Growing up is already hard enough as it is. Now imagine growing up under a microscope because your parent is a mega celeb. Paparazzi are catching your every movie and you can’t make a mistake. Just because your parents are wealthy and famous does not mean they are happy and good parental figures. Often, celebrity’s children are exposed to more drugs and alcohol because of the extravagant lifestyles of the rich and famous. These children had rough upbringings because of their superstar celebrity parents. Find out what life was like for these children of popular celebrities!
What happens when you grow up in the Playboy Mansion? Just look at Hugh Hefner’s son. In 2012, Hugh Hefner’s son, Marston Hefner got in trouble with the law. He was charged for abuse against his Playmate girlfriend Clair Sinclair. He was ordered to stay away from Sinclair and sentenced to 52 weeks in a domestic violence program. Hefner was also charged with vandalizing her laptop but that was later dismissed. Sinclair stated that she would have dropped the charges if Hefner apologized to his girlfriend publicly and also received psychiatric treatment.
Ice-T’s son Tracy Marrow Jr. has gotten in trouble with the law. He was handcuffed after peeing in public, not his best idea. He was 19 at the time of the arrest and outside of a strip club. After he was arrested and taken to Van Nuys police station, he was released on a $5000 bail. Ice-T has also had his fair share of run-ins with the law. Ice-T was just 17 when his father died and in order to support himself, he sold drugs and stole car stereos.
Joe Montana’s son Nathaniel Joseph Montana definitely got his dad’s genes when it comes to football. He is currently a quarterback at the University of Montana. Hopefully, his legal record does not ruin his future in football. TMZ reported that Nathaniel was stopped for speeding and a failed sobriety test. He was then arrested but released shortly after on a $685 bond. He was not the only athlete arrested that night. There was a total of eleven athletes from Notre Dame that were arrested for alleged under-age drinking.
Stephanie Rose is Bon Jovi’s twenty-three-year-old daughter. She was caught in possession of drugs and alcohol. Even worse, she overdosed on hard drugs in her college dorm room. She was attending Hamilton College, a liberal arts school in New York. She was nineteen years old at the time. After the incident, Jon Bon Jovi described the situation to Mirror magazine and said, “It was horrible, a horrible moment. It was my worst moment as a father. We went through something that a lot of parents do, many more than I thought.”
Cybill Shepherd’s son Cyrus Zachariah was arrested for a strange crime. He was caught stealing luggage on a United Airways Flight from San Francisco and was arrested once the plane landed at the Philadelphia International Airport. He was twenty-two years old at the time and was on his way back to school at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a junior studying Pre-Law. The news release stated the stolen items included, “a Cannon digital camera, leather make-up case, small travel bag and United States Currency.”
We all know Johnny Cash struggled with drug abuse. John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s son, has also had his fair share of drug-related issues. Just like his dad, he is also a country singer-songwriter. In 2014, he was arrested after allegedly taking off all of his clothes in the Newfoundland airport. He was 44 years-old at the time. It was unclear whether Cash was drunk or having a medical problem. He had just been on a hunting trip and was on his way back to Nashville where he lives.
Laurence Fishburne’s daughter Montana was not arrested for anything, but she was involved in an adult film that caused a lot of shame for her famous dad. Laurence Fishburne tried to stop the film from getting out. Montana is the product of Laurence’s first marriage with Hajna O. Moss. At the time the film came out, Montana was barely legal at 18 years old. Since then, Montana released this statement about her family: “I did talk to my father. He told me he was embarrassed by me. My mom just says, ‘I love you.’ We don’t talk about it every day. She wants me to be happy and doesn’t want me to get dragged into the dark side.”
Weston, Nicolas Cage’s 26-year-old son, has been dealing with drug abuse for years. After his son Lucian was born, everything changed for the better for Westin. He reported to Daily Mail, “He saved my life because as soon as I saw him I didn’t want to drink anymore. It’s been over one year and I have not had a drop of alcohol. It’s just not worth it. And I don’t miss the hangovers.” We are so happy for Nicolas Cage’s son. He really changed his life for the better.
Jackie Chan and his wife Joan Lin worked hard to raise their son, Jaycee, the “right” way. Unfortunately, Jaycee has struggled to stay on a good path. He attended College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, for two semesters until dropping out for low grades. Jaycee was arrested for drug possession in 2014. Jackie does not plan on supporting his son through his poor choices. At an awards ceremony Jackie said, “If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.”
Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal had one son together, Redmond O’Neal. Redmond has been arrested many times for drugs. For years he has struggled in and out of rehab. After Farrah Fawcett passed away in 2009, Vanity Fair ran an article about her and the family. In the article, it was reported that Redmond had to wear leg cuffs while at her deathbed because he was serving time in jail. In 2016, Redmond was released from prison after serving a three-year sentence.
Many do not know that rock and roll legend Keith Richards has a daughter, Theodora. However, we all know the rock and roll scene is no stranger to drugs. Keith Richards has been charged five times for drug related offenses. Theodora has also struggled with drugs. At first, she was arrested for a minor charge of painting graffiti on a wall. Afterward, she was arrested for possession. Her arrest indicated a much bigger drug abuse problem. In 2015, Theodora spent 30 days in the Silver Hill Hospital rehab in Connecticut.
Robert Downey Jr.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with this father-son duo. Robert Downey Jr.’s son, Indio Downey, was arrested and charged with a felony count of possession of hard drugs in 2014. Shortly afterward, Robert Downey Jr. sent his son to rehab. RDJ shared an emotional Facebook post after his son was in rehab. He said, “Having braved the crucible of addiction (and pleased the court), his ongoing commitment to recovery continues to inspire and amaze. Congrats are in order for my firstborn, and I’m proud to oblige.”
Hulk Hogan’s family has not tried to stay out of the spotlight. We first got to know Hulk Hogan’s family in 2005 on the show Hogan Knows Best. The Hogan family is in the spotlight a lot, so it is no surprise that Nick Hogan’s arrested was all over the news. Nick was arrested for driving recklessly which led to the car crashing into a tree. He suffered some serious injuries and his friend suffered brain damage from the impact. He served eight months in jail after the accident.
Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter Kelly used to be a wild child. At 16, she was taking illegal substances and abusing drugs. When Kelly was 24 years old she was arrested after slapping a gossip columnist who worked for Daily Mirror. Her crazy behavior was not too unfamiliar to her rockstar dad who struggled with drug abuse. Kelly has worked hard to totally diminished that once rebellious reputation. She was one of the hosts of Fashion Police and a guest judge on Project Runway.
Rudy Giuliani is the former mayor of New York City. Before that, he was a lawyer, businessman, and public speaker. His very public successful career has kept his troubled daughter in the spotlight. His daughter, Caroline, was arrested for shoplifting when she was caught stealing in 2010. She stole makeup from a high-end skin care provider. Even though she was charged with a misdemeanor, she still went on to become successful. She attended Harvard University in Boston.
Rapper Lil’ Eazy-E is the son of rapper great, Eazy-E. Lil’ Eazy-E’s real name is Eric Wright Jr. He was arrested one Saturday night in Compton, California after being taken out of his vehicle over possession of a firearm. Lt. Michael Alerich told the LA Times, “Mr. Wright was in possession of a firearm and he was arrested. Two other guys in the car were also arrested, one for possession of a firearm and the other for a probation violation.”
Al Gore’s son, Al Gore III, was arrested in 2007 on suspicion of possessing drugs. He was charged after deputies pulled him over for speeding. He was 24 years old at the time of the arrest and was driving 100 miles per hour at 2 am when he was stopped by a sheriff. ABC News reported that “He was cooperative and admitted to smoking [illegal substance] very recently. None of those drugs in his possession did he have a prescription for.”
Famous American designer Tommy Hilfiger has a son who is trying to make it in the rap industry. He goes by the name Ricky Hill. He was arrested in 2010 for possession of drugs with suspicion of intent to sell. he was also charged with battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly punching a bouncer at a nightclub after the security guard would not allow him into a club. Apparently, he didn’t meet the dress code of the nightclub. Bail was posted at $20,000.
Bishop TD Jake
Bishop’s kids can break the law too. That is definitely the case with Bishop TD Jake’s son, Jermaine Jakes. He was caught in a gay sex sting done by the police. He exposed his private parts to the cops and was found touching himself. The sex sting was done in a public park. Bishop TD Jake addressed his son’s actions in a sermon. The Bishop stated, “Our now adult son Jermaine is 29, but when he was at home he was a recipient of correction, compassion, and wise counsel. We hope that the light of what we believe will guide him through times of contradiction and moments of concern as he continues to mature.”
