances further alleged that Courtney “has taken drugs for as long as I can remember” and that her irresponsible behavior had directly resulted in the death of two beloved family pets. Things only got more bizarre in 2012 when Courtney took to Twitter to claim that musician Dave Grohl had been making advances at her estranged daughter. Clearly fed up with her mother’s insane antics, Bean fired back, “While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn” before suggesting “Twitter should ban my mother.” Ouch. It must be difficult enough growing up in the spotlight without the burden of having Courtney Love as your mother. There’s no doubt that she is one of the worst celebrity parents we’ve ever seen!
5 Jenna Jameson
If we’re being honest, there was nothing easy about Jenna Jameson’s upbringing. The former adult film star endured a life of chaos long before she even fathomed entering the X-rated entertainment industry, so it’s no surprise that she struggled when it came to settling down to a life of normalcy and being a mother to her twin boys. After two failed marriage to her name, Jenna thought she had finally met the man of her dreams in 2006 with former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. By 2009, the couple welcomed twins Jesse and Journey, and Jenna seemed to revel in being a mother. By the time 2013 rolled around the couple had parted ways and became embroiled in a bitter custody battle for the young boys. Following a DUI arrest and allegations of domestic violence and drug use, Ortiz was ultimately awarded full custody of the children. In 2015, when someone referenced his baby mama on Twitter Ortiz was quick to respond “She abandoned them three years ago.” Of course, Jameson shot down her ex’s claims but Ortiz fired back that Jenna hadn’t even requested to see her kids in over a year and a half at the time of his statement. That same year, Ortiz took to Instagram to share a side-by-side snapshot of his boys along with the caption, “What the difference two and a half years can do to kids with a positive environment.” There’s no denying that having multiple run-ins with the law and enough evidence mounting against her to prove that she was an unfit parent is a recipe for disaster, so we’re just gonna go ahead and side with the judge’s ruling on this one.
4 Shauna Sand
When soap-opera star Lorenzo Lamas married his fourth wife, Shauna Sand in 1996, he should have had some sort of inkling that things weren’t going to end happily ever after. Despite their many differences, Lorenzo and the former Playmate welcomed three daughters together and remained a couple until their inevitable divorce in 2002. The former flames battled it out in court for what seemed like forever, but Lorenzo was ultimately awarded custody of the girls in 2014 in the midst of multiple nasty revelations about Shauna. Prior to the new arrangement, the couple had split custody of their kids, but after Lamas alleged that his ex was an unfit mother who brought on onslaught of men in and out of her home on a regular basis, the judge decided that the girls would be better off away from their mother. During the court proceedings, even the three girls submitted hand-written letters to the judge begging them to be put in their father’s custody. The girls jointly agreed that their terrible mother kept bringing in new boyfriends to live with them and that she was verbally abusive to her children on a regular basis. To make matters worse, Lamas insisted that Shauna had sold a rated tape of herself and blew the entire $250,000 profit on a new Bentley instead of taking care of her responsibilities as a parent. It’s clear to see that the former Playboy model was totally reckless and put herself above all else – including her own young daughters. It goes without saying, but the evidence speaks for itself: Shauna Sand is one terrible role model.
3 Eddie Murphy
It’s a really good thing that Eddie Murphy is filthy rich, because with five baby mamas and nine children between them, somebody’s gotta pay the bills! While the famous funnyman has the whole baby-making thing down to a science, it looks like he could use a few classes on how to be a good parent. Murphy was the subject of scandal in 2006 when he publicly denied fathering a child with former flame, Melanie Brown. Murphy and the Spice Girl were briefly involved in a romantic rendezvous, but apparently that wasn’t enough evidence for Eddie to believe that he could possibly be the father of the bun that was in Mel B.’s oven. Mel gave birth to daughter Angel Iris in 2007 and a paternity test eventually confirmed what everyone already knew: Eddie was in fact, the father. Despite being fully aware that Mel’s daughter was his, he made little effort to step up to the plate and be the kind of father figure the young girl rightfully deserved. In 2010, Mel tearfully spoke of Eddie sparingly making an effort to see his child, saying, “'We got asked to go to the Shrek premiere. Angel is three-and-a-half and I didn't expect her real biological father to all of a sudden pop back in our lives”. The singer continued to verbalize her internal struggle with Murphy’s lackluster involvement, stating, “Do I really want to be on a red carpet yet again, entertaining everybody else's world, like, "Ooh, we're a happy family" and "Ooh, Eddie's back in our life?" It has been widely reported that Angel refers to Mel’s estranged ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte, as “daddy” and that Murphy has done far less than he should have as far as parenting goes. Let’s just go ahead and add “deadbeat dad” to Eddie’s long list of Hollywood credits while we’re at it.
2 Jon Voight
Seasoned actor Jon Voight might play the role of one seriously terrible father on the hit show Ray Donovan, but what some people don’t know is that he was actually a pretty bad dad in real life, too. Of course, Voight is the father of A-list actress Angelina Jolie, but the two are anything but close. Voight and Jolie have both made it public knowledge that their relationship is complicated to say the least, and that the typically estranged father/daughter duo have gone back and forth for years in regard to the reasoning behind their tumultuous tendencies. Of course, there are always two sides to every story but both can agree to disagree when it comes to what really went down. While their extensive history held a lot of deep-rooted family issues, it was clear that Angelina didn’t think very much of her father when it came to fulfilling his role as a parent. While it’s unclear exactly where their issues started, we do know that Voight cheated on Angelina’s mother and abandoned the family following a rough divorce. There had also been allegations that Voight was emotionally abusive and treated his family poorly during the moments he was around. Jolie has credited her mother for raising her, insisting, “I didn't really have a father around." Voight essentially backed up those claims, stating, “I had an affair and there was a divorce. There was a lot of hurt and anger”. While their relationship had a few moments of reconciliation over the years, Voight made things astronomically worse when he said that his daughter had “serious mental problems” during a heated interview in 2002. Jolie cut off all ties with her father since then but over a decade later they seemed to have mended fences to some extent. We’re not entirely sure where they stand today, but we can easily say that Jon Voight was not the best father to his children growing up.
1 Kris Jenner
Of course, all of Kris Jenner’s children may all adore their mother, but they probably don’t realize that she’s the one who is always selling them out just to make a quick buck. Kris is the sole reason why any of the Kardashian/Jenner offspring are famous…and for good reason! Jenner’s shameless attempts at making it big date back to over a decade ago when it was Kris herself who leaked her daughter’s now-infamous tape with Ray J. The family made millions off the sale of Kim’s "private home movie" and Kris Jenner solidified her ruthless tactics of making money – even if it meant exploiting her own children for profit. Kris has scored her kids an endless amount of gigs over the years, but at what cost? Sure, the family is collectively worth more money than any of us could even imagine and they are more famous than the royal family, but Kris Jenner is certainly no mother of the year because of it. If anything, Jenner has been a detriment to her children and she has failed to let them grow up in a normal environment outside of the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood. Remember in the early years of Keeping Up with the Kardashians when it was Kris who urged Kim to bare all for Playboy magazine!? This woman will expose every aspect of her own flesh and blood just to become the most powerful matriarch in the entertainment industry. She might be one savvy business woman, but she’s quite possibly the most terrible parent any of them could have ever had. Kris Jenner loves being number one at everything she does…well congratulations to her for taking the top spot as the worst celebrity parent of all time!
Sources: People.com, DailyMail.co.uk, BET.com, ABCNews.go.com