Celebrities Who Were Ruined by Their Parents

The list is centered around celebrities who, regardless if their career was successful or not, were put into massive peer pressure and estrangement by their parents, and did contribute to their fall from the general entertainment industry.

This list is about the impact of a celebrity's parents and and how it ruined said celebrity's work and/or reputation.
The Top Ten
1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael... read more

Michael Jackson had a... poor relationship with his father. Joseph Jackson was too driven by success for his children that all of them were uncomfortable during their late-teen years, and Michael was no exception. The King of Pop stated that he had "no childhood" as he was pushed into the music industry by his father at a very early age. Like his siblings, Michael would be abused by his father and he was unable to partake in any interests that were outside the Jackson Family business.

The relationship between Michael and his father was also a reason why the singer converted his house into a private amusement park much later on. Up until his death, Michael still had an uneasy relationship with his father.

2 Judith Barsi Judith Eva Barsi (June 6, 1978 – July 25, 1988) was an American child actress. She began her career in television, making appearances in commercials and television series as well as in the film Jaws: The Revenge. She provided voices for animated characters in The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to... read more

To getting hormone implants to get taller, to breaking down and ripping out her eyelashes, Judith's life was literally Hell. Her life ended up getting cut off by her deranged father.

Her bastard father killed her, then his wife & then shot himself! Even though he's sorry for being abusive he still does it again!

What happened to her gives an advanced definition to "ruined". "Messed up" is an understatement.

3 Macaulay Culkin Macaulay Carson Culkin is an American actor, author, painter, podcaster, musician and president of Bunnyears. He became famous as a child actor for his role as Kevin McCallister in the family comedy Home Alone, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical... read more

The face of Home Alone had his father Kit Culkin as his film manager. The results were particularly ugly on Macaulay's part. Kit was the sole reason why Macaulay was in The Good Son to begin with, and that was because he threatened Macaulay to withdraw his role from Home Alone 2. That, and because his father was incredibly domineering resulted in Macaulay becoming exasperated and drained in appearing in various failed films, ultimately leading to the young actor's retirement from film at age 14.

Since then, Macaulay's relationship with his father has been estranged and the aren't on speaking terms. On a further note, Home Alone director Chris Columbus was also frustrated in working with Kit, to the point where he ensued that there were no child actors with a Stage Parent during the pre-production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

4 Judy Garland Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

Judy Garland is known for both, her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz and for her tragic life. Her mother did not help matters on that. On top of being a stage mom, she was abusive and would isolate and lock up Judy if she didn't perform well enough. She even asked studio officials to do the same thing should Judy slip up

Nor sure about the family abuse but I do feel very sad that drugs & alcohol were her only cure!

5 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and... read more

He intervened in a fight between his parents on April 1, 1984, in the family house in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was then involved in a physical altercation with his father, who shot him twice, once in the chest, then his heart, and even his shoulder. The first shot was proved fatal. He died just ONE DAY before his 45th birthday.

Was shot and killed by his own father. Can't get more "ruined" then that.

His own father killed him. That's something to consider.

6 Corey Feldman Corey Scott Feldman is an American actor and singer. He became well known during the 1980s, with roles as a youth in films such as The Fox and the Hound, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Lost Boys, Gremlins and The 'Burbs.

Corey was forced into acting by his parents at age 3. He was restricted to only reciting and memorizing his lines for films in which he appeared in and he had a close relationship with his parents, the latter having explicitly stated that they never loved him. Made worse in that Corey was the only member of the family who was earning money.

He was forced into acting at 3, took drugs and alcohol at 13/14 and he was sexually abused at 14/15, I can't believe it. He deserved so much better

7 Lance Butterfield

Lance was the son of Bill Butterfield, who was aspiring athlete in Dallas. Lance did take his father's place in regards to dreams and became a seasoned and popular athlete in his own right. Unfortunately, Bill was so driven to give the athlete treatment to his son, that it resulted in a terrible relationship, with Bill insulting and beating Lance should he not reach expectation. This all culminated when Lance entered a relationship, which Bill found infuriating and wanting to end said relationship. Finally fed up, Lance shot and killed his own father on December 1995. The trial of the murder was not favorable on the prosecutor's part and the court couldn't find anyone to not vilify Bill, signalling how unlikable Bill was to the general audience. Eventually, Lance confessed to being guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

On a side note, defendants to Lance included his sister and even Bill's own father, with the latter stating that Lance shouldn't be prosecuted.

