How Celebs Tackle Tough Subjects With Their Kids


  • Jenna Jameson: Her Pornstar Past 1 of 12
    Jenna Jameson: Her Pornstar Past
    When Jameson gave birth to twins last year, the world's most well-known porn star traded her past life to be a mom. Now it's only a matter of time before Jameson's sons know what mom did before she had kids. "I really don't think I need to say, 'Mommy was a porn star,'" Jameson told W Magazine. "I feel like they're going to know me and think, Mommy loved us so much that she quit everything and made us her job. And that's what I did. The moment I decided to have children, I quit. I won't even do a Maxim cover."
  • Ally Sheedy: Addiction to Sleeping Pills 2 of 12
    Ally Sheedy: Addiction to Sleeping Pills
    Ally Sheedy may be best known for her work in The Breakfast Club, but back in the 90's the brunette bombshell made headlines for openly admitting to an addiction to sleeping pills. Now that she has a teenage daughter of her own, Sheedy is open about her past. “Rebecca already knows about this stuff,” Sheedy told Babble. “She can watch it on E! For Rebecca, it's not like, 'Oh, my mother has this average life and then this dark mark.' It goes along with the mix, and as long as it's something that's not a problem any more, she doesn't have to worry about it.”
  • David Hasselhoff: Alcoholism 3 of 12
    David Hasselhoff: Alcoholism
    Hasselhoff's ongoing battle with alcoholism has been public knowledge since 2007 when a video filmed by his daughter, Taylor-Ann, featuring a very drunk former Baywatch star trying desperately to eat a cheeseburger surfaced on the internet. The video prompted the America's Got Talent judge to openly discuss his problem. “I learned from my kids,” Hasselhoff told AARP. “They're the ones who said, 'Hey, Dad, your behavior is scaring me. You leave us in this world, we don't know what to do.' That was a big eye-opener for me. I think about that every day when I wanna go out and party a little bit or have too much. I say, 'What's more important to me?'”
  • Michael Douglas: Cancer 4 of 12
    Michael Douglas: Cancer
    To teach his children about his potentially life-threatening throat cancer, the star of Fatal Attraction offered them a real-life trou. "The kids, yeah, they've been fine. I've taken them down to the hospital and shown them the whole radiology thing. They've watched me actually get zapped,” Douglas told USA Today, adding that he and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones told their children first so they wouldn't hear it from strangers or the media.
  • Jennie Finch: Getting Cut from the Olympics 5 of 12
    Jennie Finch: Getting Cut from the Olympics
    Professional athletes deal with loss on and off the field everyday, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Here's how the world's most famous softball player teaches her son to lose with grace. “When I look back on my life, my greatest lessons came through loss or heartbreak, Finch told Babble. I try to tell [Ace] to learn what you can from it and move on...The losses help keep you in check and they humble you. We aren't perfect. You're going to make mistakes. It's how you respond to those great losses that builds the character and the person that you are.”
  • Tiger Woods: Adultery 6 of 12
    Tiger Woods: Adultery
    Woods has a lot of account for. Fortunately he addressed the issues surrounding his sex scandals and subsequent separation head on with his children. “I take full responsibility for my actions and will tell the truth,” Tiger told ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show. “I will sit down and talk to them face to face, eyeball to eyeball...My dad had always said to me that love is a given, trust and respect are earned. I will have to earn the trust and respect from my kids and that will take time.”
  • Melissa Gilbert: Cocaine Addiction 7 of 12
    Melissa Gilbert: Cocaine Addiction
    When one of Melissa Gilbert's sons became addicted to cocaine, the author and Babylon 5 star opened up about her own past with drugs and alcohol. “He is the only child who knows me as drunk and sober and he's the reason I got sober,” Gilbert told Parentdish.com. “I have told him that because of my addiction, which is likely genetic, I started experimenting with drugs when I was just a few years older than him. Is [talking to him] going to help? It may not help him not to try, but I doubt he’ll ever get into a car with someone who is high or drunk and I think if he has anything resembling a problem, he'll come and tell us first.”
  • John Schneider: Murder 8 of 12
    John Schneider: Murder
    When Schneider's nephew was murdered, The Dukes of Hazard and Desperate Housewives star opened up about his heartbreak, both to the media and his three children. “With teenagers, there's always something going on and it's good to remember, don't take it lightly,” Schneider said in an interview with Netscape. “I tell my kids now, 'Look, if you get yourself into a place, for whatever reason, that you don't think you have anyone to talk to, you can always talk to me. Sex, drugs, guns — anything. You will not shock me. I am here for you, no matter what.'"
  • Shanna Moakler: Posing for Playboy 9 of 12
    Shanna Moakler: Posing for Playboy
    Though her three children are ages 10 and under, the former Miss USA has already told her kids about her past. “I try to make nudity not a big deal in our home,” Moakler admitted to Celebritybabyscoop.com. “...If my daughters wanted to pose nude, I would support them, but I would also let them know how it has affected my life and in what ways I thought it was going to help and in what ways it has hindered. There are times I wish I hadn't posed and other time I am very proud I did. I think honesty and communication and really helping your children learn what’s [best for you] may not be best for them."
  • Courtney Love: Doing Drugs While Pregnant 10 of 12
    Courtney Love: Doing Drugs While Pregnant
    “My daughter knows I did drugs in my first trimester of pregnancy,” the rock star told Elle magazine. What she didn't tell the magazine is that daughter, Frances Bean, has helped Love through at least one drug crisis. In 2004, Love admitted to People that Frances had helped her recover after overdosing on Oxycontin. “That's the only time my daughter has ever, ever, ever pitched in on one of my little crises," Love said. "I made it fun. I said it was going to be gross and I was going to have to make myself throw up but it was going to be okay."
  • Michael J. Fox: Parkinsons Disease 11 of 12
    Michael J. Fox: Parkinsons Disease
    How do you explain something as complex and physically debilitating as Parkinson's to small kids? Fox has some tips. "I won't talk in terms of something wrong or something broken or some illness or sickness," Fox told Oprah. "I'll just say, 'My brain doesn't get the messages the way your brain sends the messages to your body.'"
  • Lee Ann Womack: Her Wild Teenage Years 12 of 12
    Lee Ann Womack: Her Wild Teenage Years
    Those wreckless teenage years you'd like to forget? Lee Ann Womack tells her kids about them. “[When you're a celebrity], you can’t hide your 'teenage or college' years the same way the rest of us can,” Womack told MomDot.com “Not that I was a bad kid! I’m not so sure hiding things from your kids is the only way to handle being a parent and a real person. I think being honest with them works the best for us. I try to just tell them when I’ve made mistakes and how those mistakes affected me. There is no better teacher than life.”

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