Some celebrities of the show have lived raw disputes with their closest family. Some were able to solve them, but others cut off all relationship
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Jennifer Aniston, Macaulay Culkin and Angelina Jolie, among Hollywood celebrities who had tough fights with their parents
The relationship between parents and children is not always easy. Even celebrities are not immune to family dramas. When celebrities get involved in disputes in the private sphere, it is often due to money, representation contracts and careers that may be at stake. The chaos that occurs behind the scenes is often made public and personal miseries are exposed for all to see.
Some Hollywood personalities ended up making peace with their family, but it always is. Forgiving and leaving the past behind is not an easy task. And some have no plans to change things. The stars of the world of music and cinema explained, in their words, why sometimes a father can be the most distant, harsh and even terrifying figure that someone can face.
Lily and Phil Collins
Phil and his daughter Lily Collins at the 2009 premiere of “'The Blind Side” (Shutterstock)
“I forgive you for not having always been there when I have needed you and for not being the father I expected .” So forceful, and harsh, are the words that the actress Lily Collins dedicated in a book to her father, the famous singer Phil Collins: “I forgive you for the mistakes you have made. And although it seems like it is too late, it is not. There is still a lot of time to go on “, says in a fragment of one of the chapters her book,” Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me “, a collection of personal essays by the interpreter addressed to an adolescent audience, published in 2017.
The actress, nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Warren Beatty's film, is the only child from the singer's second marriage to Jill Tavelman. A relationship that the artist ended through a fax, and after an infidelity on his part, when Lily was only 5 years old. Since then, she grew up seeing her father on vacation spells. ” We all make our decisions, and although I do not excuse yours, at the end of the day we cannot rewrite the past, ” he writes. “I am learning how to accept your actions and to verbalize how they make me feel. I accept and honor the sadness and anger that I felt. about the things you did or did not do, that you gave me or did not give me ”, he says in another of the extracts from his book.
“It has been a difficult chapter to write because he is a public figure. It was a strange situation, writing about someone people already know (…) I am just a daughter talking to her father, and I felt that this letter was appropriate because it can be transferred to any relationship between parents and children, ”said the actress, 31 years old.
Collins also linked the eating disorders he suffered to the stress caused by his father's separation from Orianne Cevey , his third wife. After a divorce valued at 30 million dollars, the singer, who has five children from three different women, and Cevey resumed their relationship in February 2016, from whom today he is separated again in the middle of a legal battle. “Many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my father, ” she now reflects on the disconnect she has felt from her father figure since she was a child.
Today, Lily Collins is a rising star in Hollywood, and has shared the screen with stars such as Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock. His series “Emily in Paris” on Netflix was a success and was renewed for a second season.
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
Jon Voight and his daughter Angelina Jolie (The Grosby Group)
Last May, Angelina Jolie wrote an article for the New York Times in honor of her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand , who passed away at age 56 in 2007 after battling breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie and her famous father, Jon Voight, were estranged for years over the terms of the divorce between Voight and the Oscar-winning mother. Others, on the other hand, are encouraged to affirm that Jolie has a very tense relationship with her father – among other things – due to political differences . In 2014, Voight sparked controversy when she accused Penelope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, of “ inciting anti-Semitism ” after signing an open letter condemning the Palestinian “genocide” by the Israeli government.
Furthermore, Voight is a fervent supporter of Donald Trump. A totally different position from that of his daughter, who works actively as an ambassador for UNHCR, the UN program for refugees.
In her editorial, the mother of six recalled how her parents' separation changed Bertrand's acting career and forced her to focus on motherhood. “ When my father had an affair, it changed his life. He set fire to his dream of family life. But she still loved being a mother , ”she said. ” Her dreams of being an actress were dashed when she found herself, at the age of 26, raising two children with a famous ex who would cast a long shadow over her life,” added the Hollywood star.
In September 2016, the veteran actor, who almost never talks about his daughter, made reference to the surprise separation of Angelina and Brad Pitt, who was a partner of his daughter for more than ten years. “It's very sad ,” Voight told Inside Edition hours after the news broke. “Something very serious must have happened for Angie to make a decision like this,” he added.
