The worst celebrity dads?
To paraphrase Keanu Reeves in "Parenthood," you need a license to buy a dog or to drive a car, but any [expletive] can be a father.
Lists of rocking celebrity dads abound. We can all agree that it would indeed be kind of cool to have a pop like the hands-on Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp; dads who seem to be perpetually (and positively) present in their kids' lives.
But because we just can't approach
this weekend's Hallmark holiday Father's Day with anything approaching rosiness, today we offer a list of celebrity pops who could stand to work on their parenting skills.They may not be utterly deserving of the title of worst celebrity dad, but for various reasons, all are contenders.
Michael Lohan: This guy has been a thorn in the side of daughter Lindsay (and the rest of the Lohan clan) from the get-go. Not only was he 50 percent responsible for shoving his kid into show biz at a young age, he has time and again (via Twitter, leaking items to the tabloids and disingenuous interviews) betrayed his daughter's privacy. Sure, Lindsay may be one troubled cookie herself, but it doesn't help to have a pop who shows up at your apartment with paparazzi in tow to stage an "intervention."
Jesse James: The guy professes to be a family man, but actions speak louder than words. Not only did he (admittedly) cheat on wife Sandra Bullock, but did so while in the process of adopting an infant with his now soon-to-be-ex.
Joe Jackson: In his memoir, "Moonwalk," Michael Jackson opened up about the alleged physical and emotional abuse he suffered courtesy of Papa Joe. In a new Vanity Fair article, author Nancy Griffin recounts one of Michael's childhood memories: His masked dad sneaking into his room via the window in the middle of the night. Supposedly Joe was trying to teach terrified Michael a lesson about leaving his window unlocked. And, since Michael's death a year ago, Papa Joe has been consistently in the news blaming everyone from concert promoters to his wife, Katherine, for his son's death.
David Hasselhoff: Any guy who would get this wasted around his kids has some serious boundary issues. Enough said.
Jude Law: Not only did he cheat on then-fiance Sienna Miller with his children's nanny (Law has three children with ex Sadie Frost), he (according to some reports) blamed Miller for driving him into the arms of another woman, saying: "I told you I was unhappy. I told you I needed you to be there for me. Why didn't you listen to me?" Then, as the result of a fling with model Samantha Burke, Law fathered a child. He disputed the claim until a September 2009 paternity test proved he was indeed the father of Burke's child. Then Law waited a baffling six months before his first meeting with daughter Sophia. What's even more baffling? Law and Miller are back together.
Who would you include on your list of bad celeb dads? Add your nominees below...
| June 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Celebrity Life Lessons
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