8 Britney Campbell

Britney was child beauty pageant contestant. Unfortunately, her mother Kerry insisted she receive botox. At the age of 8! And the worst part about this is even after this was found, Kerry tried to state that other mothers also tried having botox implemented onto their daughters. Talk about being incredibly materialistic right there.

9 Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Dee Lohan is an American actress. In addition to acting, she is also a model, singer, songwriter, director, and producer. She has appeared in several notable films including The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls

Deserves to be much higher up on this list. Had it not been for her atrocious parents, she'd currently be in Emma Stone's place right now. Also, Jennette McCurdy should be added to this list as well.

10 Carley Wynn

*Note: I couldn't find Carley's last name. Sorry about that.

Carley was pushed too much into entering beauty pageants by her mother. So much so that Carley developed a split personally called "Darla". Essentially, the abuse that Carley's mother presented resulted in the daughter to develop disassociate personality disorder. The worst part; Carley was 5 years old.

The Contenders
11 Ariel Winter

Ariel's mother, Chrisoula Workman, was abusive to the point where she lost custody of her. Ariel was since raised by her older sister and fellow actress, Shanelle Gray.

12 Jennette McCurdy Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy is an American former actress, screenwriter, producer, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series, Sam & Cat.

I tried to watch iCarly the other night thinking it would be a fun nostalgia trip but knowing what Jeanette went through on the show just makes it depressing.
Also, Dan Schneider should sleep with one eye open.

I have seen the interview of her talking about her book and her childhood. I'm glad her mom died too.

13 Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears, born on December 2, 1981, is an American former singer and actress. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. As a child, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows, such as "The Mickey Mouse Club," before signing with Jive... read more

Her father forced her into a conservatorship, which started back in 2008. Luckily, it apparently ended. And also, her family was using her for the money and controlled her.

14 Mónica Santa María

Mónica was pushed into modelling by her mother at the age of 7, despite her father's disagreement. Despite becoming well-known, she eventually developed a bipolar disorder, which led to her suicide at the age of 21.

15 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce... read more

If I recall correctly, the song "Cleaning Out My Closet" was directed towards his mother.

16 XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and criminal.

That explains why his "music" and his personality were so messed up. Thank goodness he got gunned down.

17 Aaron Carter Aaron Charles Carter (December 7, 1987 - November 5, 2022) was an American singer. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage audiences during the early 2000s with his four studio albums.

Aaron came from a celebrity family, with his brother Nick being a member of the Backstreet Boys. Aaron was also a singer, with his parents acting as his managers. Unfortunately, this all backfired when his parents were trying to capitalize on his success which caused him to a massive debt by the time he was 18, Aaron then left his parents out of his business after finding out. in 2013, Aaron suddenly filed for bankruptcy, partially due to his parents and also because of his history of drug use.

On a similar note, Aaron's sister Leslie was also being pushed into becoming a singer by their parents, to no success.

18 Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

His biological father molested him, and his step father used to beat him up all the time. I feel for the guy.

His biological father molested him when he was still a little kid, and his stepfather constantly abused him, which is what made him who he is, I feel bad for him

19 Gary Coleman Gary Wayne Coleman was an American actor, best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes.
20 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known professionally as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and spans 4 octaves... read more

She is the best thing to come from Disney Channel. She is a talented actress and singer and she knows how to put in a good show. Her voice is amazing and she can master any music genre ever. Her latest album Plastic Hearts is so amazing, so underrated, and so raw. I love the 20th Century rock inspired theme to the album. And her other albums such as Bangerz have many underrated songs. She is truly legendary

21 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J. Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968... read more
22 Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Yeah the song "Disarm" was directed at his parents.

23 Eric Trump
24 Alana Thompson Alana Trances Thompson (born August 28, 2005), better known as Honey Boo Boo is an American reality television personality and social media sensation who is best known as being the star of of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
25 Paris Hilton Paris Whitney Hilton is an American businesswoman, socialite, television personality, model, actress, singer, DJ, and author.
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