With all the drama at the forefront of the news lately regarding celebrity parents (we’re looking at you, Mel Gibson), we got to wondering who are the biggest trainwrecks of the celebrity parent gang out there. Here are five we think have been especially, well, not great.
If it isn’t enough that Sheen has a rap sheet longer than most people’s resumes, this troubled actor and father was most recently arrested for a domestic abuse scandal involving wife Brooke Mueller, and sent to rehab as punishment. Oh, and there’s the whole thing about him handing the cop on the scene a fake ID…surely a great example for his kids.
Surely we don’t need to remind you about the avalanche of evidence that Mel Gibson is indeed off the rails–but we’re going to anyway. The actor, whose character we already questioned following his run-ins with the law and outrageous tirades years ago, is now reeling from the effects of his abusive rants toward ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva being taped and leaked. Gibson apparently physically and emotionally abused Grigorieva–while the pair’s infant daughter, Lucia, was present. Way to go, Mel, way to go.
Child-star turned problem-child turned jailbird Lindsay Lohan does get a bit of sympathy from us–but only because her parents are so nuts. Mom and manager Dina Lohan may be one of the most obvious fame-seekers, trying to get as much fame and fortune out of Lindsay–and possibly, Lindsay’s little sister Ali–as she can. Here’s an idea, Dina: How about instead of figuring out how to make money off of Lindsay’s stored possessions, you work on helping your daughter through that whole addiction problem?
We couldn’t talk about one Lohan parent without mentioning the other–especially since Lindsay Lohan’s dad, Michael, is just as much of a train wreck as mom Dina…just in different ways. Michael has been an especially horrible example for his kids, battling jail, drugs, and all sorts of other problems for longer than we can recall. Nonetheless, he still finds it appropriate to speak to the press in “support” of daughter Lindsay while she goes through her own spout of legal and substance-abuse problems. We really hope, for Lindsay’s sake, that the “like-father-like-daughter” phase ends here.
Continue reading to see the other two parents who made our list.
He started out in the public eye as a seemingly down-to-Earth, good-spirited dad of eight. But as the fame and fortune increased for this star of Jon and Kate Plus 8, so did Jon’s ego. Now, he’s a divorced dad, seen with a different (significantly younger) woman practically every week–and not so much with his kids, sextuplets and twins. It seems pretty clear that all those paparazzi flashbulbs got to Gosselin’s head, and that kind, caring guy we first met on TLC is but a distant memory.
There’s really only one thing to say here: Delonte West. That’s right–if it’s true that Lebron James’ mom, Gloria, did have an affair with James’ former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Delonte West, she absolutely deserves to be on this list. Especially if it was the factor that kept the basketball superstar James from heading to the New York Knicks for his next season on the court.