Nicole Richie, Lionel Richie’s daughter, has had a few mishaps while growing up in the public eye. She was arrested after a fight in a bar in 2002. In 2003 and 2006, she was arrested for driving under the influence and for possession of illegal substances. Since then, Nicole has pulled her life together. She founded a children’s foundation in 2010 and starred in NBCs, Fashion Star. She has worked with a non-profit to help the homeless. In 2010 she married Joel Madden and had two children.
Academy Award-winning actor Marlon Brando was known for his turbulent personal life and many wives and girlfriends. He fathered as many as 16 known children. Christian Brando was the only son of Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi. Like his father, Christian became an actor. In 1990, Christian shot and killed his half sister’s boyfriend at his father’s house. The murder was heavily publicized and Christian pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He spent five years in jail.
Joseph “Run” Simmons
Even reverend’s kids can do the wrong thing. That is certainly true when it comes to Rev. Run’s son, JoJo Simmons. He was arrested for purchasing drugs in 2009. He was 19 years old at the time of the arrest. He also tried to run away from the cops when they tried to make the arrest by putting his BMW in reverse and almost running into the police car. Reverend Run stated, “I didn’t always have this collar around my neck. I come from a rap, rock and roll background. Jojo is all right. It’s working itself out. We’re pulling together as a family going forward. You live and learn.”
Actor Nick Nolte’s son, Brawley Nolte, has followed in his father’s footsteps. Both have been arrested for drug-related issues. First, in 2002 Nick Nolte was arrested for alleged drunk driving in California. He checked into rehab shortly after. Before that, Nick was also arrested for selling fake documents. He was not able to join the military after that which he regrets. In 2009, Brawley was caught and charged for driving under the influence after driving into another car.
Harrison Ford has five children, and one really struggled with drugs in his teenage years. His son, Malcolm Ford was 17 years old when he first went to rehab. He was addicted to illegal drugs. It was reported that Malcolm was deeply affected by the divorce of his parents a couple years earlier. According to Daily Mail, that Harrison Ford attended family therapy at the rehab facility. Fortunately, Malcolm has worked hard to clean up his act. He is now a member of the band, The Dough Rollers.
Whitney and Bobbi Brown
The Houston family has been plagued with trouble and tragedy in recent years. Whitney Houston died tragically on February 11, 2012, after drowning in her tub in an accidental drug overdose. Before her death, she struggled with drug abuse. Her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown also dealt with troubles. She struggled with drug abuse and suffered brain damage when she too, almost drowned in the tub. She sadly passed away months later.
Paris Hilton is the daughter of two famous and wealthy parents. Her mother, Kathy Hilton is an actress and fashion designer and her father, Richard Hilton, is a businessman. The family is most well known for Paris’ great-grandfather, Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Paris grew up in the limelight as a model and socialite which led to some run-ins with the law. In 2006, she was arrested for driving under the influence. In 2007, she was sentenced to 45 days in jail for a parole violation.
The Kardashian-Jenner clan is the most famous family in America. They have grown up under the spotlight. We watch their every move and have seen them live through the ups and downs. Back in 2008, Khloe Kardashian was arrested one night after driving under the influence. Now the family loves to make fun of that time in Khloe’s life. Her sister Kim even posted a throwback Thursday of Khloe’s mugshot on her Instagram. Kris reportedly keeps the photo of her daughter’s mugshot framed in her office.
Growing up as the child of a rock and roll star can’t be easy. Rod Stewart’s son Sean definitely had a tough time. He is the product of Rod Stewart’s first marriage (he was married three times) with Alana Hamilton. The Mirror reported that Sean had a three-month stay in jail after getting arrested in 2002 in Malibu for engaging in a bar fight. Since then, Sean has turned his life around. He is the star of a new reality TV show on E! called Stewarts & Hamiltons.
Michael Jackson’s kids, Paris, Prince, and Michael have had to deal with so much in their young lives. First, their father died in 2009. Paris was just 11 years old at the time of his death. Things started to go downhill for the famous daughter after that point. She attempted suicide in 2013 at 14 years old. Recently, the now 17-year-old posted about the ridiculous expectations of stardom on her Instagram. She shared, “I am expected to literally sit…all day replying to comments people leave me (positive or negative)? I have AA meetings to go to,” she said in an apparent reference to Alcoholics Anonymous. When I was 14 people were fighting too much and sending so much hate to the point where I was suicidal.”
