The recent death of Whitney Houston’s 22-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, reminded us of the sorry state of celebrity households. Kids of stars like Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, politician Al Gore, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, even musician Jon Bon Jovi, have been in the news for crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, vandalism, shoplifting and reckless driving. Some manage to get out relatively unscathed, while others are not so fortunate.
When we consider the backlash of conjecture about the sad fate of most celeb kids, it’s heartening to reminisce about Janet Jackson’s story. The singer, writer, producer, dancer, actor and pop star made a name for herself despite having an insanely famous older brother, the late Michael Jackson.
Her latest contribution, No SL333P, the lead single for her upcoming eleventh studio album sold 38,000 copies through digital download in its first week, and reportedly climbed to number 4 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs.
Unlike several celebrity offspring who tend to go off the rails, Janet never let herself be bogged down by a troubled childhood, despite claims that she wasn’t even allowed to call her father ‘dad.’ And she sure as hell didn’t buckle despite suffering from negative body image issues and low self-esteem in the past. Now a secure, beautiful and powerful inspiration for people around the world, she maintains her strictly private existence with her husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, and also finds the time to play the role of ambassador for UNICEF.
Here are some other celeb kids who inspire us with their ability to survive their famous parents, and become well-adjusted, contributing members of society:
- Controversial rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s kids Kelly and Jack Osbourne were always in the news for all the wrong reasons after they became familiar faces thanks to reality TV series, The Osbournes. From slapping journalists to battling addiction, the two have finally settled down and made serious careers for themselves; Kelly’s life revolves around her charity work, acting, singing, judging reality TV shows, hosting talk shows, and even participating and winning third place on Dancing with the Stars, while Jack has become a dad, as well as a successful fitness and travel reporter.
- The firstborn daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Rumer Willis may not have indulged in any bad behavior herself and unlike her sisters Scout (once arrested for a DUI) and Tallulah (forced to go to rehab at age 20), has been working as an actress since she was five and even won season 20 of Dancing with the Stars this year.
- She became a household name after her reality TV series The Simple Life with ex-best friend, socialite Paris Hilton, but singer Lionel Richie’s adopted daughter, Nicole Richie rapidly became notorious for her heroin addiction, alcoholism and reckless behavior. Now she’s married with two kids, and continues to expand her already giant, self-built business empire while also finding time for charity work and environmental issues, especially with The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation, which she founded with her husband, musician Joel Madden.
Perhaps, it’s time for celebs to practice some good old fashioned tough love when it comes to their children, unless they want to suffer endless nights with no sleep.
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