Lindsay Lohan's daddy drama and other controversial celebrity parent-child relationships
Posted by Sarah Anne Hughes
Well, it’s official: Lindsay Lohan is behind bars. Hopefully, this marks the end of the dramatic saga that has pushed the troubled starlet into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. When times are tough, some of us can count on our parents for their support and their discretion. Unfortunately, Lindsay can’t say the same for her press-friendly father, Michael Lohan.
On Tuesday, Lindsay tweeted, “I don't want Michael Lohan Sr. anywhere near me, no matter where I am. I am in a great place and he only brings negativity in my world.” In order to respect her wishes, Papa Lohan showed up at the courthouse and shouted, “We love you Lindsay” at his daughter. His lawyer then told the press, "Michael spent the morning praying for his daughter. He doesn't believe she should be incarcerated. He is devastated she is going to jail and he is ready and able to help her at any time." Very respectful, Michael.
Here's a little refresher on the estrangement between Lindsay and her father. Lohan's mother Dina and Papa Lohan divorced in 2005, amidst his many legal troubles including a DUI charge. Lindsay released a song, one can assume was targeted at her absent father, called “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)” that includes the lyrics:
“And I wear all your old clothes your polo sweater/
I dream of another you, one who would never/
Never, leave me alone to pick up the pieces/
Daddy to hold me, that's what I needed.”
Papa Lohan's time in jail includes a three year sentence for insider trading. In 2009, he furthered the riff by releasing an audiotape of a distraught Lindsay sobbing and opening up to her father about her troubles. The reason he leaked it to the press? He claimed he did it in order to get Lindsay the help he believed she needed. Ick.
More recently, Papa Lohan has told the press that he believes Lindsay needs time in a rehab facility, not in jail. Not even this plea for his child seems genuine.
While this exploitative parent-child relationship is disturbing, it certainly isn't unique. Here are some other famous cases.
The child actor, best known as the kid from "Home Alone," had a very troubled childhood. It was well known in Hollywood that his father Kit ruled the Culkin family with an iron fist and was at time physically abusive. When Culkin's father left the family, a nasty custody battle began which led the child star to legally take control of his $17 million fortune. Culkin and his father are still estranged.
The actress and her mother Teri Shields have had a difficult relationship since Brooke began acting as an infant. An 11-year-old Brooke played a child prostitute in 1978's "Pretty Baby." The film contained several nude scenes. At 15, she starred in "Blue Lagoon," another film that contained more nudity and received even more attention. In 1995, Brooke fired Teri as her manager.
Although Jon and Kate Gosselin's children are too young to show any signs of trouble, one can only presume that their parents' very public breakup will have some effect on them in the future.
Unfortunately, I'm sure there are many other examples. Add yours in the comment section.
Sarah Anne Hughes couldn't help but add to the Lindsay Lohan media coverage.
Sarah Anne Hughes
| July 20, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Lindsay Lohan
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