Bruce Willis And Demi Moore
While Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were married they had three daughters together. Two of them have already had run-ins with the law. Scout LaRue was charged with underage drinking and Tallulah had to go to rehab at the young age of twenty years old. Tallulah opened up in Glamour magazine about her experience in rehab, problems with addiction, and battle with an eating disorder. After 45 days in a rehabilitation center, Tallulah shared, “I’m growing every day and breaking old patterns.”
George W. Bush
Being the president’s daughter is not all it is cracked up to be. As the child of POTUS, your entire life is under a microscope. You need security everywhere you go. Well, Barbara and Jenna Bush could not get away with much when they were young. At twenty years old, they were caught drinking underage. They were caught trying to buy beer with a fake ID. Of course, the incident ended up all over the national news. A month before, Jenna was arrested in a nightclub for holding a beer!
The late Malcolm X was a huge advocate for the rights of black people. He encouraged all of his six daughters to lead meaningful spiritual lives. Unfortunately, one of his daughters, Quibilah, witnesses the assassination of her father. In 1995, she was arrested because she was involved in the alleged plot to kill Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the organization that was responsible for killing her father. She accepted a plea agreement and went to counseling instead of a prison sentence.
Lindsay Lohan’s parents are mostly famous because of her. The media was all over Dina and Michael Lohan criticizing their parenting styles. Lindsay was constantly making headlines for inappropriate pictures and nights our with too much drinking. It started in 2007 when she was charged with driving under the influence twice. She was charged again for possession of hard drugs. She spent a total of 84 minutes in jail before being released due to overcrowding. The actress has been in and out of rehab and is trying to get her life back on track.
NeNe Leakes is most well known for her participation on the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Atlanta. After that, she got into acting and became a regular on the award-winning show The New Normal. She has two sons, Bryson and Brentt. Bryson is no stranger to trouble with the law. In 2013, he was found guilty of reckless driving. Again that year he totaled his car after allegedly drunk driving. He was taken to jail after violating his probation and testing positive for illegal substances.
Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus was famous way before his superstar daughter, Miley Cyrus, stepped onto the scene. Now Miley Cyrus is one of the most famous people on the planet. Despite her success, she has definitely had some tough times too. Her public image has changed a lot since her Hannah Montana days. She made headlines by constantly smoking illegal substances and posting about it on her social media account. She was also caught going topless and posting suggestive photos.
Marcus Jordan, Michael Jordan’s son, has also gotten into trouble with the law. In 2012, he was arrested after resisting arrest for disorderly conduct. He was engaged in a fight with two women at the time of the arrest. More strangely in 2013, he tweeted a picture of his private parts. The tweet was quickly deleted and Marcus stated that he never posted it. He tweeted, “My homies hitting me up talking about some pic that was posted from my account… I mean really? Y’all think I don’t know how to work this?”
Michael Douglas has one son, Cameron Douglas, who has been particularly troubled. Cameron took on acting like his famous father. Cameron has struggled with drug abuse throughout his life which has resulted in at least three arrests. He spent seven years behind bars for possession of hard drugs. Two of the seven years were spent in solitary confinement. Even while he was in prison he was found guilty of drug possession. He was finally released in August 2016 and is planning on writing a tell-all book.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Chet Hanks is the 26-year-old son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. He is an actor just like his famous parents! It was also revealed that Chet has struggled with drug addiction. He went to rehab in 2015 after he rear-ended another car while under the influence. Most recently, Chet revealed on Instagram that he has a daughter who has changed his life for the better. He posted on Instagram that he’s been “figuring out [his] life, which is what we’re all doing, and social media’s all bulls*** anyway. But that being said, I want to share something today because it’s about to be shared in the press—which is the fact that I have a daughter. I do have a daughter. She’s the reason I’m sober. I’ve been sober a year and a half. From everything.”
Growing up with two incredibly famous parents can’t be easy. Just ask the kids of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Jaden is trying to create his own identity just like most teenagers. He is not a troubled kid but he is pushing the envelope. Jaden has been experimenting with women’s clothes. According to Just Jared, Will Smith does not mind his son’s fashion choices. The famous actor shared, “What I do with my children, that I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are.”
Almost everyone knows about the crazy antics of Martin Sheen’s son, Charlie Sheen. Charlie Sheen had a very public meltdown after making strange statements in a television interview. He also uploaded a video to youtube of himself smoking cigarettes out of his nose and dissing former employees. The bizarre shenanigans made him easily vulnerable to public ridicule. In 2011 he was roasted on Comedy Central in an episode which became the highest rated roast on the show. It was watched by 6.4 million people.