The protagonist of “Midnight Cowboy” also said that he did not know the reason behind the divorce of the “Maleficent” actress after two years of marriage. “ I don't know what happened, ” he said and also expressed his desire to be reunited with his family: “ I'm worried about Angie and the children. I hope to see you soon ”.
Things are better between them. His grandchildren Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne have helped him rebuild his relationship with his daughter.
Jennifer Aniston and her mother
Jennifer Aniston with her mother Nancy Dow
Jennifer Aniston has spoken frankly about the bitter fight she had with her mother, Nancy Dow , with whom she was estranged for years , until shortly before her death in 2016 . After playing a beauty-obsessed mother in the movie “Dumplin,” the actress drew a parallel to her own mother-daughter relationship in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph. “She was a model and it was all about how she looked and what I was like,” the Hollywood star was honest. “I was not the model girl that she expected and it was something that really impressed me.”
” This little girl just wanted to be loved by a mother who was too busy with things that did not matter at all, ” added the actress.
Aniston's relationship with her mom was far from perfect. Things got tense when the actress rose to fame with “Friends.” Nancy went to television shows to air secrets of her life. They were estranged for 15 years , in part because Dow wrote a book about their relationship, titled From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir. (1999). They were 15 years without speaking. Aniston didn't even invite her to her wedding to Brad Pitt.
Jennifer Aniston with her father John, known for his participation in the series “Days of Our Lives”
With his father John, known for his participation in the novel “Days of Our Lives”, he did not have a relationship for years. Aniston's parents separated in November 1979 after 11 years of marriage, when Jennifer was 10 years old.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1999, the star of “The Morning Show” said that her father left her mother for another woman and left the family home for a year. And she also remembered the night she learned that her father had abandoned them . “I went to a birthday party, and when I came back, my mother said, 'Your father is not going to be here for a while,'” Jennifer recounted. “He didn't say he was gone forever. I don't know if I blocked him, but I just remember sitting there crying, not understanding that he was gone. “
In time, father and daughter reconciled.
Macaulay Culkin and his father
Kieran and Macaulay Culkin with their parents (Shutterstock)
Kit and Patricia Culkin led Macaulay's career, which began when he was four years old, when he became a global star at age 10 as Kevin McCallister in “My Poor Little Angel,” and accumulated an estimated fortune of $ 50 million . When the actor's parents separated in 1995, they fought a bitter legal battle over custody of their seven children and the fortune the famous family member had amassed. As a teenager, Macaulay got a judge to prohibit his parents from accessing his fortune and withdrew from the movies.
In an interview in 2018, Macaulay gave details of the reasons why he asked for his father's emancipation. “He was a bad guy, an abuser. He was someone very complicated, “ said the actor who retired from the public scene after the film” Richie Rich “when he was 14 years old and for which he earned USD 10 million.
Between 1990 and 1994 Macaulay begged him to let him work less, but Kit forced him to star in new movies in just four years. “ I asked him for a break, I wanted to go on vacation for the first time in my life, and he kept signing contracts for more films. Nobody was listening to me. My father had a giant bed and a huge television and he made me sleep with my brother on the couch . ” Dissatisfied with the luxurious life he led, Kit put two of his sons, Rory and Kieran, to work, the latter of whom was nominated at the last Golden Globes for the HBO series, “Succession.”
According to the former child star, resentment was the engine that led her father, a frustrated actor, to be that way: “At the age of 10 I had already excelled in everything he had tried to achieve throughout his life. lifetime”.
The six Culkin brothers preferred to stay with their mother, and Kit withdrew the word from all of them. In 2016, he said he no longer considered Macaulay as his son.After separating from his lifelong partner, the man suffered a heart attack that paralyzed part of his body and moved to Oregon, where he leads a life outside of downtown Attention. None of his children (Dakota Culkin passed away after being run over in Los Angeles at age 30 in 2008) have contact with him today.
Beyoncé and Mathew Knowles
Mathew Knowles and Beyoncé at the premiere of “'Dreamgirls” (Shutterstock)
“The best way to improve is by failing.” It was the philosophy that Mathew Knowles taught his daughter to achieve fame. From the beginning of his career, it was clear to him that his goal was to make Beyoncé Giselle a superstar. However, until he did, Beyoncé's relationship with him went through difficult times.
His detractors say that Mathew was a demanding and obsessive man who, when the time came, could not accept the job break with his daughter.
Knowles, taking advantage of the fact that he had managed to make a name in the industry with his own record label, devoted all his efforts to putting together a group. And Destiny's Child emerged, a band consisting of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and Latavia Roberson . The last two left the group after a year; Latavia formalized her anger and filed a legal claim against her partner's father for considering that he benefited his daughter. Beyoncé and Kelly selected Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin to appear in their new video, “Say My Name.” In 2000, there was the departure of one of the new members, Farrah Franklin, who claimed that she could not bear the unfavorable treatment she suffered from the father of Beyoncé, the band's manager.
Beyoncé herself assured that working with her father was not something simple, despite the love they felt for each other. “We go through potholes and we have fights.”
In 2003, the diva decided to leave the group. Her solo debut put her at the top. But that's when the relationship between father and daughter became more strained.
In 2009, while still married to Beyoncé and Solange's mother, Tina Knowles, it was discovered that he had two extramarital children, one with actress Alexandra Wright and the other with a Texas woman. Tina filed for divorce, and Beyoncé ordered an audit to see if her father had also been cheating on her with his business. Everything got worse in 2011 when she decided to dispense with her father's services after he was accused of keeping part of the money from a tour. The relationship cooled to almost freezing.
Beyoncé's father denied stealing his daughter. “We have taken absolutely no money from Beyoncé, and all the dollars will be accounted for,” he told a Texas court. And he affirmed that the accusations against him were not the reason why he was fired and that there were no problems with his daughter, however, he clarified that things between them were going to be fixed in the legal sphere.
Time passed and the birth of Blue Ivy, the first daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, caused the waters to return to their course and the family relationship was resumed. Father and daughter put aside their differences and today maintain a close bond.
Jane and Henry Fonda
Jane and Henry Fonda (Shutterstock)
“I grew up in the shadow of a national monument.” This is how Jane refers to her father, the legendary actor Henry Fonda. A man she described as emotionally disabled, cold, distant, womanizing and unfaithful. In the documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts”, the actress says that she always went out of her way for her father's love with no success. “ I always felt inhibited by him. As a child, I did bad things just to get their attention. “ Her father's crude comments about her physique led to bulimia in her years at boarding school.
Jane and Peter Fonda's mother, Frances Ford Seymour, committed suicide by cutting her throat with a razor blade . His father told them that he had died of a heart attack. “He came, broke the news and went back to Broadway to do his play .” Months later, Jane would read the truth in a magazine.
Even then they knew at home that he had fallen in love with a woman he met doing the play in New York, and that she was only seven years older than his daughter. It could have been the trigger for his wife's suicide, but it didn't seem to affect him too much. Shortly after, he remarried.
The actress, who grew up with her brother, also an actor, said that her father did not want them to follow in her footsteps in the movies. “He didn't want us to go into acting because he was scared we weren't very good at it.”
Jane was estranged from her father for a long time, and they did not meet again until they filmed “On Golden Pond” in 1981, a film for which Henry Ford received an Oscar for Best Actor, a year earlier he had received a statuette for his career .
The forgiveness of his father came through the cinema. She financed “On Golden Pond” for him to tell her I love you through a script. Said film was cathartic as it was traumatic for Jane and she made it known to her father over dinner, but he showed no emotion. “I had to say to myself: you can't expect someone to be something other than what they have been all their life at the end of their days . He never expressed emotions, he hated them and he hated seeing people expressing theirs and crying.
As the actress's brother, the late Peter Fonda, remembered. “ Without a script, my father cannot express himself. He needs the mask to show his feelings. “ So Henry Fonda was finally able to show his feelings to his daughter through fiction. He won and died a short time later. She finally won the affection of her father.